She turns 76 today, and it is still no overstatement to call Jane Birkin one of the coolest women walking the planet. The fringe, those doe eyes, the hair, and that androgynous and effortless approach to style: there’s a reason the likes of Alexa Chung consistently name-check Jane as their style inspiration.

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Her motto is “less is more,” so Birkin doesn’t always wear makeup. When she does, she harnesses the power of hybrid formulas that are quick and easy to apply. One of her go-to formulas is MAC’s Matte Lipstick in Soar, which she uses as a stain on her cheeks. She also likes Givenchy’s Mattisime foundation to help even out her skin tone. While a flick back through old photographs of her reveals a fan of fluttery eyelashes, now she “hate[s] mascara.” “I wear less and less makeup,” she says. “When you get older, it’s probably a mistake to put too much on.” 

Facial Yoga

Birkin shuns injectables and more invasive facial treatments in favor of a holistic face-lifting technique. Face yoga involves a series of movements and exercises that manipulate the muscles, helping to lift, sculpt, drain toxins, and alleviate tension. 

DIY Haircuts

She’s the woman who popularised “Birkin bangs,” a style that is always in demand. But nowadays especially, Birkin is far from precious about styling her hair. She still has her fringe, but previously revealed that she has cut her hair herself when she was “in a bad mood.” She does, however, get subtle highlights to prevent gray roots. 

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