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3 Tricks to Looking Like A Grown-up Diva

Posted By Lois Joy Johnson On January 23, 2013 @ 6:00 am In Be Your Best | Comments Disabled

[1]Most of us will never walk the Red Carpet, dance at an Inaugural Ball or win an Oscar, but thanks to ramped up post-50 lifestyles, drop-dead dresses and full-on makeup, a stunning look can still be part of the game plan.  We do obsess now about how much skin to show. We debate baring a mature decolletage and wiggly arms. We worry about our bellies (I mean, who has a perfectly flat one anymore?), muffin tops and thighs.  We wonder if that good old strapless wedding guest/bar mitzvah dress can still work one more time (it can’t). Looking like a celebrity [2] is not that complicated and we’re all perfectly capable (unlike celebs) of pulling it all together on our own. There are only three things you need to do:

BUY A DRESS WITH SLEEVES OR A ONE-SHOULDER [3] NECKLINE. Time’s up for strapless, plunging V necks and halters- all emphasize saggy boobs, crepe-y cleavage and arm dangle. Cover up in sleeves and show your shape instead of skin like Helen Mirren or let  those still crispy shoulders hitch up a one-shoulder dress like Elizabeth Hurley. You can’t go wrong with sexy black but bolder colors like pink, coral, violet and lipstick red look new and make you standout in a crowd and photos. Check out Ralph Lauren’s Asymmetrical Jersey Column [4] ($190, nordstrom.com) and Ralph Lauren’s One Shoulder Dress [5] ($180, bloomingdales.com) for low-cost sensational evening gowns or head straight to renttherunway.com [6] to “borrow” a thousand dollar dress for the price of a good bra.

[7]GET SPRAYED AND LASH IT UP.  Do two things your normally would not: a salon spray tan and fake lashes. Don’t resist. A pro will blur all the stuff you wish wasn’t there into a seamless creamy sunny glow and get all the tough spots you’d miss like  your back and tops of hands. Supplement your mascara with fake lashes. Full [8] strip drugstore lashes are easy to do and the cheapies are best because they have a flexible soft base. They also give wrinkled or hidden hooded lids or smaller droopy eyes a bigger, lifted, more dramatic look without a lot of tricky shadow work. Practice first for a few days at home and use a dark (not white) glue that will melt perfectly into your eye liner and lashes. Try: Ardell Fashion Lashes [9] ($3.99, ulta.com) and Duo Eyelash Adhesive Dark Tone [10] ($4.79,drugstore.com).

ADD A CONTROL SLIP. Psyche yourself firm with a high waist slip. It slurps up every ounce of flab and reminds your body what tight and toned looks like without a diet [11] and boot-camp regimen. Choose a half slip for one-shoulder looks and either a full or half slip (depending on your needs) under a dress with [12] sleeves. Try: Spanx Lust Have High Waist Half Slip [13]($68, herroom.com) and Hanes High Waist Slip [14] ($19.99, target.com).

Then eat, drink, dance, kiss or network the night away.

For more body-boosting, problem solving beauty & style tips [15] check out my new book The Wardrobe Wakeup, Your Guide to Looking Fabulous At Any Age by Lois Joy Johnson [16] ($13.64, amazon.com).

Photo credits:

Helen Mirren at the Golden Globes 2013: usmagazine.com

Elizabeth Hurley: stylebistro.com

Jane Fonda: broadway.com

Ardell Fashion Lashes: ulta.com

Spanx Lust Have High Waist Half Slip: herroom.com


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[2] celebrity: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/style-trends/

[3] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Elizabeth+Hurley+Dresses+Skirts+One+Shoulder+q3Fg2Psat-El.jpg

[4] Ralph Lauren’s Asymmetrical Jersey Column: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/lauren-ralph-lauren-asymmetrical-cutout-jersey-column-gown/3389310?origin=category&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=&resultback=0

[5] Ralph Lauren’s One Shoulder Dress: http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/lauren-ralph-lauren-long-one-shoulder-dress?ID=675755&CategoryID=21683&LinkType=#fn%3Dspp%3D28

[6] renttherunway.com: http://www.renttherunway.com/

[7] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/1.162137.jpg

[8] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/1031078.jpg

[9] Ardell Fashion Lashes: http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=7344

[10] Duo Eyelash Adhesive Dark Tone: http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=146391&catid=283416&aid=338666&aparam=goobase_filler

[11] diet: http://www.aarp.org/food/healthy-eating/

[12] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/spanx-spnx01-1494-gv.jpg

[13] Spanx Lust Have High Waist Half Slip : http://www.herroom.com/spanx-1494-lust-have-high-waist-half-slip-with-panty.shtml

[14] Hanes High Waist Slip: http://www.target.com/p/hanes-womens-high-waist-slip-assorted-colors/-/A-14010352#prodSlot=large_1_10

[15] beauty & style tips: http://blog.aarp.org/category/beauty-fashion/

[16] The Wardrobe Wakeup, Your Guide to Looking Fabulous At Any Age by Lois Joy Johnson: http://www.amazon.com/The-Wardrobe-Wakeup-Looking-Fabulous/dp/076244584X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358708407&sr=8-1&keywords=the+wardrobe+wakeup+your+guide+to+looking+fabulous+at+any+age

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