I spent quite a bit of time this weekend thinking about how my looks have changed. I'm going to be 57 this summer and SO much has changed even in the past couple of years!
*my hair is much thinner
*my eyes have both bags AND dark circles (although I've always had dark circles)
*my eyes are also getting droopy
*my lips are getting thinner
*my neck area is getting saggy - as a matter of fact, EVERYTHING is getting saggy! : o
*I'm getting brown spots on my hands
*and I could go on.............
I know that a lot of women aren't comfortable talking about how they look because it seems that we are putting too much emphasis on self and how we look rather than how we are inside. But I think it's okay to care about how we look. It's good to present ourselves in a pretty, fashionable, way. Unfortunately it takes more maintenance than it did before! I remember just slipping into any clothes I wanted and they all fit. I remember just letting my hair dry naturally and it all fell into place. Not so anymore.
I saw a picture of myself taken about a month ago and I couldn't believe it. Where did my eyes go?! I've been trying to read up on how to apply makeup after 50 (maybe I should be reading up on how to apply makeup after 60 since I'm closer to that now). Well, I've been trying a few things but it sure doesn't seem to be working for me. THEY say to use less makeup when older - well I tried that and that's how I lost my eyes in the picture! LOL So, I'm back to using MORE eye makeup (not so much as to appear bizarre but enough to once again make my eyes pop a little). I looked at some hair-do's and experimented with a couple, but soon found that I need some length in order to hide the saggy neck. I found that teasing the hair that I have on top of my head seems to give me the height that I need in order to not look like everything is on the downside.
Just little things like that can make a huge difference. It's good to experiment (especially on a weekend when you don't have a lot going on) and to not always go by what the "experts" say you should do. Nothing is a one-size-fits-all. As women, we are all different and what may work for one person, may not work at all for you.
I just want every woman to try and be pretty. Some women are just naturally beautiful. They put some moisturizer on in the morning and comb out their hair and off they go. And some of us.....well....we need a bit more help. : ) And it can be fun to try and figure out what that is. If you are new to makeup I would suggest a lightweight foundation, mascara, and lip gloss and that may be all you need. Or you can branch out to a pretty eyeshadow and lipstick for those times when you want a little more for a special occasion.
This does take time, however. And I know a lot of people would rather use the time in the morning to just sleep in a little longer, but getting up even 20 minutes earlier to just spend time in putting yourself together that would show others you care is so worth it. Just a little thought and care into how you look can help you have a positive attitude and make you feel good all day long.
Have fun with this. It's good to be a woman and it can be enjoyable to try bringing out the best of what God gave us to work with. : ) Thanks for dropping by!