How to Look Younger – Anti-Aging Tips

Maybe this sounds familiar: You find a photo taken a decade ago at the bottom of a drawer. It shows you barefaced, grinning, while hiking with family or friends. Back then, you thought that without makeup, eye crinkles clearly visible, this photo made you look old. If only you could get that look back now! Plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and the makers of many face creams will tell you that you can, but their wares can be expensive and invasive. We asked dermatologists what affordable, at-home steps will help restore your more youthful appearance. Here are six moves that research proves can deliver; two are even free!

Step 1: Shun the Sun

Why this works: Repeated sun exposure eventually leads to brown spots, fine wrinkles, deeper creases, and sagging skin. If you need proof, just look at the skin on the underside of your arm where the rays are less likely to reach. Does it look smoother and less blotchy? “What the sun does is fast-forward your aging clock,” says Doris Day, M.D., clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City. “Around age 40, you cross that line — your collagen and elastic tissue have experienced enough damage to really start showing a change. You look in the mirror, and uh-oh, you can no longer ignore it or easily cover it up.” Protecting your skin year-round will help prevent you from further accelerating your age.

What to try: To start, make sure you always have broad-spectrum protection with an adequate long-wave UVA shield, says Richard Glogau, M.D., clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco. “Those UVA rays give you the wrinkles and the muddy skin tone that ages you,” he says. Dr. Glogau recommends UVA filters like Mexoryl and Helioplex, which provide longer-lasting protection. Try Neutrogena Age Shield Face Sunblock SPF 90+ ($9.49, drugstores) or Lancôme UV Expert 20 Sunscreen SPF 20 ($35, department stores). Also use a product — like these — with an SPF of 15 or higher to protect against burns. Get even better coverage by including antioxidants like vitamins C and E and pomegranate extract in your protection. “Antioxidants boost the benefits of sunscreen. They help neutralize the damage caused by UV light,” says Ranella Hirsch, M.D., a dermatologist at Boston University Medical Center. Try C.O. Bigelow All-in-One Protective Day Lotion SPF 25 ($19.50, Bath & Body Works), which contains vitamins A, C, and E, antioxidant-rich berry extracts, and UV protection. Of course, behavior counts, too: Whenever possible, avoid midday rays. Wear a hat and sunglasses (less squinting). If you want some color, try self-tanner. We like Jergens Natural Glow Health Complexion Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 20 ($9, drugstores). Or go with your own glow. “It will definitely help you look younger,” says Dr. Day.

Years younger: 5. Within six months, your sun-protected skin should appear smoother and more even-toned, says Jeffrey Dover, M.D., associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine and coauthor of The Youth Equation. The catch: You have to continue protecting skin daily and avoiding the harsh rays, or you’ll redo the damage.

Next: The power of retinoids

Step 2: Smooth Lines with Retinoids

Why this works: In studies dating back over the past 20 years, they have been shown to help soften the look of fine lines and brown spots by increasing collagen production and normalizing skin-cell activity. “These vitamin A derivatives have a better-established track record than any other wrinkle-reduction creams,” says Dr. Glogau. Even the milder, nonprescription-strength retinol may reduce the effects of chronological aging — albeit more gradually. When University of Michigan researchers applied a .4 percent retinol lotion to one of the study participants’ upper inner arms as many as three times a week for 24 weeks, skin biopsies revealed that that arm had more of the building blocks that make skin smooth and resilient than the untreated arm.

What to try: The biggest challenge with retinoids is dealing with the potential side effects, such as redness and peeling skin. Your skin will, however, build up a tolerance, usually within six to 12 weeks. Retin-A is still the gold standard in prescription strength, though there are several less-irritating options — costing $100 per tube on average — including Retin-A Micro, Differin, Avage, and Tazorac. Researchers continue to seek ways of making retinoids more tolerable; one theory currently being tested at the University of Michigan is that using an ultra-mild facial cleanser and moisturizer will help calm the irritation. (The study findings are still a few years away.) Dermatologists also suggest you ease into using one: Apply a pea-size amount at night (sun exposure makes retinoids less effective), and try it every second or third night until your skin handles it better. If that’s still too irritating, go with an over-the-counter retinol. These formulas are less potent, but are still effective. Try L’Oréal Paris Advanced Revitalift Deep-Set Wrinkle Repair Night Creme ($20, drugstores) or DermaDoctor Poetry in Lotion Intensive Retinol 1.0 ($75, Sephora).

Years younger: 6-7. You should start to see an improvement in a matter of weeks with a prescription formula, but don’t stop there. “Keep using it,” says Dr. Dover, who claims he can always spot a woman on a prescription retinoid because her skin looks “too good” for her age. Over-the-counter retinol converts to the active form, called retinoic acid, at a lower concentration — but the benefits will start to show up after a few months if you stay with it.

Step 3: Load Up on Antioxidants

Why this works: Antioxidants act as scavengers that neutralize free radicals — the particles that, in skin, cause sun damage and wrinkles, and can lead to skin cancer. They can also help protect against damage from environmental assaults like pollution and smoking, says Dr. Hirsch. Though there is still some debate about whether they can reverse sun damage, at the least they deliver modest skin brightening, says Dr. Dover, since better-protected skin appears more even-toned.

What to try: Some foods are loaded with antioxidants that are beneficial to the body overall, “but most people don’t eat enough of them to benefit skin,” says Dr. Hirsch. She recommends ingesting them and applying them topically. Look for vitamins C and E, pomegranate, idebenone, soy, green tea, niacinamide, and coenzyme Q10 in the top half of a product’s ingredient list to get the most benefits from these often-pricey potions. Try Vichy Liftactiv CxP Bio-Lifting Care ($43, drugstores) or Desert Essence Organics Age Reversal Pomegranate Face Serum ($15, Whole Foods).

Years younger: 1-2. If your skin immediately radiates youthfulness after slathering on an antioxidant-rich cream, thank your moisturizer; antioxidants won’t work that fast. You have to keep using them for five or six months, says Dr. Dover, to see the benefits. After that time, not only should your skin tone be more even, but some of the fine lines may smooth out, and drier-looking skin will appear revitalized.

Next: Why sleep is so important

Step 4: Sleep Well

Why this works: Lack of sleep definitely saps your glow, instantly aging you (think puffy, red eyes). But it also affects your skin in stealth ways: Fatigue causes cortisol, the stress hormone, to rise sharply. “If cortisol is chronically high, it can age you by breaking down collagen in skin,” says Amy Wechsler, M.D., dermatologist, psychiatrist, and author of The Mind-Beauty Connection. Just one nighttime sleep disruption can prompt your immune system to turn against healthy organs and tissue: When researchers at UCLA interrupted volunteers’ shut-eye from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., they found that sleep loss triggered the body’s inflammation response; curiously, this effect was found in women only.

What to try: “The one thing that seems to ring true for everyone is to pick a bedtime, and then an hour beforehand, no more BlackBerry-ing, e-mailing, or TV news,” says Dr. Wechsler. “Instead, read a novel, watch something funny on TV, or have sex.” Cortisol is at its lowest when you’re sleeping, during exercise, and after sex, she says. Then, if you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back asleep, do something that bores you, like reading your least favorite section of the newspaper (hello, sports page).

Years younger: 2-3. If your skin is aging due to lack of zzz’s, improving your sleep habits will definitely give it a youth boost. “It’s hard to know exactly how much younger you will look by sleeping more,” says Dr. Dover, “but when someone who doesn’t get enough sleep or tends to stress a lot comes back from a relaxing holiday, she almost always looks a few years younger.”

Step 5: Exfoliate Gently and Often

Why this works: At-home peels or even a simple face scrub can make your complexion look much more youthful and radiant and may also boost collagen production, says Leslie Baumann, M.D., director of the University of Miami Cosmetic Medicine and Research Institute. “It’s one of the best ways to see a quick difference,” she says. As you age, skin tends to be drier and dead cells cling to the surface, giving it a rougher texture. When you shed those dead cells with a scrub or peel, it enhances the functioning of your skin: Water-retaining cells come to the surface, and active ingredients in your skin care — like antioxidants and retinoids — penetrate better. “Regular exfoliating is also therapeutic if you have acne-prone skin,” says Dr. Glogau. One caveat: People who have sensitive complexions or rosacea should skip this step — or at least exfoliate less often — since those dead cells actually shield skin from irritation.

