By Natasha Singer Jan. She was 58, but looked a perennial The cause was breast cancer, her husband, Richard Zoglin, said. Krupp offered down-to-earth style tips intended for real women, not red-carpet icons. Krupp said in an interview with The Times in Some critics likened the premise to encouraging people to fight prejudice by hiding their ethnicity.
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Aging sucks. As my generation of women hits 40, 50, 60, we are for the first time discovering things about our faces and bodies that we never noticed before. The question is: What are you-what are we-going to do about it? We know how to do this. Now that we are going to live to be , our mission is to reinvent retirement and the golden years. If we even get the watch - or the party. Neither are we likely to be sailing into the sunset spending our days and playing golf or tennis, or sitting around the pool with a cocktail in hand.
The last bullet point is where this book comes in. How Not to Look Old is the boomer manifesto, a comprehensive plan of attack on aging, all those little beauty and style tweaks that you can and should! As opposed to looking like an Old Lady OL for short. If you go chapter by chapter and cross off the to-dos as you go, you will look ten years younger, ten pounds lighter and ten times better. Maybe even more than ten years younger.
Today everyone wants to look ten years younger than they are. Forty is the new thirty; fifty is the new forty, and so on. Looking younger not all about lucky genes. It takes work. You look fabulous! What did you do? I have nothing against plastic surgery. In fact, I have personal experience to share see Chapter 6. So who are you fooling? As fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi recently said to me, "I think plastic surgery is the most aging thing in the world.
If you want to look seventy, boy, get a face-lift. Get your lips done. Instant gratification is part of our DNA. We want fast fixes. We want results. Real results. Visible results. Other antiaging books tell you to run a bath, light a candle, chant and practice acceptance. Not this one. What works is going to the dermatologist and, if necessary, making her or him your new best friend. From Botox to fillers to peels to lasers, there are so many noninvasive options in our beauty arsenal these days.
Not ridiculous, over-the-top ideas, but advice we all can put to use. I know they have the real deal-many of them have worked their magic on me. And even though most live in New York City, as do I, their suggestions apply to all types of women, and encompass all price points. In my former years, I was beauty director at Glamour and editor in chief of the late beauty Web-site eve. I personally tested more than 1, beauty products, most of which had already landed on "best of beauty" lists in the major magazines.
I am a very tough customer. To make the cut, my Brilliant Buys had to: 1 deliver results, 2 be user-friendly, 3 look good enough to keep on the bathroom shelf, and 4 not be insanely expensive. Somewhere along the line, we learned that the more money we spend, the better the results will be. Some of the best cleansers, moisturizers, mascaras, foundations, and shampoos can be found at Target. The older you get, the more you need maintenance. This book is very much about maintenance; in fact many of the to-dos are offered up in a high-, medium-, or low- maintenance menu.
The truth is, we cannot afford to let ourselves go! Well, okay, sometimes we are a little vain. Looking good is about our personal and financial survival.
We are the first generation of women in which the majority of us went to college and then to work. But many of us do not have husbands rich or otherwise to support us. Many of us do not have kids to take care of us, or kids who want to take care of us. Studies on attractiveness have shown that people who are better-looking, younger, and slimmer are more likely to get a job and keep it - as well as to win friends, influence people, and keep their partners interested.
In psychologist Ellen Berscheid studies of the s and s, Overview of the Psychological Effects of Physical Attractiveness, she concludes that people believe "what is beautiful, is good. Alex Kuczynski, in her book Beauty Junkies, analyzes a number of attractiveness studies and concludes, "To get a good job in the United States, the scientific data suggests you not only have to be relatively trim and good-looking but you have to be young.
Many of us have had the experience of being at work and realizing that we are the oldest person around the conference table - and not by a few years. We have to look younger to help level the playing field. Yes, that would be awesome in an ideal world. Only when women who look as "good" as Morley Safer and Andy Rooney are allowed to thrive well into their seventies and even eighties on the public stage will it be safe for us to let ourselves go without endangering our livelihoods and our legacies.
Until then, to keep our paychecks and our self-esteem, we need to look young; we need to look current. And the stakes have been raised so high that we need to look fabulous. So how do you look current without wearing a mini skirt, flip-flops and an iPod in your ear?
How Not to Look Old is about looking young without looking ridiculous. The problem is that what looks good on Scarlett or Lindsay or Paris will probably not look good on you. And even though I spent my career as an editor working in the trenches of fashion magazines, I am not, by any means, a fashionista. We go back to both places a lot.
I know that what plays in New York and LA will not necessarily translate. What about us? Is there anything that we might put on without looking ridiculous? Part of the mission of this book is to reinvigorate the term "age appropriate. Despite all our good intentions, there are little things we all do that can betray our best efforts and scream OL to the outside world. Right now, for instance, are you in dark lipstick? Each chapter starts with a "shout out" called "Nothing Ages You Like Before many of us can climb out of our beauty and fashion ruts, we need to escape our comfort zones.
And to do that successfully, we need a new mind-set. Think, "You, only in a gorgeous new dress. Think this is superficial? Sorry, but this is the real world. Every day people size you up in a nanosecond, making judgments that could affect your future based on whether your nails are too long or your skirt is too short.
You know that the benefits of looking younger and better are not superficial at all. Every time I walk out of the hair salon blown-out and blonder, I swear, I feel as if I could conquer the world.
Our looks and our self-esteem are inextricably wired. You need to jump into life and wrap your arms around change. Being too invested in the status quo. Why not? Only OL people make a big deal about change. What follows is the to-do list to end all to-do lists. If I can do it, so can you. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved.
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Charla Krupp, Magician of Everyday Style, Dies at 58
Some good tips on stencils for eye shape and where to buy. Chic up your eyewear. Pick up a pair of readers at the grocery and take them to your eyeglass store to have your script put in? Lose the heavy eyeliner Amen!
How Not to Look Old: Author Charla Krupp
Of course, it spills over. I think we can fight like hell to do everything we can to look younger. Are you talking about plastic surgery? I really feel that plastic surgery is aging. My favorite quote in this whole book is from Isaac Mizrahi: "Do you want to look 70?