Flaunt it with your makeup and glasses, my Darlings… here’s how!
A while ago, I had just come from a luncheon and was cutting through the make up department on my way home when the gentleman above stopped me to sell me makeup! How could I resist a touch-up when I knew I was on my way home to see my Ultimate Concierge!
Stop Chasing Youth!
We should give up chasing youth because we can’t catch it!
But, we have a few fabulous options to keep age at bay. We should always think of age as just a number, we should walk into a room with perfect posture; head held high and a smile on our face. We should continue to learn, to be curious and we should never let ourselves go.
It is important to continue to have a desire at every age to dress with style, and that includes makeup and our glasses. A woman should want to take pride in her outer look; never ever letting herself go.
Flaunt Yourself With Your Makeup & Glasses!
The way to keep up with the trends in color, fabric, length of skirt or dress is to stay abreast of fashion news, listen to the advice of good makeup artists, find a trusted stylist, and talk with your respected peers.
Below are the ‘don’ts’ I learned from makeup artists, specialists and from personal trial and error. As well, I had to write a section on eye-glasses because I consider my glasses great accessories that are just as important as my jewelry, belts, and handbags.
I have three favorite foundations, Ralph Lauren silk foundation, Sisley Tinted Sunscreen Cream (SPF 30), and LA MER soft fluid long-wear foundation (SPF 20). I like them all because of their thin and silky texture. The makeup pros taught me to choose a shade or two darker than my natural skin tone because going a shade lighter exaggerates fine lines.
- Avoid Bright or Dull Blush: I love my blushes. My favorite brands are Chanel and Tom Ford. I think every woman should add ‘blush’ to her cheekbones. It is feminine. A makeup artist told me to wear Tom Ford’s blush at night. I think of my blush as part of my personality, upbeat and fresh and ready to explore.
- Avoid Applying Your Blush the Wrong Way: If you are applying blush on the apples of your cheek you are adding ten years to your face. I wear a powdered blush but the experts tell me to use a liquid blush because powdered blush makes fine lines prominent. Use your own judgment!
- Avoid Dark Eyeliner on Upper and Lower Lids: Dark eyeliner brings out the dark circles under one’s eyes and makes your eyes look smaller. Opt for a soft grey or brown pencil rather than dark liquid liners. I use a white pencil by NARS because the pencil is soft and does not pull the skin under my eye. What I do is I place a white dot in each corner of each eye but I don’t line my upper lid. However, I do line my lower lid with the same white pencil. It is my own thing, darlings!
- Avoid Eye Shadow With Glitter: The experts say your eyelids will look crumpled and thin lines will show if you wear shimmery shadows. Opt for a matte shadow that will give a very striking look to your eyes. I wear Sisley Glow Silver 42. Again, I do my own thing. It is a grey shimmery shadow!
- Avoid Heavy Concealer Under Your Eyes: You should not commit this cardinal sin. It will only make your dark circles worse. I have the perfect product to cover your darkened circles. It is expensive but works and lasts forever. Buy Tom Ford’s eye primer duo base. It is my favorite product in my makeup drawer! It will give your face an uplifted look without anyone knowing you are wearing the product.
- Avoid Mascaras That Are Too Light: If you have great lashes flaunt them with black mascara and in my opinion wear Le Volume de Chanel or L’Oreal#4.
- Eye Brows: I have my eyebrows dyed. They look very natural. I use an eye shadow instead of an eyebrow product; Sisley Mat Taupe #15
- Avoid Lip Liner or Harsh Shades of Lipstick: Applying a very dark lipstick will make your lips appear thinner which adds years to your life. Lip liners are out of fashion! My favorite brand of lipstick is Tom Ford.
The Eyes Have It… Eyeglasses I Mean!
I love my glasses! Glasses came into my life at the age of 46 when I realized if I wanted to continue seeing my world with rose-colored glasses, I would need them. I was not excited to cover my face and eyes with glasses, so the day I picked out my first pair of frames I decided with a fierceness I would classify every frame I added to my wardrobe. Who would have thought they would become an important accessory in my wardrobe! And, my Darlings, that is what you should consider… your glasses should make a statement about who you are and your style!
I have saved every pair of glasses except the few I have lost. I suggest you do the same because eventually, they will come back into style. Just change your prescription and voila!
A Hot Commodity!
Glasses are a hot commodity. Looking over my stash I photographed a few of my vintage oldies but goodies. Each pair has a sentimental story with my personal secrets. Our eyes are the window to our souls. So dress them up with great glasses!
My Red Frames
I bought my first pair of glasses when I was 46-years-old. I chose large red frames. Why? Because I knew they would stand out in the crowd. They had personality! And, they represented me, and my personality. I wore them on my first date with my husband Shelly. He loved them! Buy glasses that ‘speak’ to you and then they will speak to others.
My Flowered Frames with Sequins and Pearls
I bought them at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu. They are a memory of my life in Honolulu with my family. I bought them to wear to a ball at the Kahala Hilton Hotel. Buy a pair of frames with rhinestones arms for special occasions.
My Aviator Frames
My husband chose them for me. Save your old frames. I promise aviators will come back into vogue… a lot of young people wear them already!
My Orange + Black 1960 Christian Dior Frames
I bought these in a resale shop while shopping with my daughter, Jenny. I always think of her when I wear them. Visit resale shops for vintage frames, Darlings. They will be half the price and you may find a surprise as I did.
Barry Kiselstien Cord Frames
I have four pairs that are now collector’s items… little did I know when I bought them. And, I just loved them. I love them as much today and wear them often.
Last summer my Ultimate Concierge and I and another couple attended the weekly outdoor concert at Millennium Park in my beautiful Chicago. I wore my powder blue Kiselstein Cord glasses. After the performance, the four of us went to the Erie Street Cafe for an outdoor dinner. Leaving the restaurant I noticed I did not have my glasses! We looked in the car, on the outside ground around the restaurant and then… my eye looks to the right and there they were placed on a ledge. Someone had stepped on them and smashed them, I am sure accidentally. The arms were hanging by a limb and the nose piece was cut in half. The lense was shattered on one side. They were so damaged and most women would have tossed them. I just couldn’t.
The next day I visited two eyeglass shops in my neighborhood. One of the shops sent them to be repaired! They knew a specialist who repaired very damaged glasses. My glasses were then returned to me in their original condition! I was shocked and filled with happiness. The moral of the story is to always reach out to the best resources for help. If you don’t know anyone, do your research or ask for help. If they cannot help you do not give up. Ask them if they know someone. Think positive. Where there is a will there is a way. (BONUS: Click here for my story via YouTube!)
Enhance The Glass For Style
I tint all my lenses to coordinate with my frames. I have pink frames with rose-colored lenses; grey frames with light grey lenses, blue frames with lightly tinted blue lenses. My tortoise frames have light green lenses, and all of my black lenses have different shades of blue lenses. All of my lenses are sun exposure safe. I don’t think you will be sorry.
With an upbeat attitude, an outfit that makes you feel great, the correct eye makeup and gorgeous shades you cannot go wrong. After all, our eyes are the windows to our soul.
Do something GOOD today: Go online and splurge, Darlings!