What to try: The most effective, least expensive options are grainy scrubs that have small, round particles. Try St. Ives Elements Microdermabrasion ($7, drugstores) or SkinEffects Cell2Cell Anti-Aging Exfoliating Cleansing Scrub ($10, CVS). “The particles should be smooth and feel like sugar in your hand,” says Dr. Baumann. If they are too big or rough, they can tear skin. At-home chemical exfoliators work more slowly and may cost more, but they too help loosen dead cells. If manual scrubs are too harsh for your skin, choose a chemical wash with glycolic acid, or try a gentler salicylic acid formula (it may also treat acne). Try Aveda Enbrightenment Brightening Cleanser ($35, aveda.com). And if you’re also using a retinoid, try sloughing skin twice instead of three or four times weekly.

Years younger: 2-3. There are two provisos, say experts. First, you’ve got to stick with it to keep seeing improvement. You’ll get even better results by also doing monthly doctor’s-office peels (glycolic acid or microdermabrasion), which remove the upper layer of skin and may stimulate collagen production. Second, you’ll benefit the most if you combine this step with one (or more) of the others listed here.

Next: Replenish skin with moisture

Step 6: Add Moisture

Why this works: By menopause, the majority of women need a daily moisturizer. “It’s what gives skin that smooth, radiant look,” explains Dr. Glogau. In fact, most skin care that promises to improve the look of wrinkles in just a few weeks is probably doing it by moisturizing.

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What to try: Effective hydrators include those, like glycerin and hyaluronic acid, that draw water into the skin, and others that prevent water from escaping, such as petrolatum and lanolin. Try Dove Deep Moisture Facial Lotion SPF 15 ($7.49, drugstores) with glycerin. Natural moisturizers, like olive, sunflower, and coconut oils, can also hydrate skin; skip them, though, if you’re prone to acne. Try: Kiss My Face Obsessively Organic Under Age Ultra Hydrating Moisturizer ($21, Whole Foods) with sunflower and grapeseed oils. What won’t work: drinking more water. There’s little evidence that staying hydrated internally can do anything to reduce wrinkles, though if you’re dehydrated, water will definitely give your skin a smoother look.

Years younger: 2-3. Though they have to be reapplied in order to keep up the benefits, moisturizers can help you look a few years younger almost immediately, says Dr. Glogau.

Can light make you look younger?

Handheld LED machines — scaled-down versions of the ones in dermatologists’ offices and spas — promise to stimulate collagen, improve skin texture and tone, and smooth fine lines when their red and/or infrared light is directed at your face. True? The Good Housekeeping Research Institute put five recently introduced devices and their anti-aging claims to the test. Volunteers followed each manufacturer’s protocol, using the handheld gizmos daily to once a week for four to six weeks. But with very few exceptions, testers’ fine lines and wrinkles were unchanged after the prescribed periods. The bright spots: Evis M.D. Platinum Red LED Rejuvenating Facial Light ($295, department stores) and Tända Regenerate Anti-Aging Starter Kit ($275, Sephora) improved sunspots, pores, and skin texture in lab evaluations. The bottom line: Though you may get some skin benefits from at-home LED devices, these costly, time-consuming treatments appear no more effective than a good face cream at turning back the clock.

What’s your skin’s real age?

This is no ordinary beauty quiz. It was created for The Mind-Beauty Connection by Amy Wechsler, M.D., by two scientists — Axel Goetz, M.D., Ph.D., and Harriet Imrey, Ph.D., both researchers with RealAge, an anti-aging Website in San Diego — who pored over a decade’s worth of peer-reviewed scholarly papers to find a scientifically valid way to measure how old you look versus how old you are. Before you answer the 13 questions on the next page, either shower or wash your face; then dry off and rub in some moisturizer (it won’t affect your visual exam). Look in the mirror without smiling. Finally, add up your score using the box below. (Note: You must be between the ages of 27 and 81 to get a valid result.)

Next: Take the quiz!

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How Old Is Your Skin?

1. Is the skin of your cheeks (and maybe your forehead, too) smooth or sagging?
A. Smooth
B. Somewhat sagging
C. Sagging and forming jowls on my jawline

2. Do you have bags under your eyes?
A. No
B. Small ones
C. Distinct bags

3. Are your upper eyelids drooping, almost touching your upper lashes?
A. No
B. Slightly

C. Definitely

4. Do you see fine lines on your forehead and/or cheeks?

A. No
B. Some
C. Quite a few

5. Do you see deep wrinkles on your cheeks?
A. No
B. Yes, some deepening wrinkles
C. Yes, several deep wrinkles

6. Do you see smile lines leading from the corners of your nostrils to the corners of your mouth?
A. No
B. Yes, soft lines
C. Yes, very clear lines

7. Do you see crow’s feet at the outer corners of your eyes? 
A. No
B. Yes, slight lines
C. Yes, marked lines

8. Do you see wrinkles under your eyes?
A. No
B. Yes, fine wrinkles
C. Yes, very marked wrinkles

9. Are there any frown lines running horizontally across your forehead and/or vertically between your eyebrows?
A. No
B. Yes, slight lines
C. Yes, very marked lines

10. Do you see fine vertical lines above your upper lip?
A. No
B. Yes, a few
C. Yes, many

11. Do you see fine up-and-down lines on your lips?
A. No
B. Yes, some
C. Yes, many

12. Instead of the coloring on your cheeks or forehead being even, do you have any small red dots or uneven coloring?
A. No
B. Some dots or uneven coloring
C. A lot of dots and uneven coloring

13. Do you have any milia on your forehead or cheeks (milia are small bumps that look like little whiteheads but don’t go away)?
A. No
B. Yes

Determining your skin’s age
To figure out just how young or old your skin really is, circle the points for each answer, then add them up.
1. a=0; b=3; c=6
2. a=0; b=1.5; c=3
3. a=0; b=1.5; c=3
4. a=0; b=1.5; c=2.5
5. a=0; b=1; c=2
6. a=0; b=0.5; c=1.5
7. a=0; b=0.5; c=1.5
8. a=0; b=0.5; c=1.5
9. a=0; b=0.5; c=1.5
10. a=0; b=1; c=2
11. a=0; b=1; c=2
12. a=0; b=7; c=14
13. a=0; b=5

TOTAL POINTS+ 27 =THE AGE OF YOUR SKIN

Did your skin turn out to be younger, equal to, or older than your chronological age? If it’s older, don’t panic. Just imagine how good you’re going to feel when you take up to seven years off your face with the plan in this article. If this quiz shows that your skin is younger than the number on your driver’s license, use the plan as maintenance. Ironically, the longer you’ve been neglecting your complexion, the bigger the difference you will see when you take this quiz again in six months.

Aging Skin Makeup Solutions

Change up your palette and erase years from your face.

There is no age limit on beauty. Every season of life, however, brings challenges and changes. One of those opportunities is to revisit and reinvent your look.

When it comes to makeup, don’t settle for what worked for you decades ago. Open yourself up to a new approach that fits who you are now.

Hiding Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Some women mistakenly draw attention to the fine lines and wrinklesaround their eyes by overdoing the area with makeup. Wrinkles become more noticeable as the makeup settles and cakes into lines.

Prevention begins with a moisturizer. Celebrity hairstylist Billy Lowe, beauty expert for television shows such as Extreme Makeover and TLC’s 10 Years Younger, says, “After you wash your face in the morning, apply moisturizer while the skin is damp. That will plump it up and even it out, helping makeup glide on.”

Don’t forget to moisturize around your eyes. “Start with a silicone-based eye serum that will gel to the concealer and prevent it from slipping,” Lowe says. “Packing on the makeup to cover lines or dark circles will bring out the creases.” Avoid using heavy concealers that will look cakey around the eyes.

