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6 Powerful American women and their beauty secrets

The beauty routines of real-life Alpha women

Who says bold isn't beautiful? These powerful American women know how to work hard, but they also know how to turn heads with their beauty and strength.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

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Somehow, Winfrey looks more beautiful and radiant at 60 than she did in her 30s. The key to her radiance is in her flawless skin tone.

Take a peek inside the makeup bag of Winfrey's makeup artist Reggie Wells, and you'll find a mix of high-end and drugstore products. Wells relies on more expensive products to smooth and perfect Winfrey's skin tone — like Bobbi Brown concealer and Beyond Skin Science hydrating mist. But when it comes to lip liners, eyeliners and glosses, Wells doesn't back away from household names like Maybelline and Cover Girl for the star. The lesson? Know which products to splurge on, and which ones you can skimp on.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow

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Paltrow may grab headlines for her pretentiousness, but the famous actress is obviously impacting us with her unconventional lifestyle choices. Her beauty routine, surprisingly, is easy as pie. She recently explained to E! Online that she exercises every morning, showers and treats her skin with Restorsea moisturizer. Paltrow only bothers with mascara when she has a meeting — otherwise, she leaves her makeup application to the artists before shooting a movie or attending an event.

Lisa Ling

Lisa Ling

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Famed reporter Ling is a natural beauty, and takes a less-is-more approach to her makeup. In an interview with SheKnows', she explained that she uses a tinted moisturizer to even her skin tone, and feels it's important to shape her eyebrows and eyes with high-quality pencils.

The real fun in Ling's approach to beauty is her love for natural facial masks and cleansers. She swears by aloe vera and coconut oil to hydrate her skin when it feels dry. When her face needs an overhaul, she applies a plain Greek yogurt mask to her skin to exfoliate and moisturize.

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

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What a gorgeous first lady we have, right? Obama certainly has impeccable style, but if you look closely at her face, you may notice that her perfectly shaped eyebrows are a huge part of her beauty. Obama's longtime makeup artist Ingrid Grymes-Myles recently divulged to Friday Magazine that the first lady swears by regular eyebrow shaping and a good eyebrow pencil to form a perfect arch.

Not only that, Grymes-Myles shared that Obama's signature bob is key to her style. She deep conditions every time she washes her hair, and uses thermal protecting sprays to prevent damage from flat irons and blowouts.

Wendy Davis

Wendy Davis

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I hesitate to include Davis on this list, because she's worked so hard to deflect partisan and sexist remarks that have pigeonholed her as a political Barbie. But here's the thing: Davis is gorgeous.

So what's the deal with those beautiful blond locks? In an interview with CultureMap Austin, Davis is clear that she has to work hard to tame her "super-supercurly hair," with blowouts, flat irons and mousses. Stylist Julyne Derrick recently analyzed Davis' hairstyle, and surmised that Davis also enlists the help of a colorist to create a perfect blond hue for her tan skin. After all that hard work, the result is a stylish coiffe that can hold up to a 13-hour filibuster. Now, that's some hardworking hair.

Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor

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Bronx-born Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is approaching 60 years old, but she wears a glow on her cheeks that betrays her age. She's tough as nails with her judicial opinions, and prefers to look like she's wearing little makeup at all. According to one of her makeup artists, Robyn Tamura, Sotomayor is most focused on concealing her under eye circles and dusting her cheeks with a rosy glow from Clinique powder blush. Add a tiny bit of mascara for a finishing touch, and she's ready for the cameras.

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