Saturday, November 11, 2017

"Can Colors Be Too Soft.....or Too Bright?"

Being a Soft Summer or Soft Autumn, you may wonder if you can go *too* soft. Finding yourself in the category of Bright Winter or Bright Spring, you may be deep in thought as to whether a color may indeed be too bright for you. 

The entire color spectrum does go much softer and brighter than human coloring allows for. Pushing the boundaries, for the most part, works very well because the color saturation in question is emphasizing who the person is. There are exceptions to everything. 

Take someone who is a True Winter, for instance. They have a very fair skin tone and quite dark hair. Put them in the purest black and the iciest white. Even though their natural pigmentation does not outwardly appear to go to those extremes, the pure black and icy white underscore who they are, and we cannot take our eyes off of that individual. 

Here is a perfect example of this.

A Bright person in neon colors? No one is neon in color, in real life. Bathe that individual in brightness and they look more authentic than anyone else can. 

I love this....sure. The colors are bright, but your eye goes directly to her face and hair.

Here is where things get interesting. When it comes to the Soft seasons, I really do think you can go TOO soft. The effect of color that is too muted or powdery is grayness or dullness to the complexion, less sparkle in the eye and an addition of 10 years to your overall appearance. I feel that Soft Autumn and Soft Summer have complexions that are pretty darned unforgiving, since their color palette is of a low saturation to begin with. HOWEVER.....low saturation of color does not mean NO saturation of color. 

Could this young lady go softer with color? I suspect if she did, we would start losing her. 

This blog post goes much more into detail about Soft Summer's color saturation aspects. This one  delves into the finer points of Soft Autumn, and shows you it's potential. 

My thoughts? Bright seasons are pretty extreme to begin with. That is why they can really push the envelope. Soft seasons don't have much leeway. Anything too this-or-that will have a pronounced negative effect. 

In both cases, going more muted than your palette allows will not be your best choice. The bottom line is....everyone needs a little color, some more than others. 



Sunday, October 1, 2017

Light Spring in the Autumn.

Can we just stare at Light Spring and breathe a sigh of delight? 

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Photo: Elea Blake Cosmetics

Delicate, beautiful, ethereal, magical, clear and friendly. I have a personal affinity for all of the Spring seasons and their blends. Light Spring is no exception. It's just plain pretty!

Now that the seasons of nature are changing, those of you who live North of certain latitudes are contemplating a Fall wardrobe segueing into Winter. Pantone has offered us their up to date fashion color palette:

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Here also is the London version of what is in for Fall 2017:

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Fall 2017, London

What colors are going to be good choices? Before I head in that direction, here are my thoughts....

I really like how Pantone has gotten away from the traditional, heavier colors we associate with Fall/Autumn...whatever is proper terminology in your locale. The feeling is much lighter in weight and less shadowy-looking. Some people get very depressed during the change of seasons due to graying skies and lack of sunshine. I think both of these color collections will keep everyone perked up.

If I were a Light Spring, here is what I would examine. (PLEASE NOTE: It seems like when Pantone chooses colors, they get interpreted by designers in many different ways as far as undertone goes. Stay clear rather than browned or muted in this case. )

Grenadine! How I love "lipstick" colors! This color has a bit of an orange "pop" to it. Look for a lip balm or gloss in this shade. You are so fortunate that you can be a makeup minimalist due to your delicate coloring. 

Butterrum could be a good fit as a neutral color, but compare it in person to the rest of your palette. I see a bit of a mauve base to this color. If it is too mauve, it won't be harmonious. 

Shaded Spruce appears on my computer monitor to be a great match for your relatively darker greens. Teal greens like this look very nice on various complexions. Be certain not to go too dark with this one.  

Marina is also another delightful color. Who would not want to see this optimistic looking blue on a day where there is no sun to be seen? I think many Light Springs forget about that bit of Summer in their palette. Marina is a nice reminder. 

Lest I forget about wardrobe basic colors, I think Neutral Gray is a fantastic choice. It is difficult to find warmer grays. This one could end up being a real winner for you. 