Makeup instructor Bridget Winton says to learn the bone structure and features of your face. “Focus on your bone structure to lift the face,” she says. “Give yourself a youthful look by using lighter and darker shades to make hard lines soft and soft lines hard.”

For example, work with a foundation that is one or two shades darker than your foundation to “lift” a sagging chin. Cover the darker area with a translucent powder.

How to Brighten Aging Skin

If your skin looks dull, use warm colors to brighten up. Experts suggest using a foundation that is a half-shade lighter than your skin tone.

To dim dark circles under your eyes, apply foundation that’s a shade lighter than your foundation to the area. Top it with a concealer and then add a loose powder to set the makeup and hide the color difference.

Illuminators and bronzers can also add a sun-kissed glow. But don’t overdo it; a bad fake tan can make you look older. Get a more natural glow by blending the bronzer into your moisturizer or foundation and then applying it evenly to your face. A loose powder just one or two shades darker than your skin tone can also add warmth.

Spritzers and moisturizing sprays help set makeup and give skin a dewy look, Winton says.

Apply moisturizer and sunscreens as a base each morning, and reapply sunscreen throughout the day. You Wash it all off every night and try a heavier, nighttime moisturizer.

“You know the saying, ‘an ounce of prevention,'” Lowe says. “Take care of your skin at any age.”

Soften Your Colors

Ruby red may have been your signature lip color since your 20s. But as you mellow with age, so should your color palette. “You don’t want bright, vibrant colors that call attention to the eyes, lips, or cheeks because they will draw attention to damage and not blend with the skin,” Winton says. “You can still stay with the harmony of your hair and eye color, just do it with softer colors.”

“I’m a sucker for soft tones. I use them on everyone,” Lowe says. “I like neutrals and pastels and find they complement aging skin well.”

Black mascaras and eyeliners are appropriate around the eyes. If your hairis gray, you might try a softer mascara color, such as brown or gray.

Eyelashes also tend to lose their volume and thickness over time. A volumizing, defining mascara will plump them up. To make them even fuller, “apply a very fine layer of translucent powder to the lashes in between two coats of mascara,” makeup artist Jemma Kidd says. You might consider having your lashes and brows tinted with semi-permanent color as a longer-lasting alternative, but never do that yourself.

Plump Lips

Your lips can thin with age. But there are ways to make them look full again.

Choosing the right color for thinning lips matters. Again, avoid strong colors like red. Those can make lips appear even thinner. Peach and beige colors, lip glosses, and tawny liners make them appear fuller and more defined.

Liners can help complete the illusion of fuller lips. Draw just on the outside of the lips and fill in with color, but don’t to make them too rigid. “Most people use the pencil to outline the lips first,” Lowe says. “This creates too much definition in the lining of the lip. Instead, use color first and then line the lip. It gives it a softer line that is still defined.”

If you have feathery lines around your lips, use matte lipsticks and lip liners to keep lipstick from bleeding into them. Kidd recommends mixing a good lip balm with your favorite lip color for a glossier, more subtle look.

Fashion Tips for Women Over 50

How to Dress Fabulous Over 50

Can women’s fashion over fifty be fabulous? Most definitely.

The fashion arena for mature women that once included muumuu dresses and ugly grandma sweaters is fortunately long gone! Today’s mature woman feels, thinks, and looks younger than her age.

They seek out fashion-forward clothes that allow them to portray a confident, youthful, and vibrant image.

I say, hooray, we can finally look as young as we feel. Follow these fashion tips and you can too!

Updating Your Look

It can be hard to branch out and wear styles of clothing, hair, or makeup that might not be familiar to you. Here are some ways to bridge the gap:

  • Find a fashion buddy, maybe a friend or a daughter.

Go shopping with a fashionable friend and get their opinion on what you should wear. Though you might think something is too over-the-top, they’ll be able to give you real input on what looks good.

  • Update your hair.

If you’ve been wearing the same hairstyle for a few decades, it’s time to change. Go through some magazines and find looks that you like. Ask your friends or hairstylists and try something new.

  • Update your makeup.

Don’t overdo it though! Go get a makeover at a cosmetics store to try new looks and get feedback from your fashion friends.

  • Raid your closet.

Go through all of your clothes. What have you been wearing and why? What haven’t you been wearing and why? Looking at your current habits in detail will keep you from making similar fashion mistakes when you go shopping this time.

Stores for Mature Women

Look your best by choosing clothes that fit your lifestyle, budget and figure.

The best clothing stores that cater to mature women include:

  • Lord & Taylor
  • Chadwicks
  • Chicos
  • Macy’s
  • Ann Taylor
  • J. Jill
  • Talbots
  • Pendleton
  • Karen Kane
  • Dana Buchman
  • Eddie Bauer
  • White House Black Market

Don’t forget to check even at places like Target, or online at Amazon or Zappos. You might be surprised at what you find.

Here are some shopping tips:

  • When shopping for clothes, be unpredictable and think as young as you feel. This isn’t to say you should raid your daughter’s closet and borrow her mini skirt or hipster jeans. Do, however, think modern, elegant, and chic.
  • It’s okay to choose solid colors and bold styles. Anything works as long as you feel comfortable wearing it.
  • Choose classic shapes and clothes that drape instead of clinging.
  • Hemlines should not be too short, ladies. Aim for just above the knee.
  • Wrap dresses are very flattering. If you find the neckline is too revealing, wear a lacy cami underneath.
  • Wearing quality shapewear underneath your fashions is very important. Your bras, panties, and shapers should be brand-name and fit properly.
  • Avoid pastels, floral prints, and anything with frills or decals.
  • Look for inspiration on Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr.
  • Invest in quality clothing and tailored clothes that will flatter your figure. At 50, a great fit is everything. You should opt for quality because you will find better fabrics, better cuts, and therefore, better fits.

Yes, ladies! Great style can happen over 50, even if you’re on a small budget. Your wardrobe can be smart and super stylish on every level, whether you’re dressing for the office or your home office.

Classic Pieces for Your Wardrobe

Items to have in your wardrobe are:

  • Classic blazer
  • Tunic top
  • Cardigan
  • Black dress
  • Pair of great fitting jeans

Go from frumpy to fabulous with modern pieces that your grandma wouldn’t have ever dared to wear!

  • Bring attention to your good features when shopping for clothes. If you have bad legs, wear dark leggings and dresses or skirts that are longer.
  • Heavy at the waistline? New block designs in women’s wear can actually trick the eye into making you look like you have an hourglass figure!
  • Women that are heavy in the thighs can opt to wear stretch jeans or dark pants with a patterned top to take attention from them.

Sweaters and Cardigans

It’s fair to say that I never owned as many cardigans as I do now that I turned 50. Some women prefer layering with blazers or jackets, but I prefer a pretty sweater.

Today’s styles are feminine, modern, cozy, and make a perfect addition to your wardrobe any time of year.

It makes a woman feel good to complemented at any age, but especially when you’re over 50. This is one more reason to choose beautifully tailored clothes.

If you’re looking to achieve great style and want to be comfortable at the same time, a draped cardi might just be the answer to your fashion woes.

Perfect for layering, stylish cardigans can be worn over a top, blouse, or dress and can give a boost to your entire look.

Jeans

Who doesn’t wear jeans? It’s important to have a pair that makes you feel great.

The jeans from NYDJ are an easy staple that every woman over 50 should have in her closet. Seriously. Both comfortable and classic, the boot cut jeans offer a cool silhouette and waist control.

They make dressing a breeze, too. Just toss on a cute top and you’re ready to go! I think you’ll agree that being comfortable in your jeans is something that you demand at this age and here, you have the tummy panel that keeps you controlled but comfortable.

You’ll look great in the figure flattering cut and a dark wash that makes you look slimmer.

Features to look for in jeans:

  • Tummy slimming panel
  • Elastic waist
  • Stretch
  • Dark wash

Other good brands:

  • Levi’s
  • Not Your Daughter’s Jeans
  • Lee
  • 7 For All Mankind

Outerwear and Jackets

Choose luxurious, rich fabrics like buttery leather, soft fur, or cashmere and you simply can’t go wrong.

