Gwyneth Paltrow, the great polarizing health juggernaut of our times, turned 44 on Tuesday.
We’re sure she plans to celebrate by looking perfect in a completely hellish outfit and by drinking a cocktail of vodka mixed with the hair of fellow consciously uncoupled couples. But first, she took a no-makeup selfie.
Perhaps she has Goop’s organic skincare line to thank for that effervescent glow. Maybe it’s the $55-per-jar healing “moon dust” she mixes into her $220 breakfast smoothies. Or maybe she has finally started to wear sunscreen. Either way, we’d like to load her secrets into a $285 tote bag and run for the hills.
The selfie may be an indicator of more makeup-free moments to come from Paltrow. She explained to The Huffington Post in a statement that as she’s gotten older, she’s come to feel more comfortable with the skin she’s in, and has been “very inspired by the #nomakeup movement” making headlines recently thanks to fellow badass babe Alicia Keys.
“One of the most interesting things about being a woman is that around the time you turn 40, you get what I like to call a software upgrade,” she said. “Along with it comes some amazing new features, the roadmap to true self-acceptance, real insight into you are, and kind of not giving a s#*t about the things that are unimportant. You find yourself investing in relationships that give as much as they get, you start to get a sense of the true size of your worth (immeasurable), you start to like yourself for who you really are (warts and all). The future suddenly has scarcity to it, and the past is all over your face.
“I have been very inspired by the #nomakeup movement as the message behind it says, ‘Here I am, this is me. This is what I look like, this is where I am in time, and I embrace it.’”
We’ll drink moon dust to that. Happy birthday to one naturally beautiful boss.