Seriously, Less Is More

It’s a sad fact, but as we women age, less is more when it comes to makeup. When we were teenagers, we could pull off orange eye shadow, loads of blush, tons of black mascara, bright red lipstick; actually, anything that was in fashion at the time. And we looked adorable!

However, as we age, we really need to cut down on the makeup. Is there anything sadder than a woman in or over her 50s wearing the same kind of makeup she wore as a teenager? Less is more, especially when we are older. For me, the best thing about keeping it appropriate for my age is that it takes so much less time.

A few years ago I splurged and went to Sephora to get an expert opinion of what I should (and should NOT) be wearing. She too agreed that when you are older, less makeup is more. She showed me how to do it, and not only does it take a very short time to do it, but it makes me look pretty good for a gal in my 60s.

The same goes with clothing. Years ago I decided that no one needs to see my flabby thighs or my droopy cleavage. It’s easy enough to wear the kind of clothing that not only suits you, but makes you look good for your age. Again, seeing an expert is always well worth it.

The best thing about getting older is that you no longer really give a hoot about what people think of you. Who cares, anyway? If I feel like wearing a pair of bright purple sandals, I’ll wear them proudly. A while ago I read about a young woman who took her grandmother out to a shoe store. Her grandmother fell in love with a pair of turquoise shoes with a snappy bow on the toes. Her granddaughter exclaimed, “Grandma, how will you wear those?”

Her grandmother smiled at her and said, “with defiance!” I say we take that wonderful lady’s advice and let our freak flags fly!


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