Here are some good styles:

  • Trench coats
  • Pea jackets
  • Car coats
  • Leather jackets
  • Jean jackets

These kinds of coats and jackets are eternally youthful in spirit. Since they’re such an important part of your look, it’s best to think designer brands when it comes to your jacket.

Here’s what to look for in your jacket:

  • Comfort—How do you feel wearing it?
  • Close fit—It should be fitted but not tight. Tailored pieces make you look younger.
  • Versatility—Can you dress it up and dress it down?
  • Quality—What is it made of? Will it last?
  • Style—Is it fashion-forward but not too trendy? You want this piece to last for years.

Shapewear: Shapers, Bras, Waistnippers, and Panties

Unless you’re a woman that spends countless hours working out in a gym, (and who does that, unless you’re a rich celebrity), your best plan of attack for shaping and sculpting the old body is going to come from wearing shapewear that offers firm control.

I know you’ll like shopping for shapewear online. Shop for shapers, bras, waistnippers, and panties with brand names like:

  • Playtex
  • Glamorise
  • Crown-ette
  • Bali
  • Leading Lady
  • Valmont
  • Body Image

Shoes: Chic and Comfortable

Heels shouldn’t be too high. Instead, opt for strapped sandals, wedges, or stylish flats. High-quality brand name shoes makes much more sense now than those spiked shoes from hell we wore in the 70’s!

Now, we demand something with a go-everywhere walkability that looks good, too.

Finding quality mature women’s shoes isn’t difficult at all now thanks to online shopping.

Look for brand name shoes like:

  • Nine West
  • Clarks
  • Dansko
  • Birkenstock
  • Born
  • Easy Spirit
  • Softspots
  • Aravon
  • Walking Cradles
  • ECCO
  • Reiker
  • Rockport

Swimwear

Of course, our bikini days are over now, but there are some really high quality one-piece swimsuits and tankinis that can make you feel attractive in a bathing suit again.

The key word to remember when shopping for a swimsuit now is quality. Don’t run out to Walmart and get something that is cheaply made that any 20-year-old would look good in.

Go for quality now—you have to. I mean, it isn’t cute anymore when one of your straps break or the bottoms slide off when you’re swimming.

Choose reputable designer brands that you like.

I have a Miraclesuit swimsuit that has gotten me plenty of compliments this year. They are on the expensive side, but are well worth the extra cash. 

Another Good Resource

More is my favorite magazine and is the best magazine for women over 50!

Here you can learn about the season’s hottest styles and great fashion finds under $100. I really like the way all the models featured in More are women that are actually over 40 (not twenty-somethings to remind you that you’re not so young anymore).

The beauty care and health products featured are geared towards women my age and it has interesting articles that allow you to stay informed of the latest medical advancements affecting your generation and gender. The featured stories and memoirs are thoughtful and so inspirational.

More also contains articles on finances that are beneficial to women looking to invest, retire or just manage personal income, too.

Clothes For Older Women: Tips For Those Seeking A Style Boost

Within a global fashion scene that usually speaks to youth comes a new book, “The Wardrobe Wakeup: Your Guide to Looking Fabulous at Any Age.”

 

For example, when it comes to your closet, Johnson urges you to turn it into a curated, edited collection rather than a hit-or-miss jumble. After tossing or donating the items you don’t wear, she said to organize what’s left by color. Then, hang like items together within each color group, i.e. cluster jackets, pants, skirts within each color section.

Other tips from the book?

1. Pairing tops and bottoms in the same color is a quick, fool-proof formula for style.

2. One slim belt is all you need to refresh structured dresses, to feminize tailored jackets and suits or to give flat-knit sweaters worn over skirts or pants a hint of shape.

3. If you absolutely crave color, buy classic red. It always looks in style and brightens mature skin like a dash of blush.

Huff/Post 50 recently asked Johnson a few specific questions about older women and fashion.

What’s the biggest fashion mistake women over 40 make?

Not re-tailoring all those old designer blazers they splurged on. Every jacket benefits from a nip and tuck. You (and they) look slimmer and more youthful. Get rid of shoulder pads, contour the waist and slim down the sleeves.

What’s the one thing women must always remember to do when it comes to fashion?

Wear a belt at the waist to restore body definition and give clothes a contemporary shape. Belt sleeveless dresses, flat-knit fitted sweaters, cardigans over dresses, coats and even those jackets. A skinny is great because you don’t give up midriff space!

What’s the no-fail color that flatters everyone?

Camel is an often-ignored warm neutral that works like a sunny bronzer to add a healthy glow head to toe to mature skin. It mixes just great with black, brown, ivory, leopard and red too!

What’s your best tip for organizing one’s closet?

Organize by color (not item or season), and then within each color group hang like items together — skirts, pants, tops, etc. This makes getting dressed faster [and] easier.

What’s the one essential every woman needs ASAP?

Nude pumps! Go for a skin tone match — check your foundation makeup for the right shade. They stretch your legs and that elongates your entire body for a slimmer, sleeker, sexier look.

7 Super Useful Styling Tips For Women Under 5’4

5’4 or under? Here’s what you need to know.

First things first: “Petite” doesn’t just mean short and slim.

It refers to women who are 5'4 and under. Clothing labeled as petite is cut with that proportion in mind. Compared to standard items, you'll often find narrower shoulders and shorter inseams. So whether you're a size 00 or a size 16, if you're shorter, the petite section is worth a look. With that in mind, BuzzFeed Life turned to bloggers Jean Wang of Extra Petite, Kelly Tucker of Alterations Needed, and New York City-based stylist Cindy Gordon, for their best tips and tricks on nailing shorter style.

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It refers to women who are 5’4 and under.

Clothing labeled as petite is cut with that proportion in mind. Compared to standard items, you’ll often find narrower shoulders and shorter inseams. So whether you’re a size 00 or a size 16, if you’re shorter, the petite section is worth a look.

With that in mind, BuzzFeed Life turned to bloggers Jean Wang of Extra Petite, Kelly Tucker of Alterations Needed, and New York City-based stylist Cindy Gordon, for their best tips and tricks on nailing shorter style.

1. For bustier petites, balance is key.

"Fuller petite body types can vary, but overall, celebrating shape is important," Gordon told BuzzFeed Life. "For big-busted petites, empire waists are great since they nip you in beneath the bustline." Or, try a fitted top paired with a high-low skirt. This way you've got a fitted base with an outer layer to balance — all without sacrificing shape.

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“Fuller petite body types can vary, but overall, celebrating shape is important,” Gordon told BuzzFeed Life. “For big-busted petites, empire waists are great since they nip you in beneath the bustline.” Or, try a fitted top paired with a high-low skirt. This way you’ve got a fitted base with an outer layer to balance — all without sacrificing shape.

2. Smaller frame? Depending on the brand, don’t overlook kids’ sizes.

Sizing doesn't always make sense, even with retailers that have specific lines for petites. So when shopping, don't look at sizing tags, look at measurements. With some brands, the larger kids sizes are interchangeable with the smaller petite sizes — and they often cost less too. More here.

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Sizing doesn’t always make sense, even with retailers that have specific lines for petites. So when shopping, don’t look at sizing tags, look at measurements. With some brands, the larger kids sizes are interchangeable with the smaller petite sizes — and they often cost less too. More here.

This can also apply to standard sizes:

Think about functionality, too. "I love cropped tops in regular sizing which work perfectly as not-too-long tops on petites," Wang said. "I also look for items that look like higher empire-style waists on the models, since those tend to fit like regular dresses on petites."

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Think about functionality, too. “I love cropped tops in regular sizing which work perfectly as not-too-long tops on petites,” Wang said. “I also look for items that look like higher empire-style waists on the models, since those tend to fit like regular dresses on petites.”

3. And the same goes for shoes.

In this case, both pairs have the exact same measurements around the top — the kids' size just isn't as tall. But if you're shorter, this actually means a more proportionate fit. The boots will hit your calves, rather than right below (or at) your knee. More comparison info here.

