Sarah Jessica Parker on ageing, beauty and eyeliner hacks


Unlike Carrie Bradshaw, Sarah Jessica Parker has never set foot in a plastic surgeon’s office (although Bradshaw has only done so as a favor to Anthony). “No, never. No, no, no,” she says, not missing a beat. I’m sitting across from the actor in a luxurious hotel suite in Midtown, Manhattan — the kind you’d see on an episode of And just like that… and it’s a surreal experience. Before me sits a woman that I and millions of others have watched on screen for decades; Your voice is inherently embedded in my brain (largely through sex & the city citations). Even though Parker possesses so much star power as an A-list star, producer and founder of a successful shoe line, he remains incredibly grounded — and not at all interested in reversing the aging process to hold onto it.

“I’m not willing to put a lot of real or mental time into it,” Parker tells me. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t take care of her skin. She’s more concerned with keeping her face healthy than fighting fine lines or wrinkles. “I have no illusions about the passage of time and its reality,” she says. “It’s not that it doesn’t transpire that other people have opinions about aging and my aging and how I look and what other women look like — I’m aware of that.”

At the same time, she’s not saying those who spend time fighting the aging process are wrong. “That’s because I think in this larger conversation, what matters is that you feel good about walking out the door,” Parker continues. “I’ve probably spent more time thinking about what makes me feel best than I do about beauty or aging because there’s just not much I can do about it. I could do more but I don’t think I want to.”

No wonder then that drugstore Skin care brand RoC tapped Parker to be his face #LookForwardProject — a campaign aimed at transforming women’s largely concerned views on aging into a more optimistic one. Parker works with Dr. Daisy Robinson, Ph.D., a molecular biologist and women’s health advocate, dermatologist Dr. Michelle Henry, MD, and “Optimism Doctor” Dr. Deepika Chopra, PsyD, has partnered with the brand to provide resources and education on the connection between optimism and both mental and physical well-being.

“I’ve probably spent more time thinking about what makes me feel my best than I do about beauty or aging because there’s just not much I can do about it.”

For the project, RoC and Parker worked on a Limited edition three piece set their favorite brand products. One hundred percent of the profits from the first month of sales will be donated to the SeekHer Foundation, which supports awareness of women’s mental health. The set includes the Hydrate + Plump Eye Cream, Hydrate + Plump Serum Capsulesand Hydrate + Plump Moisturizer with SPF 30 — Products Parker now swears by.

“I use the moisturizer after I’m clean and showered and everything, and then I also use it in the theater when I get to work and I mix it with my base,” says Parker. “I also use it as an eye cream at night with this other RoC product, the retinol. But I won’t be using this more than once or twice a week because it contains retinol, so you have to be gentle. And that’s pretty much it — Parker admits she likes to keep her skincare routine super simple.

The star’s approach to makeup is even simpler: she doesn’t actually wear it. “The only thing I really wear is a smoky eye, which I do all the time – myself included. I think that’s the only thing I can do,” says Parker, noting that she doesn’t even wear foundation unless it’s for work.

What’s her secret to achieving her signature sensual look? she uses Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Pencils “forever” as they don’t transfer or bleed. “I start with that and make a line and I go in [the water line] sometimes, but not always,” says Parker. “Then I just mix and mix and mix until it’s where I want it – and I get pretty big. A lot also has to do with the brush you use – you have to find one that you can manipulate the way you want.”

“The person who’s going to sit next to you at a dinner party is really about a lot of other things that have nothing to do with their face, their wrinkles, or their clothes.”

Still, the cultural emphasis on looking beautiful is something Parker doesn’t understand. “I’m a bit surprised that we haven’t evolved and gotten to a point where we’re like, ‘It doesn’t matter,'” she tells me. “I just don’t want a young woman who has a lot to offer to be consumed by looks or the idea of ​​aging. We don’t think, “Oh, I’m going to come in and be the youngest and least experienced person in the office” — or on stage, behind the camera, in the restaurant. You want to be the most experienced person who is a leader or someone you can count on as a professional, friend, wife, partner. That only comes with lifetime. So why not appreciate that instead of focusing on the fact that lifetime also produces wrinkles?”

Parker’s astute philosophy is one that women can only hope to adopt — especially in a culture so focused on youthful looks. Hearing it from her mouth, however, gives me a sense of hope. After all, their point of view is as practical as it is rational. When I ask why she feels beautiful, Parker gently corrects me, turning the conversation back to his own beings versus physical appearance.

“I’d rather say how I feel the most than to be beautiful,” Parker says, because she feels society hasn’t evolved enough to understand that the beautiful person is “actually it’s about a lot of other things that have nothing to do with them, their face or their wrinkles or what they wear.” In that regard, Parker shares that she feels best when she’s joyful about the life she leads under control – for example on the way to an exciting job or when she picks up her child from school. “Or [when] I go for a walk with nothing to do, or I go to a bookstore, or I have a kind of freedom based on choices I have to make – that’s when I feel most like myself.”

But Parker doesn’t necessarily want to force this view on others, even when it comes to aging. “I don’t want to tell you how to look,” she says. what she want but say: “You are wrong. And you’re going to look back at that picture of yourself at 27, 34, 41 and you’re like, ‘Oh my God, I was young.’” And just like that, Parker changed my attitude towards aging.

This interview has been edited and shortened for clarity.


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