Continuing on to the London version of the Pantone Fall 2017 forecast:

Flame Scarlet is STUNNING!!!!! Look for a gloss, lip balm or semi sheer lipstick in this shade. This would be pretty as a blush if you can find it in one of those sheer gel formulas. 

Primrose Pink looks warmer than Ballet Slipper, which is certainly within your realm. I can see this in a knitted angora sweater, a rain coat in some crisp fabric or a fun pair of socks. I happen to like both of these colors for Light Springs, just being cautious that Ballet Slipper does not go too much on the cool side. 

Toast is a really nice neutral color. Just don't go more pink toned than your palette's limits. Some eye shadow this color might make for a really nice all over or transition shade.

Copper Tan appears on my screen like it would mesh quite well with the peaches and peachy neutral colors of Light Spring. If it appears heavy or drab looking next to your colors, give it a pass. Better yet, buy something in this shade for your Soft Autumn sister or friend should it not be a fit for you. 

Lemon Curry would have to be interpreted lighter and fresher looking in order to be a great choice for you. If it is off by even a little bit, that could throw it into Autumn territory, so tread cautiously!

As you can see, the Fall 2017 Fashion Forecast as published by Pantone has a wealth of possibilities for Light Springs, which is so nice for a change of pace. 

Are you a Light Spring looking forward already to...well....Spring 2018?

Click here to see all of the great things coming up!



Your Smart Phone: A Great Tool For Shopping.

Smart phones have come a long way. They used to be these little flip gadgets that took awful photos and did not allow you to get onto the internet with any form of ease. Now, many of us have high tech devices that can do everything from pay bills to comparison shop with digital coupons and scan QR codes. We can even book a ride from Lyft or Uber to get us moving. The Tinder dating app? Well.....only if you are brave. 

Did you ever stop to think that your smart phone can be used to help you do color matching? If you reason to read this article any further. BUT...if you have not, now is a good time to start. 

Owning your color fan is a great first step in getting to know your season. However, fans wear out around the edges and if you have used one for a really long time, it will eventually start fraying unless you have a nice case for it. Fans can easily get makeup and nail polish stains that are next to impossible to remove. (Ask me how I know this! )

The advantages to having a photo of your color palette in your phone:

No fading!
If a stain happens, wipe the glass. 
By having your phone display on the brightest setting, you will get the truest color. 
It will always lie flat against a garment. 

For those of you who are not super tech savvy, please follow these instructions in order to download your color palette into your phone:

Android phones: (PLEASE NOTE: Each phone model will have differences.)

1). Open up your web browser, which will be an app that says "Chrome" or a little purple planet that says "Internet".

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2.) As soon as the browser opens up, type your seasonal category into your address bar, then tap "Go".

3) The next window you will see will show your results. 

4) Tap the blue phrase that says, "Images for bright spring" 
(Using my season as an example)

In my case, the color dot chart comes right up. 

Tap on the color dot chart in order to enlarge it. 

5) Take a screen shot. Each phone model varies as to how this is done. On my particular phone which is a Galaxy Note 5, all I have to do is hold down the Home and Volume button simultaneously to wait for the "click". 

If you are not sure how to do this, please click here.

6) Hit the Home button and go back to the main menu for your apps. Tap "Gallery"

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7) Next, tap on the photo of your color dot chart. 

8) Tap on the photo and look at the bottom screen for a pencil that says "Edit". Tap on the pencil. 

9) On the bottom left you will see a square that says, "Transform", or it may say "Crop". Tap on that. 

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10.) You will see little frames on the corners of your photo. Move them up or down with your fingers until your photo is the size that you want. 

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11.) When you are done, tap the check mark at the bottom of your screen. 

12.) On the upper right hand corner, you will see the word that says, "Save". Tap that. 

You are done!!!

Now, all you have to do is click on your Gallery and the photo of your dot chart will be right there at your finger tips!


1) Click on the Safari app:

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2) Follow Steps #2-#4  above in order to enlarge the dot chart. 

