Earth Day is April 22 and I feel a little guilty. There's Helen Hunt 49, wearing an eco-friendly H&M gown at the Oscars, Meryl Streep 63, promoting environmental food awareness, Bette Midler 67, greening up with her New York Restoration Project and Darryl Hannah 52, chaining herself to trees. All I'm doing is recyling, buying organic, doing yoga and worrying obsessively about climate change, polar bears, whales, bushfires, earthquakes, the next tsunami, and carbon pollution in the daily news. I don't have a hybrid or solar panels, let alone a dehydrator. Like most women 50+ I admit the concept of "green" beauty sounds like a more eco-friendly choice but give up my delish hi-tech creams, hair products and gorgeous makeup? For following a week of conscience-stricken investigative beauty, here are the three things you and I need to know:
Good news! The "things-that-make-us-look-old" list is getting shorter. We're down to three: wrinkles, brown spots and a saggy body. There used to be five but whitening strips eliminated yellow teeth and now grey hair --the ultimate taboo --is a definite do, not a don't. It's so super-cool that even Madonna and Nicole Kidman were spotted recently with grey roots. The beauty chatter I've been hearing lately is from dye-hard fans, 50+, who can't wait to go grey. But here's the catch, they are unwillingly to do it without style and sex appeal! This is about aging aggressively not gracefully --you're in control. Role models include rock stars, actresses, models and politicians who are anything but frumpy. Find your way to grey in one of three ways:
Eye makeup is usually hit or miss for women after age 50. Either we simply load up lashes with mascara or skip eye makeup altogether and rely on lipstick. Big mistake babes! Black eye liner is the one cosmetic that restores definition and powers up our eyes (and faces!) making us look alert, confident, and sexy (in a good way). Our celeb-peer and eye liner fan, Ellen Barkin, always gets it right. But here's the catch ...you need three liners not just one to perfect the Barkin look; a pencil, powder, and felt-tip!
We 're the smartest most accomplished women this age ever in history. So why do reunions reduce us to nervous wrecks? Whether the event is high school, college or family related- our jitters could shake the sequins off a DVF sheath. You've already redefined what 50+ looks like with a fitness regimen, healthy diet, teeth whitening, chic tousled haircut and plenty of attitude. We take our cues from cool celeb-peers like Susan Sarandon and Diane Keaton. So stick these three extra tips on the fridge and snap out of it ! Your ex, his ex, and all your old chums will ooh and aah.
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