Most Beautiful 2009

Beautiful at Every Age

With the help of a few famous faces – Vanessa! Halle! Christie! – these gorgeous gals prove true beauty is timeless. By Karen J. Quan

TARAJI P. HENSON, 42

Although she endured the magic of movie makeup to gracefully age in 2008's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – and earned a Supporting Actress nod – Henson prefers a light touch when it comes to her everyday look. "My makeup philosophy is definitely 'less is more,'" Henson told Essence.