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In this case, both pairs have the exact same measurements around the top — the kids’ size just isn’t as tall. But if you’re shorter, this actually means a more proportionate fit. The boots will hit your calves, rather than right below (or at) your knee. More comparison info here.

4. Use layers to fake a perfect fit.

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If an item is fine in some spots but too big in others, use layers to strategically cover the latter. More examples of faking fit here.

5. Get familiar with easy at-home alterations that you can do yourself.

Things won't always fit perfectly off the rack, but you can often still make them work with simple DIY alterations. Like this one for slimming sleeves and raising the neckline: two small changes that can make a big difference. Find three ways to do this — two of which are beginner-friendly — here.

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Things won’t always fit perfectly off the rack, but you can often still make them work with simple DIY alterations. Like this one for slimming sleeves and raising the neckline: two small changes that can make a big difference. Find three ways to do this — two of which are beginner-friendly — here.

6. At the same time, know when to invest in a professional tailor.

Yes, it's an added cost, but if you're careful about sticking to classic pieces that you can wear year after year — like winter coats, for example — you'll find that the investment is worth it. More here.

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Yes, it’s an added cost, but if you’re careful about sticking to classic pieces that you can wear year after year — like winter coats, for example — you’ll find that the investment is worth it. More here.

7. Cuff long shirts at the elbow.

Flowy long-sleeved shirts sometimes dwarf smaller frames. Cuffed sleeves (and a quick tuck) can break things up and emphasize shape. More tips here.

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Flowy long-sleeved shirts sometimes dwarf smaller frames. Cuffed sleeves (and a quick tuck) can break things up and emphasize shape. More tips here.

8. Or cuff long jeans for a quick makeshift hem.

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Roll them up or tuck them under. More here.

9. With maxis, pay extra attention to silhouette.

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You can wear maxis, but be mindful of roomy cuts with lots of material, says Gordon. If something is voluminous on the bottom, balance things out by wearing something fitted or tucked on top. More here and here.

10. The same goes for high-waisted bottoms and crop tops.

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Again, balance is key. Pair a fitted crop top with high-waisted skirts or shorts, says Gordon. This can help balance both halves without sacrificing shape.

11. Invest in narrow, petite-friendly hangers.

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Small-shouldered clothing doesn’t always mix well with wide, standard hangers — the hanger pokes into the fabric, leaving you with stretched material. Companies like Only Hangersmake slimmer and bendable versions.

12. Streamline a silhouette by getting rid of distracting details.

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On a longer torso, the ruched sleeves on this H&M blazer would end closer to the forearm — but here, they awkwardly stop mid-wrist. A quick fix? Snipping the elastics. How-to here.

13. Pair shoes and bottoms that are similar in color — like black heels with black tights — to elongate your legs.

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The matched color scheme helps create the illusion of a longer line. “Look for shoes in shades of tan or brown similar to your own skin tone, and don’t be afraid to experiment with metallics which can surprisingly function as a neutral,” said Wang.

14. Lengthen your torso by wearing a longer fitted shirt underneath a cropped sweater:

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The contrast breaks things up. (And a cropped top over a fitted or fit-and-flare dress works well too, says Gordon.) More looks here.

15. Clothing that’s stretched over time or doesn’t fit quite right? Depending on the fabric, you might be able to (carefully!) shrink it:

Downsizing a garment in the dryer can be a no or low-cost alternative to a tailor — if you know what you're doing. Tucker shared her best tips:• Research! Some Google sleuthing can help you figure out if a garment will shrink or not, and by how much based on the fabric content. Natural fibers like wools, cottons and linens are usually shrinkable, while synthetics like polyester and rayon are usually not.• Take it slow. Don't toss a garment in the dryer on high heat and forget about it because might not like what you see when you pull it out. Instead, start slowly with lower heats for short bursts until you get an item down to where you'd like it.• Know that the way the fabric looks or feels may change after shrinking. Loose knits may come out looking tight, and threads may not feel as soft. If changes such as these will bother you, skip it. More shrink-to-fit info here.

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Downsizing a garment in the dryer can be a no or low-cost alternative to a tailor — if you know what you’re doing. Tucker shared her best tips:

• Research! Some Google sleuthing can help you figure out if a garment will shrink or not, and by how much based on the fabric content. Natural fibers like wools, cottons and linens are usually shrinkable, while synthetics like polyester and rayon are usually not.

• Take it slow. Don’t toss a garment in the dryer on high heat and forget about it because might not like what you see when you pull it out. Instead, start slowly with lower heats for short bursts until you get an item down to where you’d like it.

• Know that the way the fabric looks or feels may change after shrinking. Loose knits may come out looking tight, and threads may not feel as soft. If changes such as these will bother you, skip it. More shrink-to-fit info here.

16. Know which brands are petite-friendly.

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Among the retailers that carry petite lines: ASOS, Topshop, J. Crew, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor Loft, Old Navy, Anthropologie, and more. For accessories, Pretty Small carries shoes starting in size 2. The Little Bra Company carries bras starting in 28A.

17. And finally — be confident in whatever you wear.

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“Don’t believe that the goal of everything you wear is to make you look taller,” Tucker said. “Embracing your body and wearing what you love and feel confident in is always a better idea.”

25 Awesome Clothing Tips No Woman Should Ever Miss

 

It’s Friday night and you’re searching through your wardrobe to put together the right outfit, but you just can’t seem to find anything that matches. Sound familiar? This is the kind of struggle all women have, but things don’t have to be too complicated. You can make your life a lot easier with some clever fashion tips that allow you look your best in any occasions. You can adjust your choices based on your personal style, body type and personality, but most of these tips will work for any of woman out there.

1. Old things must go!

This is where you should start – there’s no room for change if you don’t make it yourself. Open up your closet and take a good look at your clothes. You should ask yourself one simple question – if you were in a store right now, what items from your closet would you buy? It’s a very simple and quite efficient game you should play once in a while. If you want to stop spending hours in front of your closet, it needs to be neat and color coordinated – hoarding clothes always leads to a mess. All clothes you decide need to go shouldn’t be thrown away – donate them! That way, you’ll feel good about it.

2. Big event coming? Shop with a plan

Whether you’re getting married, or you’re simply attending a black-tie event, you’ll definitely spend a lot of time searching for the right outfit. In order to be efficient and be happy with your choice, you should go shopping with a proper hairstyle, makeup and shoes, so you can see the bigger picture. Also, don’t forget to put on some nice underwear – you don’t want to dismiss a dress that doesn’t look good on you because you haven’t paid attention to your panty line.

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3. Extend the life of your cashmere

The fact of something is called cashmere shouldn’t mean much, so the first step towards a long and happy life of an item made out of cashmere is purchasing a quality item. This material can be processed in many different ways, so you could easily end up with an overpaid poor quality sweater. However, there are some indicators that can show you what are you looking at. First, you should be looking for thick knitted garments, and second, try stretching it – if it pulls back, it’s a good type of cashmere. Chances are, you’ll pay good money for any quality cashmere item, so you should take care of it, which means washing it in cold water by hand.

4. Stretch new shoes painlessly

There are different ways to avoid calluses, which can really make your day difficult. Most of those problems come from high heels, right? Up until now, I’ve tried different kinds of methods, and the most effective one includes the freezer, believe it or not. If you fill a couple of freezer bags with water, place them in your shoes, and put them into your freezer to stay overnight, you’ll be able to see a huge difference in the morning.

5. Dress it up in a couple of seconds – bow tie, clip on earrings on flats

We’d all appreciate it if the days were a bit longer, but regarding the fact that’s not about to happen, you should use all kind of trick and tips in order to dress up quickly. A nice touch is always a bow tie – you can make it work with almost anything. If you don’t have any heels near buy, you could class up your flats by placing clip on earrings on them.

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6. Be smart when you buy a jacket

Purchasing jackets, coats and blazers has just one rule – it needs to fit your shoulders. If it’s too tight or too wide, leave it in the store, because this is one thing that’s very difficult to alter, even if you have a good tailor by your side.

