After reading some of the popular beauty advice for older women, a lady-of-a-certain-age can start feeling as if she needs to spend the rest of her life in beige polyester pantsuits and nude lipstick. Why should we have to dress like our grandma, though? While it’s true you don’t want to be that tacky middle-aged lady in the skin-tight leopard body suit with bright blue eye shadow and clownish red hair, there are some common beauty and fashion tips that women over 50 really can ignore.
Avoid bright colors
For some reason, beauty gurus seems to think that turning 50 instantly changes a woman’s complexion to some mysterious, dull shade that is overwhelmed by vibrant colors. What exactly is an older complexion anyway? As in, “neutrals and pastels flatter older complexions.” On the contrary, most women look pale and washed-out without at least a little color in their wardrobe, so don’t be afraid of brights. There are women in their 50s, 60s, and beyond who look stunning in bright corals or lime green. If a color looked good on you 20 years ago, it probably still does.
Dress your age
Exactly what does that mean? Women over 50 are keeping themselves in better physical shape than ever before, so don’t let some misguided fashionista tell you that you have to wear boring “age-appropriate” clothing. You might not want to go as far as wearing sweat pants with “Bootylicious” printed on the rear, but even if you have a few flaws to hide, you aren’t doomed to muumuus and elastic-waist mom jeans. Plenty of trendy, fashionable clothing looks good on women of all ages. And if you have the legs to wear an above the knee skirt or the arms to wear a tank top, go for it!
Cut your hair
The style of your hair, not the length, is what is important. Many women over 50 look fantastic with longer hair. If you like your below the shoulder locks, keep them. Just find a style that that flatters the shape of your face and ignore what anyone else thinks.
Don’t wear red lipstick
Really? There is nothing wrong with red lipstick as long as it suits your coloring. Just like women of any age, some women over 50 look great with bright colored lips, some don’t. Wear what looks good with your complexion, whether it’s soft pink or fire engine red.
Dye your hair a lighter shade
Stylists recommend you dye your hair a lighter color to hide gray and make you look younger. Unfortunately, in most cases all it does is make women look fake. Seriously, blonde hair and black eyebrows aren’t fooling anybody. If you choose to dye your hair, you’ll probably look best if you stay as close as possible to your natural color or just get some natural highlights. Nothing screams “I remember the 70s” more than platinum blonde highlights on a brunette.
Whether you are 20, 50, or 70, the best beauty tip of all is to wear the makeup and clothing that you are comfortable with, looks good on you, and flatters you. Who cares if it doesn’t align with what the “experts” think you should do?