An outdoor wedding - on a beach, in a garden - sounds tantalizing when we first RSVP. But then we recall the likely gate-crashers:
Relax and sip a glass of ice water with lemon, for we've devised a three-step survival plan:
Smeary liner? Smudgy shadow? Not a chance - eye primer cleanly defines deep-set, watery, pollen-prone, saggy or crepe-lidded peepers. Try, for example, any of these: CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer; Revlon Photo-Ready Perfecting Primer; NYX Eyeshadow Base (all three available at target.com); or The Balm "Put a Lid on It" Primer (nordstrom.com).
Have a "Plan B" for your hair. Predictable weather is the sworn enemy of outdoor weddings, making a sunny "day of" or "evening of" pure luck. Even a hint of humidity or a major hot flash can drench your scalp in perspiration, sending a smooth blowout AWOL. So don't wait for disaster to happen; instead, anticipate it with an intentional, disciplined 'do: a chic low ponytail or chignon at the nape, or an off-the-face tousled look (the latter option is especially smart for women with short, curly hair). To emit a more youthful vibe, top things off with a sliver of a hairband, or invest in a contemporary standby wig or hairpiece like those in the Hair2Wear Christie Brinkley Collection Special Edition (hair2wear.com).
You'll feel 100 percent confident - and be able to permanently retire the phrase "I can't seem to zip this blankety-blank thing!" Try, for example, Spanx Boost-Yay! Comfy Corset (spanx.com), ShapeBand (hourglassangel.com) or Hanes Women's Waist Cincher T721 (target.com).
For more beauty and style tips for women age 50+, check out my Wardrobe Wakeup book.
Photo: nordstrom.com, spanx.com
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