According to a new interview with actress Helen Mirren, stripper heels and “sucking it in” are essential to a woman’s allure, meaning the Academy-Award-winning actress gives the same beauty advice as your middle school best friend’s mother, the one who always made you uncomfortable by talking about her boyfriend/s and tried to give you a wine cooler in the fifth grade.
Says Mirren, “Four-inch platforms give you great height and make your legs look unbelievably long. I used only to be able to get them in stripper shops, but now you can buy them everywhere – although, unfortunately, that means everyone else has discovered the trick too.” Helen went on to explain how to use Kool-Aid as a lip stain and how Preperation H calms the wicked inner thigh bruises you get from working the pole. In case we forgot from Mirren’s shoplifting and coke-filled past, Helen is really hard-core. We’d change $20 into a pile of singles for her any day of the week.
Mirren also described how, “Holding your tummy in is another trick for making you look and feel good. I don’t know why, but I do, by nature, hold my tummy in.” That’s how Helen Mirren does it. She can be a two-time Best Actress winner who can afford the world’s fanciest, diamond-stunned Spanx, and she’ll still opt for the “hillbilly tummy tuck” every time. [Photo: Getty Images]