So much of looking younger is thinking and feeling younger. Our faces, bodies and attitudes are what create a total, youthful package.
I recently saw Iron Lady with Meryl Streep. I think she is an absolutely a fabulous actor and watching her on screen as she depicts Margaret Thatcher, was a marvel. I watched the way she walked, her posture, to say nothing of her incredible makeup and saw how she carried herself as a young, confident Thatcher and as the older Thatcher. It’s an insightful look at youth and age in one film.
Here were my thoughts on looking younger as I viewed the film:
- Posture: The way you carry yourself tells a lot about your persona, age and attitude. Holding your head high and your back straight goes a long way toward looking and feeling younger.
- Dress: A youthful look dresses to body shape, emphasizing the best features and curves. The difference in her dress as a young Prime Minister compared to her later wardrobe was a great example of this.
- Makekup: As so graphically shown in the picture, makeup can transform your looks. That being said, I notice that heavy, thick foundations, don’t hide wrinkles. When you look at the makeup on Streep as the old Thatcher, you immediately see that there’s no way makeup could hide all the wrinkles and lines. The lesson here is to ignore the lines and work on the best features.
- Choosing Your Basic Makeup Go for sheer foundations that even out skin tone. Use concealer subtly and in the same color as your skin. Bright spots covering dark ones only shout SPOT! SPOT! SPOT! As we get older, our skin loses some of its color, but go lightly on blush and stay away from purple or orange blush. Purple blush can look like you’re bruised and orange or coral blushes scream FAKE! FAKE! FAKE!
- Skin: A good moisturizer and sunscreen are your best allies. Dried up skin is not youthful.
- Lipstick: Yes, I know bright red is the new retro color. I think we’re retro enough already, so stick to the rosy ones but do wear something even if it’s a light gloss.
- Teeth: Healthy teeth and gums create lovely smiles, your biggest asset. Smiles and laughter are youth enhancing. Smiles can change your entire demeanor and leave a delightful impression, often enough that age is not even an issue.
- Hair: Ah…my nemesis! This would take an hour to write about but for now, just make sure it’s shiny and clean and has a flattering cut. Color and style again is something that news headlines are made of. The different ways Streep’s hair was styled for the different ages was brilliant and interesting to observe.
- Voice: Work on keeping it strong and clear. Sing even if it’s off key (in your car or shower, please:) and breathe deeply.
- Move Your Body: Sometimes feet, arms, legs ache. The key here is to find out what that’s about and then find good therapy for that. For a while my legs and back ached and it was sometimes hard to walk. A few trips to a physical therapist took care of that in a very short time.
Let me know if you have any other tips or if you have comments on anti-aging ideas. And if you enjoyed this article, I would LOVE it if you would “like” and” tweet” me. Simply click the icons below this blog.
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