3) Take a screen shot. If you do not know how, please click here.

4) I found these really nice ladies on YouTube that explain in detail how to edit a photo to your liking on Apple devices. Please click here to view the link.

5) Make sure you save your edited photo! :)

6) All you have to do now is click on "Photos" in order to access your dot chart! If you are not familiar with the iPhone "Photos" icon, it looks a bit like this:

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A word on color accuracy:

My suggestion is to make sure your phone display is turned to a setting that will match the brightness of your color fan in person, side by side. If it isn't, you won't get color accuracy at its best. The last thing you want is for your color dot chart to look too grayed or too saturated. 

Is a smart phone photo as good as a fan? In my opinion, I happen to think so. If you follow the instructions in the above paragraph regards lighting, I think you will find your phone to be a valuable tool!



Monday, August 7, 2017

The Difference Between Dark Autumn and Dark Winter

On some individuals, the neighboring neutral seasons are both acceptable palettes to dabble in. One will always be better than the other, but choosing from the "sister" palette won't be a deal breaker. 

For others, it is paramount to stick to their "one best" palette and stay put. In studying both Dark Autumn and Dark Winter, it is easy to discover they are both quite different from one another, despite being neighbors among the 12 seasons. 

Dark Autumn has, at it's core, colors with a base of coffee brown. The lightest color is white with a bit of latte added to it. The darkest color is black with a roasted espresso base. The range of colors never approaches pure black and white. Light colors veer towards medium tones. Everything from roasted cherry, terra cotta, warmed plum, rich turquoise and leafy olive greens can be richly discovered and welcomed. Reds carry with them the richness of their True Autumn sister. Gold and copper are burnished.  

Mental image: Everyone is gathering around the fire for one last song and a sip of cider. The waning sunset and the hooting owl signal that it is time to go inside before the wind gets colder. 

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Dark Winter is much more blued and reddened. The holidays are approaching. The embers of Autumn's fire are just about ready to fade. Even here, white has a touch of charcoal added. The darkest black isn't patent leather shiny. It has texture to it, like a nubby coat or calf skin. The pastels of this palette are icy but not neon. Wine, cranberry, plum toned pinks, chocolate cherry and violet rose exist here. Peppermint greens, blue tones that approach the freezing point, dusty but dark violets and navy as well as rich burgundy find their home. 

Mental image: The harsh, bitter cold evening wind picks up in intensity. The icy lake is beginning to haze over with crystals and the clouds are moving away from a brilliant moon while branches of bare trees begin creaking. 

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Both of these palettes are high on the level of intensity, but not at maximum brightness. With True Winter being at 85% brightness, these two neighbors are at 60-75% brightness. 
Still quite strong, but with a rustic edge to them. 

Any time the Autumn realm is entered into, the ease of finding clothing and cosmetics is heightened. Ask anyone which palettes they like best, and I am willing to wager, Dark Autumn is going to be at the top of the list, followed by Dark Winter, Light Summer and Bright Winter. If you are one of the Dark seasons, cosmetics companies are already in love with your palette, so you will be spending lots of time narrowing down your selections. 

After reading the above, if  you are deciding between these two seasons, try these suggestions:

1) Of the two, Dark Winter will be darker overall and you will be able to handle looks that are very high contrast. Just don't go looking for True Winter's icy blue white and pitch black. 

2) A Dark Autumn won't look her best in black and white. It is just way too blued, harsh and chilly. A creamy off white and a warmed, blackened brown are much more friendly against your face. 

3) Best lipsticks for a Dark Autumn will be bittersweet, terra cotta, warm rich red, deep red orange and coppery plum. 

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4) Best lipsticks for a Dark Winter will be cranberry red, dark red, plum berry, chocolate cherry, red coral, burgundy and wine. 

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5) Dark Autumns look exceptionally well in copper, bronze, deep gold and pewter. Being an Autumn, texture is very flattering, rather than all out shine. Coral, raw emeralds, garnets, jade, topaz, turquoise and warm toned pearls are great choices. 

