Warmer weather just brings out the kid in me! Always has.
- Drink a rich, creamy vanilla milkshake at Sonic in the evening
- Cruise with the sunroof open and the Beach Boys on the radio
- Sit by a pool with Country music crooning (somehow food and music are key to this!)
- Convert my feet to bright nail polish and flip flops
These are just a few things which keep me forever young! However, unfortunately, we must learn when to let go of our youthful loves and when to press forward into new territory.
I really think this is what Charla Krupp’s book, How Not to Look Old, is predominantly addressing–understanding when to let go and press forward to something new. When we clutch the beauty and fashion trends of our youth too long, it actually adds on the years! I am not covering everything in the book, so you might pick one up if you like the advice highlighted here and want to look ten years younger.
Let’s go back to warmer weather and our youth. Even in my 20s and 30s, I still baked in the sun, sprayed Sun-In in my hair, and wore bright lipsticks, metallic eye shadows, and bronzer! So, now I need to adopt a new plan! Here are some of Krupp’s suggestions to look up to 10 years younger:
- Apparently for those of us with darker hair, highlights are still a good thing! But, they need to be around the face to “create a halo of warmth.” Krupp writes, this will “brighten your face, illuminate your skin tone, give you an over-all glow.”
- Eyes need to be soft and pretty. No heavy eyeliners or mascara. No glittery, shimmery shadows. She writes, “I have to tell you, once you reach a certain age, it is best to edit your makeup down to a minimalist color palette. Cover your lid in a warm, neutral shadow….beige, taupe, off white, or pale…and DO NOT match your shadow to your eye color.” I recently began doing this…stopped all other colors and every day wear Bobbi Brown’s cream shadow in SUEDE. As Krupp recommends, I do wear a primer for eyes under the shadow.
- Lip care is essential to a healthy, youthful face. Wearing lipstick which is too dark or heavy lip liner or not caring for lips and the surrounding area can add on the years. She has an entire chapter of lip tips. I have begun to put some concealer around the lip lines at her suggestion, and to always keep the lips moisturized. Sometimes healthy, moist lips do not require lipstick at all. She is a proponent of lip lining, however, just the areas where needed and not the entire lip.
- Something I think we all know: dark, gray, stained teeth make us look older. The chapter even includes food substitutes for those which tend to stain. For example, instead of blueberries, eat apples, raw carrots, and green grapes. She goes over basic good advice to have beautiful teeth. There are so many great tooth whitening products on the market now, we really have no excuse not to wear our brightest smile.
- The final chapter before fashion addresses our hands and nails. Krupp writes red, dark nail polish is as aging as discolored, ridged and fake nails. My mother was so proud of her long nails and cared for them until her dying day. However, the days of long nails are currently over, and it scares small children! A well-groomed hand just displays a smaller, manicured nail. I found it interesting a French Manicure can be aging if not done properly. “The French manicure should be a soft white, not a stark white, and the tip should be applied very thin. Nine times out of ten, it’s too thick, which makes it not chic.”
We shouldn’t stop having fun with beauty and style just because we have crossed over to another dimension! Just adopt some new guidelines and go enjoy! I love it when someone is surprised at my age. That is just as energizing as throwing back the sunroof and cranking up my radio!
Thanks for stopping by the Joy Boutique. Next week: how to look ten years younger with our fashion–this will be fun! Have a great week, everyone!