Like mother, like daughter: World’s most famous women over 40 pictured next to their mothers at the same age, but who has aged better? 

Experts, who scanned the faces of mothers and daughters, found that they wrinkle and sag in a similar pattern as they age.

The skin around the eyes especially seemed to show the same pattern of wasting away and loss of elasticity in mothers and their offspring.

The similarities were most obvious when women reach their mid-30s, claimed the researchers.

But celebrities are known to defy the laws of time, so why not genetics? 

Below are some of the world’s most famous women over 40 years old pictured next to their mothers photographed at the same age.

Blythe Danner and Gwyneth — that strict Paltrow regime works. AGE 44

Blythe Danner and Gwyneth — that strict Paltrow regime works. AGE 44

To be fair to Tara Newley, few match Joan Collins’ beauty. AGE 53

To be fair to Tara Newley, few match Joan Collins’ beauty. AGE 53

Hollywood pampering separates Pat and Catherine Zeta-Jones. AGE 47

Hollywood pampering separates Pat and Catherine Zeta-Jones. AGE 47

To the manner born: Lady Astor and Samantha Cameron. AGE 45

To the manner born: Lady Astor and Samantha Cameron. AGE 45

A natural look for Tippi Hedren compared to Melanie Griffith. AGE 59

A natural look for Tippi Hedren compared to Melanie Griffith. AGE 59

Stage presence: Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson. AGE 51

Stage presence: Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson. AGE 51

Strictly fans of the tan: Eve Pollard and Claudia Winkleman. AGE 44

Strictly fans of the tan: Eve Pollard and Claudia Winkleman. AGE 44

Royal role: Fergie had been wed a year and was about to be a mum, fresh-faced Beatrice is single and forever on holiday. AGE 28

Royal role: Fergie had been wed a year and was about to be a mum, fresh-faced Beatrice is single and forever on holiday. AGE 28

Goldie Hawn (posed for Playboy just two years later) and Kate Hudson. AGE 37

Goldie Hawn (posed for Playboy just two years later) and Kate Hudson. AGE 37

Impeccable poise: Duchess of Kent and Lady Helen Windsor. AGE 52

Impeccable poise: Duchess of Kent and Lady Helen Windsor. AGE 52

Janelle Kidman was a nurse, Nicole's youthful look has raised suspicions she has had some cosmetic treatments. AGE 50

Janelle Kidman was a nurse, Nicole’s youthful look has raised suspicions she has had some cosmetic treatments. AGE 50

Dorothy Stone never had Sharon’s basic instinct to be a star. AGE 59

Dorothy Stone never had Sharon’s basic instinct to be a star. AGE 59

Majestic: The Queen looked sparkling despite 40 years on the throne, unlike the seemingly careworn Anne. AGE 66

Majestic: The Queen looked sparkling despite 40 years on the throne, unlike the seemingly careworn Anne. AGE 66

Sally Winslet and Kate — a face that launched a Titanic career. AGE 40 

Sally Winslet and Kate — a face that launched a Titanic career. AGE 40