7 Things That Make Jordana Brewster Feel Confident as Heck

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Brazilian-American actress Jordana Brewster spends days on end appearing on interviews, walking red carpets, being on point at film shoots, and then heading home to her husband and two kids — and she does it all even when she's not feeling her best. The star of the Fast and the Furious franchise has a few secrets up her sleeve to stay confident and happy no matter what comes her way.

We caught up with Jordana on the phone as she partnered with Pond's for its #AntiAgeLimits initiative, which promotes women living on their own terms and ignoring age limits in order to meet their goals and dreams. The actress had much to say about breaking stereotypes and trusting yourself but also shared with us the little, easy tricks that help her feel empowered on the red carpet. Scroll ahead for her tips, then get some inspiration from her best Instagram workout moments.

Follow Her Motto: Just Do It
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Follow Her Motto: Just Do It

"I think one of the most important things with confidence is — you always have doubts no matter what, but you have to shut those voices out. You gain confidence by doing and accomplishing and regardless of what people are saying or questioning. If you just go out there and try something, and get as much experience as you can, that will naturally result in confidence. That has really been my motto. It's what I hope to teach my kids."

But Jordana also knows that everyone has off days, when no matter what you try you just feel a little down. Her trick is one you've heard before, but she swears it works: "If you're not feeling it on a certain day, faking confidence can also go a long way. Because no one knows the difference. Sometimes I rely on that. If I have to be at work and I'm not feeling it, if I'm out and about, or have to do a red carpet, faking it for a couple of minutes goes a long way for me."


Don't Underestimate the Power of Makeup and Skin Care

"I can't believe 10 years ago we didn't have the fake lashes that we have, the hair extensions we have now. There's so many tricks to use; that it is amazing," Jordana says of getting a little help from cosmetics to feel more empowered on the red carpet.

"One of my favorites to feel great on the red carpet is having glowy skin, so I have a pretty solid skin care routine. My skin is usually on point. I love Pond's Rejuvenesse Anti-Wrinkle Cream ($15). I love that it makes me feel really dewy," Jordana adds, reinforcing the power of a great skin care routine.

For those days when she wants a little extra boost, she has a plan of attack already set up. "If I'm tired, my eyes feel puffy and small. That usually makes me feel not so good. I'm not a giant fan of contouring, but I'll ask for brightener right under my eye. Or more lashes to make my eyes pop — that usually gives me more confidence. And I'm like 'let's make me really bronzy,' so then we'll use Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body ($65), and we put that all over. Arms, legs, I love that stuff it's the best."

Dare to Experiment With Your Hair
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Dare to Experiment With Your Hair

"I love Khaleesi-style cool braids right now, hair half up and half down, or something a little bit more edgy. A lot of the time I'll look on Pinterest or the internet and I'll find references that I really love to bring to my hairstylist," says Jordana of changing it up with her hair every once in a while. "Oftentimes I wear my usual sexy long waves. . . . I love experimenting with edgier hairstyles. Hair is a fun way to play with style. You can dress an outfit down or up, and it's a way to be more versatile. I have more fun with my hair."

Wear Bright Colors to Stay Happy
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Wear Bright Colors to Stay Happy

Jordana is often seen wearing bright colors, like red and bright blue, and though she confesses it's mostly about the pieces and designers for her, she takes color into consideration carefully. "I love Victoria Beckham and Peter Pilotto. It's usually about the designer and the design of the dress or the jumpsuit. I love culottes now, too. . . . But as far as my mood — I don't like very earthy tones on me. I find those really blah. I do really love bright, happy colors. They make me happy."


Follow Your Fashion Instincts

"Yesterday I was so over jeans, and all of a sudden it's time for Summer dresses; just like that. Let's go. I also love — you know, I'm 36, but I am very anti limits when it comes to this — I still love my little Daisy Dukes. I love cutoff shorts, I feel like they are so comfy. They're perfect for Summer. I love jeans skirts, and they're a nice go-to because you can wear them with flip-flops and a t-shirt. They're a really good Summer staple," says Jordana of wearing whatever she loves without following trends too closely or letting her age influence her decisions.


Let Exercise Help You Release Any Frustrations

When asked about what she does when a day is frustrating or disappointing, Jordana points to running as an outlet but says she isn't afraid to mix in a more intense workout when she needs it. "I love running, but sometimes I get stuck in a rut. Yesterday I was like 'Oh, I have a little more aggression, more stress, so I was running at like 7.0 on a treadmill. So I think it's about challenging your body and switching it up and not having to constantly know what's next, and that usually releases a lot of stress.

"The other thing I love now is jumping on a trampoline. It releases so much stress and aggression. It makes me feel really good and happy afterwards. It's something very childlike but a really good workout. I can feel it toning my abs and toning my thighs."


Don't Let Age Stop You — Ever!

"What we have to tell ourselves as women is that it doesn't matter what other people say. It's about what you believe. When I was younger, around 15, and I really wanted to pursue my career, there were so many people saying I needed to enjoy being a kid, enjoy going to prom, you need to have fun, and cut loose and be a teenager, and I said no, no, this is something I really want to do," Jordana, who graduated from Yale University with a BA in English, says of starting her acting career.

"I followed my gut, my instinct. And I'm so happy I did. Who knows where I would be had I not done that. I think people are so quick to judge and quick to put us down. I think you really need to listen to yourself. If you want to try something new, if you want to go back to school, if you want to switch careers, or if you want to try to have kids, and it's not at the 'conventional age,' you have to trust yourself. If it's what you believe and what you want to do, you will accomplish it. You have to be your own champion."