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6) Dark Winters do have gold in their palette metals, but they fare better in platinum, silver and white gold. A Dark Winter can handle shine a whole lot better than a Dark Autumn can. Rubies, amethyst, sapphire, onyx, marcasites and diamonds have your name on them. 

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7) The differences are quite apparent in wardrobe selections:

Dark Autumn:

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Dark Winter:

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Some colors to try:

A Dark Winter will look really great in pink, blue greens, violet purples and dark navy blue. 

A Dark Autumn will look lovely in a strong olive green, copper red, warmed plum and velvet brown.

I could go on and on delineating the differences between Dark Autumn and Dark Winter. Hopefully, the above images will help you in deciding which color scheme fits you the best. 



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Your Individual Color Range....Are All Of The Palette Colors Flattering 24/7/365?

The human eye is very critical, and not in a bad way. Once you have seen an example of something in a state of perfection, or close to it, anything else is just second best. If you have had a color analysis done correctly and have seen for yourself how brilliant the after effects are, you really won't be able to go back to "before" without feeling an inner sense of discord or even out and out discomfort. 

As I have stated before, your color palette represents the darkest, lightest, warmest and coolest you can go. The 12 Tones color charts were constructed to show what your personal tonal "extremes" look like. They were never meant to be custom color palettes. I liken the color charts to be guideposts, sort of like road signs. 

Let's use Bright Winter as an example. The lightest color is white. In seeing this color in person, there is a slight drop of bright yellow added to it. This is not the "blue white" of True Winter. The darkest shade is an ink black that has a patent leather type of shine to it. The warmest tones are some really great citrus yellows, and the coolest colors are blue violets and bright indigo blue. 

Light Spring is quite different. The lightest color is a soft, warm cloud white that has almost a vanilla ice cream base. The darkest colors are medium warm grays. The warmest contain some light golden "sun ray" yellows and the coolest colors look like the clear blue sky in the latest part of the morning. 

Because of your own individual coloring, your "extreme" shades as shown in your given palette may not be your best. Maybe your cool blues are a little bit too much. Maybe your darkest colors need to be tempered a bit with other colors to break up the effect of a "too dark" overall appearance. It could be the few orange tones or yellows might not work so great, but the cooler range on you is beautiful. All of this depends upon your hair, skin and eye color. How you wear your palette as a blonde may be completely different from your seasonal sister who is brunette with darker eyes. Your style type also comes into play, but that is an entirely different discussion.

Some women kind of get disheartened. They find out, within their palette they can't just wear "all of the lipstick colors" on their lips or cheeks. Only a certain narrow range of eye shadow is harmonious. If that is the case with you, please re-read the first paragraph. What's happened is, your eye has just gotten used to what perfection looks like. 

Another factor comes into play. Maybe you are not the adventurous type and have settled into a "comfort zone" of sorts with your palette. It could be that "all of the lipstick colors" may indeed look very nice on are just used to wearing a certain shade of pink or coral all of the time. A sort of familiarity sets in and "anything different" just seems a bit jarring. There is nothing in the world wrong with staying inside that "zone". If you aren't willing at this time to branch out, you could be missing the beauty of the other side of your palette, thereby unnecessarily  narrowing your choices. 

Then again, you "just know" by having your color draping done, your yellow green, yellow and gold/orange aren't your best, as an example. Or it could be the coolest pinks in the drape set may have been pushing the envelope too much. Those factors do NOT make the entire seasonal categories just means you can't go all the way to that particular boundary as easily as someone else whose coloring differs from yours a bit. Save those colors for accessories or in a print fabric. 

Cosmetics colors, by far, are the trickiest colors to get right on the first try. This article is the best one I have found which is a real help in selecting colors. Patience is also a key. I can tell you this much.....when (not if) you find your most favorite lipstick, eye shadow and blush colors, by all means stock up......because you never know when the Evil Mr. D. (discontinued!!!! AAARGH!!) will rear his ugly head!



