{Style Expert} Poof! 7 tricks to make your age disappear

When Carol Tuttle turned 50 two years ago she vowed to defy biology.

“I reached a fork in the road. There was the ‘I’m going to look old path’ or the ‘I don’t think so path,’” said Carol, the author of Dressing Your Truth, a best-selling guide to finding your signature style based on Carol’s system of beauty “Types.” “Around 50 your body wants to get a little saggier or put on extra pounds, but I challenge that. You can choose to maintain fitness and vitality, but it takes an investment–a more dedicated investment than when you were 25.”

After doing literally hundreds of makeovers with FOFs across the country, Carol says there are seven age-defying musts every FOF should know:

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7. Use lipliner, lipstick AND gloss.

FOFs often have feathering. Lipliner frames the lip so the lipstick doesn’t bleed. The gloss holds the lipstick and gives shine and a fuller look.

Carol’s picks:

Lip Liner: Clinique Quickliner for Lips in Honeystick is a good neutral that will blend with almost any lip color. Plus, it’s retractable so it never needs sharpening.

Lipstick: Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey adds just enough color without leaving you looking made up.

Gloss: Clinique Long Last Glosswear in Knock Out Nude has an SPF15 which is very important for protection.

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6. Swap black eyeliner for brown and avoid liquid liner.

Liquid and black-colored eyeliners accentuate eye wrinkles. Instead, choose a less-harsh brown eye pencil to line the top lid from the inside out. The only women who should wear black eyeliner are those with porcelain skin and dark hair.

Carol’s picks: Sephora Collection Slim Pencil in “Medium Brown.”

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5. Update your jeans. I tell my two adult daughters, ‘When I was your age, a woman’s waistline was at her belly-button!’ Today, jeans should land an inch and a half below your navel.

Carol’s picks: Not Your Daughters Jeans and Paige Premium Denim. These brands cater to fuller hips and thighs.

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4. Get a bra fitting every few years and buy new bras every 6 months. Saggy boobs really age a woman. Get a bra-fitting and invest in a quality bra. You should be recycling your bras every 6 months or when the backside of the bra is no longer holding its original elasticity. It’s better to have fewer bras and replace them more often.

Carol’s picks: Go to Nordstrom for bra fitting.

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3.  Use brow powder to cover grays between color appointments.

We all get patches of gray hair on our temples and our brow lines between color appointments. Cover the gray with a brow powder that matches your hair. Use an oversized shadow brush to dab on the powder and voila, your gray is gone.

Carol’s picks: Bare Escentuals Essential Brow Color easily covers the gray and is healthy for your hair. My line of brow powder, Dressing Your Truth Brush on Brow comes in eight colors to match your hair, from blonde to very dark.

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2. Incorporate a daily fitness routine into your lifestyle.

Maintaining your body doesn’t have to mean running 5 miles at the gym everyday. Even basic daily strength training can make a huge difference.

Carol’s picks: The T-Tapp, an easy, 15-minute fitness routine created by exercise physiologist Teresa Tapp. I highly recommend doing it 4-7 times a week. It helps with your posture and lymphatic system and reduces fat. If you’re dedicated and eat healthily you can easily drop a dress size with this routine.

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1. Update your hairstyle. The biggest anti-aging secret is the right color, cut and style. I see women lose 10-20 years off their appearance just by changing their hairstyle alone.

Carol’s picks:

If you have a rectangular face, go for a sleek and straight style with a few layers like Michelle Pfeiffer. Just keep your length no longer than your shoulder blades.

If you have a rounder face, go for a medium length, bouncy or curly style to create a youthful look like Susan Sarandon.

If you have a chiseled, angular face shape go with a short, edgy, layered look like Jane Fonda.

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Images via Carol Tuttle, Sephora, Nordstrom, figleaves, amazon.com, Top News, Blogmeister USA, and The Hair Styler

7 Responses to “{Style Expert} Poof! 7 tricks to make your age disappear”

  1. Victoria says:

    Great tips, but personally I have found that liquid eyeliner works better for me than pencil, especially as I age. The liquid fills in all of the little imperfections, but a pencil drags and fails to fill in the uneven areas. Of course I smudge and blend thoroughly. Some people do better with the pencils, I guess, but when I tried them I went right back to Lancome Artliner in brown.

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  2. SunnyHaines says:

    So glad to see Carol recommend T-Tapp. I’ve been using this exercise program for seven years now, first to loose 40 pounds. Two years later I had abdominal surgery, and two years after that, back surgery. The program is very rehabilitative. For those with health issues or more weight to loose, check out the MORE program. This is fitness designed for real women with real bodies and can be done in your 50’s, 60’s, 70’s. It has been a life saver for me.

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  3. CNA Training says:

    It’s posts like this that keep me coming back and checking this site regularly, thanks for the info!

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  4. Val Orosa says:

    What can I use to take the hair off my upper lip? I have very sensitive skin. I used a cream and it burned me. So what else is out there? Shaving isn’t good either. I also have very fine hair along my jaw and chin. What gives? Thinning hair on my head but hair on my face.

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  5. Teresa Tapp says:

    Hi Carol – I’m so glad you enjoy T-Tapp, it’s really been life changing for so many people. Just 4 times a week will get results and 7 times will make noticeable changes in just 2 weeks….yep, just 14 days.

    For those of you who are interested in trying T-Tapp, there are lots of exercises at http://www.t-tapp.com to download for free in the “try before you buy” section. BUT — if you identify yourself as a Fab50 reader by using the coupon code CTB (for Carol Tuttle’s Blog), you can receive 2 DVDs for FREE* (Intro to T-Tapp package retails for $19.75), just pay shipping.

    Again — our two programs work so nicely together. T-Tapp principles will help every Type achieve even better results from their workout and the T-Tapp workouts will help anyone to target trim areas of concern quickly as well as improve strength, flexibility and cardio function. When women are dressing their truth and living in a body that is healthy and fit — I honestly believe that they’ll change the world, their families, and themselves for the better.

    BTW…thanks for the tips! They’re GREAT!

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  6. Gayle LaSalle says:

    I agree with all the suggestions above. I’d like to add one more. Dress appropriately. This means don’t try to be 20 but please, please stay up to date. Dated styles age a woman as fast as wrinkles but wearing clothes that look too young tends to look like you’re trying to hard.

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  7. F. Krasowska says:

    Good tips, particularly the hair and bra. Lots of payoff for not too much effort. But the makeup tips really turned me off. My only experience with makeup has been onstage (applied by others, washed off immediately after the show) and a brief experimental phase in high school, in the heyday of the solid pale blue eyelid. 🙂 I associate makeup, particularly at the level of eyeliner and lipliner (never heard of brow powder before), with the kind of streaky, powder-flaked, wrinkly living-in-the-past look one really wants to avoid. This seems like way too much face-painting for a healthy FOF. But I did check out Dressing Your Truth.

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