Helen Mirren's 5 tips for women are everything you ever needed

From drinking to falling in love, to throwing shade at Donald Trump, the woman pretty much has it all covered

Helen Mirren life advice
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From drinking to falling in love, to throwing shade at Donald Trump, the woman pretty much has it all covered

If there's one person who you should be taking your life advice from, it's probably Dame Helen Mirren. As one of Britain's most successful actresses of all time, she is smart, witty and incredibly talented. And let's not forget the whole host of awards that she has to her name, including an Oscar, three Golden Globes and four Emmys. The woman is a real force to be reckoned with, if you ask us.

The Collateral Beauty actress was recently honoured with the Legend Award at a Hollywood gala, and her acceptance speech contained her top five pieces of life advice for women. And trust us, they are some *serious* words of wisdom to live your life by.

On drinking

Speaking at Elle's Women in Hollywood event, she said: 'Never drink alcohol unless you're celebrating something, upset about something, or it's a day that ends in the letter 'y'. And never drink when you're driving.'

On love and marriage

'There are no rules about love, I don't believe, but don't be in a rush to get married. Honestly, I married Taylor much later in life and it's worked out great. But give your partner the freedom and support to achieve their ambition. It's very important, and that goes both ways for men and women.'

On playing blackjack

'At the blackjack table, always split aces, eights and nines. Believe me it really improves the odds.'

On friendship

'Connect with friends daily, and I don't mean on Facebook. Better to have three great friends than 300 friends on social media – friends that you really talk to.'

On personal appearance

'And finally, ignore anyone who judges the way you look, especially if he or she is some anonymous miserable creep lurking on the internet, or is a bloated small-headed dinosaur-y hand candidate for president.'

There's no doubt about it, Dame Helen Mirren is a true hero.

Lucy Abbersteen
Beauty Contributor

Lucy is a freelance beauty editor and contributor at Marie Claire, and has written for titles including Glamour, Refinery29, Popsugar, woman&home and more. She was previously Marie Claire’s junior beauty editor. During her career, she’s covered everything from backstage beauty at fashion week to interviews with famous faces like Drag Race royalty and Little Mix. As for her beauty ethos, she’s a big advocate for not having to spend a fortune on beauty products to get good results, and when she’s not got beauty on the brain you’ll find her reading or hanging out with dogs.