Sunday, July 9, 2017

Does Our Coloring Change As We Age? A Missive on the 12 Tones

I found a really interesting video on how our coloring and the usage of our palettes changes as time marches onward. I have a great love for Inside Out Style Blog and this particular video spearheaded a desire to write this post. 

Imogen Lamport has her own color analysis system that she has expanded beyond the 12 seasonal groups. For those that have felt left wanting after having a color draping done, her method might fill in the gaps for you. That aside, let's address a question that comes up. 

"What happens with my color palette when I go gray, my eye color softens and my skin tone naturally cools down? Will it stay the same, or can I expect changes?"

The answer to that is, there is no hard and fast rule. Many people stay the same seasonal category for life. Others do indeed change to either their next cooler neighbor, or a softer toned selection. The below for each seasonal category is merely a suggestion, and not set in stone. Experiment with this as you see fit. 

True Winter: You are a True/Cool season. If you find you are losing pigmentation in your hair, a la going gray or turning white (lucky you!!) chances are good you will stay in the same palette. If you soften down and cannot handle the relatively bright colors of your palette, your best choice will be True Summer. 

Bright Winter: You have always needed intense colors throughout your life. If you were to cool down in your coloring and no longer instinctively feel comfortable in your Bright palette, I would try out True Winter for size. For those of you whose coloring has really softened, Light Summer would be another palette to look at, but this would really be a stretch. 

Bright Spring: I have seen many a Bright Spring, including recently draped later-in-life Bright Springs maintain that brilliance. The only reason why I would say "no" to Bright Winter (a logical place, since it is cooler) is because it is a darker palette and wearing "too dark" colors can be harsh and aging. If you find that your need for color intensity has waned, Light Spring may work very well for you. 

True Spring: Gray or white hair can be a real challenge for a True Spring. Your warm toned wardrobe might not seem like it is a good fit any longer. Light Spring is a really nice next step for you. I would not recommend Soft Autumn as a possibility, because the base tone of Autumn is too heavy. You still need clarity. 

Light Spring: The Light seasons thrive on brightness and delicacy. Should you cool down in your coloring, I would take a look at Light Summer as a distinct possibility, BUT I would stay within the lightness and darkness parameters of your original palette. You have less darkness tolerance than a Light Summer would. 

Light Summer: It would seem an obvious choice that True Summer would be your next go-to, but I find that unlikely. True Summer is markedly darker than you would comfortably handle. Your best solution is to dress and wear your cosmetics as a cool-leaning Light Summer. Your yellows and corals might not be such a good fit, but the cooler berries and pinks may suit you more at this stage of your life than ever before. 

True Summer: If you are that lovely rose-petaled creature of habit that doesn't like change, I think you will be pleased to know, being a True/Cool season means your palette will fit you well for a lifetime. If anything, you may discover your palette looking better on you now that it ever did. Consider yourself very fortunate. 

Soft Summer: Your situation is much like that of True Summer. You likely won't cool down into a True Summer since those colors were a bit too intense and cool on you during your draping. How you use your palette will change. Instead of wearing browns, you may find yourself more comfortable in grays. Your yellows and warmer greens may no longer seem to fit. Experiment as you feel necessary. 

Soft Autumn: I have always felt the Soft seasons were very close sisters. Many neutral toned categories are. If you find yourself drawn to more pinks and blues and feel that your terra cottas and warm nudes just don't jibe, it may be time to visit Soft Summer and see how it works. If it is still a bit too cool, adjust how you use your palette.

True Autumn: You will genuinely have to go by how you feel with this one. Like True Spring, you will have a challenge with your hair turning gray. It may seem like it doesn't fit with your wardrobe quite so well. If your colors seem a little intense and imposing, try out Soft Autumn for size. 

Dark Autumn: I have noticed that Dark seasons maintain their intensity and need for depth throughout their lives. If your coloring has cooled and bittersweet, browned burgundy and red copper don't feel right, Dark Winter would be a nice new start for you. If your coloring has indeed softened to where the depth of Dark Autumn no longer feels right, Soft Autumn may be great new beginning.

