It’s hard to believe TV and film star Jennifer Aniston is on the cusp of turning 50 (Feb. 11). Though her breakout role as Rachel on Friends initially won us over (renewed on Netflix till 2020 so binge away!) and launched a thousand "Rachel" copycat haircuts, Aniston's cool California vibe and grownup personal style is what really intrigues us now. Don't be fooled — her easy, breezy look is very well thought out. Here’s how to borrow her 11 look-great tricks.
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1. Find your perfect hairstyle and stick with it
Aniston keeps her trademark golden locks long and streaky with multitone highlights. She almost always wears it down in the same casual way day or night, but varies the part from center to side. She lets a few longer pieces around the face, and textured ends keep the overall effect modern.
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2. Stay in neutral range for natural-looking makeup
Aniston prefers a sunny glow and eye
definition,and gets it with pinky beige lips, fresh rosy cheeks andsome brow/lash emphasis. Her makeup is never overdone (and red lipstick is not welcome!).
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Aniston matches manicure and pedicure for a seamless look and quick retouching; chips will barely show.
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4. Go subtle and refined if you pierce or tattoo
Aniston is the girl next door with a multipierced left ear and a tattoo to honor her beloved pooch Norman. Her choice is personal and feminine, but edgy.
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5. Wear jeans that flatter your body and curves
Aniston really does live in jeans but prefers relaxed boyfriend styles (often cuffed) — not skinnies! The denim of choice shifts from blues to whites, blacks or army greens, but are always teamed with white or black T-shirts and tank tops.
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6. Make accessories your signature
Aniston loves to add a scarf, brimmed hat, white sneakers or wedge sandals, a shoulder bag and sunglasses for a daily uniform that's relaxed but pulled together — whatever the weather.
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7. Don’t be shy about showing off your legs
Aniston cycles through black minidresses to show off her buff legs and yoga-toned body, more proof that a healthy lifestyle and exercise pay off in the long run.
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8. Know a long black dress never fails to dazzle
No big jewels are necessary even for big-deal moments, though Aniston likes a little shimmer, plunging or asymmetric necklines or a leggy slit to amp up the wow factor.
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9. Choose a sophisticated black jumpsuit
Aniston keeps these in rotation with long and short black dresses for an evening shot of elegance — something we all can do, too, for ease and comfort.
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10. Realize a little bit of black leather is OK
A black biker jacket and black leather leggings are basic, but Aniston adds black jeans and a black bustier to her leather essentials. A little leather provides an effortless fashion factor.
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11. Try the L.A. beach babe look
Even Aniston occasionally takes a break from all those jeans, mixing things up with casual boho prints, loose sundresses and slip dresses day or night.
For more beauty and style tips for women age 50-plus, check out The Woman's Wakeup: How to Shake Up Your Looks, Life, and Love After 50 by Lois Joy Johnson and AARP's Beauty & Style issue.
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