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Fashion for the over Fifties

By Sarah Lavelle

As we age, we see changes all over our body. Our shapes change and our skin visibly matures. For women, it’s important to embrace these changes and adapt our styles as we grow older. Ironically, as many women try to do this, they achieve the opposite.

You see it every day – women obviously trying to look younger but failing miserably. It’s time to ditch the outrageous make up and young style ladies. The key to looking good over 50 is effortless. Just keep it simple. Follow these do’s and don’ts and you’ll be on your way.

Make sure not to wear too much foundation – lightly apply make up to necessary areas such as around the nose. Also avoid using pearl or shimmery makeup as this exaggerates fine lines and wrinkles.

It’s important to use makeup to enhance your features, not to cover them up. Choose natural colours to suit your skin tone. Cream- based eye shadows and subtle rose or coral tones lipsticks are great for highlighting your best features.

When applying eye makeup, avoid the lower eye area. Makeup will inevitably travel downward, creating a “panda eye” effect which will make you look older than you are.

When it comes to clothing, keep things simple. Avoid in your face items and stick to neutral, sophisticated colours. Be sure to stay away from baggy, shapeless clothes – know your body shape and learn what fit suits you.

So keep things simple and welcome the changes that age brings. Tone down your style and leave the outrageous fashion fads to the teens.

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