Dark Winter: You have a couple of choices. One: you can gravitate towards the cooler end of your palette. There is definitely no harm in that. I recommend that for many people. That being said, if you find your colors feel a bit dark and heavy for you, try out True Winter. Should your coloring really soften down, Soft Summer might be a real possibility. 

At A Glance: 

True Cool seasons: True Summer and True Winter:

Stay within your category. True Winter may indeed soften down to True Summer, but not likely. 

True Warm seasons: True Autumn and True Spring. 

You may step into the category  of a Neutral/ Warm season. 

True Autumn: Soft Autumn
True Spring: Light Spring

Neutral/Warm seasons: Bright Spring, Light Spring, Soft Autumn, Dark Autumn. 

Your next cooler neighbor would be a good place to look, or staying within your tonal category (Neutral/Warm) but going softer or lighter. 

Bright Spring: Light Spring
Light Spring: Light Summer
Soft Autumn: Soft Summer
Dark Autumn: Dark Winter or Soft Autumn

Neutral/Cool seasons: Bright Winter, Light Summer, Soft Summer, Dark Winter:

As above, your next cooler neighbor is a palette to consider. In the case of Light and Soft seasons, I would recommend using your palette differently by selecting the cooler tones available. 

Bright Winter: True Winter
Light Summer: Stay within palette, use your cooler colors more. 
Soft Summer: Stay within palette, use your cooler colors more.
Dark Winter: True Winter. If your coloring really softens, use Soft Summer. 

My hope is that this guide has served as a compass into your next phase of life. Over time, hair for many of us begins to turn silver, salt and pepper or white. Our skin tone tends to become more pink as opposed to the ivory or peach of our younger days. Many of us will keep our palette forever. Others will need to choose something from another color category to better suit us. 

If you have to make a change into a different palette, don't jump in right away with both feet. Take time to experiment until you feel confident you are headed in the right direction. 



Monday, June 19, 2017

Losing Your Level of Contrast: Real Advice on Cosmetics. Part II

Beauty gurus have all kinds of advice on dealing with life after 40/50. I find it odd that most of the ones who give this advice are under the age of 40. They have no first hand knowledge of how to deal with applying cosmetics when you have matured. 

Some of the "rules" are spot on. Others are just ridiculous and need to be ignored. 

Let's get started. 

1) "No sparkle or frost after (insert age here)." 

OK. I completely agree with sparkle on the face. I think it is a pretty editorial type of look, but it comes across as juvenile. If you are over the age of 18, save it for a holiday party. 

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A much better choice are pearl finished eye shadows. Combine them with mattes to soften down the effect. 

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2) "Don't wear matte cosmetics."

I think this is false, especially if you are a Winter influenced season, like Dark Autumn and Dark Winter. You may need to wear a matte lipstick to better define your lip line.

If you are more mature and still have oily skin, that matte foundation you have been depending on will still be something you are in need of. I would change the application. Use a Beauty Blender or sponge to apply it so it doesn't settle into lines and look heavy. 

The one thing I will may have to go a little bit lighter with your lipstick colors. Sometimes that really cool "goth" color you could pull of at 35 might need to be dialed back when you hit your 40's and 50's. 

3) "Don't wear black/liquid eye liner."

This one I agree with, to a degree. If you are or were a brunette True Winter, black may be the only thing that will show up on you! What I don't like is a shiny black finish. It will be harsh and aging, no matter what your seasonal category is. 

I see no reason to stop wearing liquid eye liner, especially if it works for you. Just be very picky about the color. Stay within your seasonal category and you should be just fine. 

4) "Wear a softer lip color after (insert age here)."

This advice drives me nuts!!! I completely understand that our lips change a lot when time marches onward. They get thinner over time and we will see vertical lines appear. You will have to change the formula (e.g., exchange glittery glosses for satin finishes), but PLEASE do not dilute the color tone. Few things look worse on a Bright season than a pinky shade of mauve, as an example. And, no....there are no universally flattering lipstick colors. Save all of the rose and mauve colors for Soft Summers....they are the only ones who will look good in them. 

