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Remember 80s star Molly Ringwald? Find out her age-defying beauty secrets here

Published 29/09/2015 | 13:35

Now vs Then - Molly Ringwald
Now vs Then - Molly Ringwald

Time has been kind to 1980s actress Molly Ringwald, star of 'The Breakfast Club' and 'Pretty in Pink'.

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Now 47, Molly is still working as an actress, a jazz musician and an author.

In seminal 1980s teen flick, The Breakfast Club
In seminal 1980s teen flick, The Breakfast Club

The mother-of-three is based in Hudson Valley, New York, where she is writing her third novel in her spare time.

The 'Sixteen Candles' star spoke to the New York Times about her beauty regime, her skin care and finally accepting her freckles.

*Skin care

Molly swears by products developed by her trusted aesthetician Kim Sevy.

Molly Ringwald at the 30th anniversary screening of The Breakfast Club
Molly Ringwald at the 30th anniversary screening of The Breakfast Club

"It’s called Alkim Me. There are these things that come in vials and packets. The first one I use is a mist, and then I use a vitamin C serum. You actually get that in a vial and mix it yourself so it stays really strong and potent. The third is a hyaluronic acid, and the fourth is an oil elixir. These products saved my life. I was traveling all the time and staying in hotels and using their products. My skin was going crazy. Now I use this day and night."

"Otherwise, I’m a shower-in-the-morning kind of person. I use Dove soap. I just moved from California to the East Coast. In California, I wasn’t taking baths because of the drought. Now I sometimes take baths with my little kids, or if it’s just me, I’ll do one at night."

*Makeup

In her downtime, Molly wears no makeup to give her skin a break.

Molly Ringwald attends Marie Claire Celebrates HBO's VEEP With Dinner Hosted By Spotify on March 16, 2015 in Austin, Texas.
Molly Ringwald attends Marie Claire Celebrates HBO's VEEP With Dinner Hosted By Spotify on March 16, 2015 in Austin, Texas.

"As a teenager, I wore so much makeup because I was always trying to cover up my freckles. Now I like my freckles. I might use a little concealer — I’m a big fan of the YSL Touche Éclat. And I really like Laura Mercier reflecting powder."

"For eye shadows, I use the Naked palette by Urban Decay. It’s great for travel because it’s got everything in there. I stick with mattes and taupey colors. I don’t really like shimmer that much because it accentuates every little fold. At this stage of my life, it’s not helping a lot. I may put a bit of liquid liner on the lash line — Stila has a really good one."

"I’m not super-picky about eyebrows. I’ll usually just use a brush and then some powder. Right now, I’m using Anastasia Beverly Hills, but it depends what hair color I’m at. I’ve been blond the past couple of years. When my hair is red, it’s really hard. People tend to use red pencils with red hair, and it always looks bad. I would go with something a bit more taupey or caramel. It doesn’t match exactly."

"For cheeks, I’ve been using a cream blush from La Prairie. My lipstick is Make Up for Ever in No. 42. It’s a great red. That’s my secret weapon when I’m onstage. For everyday, though, I like to do a more natural look. Lately I’ve been gravitating to Josie Maran’s lip stain in Coral."

Molly Ringwald and Taylor Swift
Molly Ringwald and Taylor Swift

*Sun cream

Molly's golden rule is applying a daily SPF to fight the signs of ageing.

"For years, I was on the hunt for the perfect red lipstick, and now I’m on the hunt for the perfect sunscreen. It’s like the holy grail: finding one that works but doesn’t clog your skin. Right now, I really like this tinted one by Eve Lom. It doesn’t feel masky. I even wear it out at night."

*Hair

"I’m not sure exactly what my hair color is right now, and I’m not sure I love it. It was really blond and then it was red, and then I had to go back to blond for reshooting scenes for “Jem.” Then I decided I wanted to go back to my natural color, which is reddish brown, but my ends have the old color. For products, I’m very partial to Oribe. I use the Signature Moisture Masque. I use Oribe shampoo, too, and the Oribe Royal Blowout spray. I love the smell."

ctress Molly Ringwald and her husband Panio Gianopoulos arrive at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Garden Arena on May 17, 2015
ctress Molly Ringwald and her husband Panio Gianopoulos arrive at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Garden Arena on May 17, 2015

"When I visit the hairdresser, I have them put in Olaplex, which strengthens your hair. Right now, it’s around earlobe length, and my goal is shoulder length. The Olaplex helps. I feel like all the colorists are using it."

*Diet and Fitness

"For exercise, my two favorites are yoga and running. I like yoga that’s more athletic, so more Ashtanga than Iyengar."

"I’m a serious foodie, so I’ll never be the person who cuts out carbs completely. I never want to say goodbye to gluten. I’m sure I would weigh less than I do if I was more regimented, but then I wouldn’t have the life I do. I love the social aspect of eating and going out for meals. My philosophy is just to enjoy life."

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