7. The rules of showing skin

Speaking of rules, we should mentioned those regarding showing skin. It’s pretty simple – show one body part at a time. So if you’re showing your cleavage, pay attention you’re not combining that with miniskirts, and the other way around. Looking and feeling attractive shouldn’t be based on how naked you are. A little bit of mystery is always a nice touch.

8. Treat yourself like a queen

Beauty is connected with health more than you think. Taking care of your health starts with resting – no matter how many responsibilities you have during the day, you shouldn’t let them intervene with your sleep time. You’ve probably heard about something called beauty sleep, and you should know it isn’t a myth. So, invest in your beauty and health by encasing your bed with pure silk.

9. Make clothes work for you

You know how some people simply know how to wear the right clothes? There’s no mystery there, and actually, you could pull it off, too, by just thinking about what you’re wearing a little bit more. It all depends on how your body is built – you should tend to accent your features in the right way. For example, wearing V neck will make your torso look longer, and wearing nude pups will do miracles for the length of your legs. Embrace your shape and learn to love all its imperfections.

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10. Having trouble with jeans?

You can’t have a fashionable clothing collection without jeans, but it can be hard balancing trendy ones with those which fit you perfectly. The first rule of buying jeans, no matter the type, is that when you’re in doubt regarding the size, you should always go with the smaller size – they’ll stretch after only two washes. If your daily outfit usually consists of jeans, having a glue gun is necessary. It’s a simple way to do your stitches and hams, it doesn’t cost much and you can decorate your denim whatever you find it suitable. When it comes to altering them, make sure you’ve washed them twice before you visit your tailor. A piece of advice – all hems of your jeans should go up to the tops of your shoes.

11. Say no to makeup & deodorant stains

These kind of stains are not just unattractive, but also hard to wash. No matter how much we pay attention to avoid them, they have an annoying tendency to appear, right? When it comes to more expensive materials, I strictly advise to wash the stained part with warm water and if that doesn’t help, dampen that garment in water with some detergent. Most of new stains will come off if you just rub it with baby wipes on oil base.

12. Accessorize with bold colors

Accessorizing is what actually gives an outfit a personal touch. The way you accessorize is an important part of your style. Most of garments in your color are probably (and should be) in neutral colors, so you can combine them when you find it suitable. So, when you’re purchasing accessories, you should be free to get them in wild colors. Also, don’t be afraid to clash together different materials, like edgy chains with pears and feathers, perhaps. An interesting addition to accessorizing somehow everyone tends to forget are buttons – try switching a set from your garment with the one you choose. It doesn’t require any special sewing skills, and it fits any kind of budget. You should know that accessorizing rounds out an outfit, so try to find time to put on a couple of items.

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13. Stock up on scarfs

Speaking of accessorizing, the classiest one you can put on is a scarf. They come in different shapes, colors, sizes, materials and forms, so you’ll be able to find a type you’ll like, for sure. It’s the fastest way to accessorize, and it can turn every outfit looking like million bucks.

14. A comfortable outfit is a must for a fun night out

If you don’t pick out your clothing items carefully, you might end up fixing up your outfit every couple of minutes, unable to have any fun at all. Start by choosing shoes which are comfy, and coordinate your outfit with them. Make sure all items fit perfectly, so that nothing is slipping. Also, experts recommend carrying a sturdy chain bag, so your hands can remain free.

15. Working with a limited budget

The hardest part of shopping is deciding when it’s enough. It’s more than easy to be carried away, but with a little bit of planning, you’ll be able to make it work. Start by making a list of items you need. Second step is to look for possible discounts, or some coupons you might have. However, don’t buy something just because it’s cheap – the chances you won’t put it one more than twice. Remember, cost-effective and cheap are not synonyms. It’s important to stick with your schedule, and make a type of agreement with yourself. Also, always pick quality before quantity. If you’re in doubt should you purchase an expensive item, make sure to check its lining – if you’re able to notice its quality, take it. A nice lining is a signature of designer clothes.

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16. Check out every angle

Take your time when buying clothes, or picking out items for an outfit. Check out every angle of yourself in front of a mirror – if you feel comfortable and attractive, you’ll look that way. Besides, some garments may be see-through during the day, so check them out in a different lighting, just to make sure.

17. Open your mind

Having only one type of clothes in your closet will bore you in time. Whether it’s about accessories or clothes, try on things that you think they are cute, but not for you – you’ll be surprised at the results. Experiment with new colors and try new things with makeup. It’s not like you have to allow people to see you in something, just try it on for fun.

18. Belts are your best friend

A suitable belt can make any outfit better. If used the right way, it’ll accent your figure by making your waist thinner. So, you should find a way to make your belt pop up, and the best way to do it is for it to be in different material or/and opposite material than your garment.

19. Ever tried on menswear?

Other than being a really strong fashion statement, you should know that a suit, and all menswear in general, is more comfortable than most women’s clothes. You shouldn’t wear anything frumpy or too baggy, that’s not the point at all. Finding a women’s suit which will fit like it’s tailored has never been easier, you’ll still feel feminine, just a dash more powerful.

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20. Keep a spare garment with you, just in case

Accidents happen, you can’t argue with that. No matter how careful you are, something will get spilled when you least expected it. So, have a spare clothing item nearby at all times possible. Start by taking something to your office, like perhaps a white button-down shirt, which is a classic, and it will probably be able to fit in your outfit. Believe it or not, most woman don’t have the right white shirt – it’s the same story like the one with bras, so look for a second opinion when purchasing one.

21. There’s nothing better than tailored clothes – find a pleasant and talented tailor and customize your clothes

There’s a good reason why tailored clothes cost so much – they fit perfectly. A few inches here and there make a huge difference, so don’t hesitate to visit your tailor from time to time. If you’re out of ideas about what you’d like to sewn for you, you can always alter the clothes you have bought. Make friends with a good tailor – it will make the whole process much easier.

22. S, M and L bags

A handbag is one of the most versatile and important accessories that a woman can own. There’s no such thing as “one too many” when it comes to bags and purses, but pay attention to what type is the best for you. Sure, you’ll need different ones for different occasions,so your should at least have three different kinds for starters – small, medium and large. From styles traditionally considered masculine to typical high end women’s handbags, there is nothing you can’t combine with the right clothes depending on the occasion. After that, you should concentrate on the type you use the most, which is also the type which will get worn out the fastest. That is why you should have more of them – if you switch them regularly, they will last longer.

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23. Learn to handle your luggage

You can’t always hope to run into a gentleman who will carry your six bags around. So, if you don’t want to end up dealing with all that weight by yourself, learn how to pack efficiently – it can come in real handy when you’re in a hurry. Also, there’s a simple way to avoid your clothes getting all crumpled – put the clothing items in different freezer bags carefully, and place them in your suitcase. This is time-consuming, but if you need to attend an important event, freezer bags will keep your clothes clean and neat.

24. Upgrade your sewing skills

It will come a time when you’ll regret not developing these skills, so you should work on them now, and avoid any future embarrassments. There’s a bunch of tutorials you’ll be able to find online – all you really need is a sewing kit and patience.

25. Take care of your clothes

Devoting this much time to your closet is unnecessary if you don’t take care of all those clothes you’ve carefully chosen. One quality iron, a nice detergent and a couple of seconds you should devote to checking the instructions on a garment is all it takes, so don’t be lazy. There is something for everyone on this list, and the truth of the matter is that mastering some fashion basics will allow you to develop and polish up a unique style that suits you very well and let’s you stand out, but has a universally aesthetic quality to it at the same time.

3 Must-Know Beauty Tricks to Nail Job and School Interviews

Look your best for interview day with these easy beauty tricks!

 

The familiar phrase “dress for the job you want,” usually refers to dressing for your desired job, but in today’s day and age, this idea extends to include makeup and hair, too.

The reality is that we still live in a world where physical appearance plays a decently large role in forming opinions about the people we meet.

Personally, I don’t feel this is right or accurate, and (spoiler alert) it’s not for most people.