5) "Do not wear face powder on more mature skin." what do you do when you are 50 and you still have oily skin? What if you want to seal down your makeup so that it has some chance of staying during the day?

Personally, I avoid pressed powders. They are way too cakey looking and heavy. I wear a thin veil of loose face powder to combat shine. (My personal fave is Cover Girl Professional loose powder.) Use a big, soft powder brush with loose face powder. It won't settle into lines and will also turn down the glow. 
CoverGirl Professional Loose Powder Trasnlucent Fair 105

If your skin is drier, than by all means skip the powder if you are able to. 

6) "No waterproof mascara after (insert age here)."

Lashes do tend to thin out over time. I don't personally think waterproof mascara is an evil thing. If you live in a humid environment (think coastal Texas or Florida in July), then waterproof mascara is a must!!! Just be a bit more gentle at removing it. Use a lash rebuilder at night, like this one from Majestic Pure. 

7) "Toss the gloss, and if you DO wear it, go for a color close to your skin tone." 

I don't agree with this, either. Some women who are lighter seasons (True Spring, Light Spring, Light Summer) do better in lip gloss than they do in actual lipstick. I do not like really shiny patent leather types of glosses on anybody, regardless of age. I would look for a thicker gloss formula and avoid the really thin "roll on" types. 

As for the "wear a nude shade" advice....NO. Nude lips do not look good on anyone, unless you are a Soft Autumn or Soft Summer. Even then, you have to choose the right shade. 

8) "Powder blush is a no-no."

Again, not entirely true. It depends upon your skin type. Blanket advice is to avoid using powder blush because it can settle in fine lines. This may be a fact for some and not for others. Whatever you do....please don't fall for the advice you need a "pop of color" on your cheeks if your seasonal category demands you wear something softer in tone. Not everybody looks great in a Light Spring pink or peach. 

9) "Don't put mascara on your lower lashes."

I got this advice in my early 40's. I never liked the look of it. My eyes looked like I didn't finish the job. I think that you can soften the look with maybe a coat of mascara instead or two or three. It will balance your eye shape better than if you didn't put anything there. 

10) "No heavy concealer after (insert age here)."

You may feel you need a heavy concealer. The key to this is application and choosing the right shade. Use a Beauty Blender or other sponge or light touches with your fingertip. You will still get the coverage you want without it being cakey. 

Some things I highly suggest you DO:

1.) A good skin care routine.

This is the time in your life where an esthetician or spa technician with a medically based background can get you on the right pathway. 

One thing I will say....exfoliation at this stage of the game is crucial. You don't want flakey, dry skin to cause cosmetics application to be more of a challenge than necessary. If you prefer to DIY this, Paula's Choice products have gotten rave reviews. Don't forget your lips, either! A gentle lip scrub will make lipstick application far easier. 

2.) Be mindful of your lashes and brows. 

These are two things that tend to change shape and thin over a period of time. You don't have to spend a lot of money on growth serums with side effects, either. I would look on Makeup Alley for product reviews to point you in the right direction. Just remember, whatever you use, you will have to use for the long haul as hair goes through three growth cycles that last from a few weeks to a few months. 

3.) If your seasonal category is still working for you, stick with it. If not, now may be the best time for a redrape.

Most women don't have to worry about this, especially if you are a True Cool season to begin with. However, if you are having particular challenges with your palette, now may be a great time for a revisit. 

4.) Think about growing out your hair color, if you are ready to go for it. 

I have seen many women go "au naturel" and it ends up looking better and more youthful than their previously dyed hair color. True, not everyone is ready to take this step and it can be a big transition...but the change can end up being worth it!

I hope you enjoyed the two parts to this series. Since I have just turned 50 recently, much of this advice is something I am much more seriously considering. 

Turning the corner into a new decade is indeed a blessing. Embrace this and know that to get to this stage in life is a precious privilege not everyone gets to experience.