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8 lessons from 8 makeovers of women over 50 Most Liked Hot Conversation

As women age, the more beautiful they become–but often, the less attractive they feel. Who they are isn’t coming across in how they look. And so, they feel invisible.

I wrote a makeover book for women over 45 because I like them. We “get” each other. Younger women tend to gravitate towards the trendy and trivial whereas women who’ve sort of “been there, done that,” like I have, are impatient with hype. My clients are smart and they’re ready to hear it. I wrote my book, Staging Your Comeback: A Complete Beauty Revival for Women Over 45, as a labor of love–focusing on techniques I’ve used for over 20 years in my professional career, and addressing the specific challenges women face as they grow older and as their bodies change.

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Here are some of the lessons women 50+ can learn from makeovers in my book:

1. Growing old is optional

Rici is the perfect illustration of what happens when you do next to nothing because “it’s just too much work.” Looking natural does not mean doing nothing, especially after 60! It takes makeup to look naturally attractive.

Rici’s “before” look evoked granny in the rocking chair with the knitting–but that image simply didn’t match the Rici I met. With a great hairstyle and highlights, shaped brows, and yes, makeup–we see the true Rici, a woman who wants more from life, who wants to live.

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2. Your hair speaks volumes

Nancy has a great personality that her “before” look didn’t come close to capturing. Technically, there was nothing wrong with Nancy’s look–but, as I suggested, she might want to save it till she’s 70.

Much of Nancy’s transformation had to do with simply getting rid of her grey and going for a cut that truly suits her. Short, blond, and bangs all promote a youthful look. The spirit of who Nancy really is radiates in her “after” photo, and that’s what any makeover is all about.

3. Classic doesn’t have to mean boring

Linda’s “before” look was classic to the point of failure. Her hair and clothes were shapeless, her makeup colorless, her workbag completely lacking style. Did someone say “schoolmarm”?

Her “after” look is still classic, but it lets Linda’s vibrant personality shine through. To me there is nothing sexier than a woman in a straight black skirt, a beautiful silk blouse opened one extra button with a killer pair of heels. Plus, the matching hem, hose, and heel work together to elongate her legs. Bam!

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4. Give yourself a lift

By age 40, about 40% of women have experienced some hair loss, and the hair loss accelerates during menopause. The right haircut and styling can make a big difference.

For example, Carol thought she needed shorter layers on top for height. In truth, she needed color for texture and more length on top for support. Take control: Give yourself some lift and keep it there by back-combing and using a fine mist hairspray, preferably aerosol.

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5. Dress the woman you are today

As you try to find the balance between growing older and looking modern, don’t fall into the trap of becoming “mutton dressed as lamb.” You won’t look younger, you’ll simply look vulnerable and insecure.

Cheryl’s transformation shows the importance of dressing age-appropriately. Rather than tell a story about our past, our image must declare the person we’ve become. In her “after” photo, Cheryl shows just a hint of cleavage (all that’s needed!) and her skirt length, just below the knee, is flattering as well as sexy.

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6. Build a foundation

Maybe in the 1960′s and ’70s you burned your bra and let it all hang out, but as time passes, the spirit may still be willing, but the flesh does become weak. It’s time to recognize that the single, most important garment you can wear under slim-fitting clothing is the appropriate foundation.

Lynette’s makeover shows how the right shapewear smooths, slims, and firms. Also, choosing an outfit that creates a monochromatic line slenderizes and balances.

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7. Minimize

Lynda told me she hadn’t really “gone out” since the 1980′s because she’d been self-conscious about her weight. But after weight-loss surgery, she lost 155 pounds. And although I thought Lynda was beautiful, she couldn’t seem to see it.

In Lynda’s makeover, warm colors brighten her face while monochromatic color blocking is slenderizing. The lapels draw the eye up and out, away from her midsection. The V-neck elongates, and the necklace draws the eye to Lynda’s face. Finally, fuller leg pants help balance a bigger top.

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8. Keep it current

Gail started out with home hair color from hell and a dated hairstyle, plus dark makeup that was aging–and a little scary. Part of the problem was that Gail had spent her life spending money on her children’s clothing, makeup, and haircuts–but had trouble feeling that she deserved those things for herself.

Gail’s makeover stayed true to her beauty buzzwords–simple, clean, and natural–but the softer hair and makeup are much more feminine and the trapeze silhouette works well for her A-shape body.

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  1. mimistiggers mimistiggers says

    I purchased Christopher’s book over a year ago, and I keep it right by my bed! I especially love his section on body type, you take your exact measurements and use a formula to determine what your body type is and how to wear clothing. I found out I am an athletic build with a short-waisted upper body, and that knowledge really helps me choose pieces that work for me.
    I have also worked on my makeup and hairstyle and color since buying Christopher’s book! I get compliments every day and I am 60!

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  2. CBW CBW says

    The bit about hair color and length is confusing.  Other V.N. authors tell us to embrace the gray/silver and wear it longer as does the Nancy “before”  This guy tells us to go blonde (never was in my younger years–why now?) and go for more of the helmet look.  I have great fairly thick straight silver hair with the dark roots underneath, wear it chin length and easily curled under.  I receive compliments on my hair and style on a regular basis from total strangers or people I’ve just met.  This look works for me and I’m so glad to just need a good cut every 6-8 weeks, and at home, about ten minutes with a blowdryer and brush.

    However, I chuckled at some of the clothing make-overs.  The befores look just like many of my choices, so instead of griping about the hair comments, I’m gonna look at his wardrobe tips and dos.

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    • Generic Image Piperprez says

      I agree with hair comment. Two of the makeover styles are too close to the dreaded Q Tip forced on women after 50. Try visiting a Florida condo pool.
      You’ll avoid the hairstyle thereafter.

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  3. Florafauna1 Florafauna1 says

    Dang I wish I could wear heels like Linda and Cheryl but NO way. I don’t even think my poor 57 year old feet could keep them on long enough for a photo shoot. What looks fashionable with Dansko clogs?
    I also need to find someone who is savvy about my thinning, older, hair. I love the chic look the shorter hair gives, but I’m afraid to go to someone who just doesn’t get my hair. How do you find someone good? Suggestions?
    Yes, I’m getting the book.

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  4. Generic Image DarTo says

    Oh my goodness.  What an uplifting subject.  I guess I have been living in my little cacoon for so long, maybe it’s time to try to transform.  I went directly to Amazon & have the book coming ASAP.  Can hardly wait.  Thanks for the incentive.

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