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The summer months (August in particular) are peak times for class reunions — and, let’s be honest, when you see your classmates 10, 20, 30 or 40 years down the line, you want to look and feel fabulous. Here are my makeup and hair tips that might just get you voted "best looking."
Don’t try to copy the style of fashion, hair or makeup from when you graduated. For instance, in 1983 big hair and frosty pink lips were the pinnacle of cool (think of Morgan Fairchild), but that same look today is the pinnacle of trashy looking. The best thing you can do is look modern and current.
How long have you had the same hairstyle and worn the same type of makeup? Depending on how much time you have before your reunion, big changes may not be the risk you are willing to take. If you have more time to play around, try out a new hairstyle and makeup look. Regardless, some updates are called for.
The best guide for shifting into more modern you is to find a celebrity who has similar features as you (hair color, skin tone, etc.) and preferably is also a similar age. Take a close look at how they are put together on the red carpet, in interviews or for publicity shots. This will give you a good starting point. I love the beautifully natural looks that Friends alums Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox are sporting in the photo above.
Hair today looks done, but undone. Meaning you don’t want to have your hair looking overly “perfect.” Some casual texture and longer layers are the most current look for hair (no matter what length). Having some movement and body is definitely flattering because it adds needed softness around the face. So let your hair party with volume and wave!
If you look at what’s on trend right now, you’ll see that it’s all about creating eyes that stand out with great lashes, smoked out liner on top and bottom, a healthy glow on cheeks and a mouth with a bit of color and shine to perk up the face, but not overpower it.
Here are some staple products and tricks that will work for just about any skin tone and keep your look classic as well:
Black or Dark Brown Eyeliner to be used most dramatically on the top lash line and lightly on the lower lashes. Please read my caution about using black eyeliner. This is a color that must be softened and should not be used alone. Pro Tip: Don’t connect the inner corners, as it will close down your eye.
Brown or Bronze Eye Shadow to blend out the eyeliner on both upper and lower lash lines, and to use in contour of the eye.
Blush should be concentrated on the upper apples of the cheeks and then swept backwards very softly (no circles or stripes!)
Blush colors to try:
RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek color in Modest
Youngblood Luminous Crème Blush in Pink Cashmere
Lips should be a very fresh color of pinky peach. This is the type of color that will work well for most women, though you’ll need to adjust it for your skin tone. Pro Tip: Don’t go too beige or brown or you’ll look lifeless. Top your color with a subtle gloss without lots of sparkles or frost.
Lip colors to try:
Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Honey Berry
Jane Iredale PureGloss in Wild Apple
Youngblood Lipstick in Barely Nude