Strong, confident older women finally run the show. In weekly style lessons staged on TV, they make foreign policy decisions, challenge guys in corporate suites, solve crimes and take down bad guys, displaying perfect makeup and hair the entire time.
While most of us are not White House staffers or hotshot attorneys hobnobbing with POTUS and FLOTUS, why shouldn’t we borrow a few beauty and fashion tricks from these dynamic small-screen heroines? It just might land us a new job, promotion, lease or bank loan, help seal a major deal, or clinch a contract. Here are five things they do that you can, too.
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Even McCord's chief of staff — Bebe Neuwirth as Nadine Tolliver — has gotten a sly push. In the most recent episode, her dated wash-and-wear frizz had softened to tousled waves. Even for us, social media makes looking “new” (or at least up to date) non-negotiable. Use your stay-cation time over the holidays to try a new salon, get fresh suggestions from department-store personal stylists (a free service!) or advice from makeup counter artists.
Wear leather or color for leverage. We can be intelligent, conservatively dressed and sexy — all at the same time. Our TV peers do. Viola Davis, as law professor Annalise Keating on How to Get Away With Murder, shows up for court and class in body-fitted buttery leather jackets, curvaceous sheaths and smoky eye makeup. Julianna Margulies’ character on The Good Wife, Alicia Florrick, is running for state’s attorney in red and violet couture. Tough and très jolie make a good pair. Splurge on a soft leather jacket and a designer dress in your favorite color at the sales.
Have a 24/7 makeup routine. The makeup strategy is a lock. Alica and Annalise get their messages across with strong, smoky, lidded eyes. Diane and Nadine keep eye makeup clean and emphatically lined, but use red lipstick (and perfect diction) to project an aura of authority. I’m sure they all keep a makeup go-kit in their desk. Since all-in-one palettes, felt-tip eyeliners and vibrant lipsticks are major holiday bargains now, try: Boots No. 7 Pure Glamour Kit, Bobbi Brown Art Stick Trio, L’Oreal Paris Infallible The Super Slim by Infallible Black, Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick or Laura Mercier Portable Color Palette for Eyes, Lips & Cheeks.
For more beauty and style tips for women age 50-plus, check The Wardrobe Wakeup by Lois Joy Johnson.
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