Christopher Hopkins, “The Makeover Guy” believes women get more attractive as they get older. He is the author of Staging Your Comeback: A Complete Beauty Revival for Women Over 45, and he’s just the one to give your mom tips on how she can freshen up her look for your wedding day!
Moms, we know that next to the bride, you are the ones who stress the most about how to do your hair and makeup for the wedding day. You want to look lovely and youthful, yet elegant and age-appropriate.
Brides.com shares some of Christopher’s insider secrets for the Mother of the Bride (or Groom!)’s Complete Beauty Revival!
Hairstyle Hints: Forget the perm, and focus on the right cut and color! For mature women, shorter cuts, like a bob or mid-neck length, look better and more appropriate than long locks. Of course nothing makes you look old like gray hair or salt-and-pepper streaks, so consider coloring your hair or adding warm highlights. Adding bangs can make your face look more youthful. For the wedding day, set your hair in hot rollers or use a curling iron to give it more fullness. You can also try back combing with a round brush and setting it with hairspray. If it’s long enough, you can twist it into an elegant updo.
Amazing Makeup: Use warm tones to create smoother skin, softer lips, more focus on the eyes. Match foundation with your skin tone, and dust with powder for a matte complexion, and then apply a rosy blush to the cheekbones. Draw focus to the eyes using eyeliner, mascara, smokey eye shadow, and a lash curler. Enhance eyebrows by shaping, re-grooming, and penciling them in to give them more arch and expression. To make lips appear fuller, use a lip liner that’s just a bit darker than your lipstick. Avoid very dark or very bright lip color. It goes without saying that any facial hair should be removed.
Dress to Impress: ‘Less revealing is more appealing.’ Leave the revealing, sexy, trendy fashions for the teenagers! Wear something that suits your style, but dressy and elegant enough for your child’s wedding! Black is always more slimming that light colors. If you don’t want to draw attention down to your hips, keep your nail color soft.
When trying to decide what to wear, ask yourself:
* Does it flatter my body type?
* Does it express my personal style?
* Is it comfortable and can I move if dancing?
* Do I have the right shapewear to go under this?
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