However, most careers have stuck with this trend when it comes to job interviews, and continue to use your physical appearance when making judgements on your personality, your work ethic, and your value as a student/employee.

So it’s best to use this to your advantage. Here are our best beauty tips for job interviews and college interviews:

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Even though it shouldn’t matter, physical appearance (makeup and hair included) can sometimes be the deciding factor in whether or not you get your dream job. Here are three makeup and hair tips to help you conquer this hurdle and get that job or spot in graduate school!

Disclaimer: These are general statements, not hard rules. Employer expectations can differ across the same job areas, so research and use your judgement to figure out how you need to physically present yourself in the interview.

Tip 1: Keep Your Hair out of Your Face

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Hair can be one of the most distracting things to deal with just on a daily basis. Have you ever had your hair down while it’s incredibly windy outside? At that point, just call me Cousin Itt.

Hair can be extra distracting in an interview scenario. Playing with your hair happens mostly when you’re bored or anxious, and it can be extremely distracting to the interviewer to focus on what you’re saying if you keep messing with your hair while you talk.

Easy fix? Keep your hair fuss-free and out of hand’s reach with a quick and simple updo. Buns and high ponytails are the easiest way to get your hair out of your face and pull attention back to you! Half-up half-down hairstyles work too, and there are even braided styles that would look great.

Tip 2: Be Gentle with the Perfume

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Perfume can be your best friend or worst enemy in an interview. Smell nice? That’s awesome and professional. Wear something too strong, though, and you run the risk of smothering your interviewer to death with a cloud of perfume. Talk about distraction to the max.

So, stick to softer scents that won’t be too overwhelming. Perfumes with notes of vanilla or clean linen are the best, most basic non-offensive perfumes to wear. Lighter fruit and floral scents can work too if they’re done right.

Regardless, wear a perfume that fits you and your style. Scents are a great way to show off your personality and sense of individuality, which is great to see in any context. Just make sure to do that while not choking your interviewer half to death with perfume.

Tip 3: Paint Your Nails

Last but not least, make sure your nails are neatly painted. This may seem like an insignificant detail, but it can honestly make or break a first impression. Neatly manicured bare nails are fine, but personally I find nail polish makes me feel more put-together.

And you need your polish to be fresh. Having chipped nails at an interview communicates to your interviewer that since you haven’t bothered to clean up something easy like your nails, chances are that you have some lazy tendencies that could potentially transfer over to your work. Others agree that chipped polish can make you look unprofessional, so don’t chance it.

Easily fix this by painting your nails in a neutral shade, since these are typically the least distracting. You could even experiment with softer colors (think pastels, etc.). Paint your nails the night before the interview to minimize chipping and keep your hands looking fresh for the important day.

The 5 Stages of Buying Expensive Makeup

We’ve all been there.

In the makeup universe, there are a plethora of drugstore brands that sell their makeup for affordable prices. And don’t get me wrong, they’re awesome.

Sometimes, however, you’ll find that a drugstore brand simply can’t satisfy your craving, whether you’re coveting a limited-edition eyeshadow palette or a long-lasting foundation that perfectly matches your skin tone.

This is when you bite the bullet and shell out for an expensive product.

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Whenever I think a product might be worth its outrageous price tag, there’s always an epic internal struggle before I buy it. All makeup lovers can relate to pining over hyped-up products with earth-shattering price tags.

These are the 5 stages all beauty fanatics experience when making an expensive makeup purchase:

1. Denial

“There’s no way this $75 makeup product is worth my hard-earned money!”

“The drugstore has products that are just as good!”

“I have complete control over myself and my wallet, and will NOT be buying this!”

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Whenever I see an expensive piece of makeup, my first instinct is to immediately tell myself that I can live without it. Most of the time, I’m able to convince myself that’s true. (Hooray for drugstore dupes!)

Some products, however, really get caught in my mind. Which brings me to the second stage…

2. Anger

“Who gives the green-light for these outrageous prices??”

“This foundation better have life-altering abilities for THAT price!”

“Why is this $120 eyeshadow palette calling MY name, specifically?! Go bother someone else!”

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If an expensive product intrigues me enough and I can’t talk myself out of it, I then start feeling anger towards:

  1. Whoever talked this product up online to make me want it.
  2. The company for charging an arm and a leg.

Basically, I’m looking for someone to blame for my weakness, when in reality I know I have no one to blame but myself. Sigh.

I try to move past this stage as quickly as possible since I always come to the same next step….

3. Bargaining

“If I’m going to miss out on this amazing product, I really deserve some good karma.”

“Please, give me the strength to resist the temptation!”

“Maybe if I delete my Sephora app I won’t have any more urges to buy anything…”

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We’ve all tried internally negotiating with ourselves to avoid spending a big sum of money on something that isn’t a “necessity”.

For me, most of these unnecessary purchases consist of various makeup and beauty-related items, which is why I have more makeup than any one human should need in his or her lifetime (as my mom describes it).

In a predictable turn of events, I then … drumroll please … usually move right past this phase and end up spending the money anyway.

Which leads me to…

4. Disappointment

“There is no hope for my wallet.”

“I can’t believe my whole paycheck is going straight into Ulta’s cash register.”

“Why am I so weak when it comes to fancy makeup??”

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Whenever I decide to make an expensive purchase, I immediately feel disappointed in my lack of willpower. It’s not so much that I can’t control my makeup-related spending habits, it’s more that don’t really want to

And thus, I’m disappointed in myself all over again.

Luckily, my mental gymnastics don’t end there, friends. There’s a fifth stage I ultimately reach:

5. Acceptance

“Just think of all the reward points I’m going to get from this one purchase!”

“I’m going to cherish this product for the rest of my life (or just the rest of the year!)”

“I can’t wait to go to a special event that calls for such a pricey product!”

Girl Smiling While Holding Shopping Bags

When the money has officially fled your bank account, the pain is lessened by holding your new makeup and realizing that you actually own it now (after all that agony).

If I have made it to the acceptance stage, that usually means the product I ended up buying was worth all the pain in the end.

I really like to prolong this stage in the buying process, because I know that when the next month rolls around I’ll be going through all 5 stages again.

Does this all sound familiar?

Are you well acquainted with the five stages of makeup splurging? (Tell me I’m not alone.) What’s the most expensive makeup product you’ve purchased recently?

Feeling Your Worst? You Need These 11 Beauty & Fashion Tips Now

 

Ever thrown on a bright T-shirt and felt instantly invigorated? What about applying a bold lip color to cheer you up? If so, it’s not just coincidence that these things can improve your mood. These 11 fashion and beauty tricks for days when you feel your worst prove that getting dressed and beautifying can be used to make yourself feel better. Believe it or not, factors as small as an ill-fitting blouse or a boring makeup routine can directly affect your mood, and it’s these tips straight from industry pros that can get you out of any funk when you’re just not feeling 100 percent.

Don’t let anyone fool you; we all have those days when we wake up on the wrong side of the bed (or just don’t want to get out of bed at all) and don’t feel completely like ourselves. Feeling cranky, for whatever reason, can be a real downer when you’ve got a packed schedule, a lot to get done, or are trying to focus on something else. While there are many natural, at-home ways to improve mood, it may come as a surprise that fashion and beauty can, in fact, be used as a tool as well.

“Any form of self-care tells your mind and body that you matter, which increases self-esteem and boosts mood,” says Michele Barton PhD, Director of Clinical Health at Psychology Life-Well, in an email interview to Bustle. “There are many things about our appearance that we can not control…you can control how you present yourself.” While it’s not a guaranteed fix, knowing you look amazing can help boost your mood.

It’s unexpected, but theoretically, something as small as a sheet mask may just be able to get you feeling good. And that’s just one of 11 pro-recommended fashion and beauty tips for those days when you’re feeling your worst.

