Beauty at any age. What does this mean, exactly? It means something different to each and every one of us. To me, it means feeling good about what I am doing and being happy with what I see when I look in the mirror.
As I have moved through my twenties, thirties and forties to fifty, my beauty needs have grown and evolved. What looked great and worked for me in my twenties or even five years ago no longer do. I have learned to not only move with the times, but with my own changing taste. And I have come to realize that life is too short for stupid beauty rules. Good taste is one thing. Being hidebound because someone else tells me that I am supposed to be? No, thank you. I'm doing it my way.
This could be a long exposition on beauty from the inside out. I could go on about nutrition, hydration, so on and so forth. But I'm going to be utterly shallow, today and just talk about the exterior. And, I am going to start with my hair.
The Pureology Precious Oil line of hair care products provide gentle, pampering care for my highlighted, dyed tresses. These products are spendy but, as I have gotten older, I don't have to wash my hair as often as I used to so they last me a long time. In between wash days, I can stretch with dry shampoo and updos, so I really only have to wash my hair a couple of times a week.
At my advanced age, I had fun coloured streaks put in my hair. Right now, I have a little bit of teal running through the corners, as my stylist calls it. It's funny that I would go for teal in my hair, now. When I was in my twenties, the very idea would have been unthinkable, to me. I love them. And I'm thinking of adding some blue to the party, at my next appointment.
Skincare is incredibly important to me, it is practically a full time job! I used to neglect my skin, terribly and I'm actually amazed that it has bounced back as well as it has. The power of good products and lucky genetics, I guess. Besides cleansing, exfoliating is a crucial part of my routine. My maturing, very dry skin responds well to mechanical and chemical exfoliation so I do both. Exfoliating aids in cell turnover, brightens and refines the skin and sloughs off dead skin cells that would block the absorption of some skin care elements. Serums that are rich in good for the skin ingredients like Vitamin C, Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid treat and help to slow the march of time across my face as moisture rich creams and lotions and regular use of masks temporarily hydrate, plump and make my skin look and feel softer and healthier and help to minimize some of the early signs of aging.
I'm a bit mercurial when it comes to makeup. The majority of the time I reach for neutral shades and tones, they are my favorites and I always know that I can put together a solid, fail safe look with little worry or fuss. But I also enjoy reaching for and wearing vibrant and bold colour, from time to time.
One thing I love and use regularly is shimmer. Now, I am told that someone my age has no business using shimmer, that it will emphasize my fine lines and crows feet and pores and make me look older. I beg to differ. I believe that some well placed, properly applied shimmer is just what the doctor ordered to add a lovely, youthful glow to maturing skin. The secret is to find shimmer that is very finely milled, looks and feels supremely smooth and adds radiance, not too much shine or overt sparkle.
For my makeup look for this feature, I used makeup items in my collection and from the new, limited edition Sonia Kashuk Sahara Sunset Collection available at Target online and in stores, now. This collection is warm, shimmery and very beautiful. I apply with a deft hand and while the end result is softly glow-y it is not overly shiny or sparkly. No disco ball, here.
These are the colour products I used. The eye shadow palette, highlighter, blush and lipstick from the Sahara Sunset Collection.
My eye look is soft and shimmery but not glittery or too much. I feel that anyone, of any age can wear these eye colours. Using the Desert Escape Eye Shadow Palette I applied over primer, the soft taupe-y brown from the right hand side, just in from the outer strip, all over my lid, stopping just shy of my inner corner. I used the other wide strip in my crease and up a little onto my orbital bone. I used the center brown nearly matte in my crease and along under my eye to shy of my inner corner and pulled up to transition over my orbital bone. I used the peach outer strip in my inner corner and along my lower lash line to spark that part of my eye then Foxy from my Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics palette as brow highlight and another shade from that palette for transition. I lined and darkened up my outer V with the aubergine shade from the Sonia Kashuk palette, curled my lashes and applied Urban Decay Perversion mascara.
My cheeks got a dose of Casablanca Blusher. This sweet, warm coral has a dash of pink and a hint of luminescence and it gives a beautiful flush to the cheeks. My highlight is the Arabian Dreams Highlighter. This gorgeous multi tasking powder has five colours that can be worn separately as eye shadows or swirled together on a soft brush and lightly buffed onto the high points of the face and a touch under the brow bone to add a perfect radiant glow.
I finished my look with the Luxe Sheer Lip Colour in Eden, a juicy, glossy semi sheer tangerine coral that, on my red lips looks more pink grapefruit.
I am really happy with how the finished makeup look came out. I am just bummed that my hair, which I thought was having a good wurl day went totally sideways on me, just as I got ready to take pictures. Isn't that always the way. I'm not going to take any pics or go anywhere, I step out of the shower, hit my hair with a little oil and curl stuff and without even trying... BAM! Perfect wurls. I pick up my camera or my car keys and my hair, asshole that it is falls and explodes on one side and just goes quietly crazy, on the other and there isn't a damned thing I can do about it except put it up. Which I did but I didn't like any of those shots for this post so... Crazy hair it is.
I knew that I should have blown it dry and used my flat iron or rollers. I just knew it. Anyway...
My nail look was pure, insanely bright fun. I used polishes from the China Glaze Electric Nights
Collection to do a retina scorching flower design. I don't care what anyone says, I do not think that I am too old to wear neon, nail art or glitter. Or all three at once. Anyone who thinks I am can bite me.
#boldernotolder Get it. Break the rules. We only get one spin on this rock, we might as well have some fun while we're at it, don't you think?
What are your favorite beauty secrets at your age? What do you do to look your best and to throw off convention a bit and just have a little fun with it all?