Midlife Crisis Beauty Boosters
By Lois Joy Johnson, March 05, 2013 06:00 AM
Good move Michelle O! Instead of buying a sports car or bungee-jumping at birthday 49, you freaked out and cut statement bangs. Well, it is a cheap, risk-free alternative. Bangs are the secret of the universe. Here's why: they divert attention away from a saggy jaw or stringy neck, they hide skimpy, over-plucked brows, they cover forehead frown lines and make us look happy, they disguise a thinning hairline, they dress up your face when
you pull back your hair and add symmetry to your looks (yes, one side always ages saggier, more wrinkled, more sun-damaged than the other unfortunately) and they are sexy and youthful. Smart, like-minded celebs Goldie Hawn, 67 and Suzanne Somers, 66 have made bangs a lifetime signature. Whether you chop or not, here are three more beauty band-aids:
BUY A KICK-ASS LIPSTICK.
Gwyneth Paltrow is only
40 but she nailed it saying "beauty to me is about being comfortable in your own skin. That and a kick-ass lipstick." So grab your smart-phone or laptop and buy a brilliant, (on-trend this spring) killer lipstick this minute. Shade names and makeup swatches are often misleading online so check customer reviews for suggestions. Sites like saksfifthavenue.com and nordstrom.com offer feedback by age from the pickiest shoppers on Earth (us!) by age, skin type and skin tone so you can't go wrong. Macys.com, sephora.com and cvs.com also sort reviews by performance ratings and buyer age --both satisfied and disgruntled. Trust your girlfriends to tell the truth here --not a sales associate who works on commission or a makeup artist representing a brand. Peer faves included Tom Ford Private Blend Lipstick in Cherry Lush and True Coral ($48, each at nordstrom.com), Estee Lauder Vivid Shine Pure Color Lipstick in Forbidden Apple ($25, nordstrom.com) Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Verry Cherry ($8.79, cvs.com).
long-time brunettes like Iman, 57 and Maria Shriver, 57 took the hint and went blonder.
And since you don't have the Secret Service to worry about ...get that sports car, too!
Michelle Obama: www.twylah.com
Suzanne Somers: www.celebritex.com
Tom Ford True Coral Lipstick: nordstrom.com
Le Mystere bra: herroom.com
Maria Shriver: style.lifegoesstrong.com