1. In The Case Of A Skincare Issue, Get Treatment

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Dermatological Acne Treatment System, 7.5 Fl. Oz., $29.99, Amazon

If you’ve been avoiding seeing a professional about acne or another skin condition, don’t. “It’s important to get appropriate treatment,” says Sejal Shah, Dermatologic Surgeon and RealSelf Contributor, over email when discussing different ways skincare can can be used to improve mood. “As the skin’s appearance improves,” Shah says, “people tend to feel better about themselves and happier.” A 2005 study for Arch Dermatolbacks this upexplaining that Accutane, a doctor-prescribed acne medication, can show improvements to both anxiety and depression. In other words, don’t be afraid to reach out for advice or help when it comes to a personal matter you’ve been dealing with, because as they make you feel better your mood can improve.

2. Try A Mini Facial Or Sheet Mask

[TONYMOLY] I’m Real Mask Sheet Pack of 11, $10.17, Amazon

If you’re unable to get to a professional in time and need a quick mood booster, Shah also recommends an easy, at-home solution. “If you’re at home, I suggest a mini-facial or even a simple mask — I really like using sheet masks since you are pretty much forced to sit back and relax while you have it on and once you are finished your skin tends to look immediately more refreshed,” she says. With options at beauty stores and lot’s of DIY face mask recipes online, sheet masks and at-home facials are foolproof ways to relax and focus on yourself.

3. Wear Bright Colors

ASOS Ruffle Back Midi Dress, $89, ASOS

The clothes you choose to wear can say a lot about you and your mood, especially if you’ve been rotating the same dark, baggy ensemble in your wardrobe for a while. “Studies show that women are more likely to wear dark colored baggy clothing when depressed,” Barton says. The alternative is, you guessed it, bright clothes that fit you well. “Wearing bright colors is known to increase mood.” she adds. Look for clothes in either green or yellow tones, as a study from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam proves that adults feel happier when they’re around those two colors.

4. Avoid Comfort Clothes

River Island Plus Fleck Peg Trousers, $56.43, asos.com

While you’re at it, you might want to restrict comfort clothes like sweatpants and pajamas to the comfort of your own home. “Avoid the comfort clothes,” Barton says, “especially in public.” In their study for Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Adam Hajo and Adam D. Galinsky, professors at Northwestern University, found that when wearing doctor’s lab coats, they received much more sustained attention than they did in painter’s coats, or not coats at all. This doesn’t exactly apply to non-doctors, but think about it: Dressing the part (whether it be a lab coat or a fierce midi skirt) could improve your mood.

4. Shop Within Your Means

Faux Leather Convertible Tote, $22.90, forever21.com

In order to truly make fashion and beauty therapeutic, Barton stresses that it must be done realistically. “Going to a very expensive store where you cannot buy any of the beautiful things you desire could be pretty depressing,” she says. “If you shop within your means, and have the correct perception of your use of budget and fashion, it can be extraordinarily uplifting for mood.” While it might feel good to go shopping and buy items that get you excited and happy, do keep your financial limits in mind so you don’t end up overspending.

5. Go On A Window Shopping Spree

Herschel Supply Co. Roy Wallet, $24.98, amazon.com

And if you’re on a tight budget, you don’t necessarily need to buy anything to feel more positive. A study entitled “The Benefits Of Retail Therapy: Making Purchase Decisions Reduces Residual Sadness” from 2014 in the Journal of Consumer Psychologyexplained that while people who window shopped didn’t show as much improvements in sadness as those who actually bought items, their moods did, in fact, improve. Barton recommends taking a stroll around the mall or storefronts to see what you like — again, no purchase is necessary. “The items that elicit a positive emotion can be put on the list to consider purchasing,” Barton explains, “And to use as inspiration in revitalize things you might already have at home.”

6. Get A New Makeup Routine

Ultra Glossy Lip in Finder’s Keepers, $6, colourpop.com

Another free option? Going to the makeup counter and asking for a new look or a new makeup routine. “Another special treat is visiting a makeup counter and asking a consultant to assist you with a new look, you might even get a fabulous free makeover out of it,” Barton says. Just as Shah explains, spending time on you can make you feel better about yourself. Oh, and “don’t forget to ask for samples” Barton adds.

7. Experiment With New Styles

ASOS FOR YOU Jelly Gladiator Sandals, $11.50, asos.com

If you’re feeling uninspired by your clothes, it might be time to experiment with new styles within both fashion and beauty. “Experiment with everything,” says Bree Kish, plus size model, over email. “Hair styles, makeup looks, fashion trends; It’s fun and you’ll figure out what really makes you feel your best.” If you’ve always wanted to try a bright eye shadow look, or finally want to take the plunge on some jelly shoes, now is the time to do it!

8. Stay Creative

Lancôme AUDA[CITY] in PARIS, $69, sephora.com

Alex Sanchez, Lancôme National Makeup Artist, agrees with Kish also saying that it’s important to experiment and stay creative when you’re feeling down. “Makeup is magic. Color is magic. There are no limitations and there are no consequences,” Sanchez says over email. To stay focused on yourself, opt for makeup items or looks that you wouldn’t have thought of before, staying creative and allowing makeup to “bright your spirit,” as Sanchez put it.

9. Accentuate Your Favorite Features

Plus Size Bardot Ribbed Midi Dress Black, $25.50, missguided.com

“My experiences as a plus size model have taught me to use ways to flatter myself and accentuate my favorite features,” Kish says, explaining that doing this can be used as a way to feel better when you don’t feel 100 percent. “Fashion and beauty are for everyone and there are no limits just because you have a certain body type,” she added. So, find your favorite features and dress them up, whether it’s your boobs with a sexy bralette or your legs with an awesome pair of platform heels.

10. Pamper Yourself Often

Dr Teal’s Foaming Bath with Rosemary & Mint, $13, amazon.com

“When you pamper your skin,” Shah says, “it forces you to take a little time out of your day and focus on your skin and yourself.””Just having this ‘break’ from life and time to reflect can boost your mood.” Relaxing bubble bath, anyone?

11. Invest In Yourself

As Barton, Shah, and Sanchez made clear, self-care is a positive and simple way to focus you and only you. If you’re ever feeling your worst, don’t be afraid to set aside some self-care time to focus on you and only you with these fashion and beauty tips.

Wearing bright colors and doing a mini facial might seem like small fixes, but they do have the ability to be used in a positive way to improve mood, as the pros explained. If your symptoms seem more serious, reach out to a doctor or professional for advice. If you think fashion and beauty could be the answer, focus on feeling your best and everything will fall into place.

11 Beauty And Fashion Tips From Molly Ford For Succeeding At Work

 

For Molly Ford, it all started with a simple beauty tip. Wanting to share a clever tidbit she picked up (using toilet seat covers as facial blotting tissues), she created the super successful lifestyle site Smart, Pretty & Awkward, which gives three pieces of advice in every post: how to be smarter, how to be prettier, and how to be less awkward. Five years and millions of page views later, Ford works full-time in marketing for a media company in New York City, has a column in Parade Magazine, and also shares her blogging and social media know-how in front of live audiences, speaking at places like Social Media Week, Smart Girls Conference, and as an instructor at General Assembly. The multihyphenate spills her workplace tips for how to look and feel your best during…

An HR Phone Screening: Hoping to nab an in-person interview after the initial phone screening? Then dress up for the phone call—looking professional, even if no one can see you, puts you in the right interview mindset.

Your turn to lead the weekly meeting: When presenting in front of a group, patterns on your clothes can be distracting to the viewer. Wear a solid color top so that your hand gestures are more visible and the focus is on your face.

Your commute: Invest in a nice pair of flats, and change to heels at work (keep two pairs, black and nude, under your desk). You do not want to run into an exec in the elevator in the morning in sneakers, and a chic black flat is walkable and will prevent you from looking like you came from a workout.

Essie nail polish in Au Natural

Essie nail polish in Au Natural

Your busiest week of the year: No time for a manicure, but need to have great nails for the whole week? Use a light color—chips are less visible than a dark shade.

A surprise connection: If you are a glasses-wearer, putting a few business cards in your glasses case ensures you will always have one or two to hand out in an unexpected networking moment.

The start of winter: On your desk, keep a small bottle of hand lotion—if it is visible, you will absentmindedly put it on while waiting for a conference call to start or checking emails, keeping hands soft in the cold months.