The ‘Eyes’ Have It
One of the drawbacks of being doggedly consistent (OCD traits) is when a wrench is thrown into the plan. It’s not that I have an aversion to change I just like change when it’s planned.
When I was researching the 2014 fall/winter makeup trends I began with the usual resources (Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Glamour and a couple of others). As predicted the major fashion mags identified some trends that may not be well-suited to a certain demographic
From lashes so long they would make a camel jealous; blue, green, orange & more neon-colored eye liners; glitter-laden, I mean shimmering metallic lips & eyes, the dewy totally flawless rosy-cheeked perfection; BOLD (really, really bold) lavender, pink & purple eye shadows; to contouring & highlighting to double as a cadaver.
No offense to Generation X (the 34 to 49 crowd) and the Millennials (my kids are millennials) however I was hard pressed to find women (wearing the latest makeup trend) in my demographic (don’t cringe) Baby Boomers. So it shouldn’t be a surprise when I was overcome with joy at a Huffington Post article by Dana Oliver: 7 Hair And Makeup Mistakes Women Over 50 Should Avoid.
I’m sure it’s the rebel in me, who adores a person who is not afraid to speak their mind and Dana Oliver, the executive fashion and beauty editor at Huffington Post Style is such an individual. The second sentence in the article grabbed me: “While it’s my job as a beauty editor to be “in the know” about the latest and greatest in the industry, a lot of what’s on the beauty counters is just a bunch of BS. (Yeah, I said it.)”
The article is the review of a book by Andrea Q. Robinson, beauty expert, whose cosmetics experience spans decades. Ultima II, Ralph Lauren, Tom Ford and Prescriptives are among some of the beauty companies she has run. As the title suggests, the article looks at 7 hair and makeup mistakes to be avoided by women over 50 from the book “Toss the Gloss: Beauty Tips, Tricks & Truths for Women 50+.”
I’m sharing 4 of the 7 in today’s post with my two cents:
- Concealing dark circles with much lighter concealer never works. – I concur, in desperation I tried this and instead of it diminishing the appearance of my bags it highlighted them. It’s similar to being curvy and trying to camouflage the well-endowed hind quarters with a long sweater (it makes the behind look larger) I speaketh from experience.
- Want to look really old? Use powder blush. – I stopped using blush many years ago and yes at the time it was powder but at that time I was younger. Occasionally I may use a little bronzer. I’ll be devastated if the book recommends losing the bronzer – nah I’ll probably still use it because I’m a rebel.
- Don’t be influenced by trumped-up celebrity styles. – This one has to be one of my favorites. Just because my style crush is wearing the latest and greatest trend doesn’t mean I can do likewise. As I’ve said before it’s more important to dress for your body type, wear colors that compliment your skin tone, wear clothing that fits well and speaks to your personality and lifestyle.
- As for going totally gray, it can be dazzling. – I have seen some of the most stunning styles and shades of gray hair that I’ve been toying with the idea of getting mine dyed gray. With proper care of gray hair, a dab of makeup and a snazzy ensemble you will be making a beautiful statement.
I purchased the Kindle version of “Toss the Gloss: Beauty Tips, Tricks & Truths for Women 50+” and I can’t wait to share my findings.
Do you have any makeup tips that you would like to share? If so, you can leave a message in the comment box or send an email directly to me at email@example.com.
And remember “when you feel good, you look good.”
“The older generation thought nothing of getting up at five every morning – and the younger generation doesn’t think much of it either.” ~John J. Welsh
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