Real and Slightly Irreverent Beauty Advice for 40-ish Crowd
Note: I am unable to speak to people who have skin color radically different than mine. If you are an alabaster beauty, a sexy Asian, or a beautiful black woman, my makeup tips will be worthless to you, but I assume you are smart enough to have skipped this section entirely.
4. Look at your assets and accentuate them. We are old enough and wise enough to know what works on us and what doesn't. Got long legs? Splurge on some killer heels. Are you proud of your neck and shoulders? By tops that show them off. Do you have the best ass of anyone you know? Then never leave the house in pants that don't do it justice.
Be honest, and if you really don't know what your best features are, ask some honest friends. The gift of 40 is the knowledge and awareness of what works and the ability to skip unflattering trends. It's also a good time to transition to "classy" from "sassy." The slutty look may be fun but it will age you faster than anything else. Pick one body part to feature and keep the rest understated.
Need an example? I have great legs. I'll wear a short skirt with heels but only if I'm not sporting too much cleavage.
So you don't have a beauty budget for clothes? Go to Goodwill, Plato's Closet consignment, etc. but when you do so:
A. Try it on! Used clothing often has shrank, or has stains that you don't notice until you get it home.
B. Look for ingredients or brands. This is the time to be snobby, and look for silk or cashmere on the tags, and look for quality brands that you trust to hold up over time.
C. If you find a plethora of items in a particular Goodwill in your size and taste, stalk that one store. You will be far more successful driving out of your way to a place where some angle of mercy is donating your perfect wardrobe than picking through a lot of crap elsewhere.
D. Forget ebay. It never fits as I think it is going to. Never.
Also: throw out everything questionable in your wardrobe. If you are like me, you have a closet full on buying mistakes that you wish would magically fbecome good options. They won't. Only keep clothing that makes you look fabulous, including comfy pants.
5. Smile. If you look happy, if you are laughing with friends, you will glow and all that beauty advice won't make a damn bit of difference. Avoid that hungry predator look at all costs.