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 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
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 ($3.99, ulta.com) and Duo Eyelash Adhesive Dark Tone ($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 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
Then eat, drink, dance, kiss or network the night away.
For more body-boosting, problem solving beauty & style tips check out my new book The Wardrobe Wakeup, Your Guide to Looking Fabulous At Any Age by Lois Joy Johnson ($13.64, amazon.com).
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