Whether you prefer Marvel over DC or Star Trek to Star Wars, there’s no denying that the female superheroes of today are all absolute stunners. Granted, all of those glowing faces that you see on screen have had a team of makeup artists working on them, but there’s still so much that we can learn from these strong women. We may not be able to copy their flying, teleporting, or earthquake-generating abilities, but here are six beauty tips that you can replicate to emulate your favorite female superheroes.
Scarlet Witch/Elizabeth Olsen: Exfoliate with Lactic Acid for an Instant Glow
An instant glow is something that many products promise, yet fail to deliver on. Fortunately, Elizabeth Olsen, aka Scarlet Witch, has found an ingredient that always adds some extra radiance to her face.
Enter lactic acid; one of the only alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) that’s safe to use on all skin types. If you’ve ever looked into how to get rid of forehead wrinkles or how to smooth your skin’s texture, you’ve likely come across AHAs before, although it’s glycolic acid that tends to claim the spotlight. However, as Olsen has discovered, lactic acid is just as worthy. Not only does it clear away dead skin cells, but it also hydrates and moisturizes the skin, which is how it’s able to leave the complexion looking noticeably brighter, softer, and plumper.
Black Widow/Scarlett Johansson: Apple Cider Vinegar to Cleanse the Face
Although Black Widow may be resistant to the effects of aging, Scarlett Johansson isn’t. That said, the actress doesn’t look as though she’s aged in years! Fortunately, Johansson readily shares her top beauty tips, with her biggest recommendation being to try cleansing your face with apple cider vinegar.
The acidity of the vinegar helps to remove dirt and impurities, while its astringent properties make it work just like a toner too. It’s able to rebalance the skin’s pH levels and treat various skin conditions, including acne.
Johansson warns that this trick does leave your skin smelling of vinegar, but the benefits of an ACV cleanse more than make up for this!
Wonder Woman/Gal Gadot: Lip Balm Before Lipstick
Wonder Woman’s lips are usually subtly nude and beautifully natural, but you can rest assured that they’re still usually coated with a lipstick of some sort. Sarah Brock, Wonder Woman’s makeup artist, shares the secret behind Gal Gadot’s kissably soft lips.
It all comes down to prep. Before applying any lipstick to your pout, layer on a hydrating lip balm first. This not only keeps your lips plump and moisturized but will also help your lipstick to retain its color for longer.
Captain Marvel/Brie Larson: Under-Eye Masks to De-Stress and De-Puff
Captain Marvel has a lot of stress to deal with, and Brie Larson, who plays the superhero, can definitely relate. Late nights on the set, award shows, not to mention general superhero duties – Larson has to actively ensure that anxiety and stress don’t overwhelm her.
Just like any modern-day woman, Larson has a few stress-busting tricks up her sleeve. However, one that both reduces anxiety while also giving her better skin is her stash of under-eye sheet masks. Larson applies these regularly, choosing to use them in the evenings so that they help banish away the stresses of the day, while also ensuring that she wakes up without any puffiness or shadows.
Jessica Jones/Krysten Ritter: Stay Out of the Sun
Ever wondered how Krysten Ritter, who plays Jessica Jones, manages to maintain her perfectly porcelain complexion?
The actress believes that it’s down to her diligence when it comes to protecting her skin from the sun. If you didn’t already know, sun exposure leads to everything from wrinkles to dark spots, not to mention skin cancer. In fact, experts believe that UV rays are responsible for up to 80% of all facial aging.
Sunscreen can help, but Ritter takes things a step further by simply staying out of the sun whenever possible. It’s clearly working well for her – the actress is able to keep her skincare routine simple thanks to the fact that she doesn’t have to deal with the same amount of UV damage as a sun-worshipper.
Thunder/Nafessa Williams: Charcoal to Clear the Pores
Nafessa Williams has been in the headlines quite a bit lately. As the first black, lesbian superhero, she is now considered a role model that so many young girls look up to.
For Williams, her skincare routine is something that helps her to unwind in the evenings. Scented candles, soft lighting, Lauryn Hill playing in the background – it makes a skincare routine feel so much more indulgent.
When it comes to Williams’ top beauty tip, the actress is a firm believer in the power of charcoal. Her favorite cleanser contains activated charcoal, and she attributes this to her clear pores and glowing complexion. Charcoal is revered by the experts for its detoxifying properties, so this is a tip that’s well worth following.
You may not have superpowers, but follow these beauty tips and you’ll soon be rocking all of the confidence of a true superhero. Whether you’re dealing with breakouts, wrinkles, puffy eyes, or anything else, your favorite idols (as well as their makeup artists) will help to solve all of your skincare emergencies.