The Biggest Beauty Faux Pas

Follow Louis' advice to avoid a beauty blunder

I have had the privilege of working with some of the most beautiful women in the world. It's not unusual for me to receive a last-minute phone call from Vogue to ask me to change the hair color of a gorgeous model for a special fashion spread. Often their final look is so stunning that you forget that they are mere mortals. Their beauty is intoxicating.

On August 26, 2008, the world lost Jerry Ford, one-half of the most influential beauty and fashion team in the world. Together with his wife Eileen, he created the Ford Models, the most famous and longest-lasting modeling agency we have ever known.

Mr. Ford’s memorial service was attended by a Who's Who of the fashion and beauty world. Every famous beautiful face of recent decades came to pay their respects. It was an odd feeling to walk through a room and feel like you knew everyone. It had been years since I had last seen some of the older women in print or commercials. Time had taken a toll even on these gorgeous specimens. They had started to become more human.

Of course, they are still gorgeous women but in a bid to maintain their attractiveness as they aged, some of these icons committed beauty no-no’s that diminished their naturally good looks. Here are some beauty faux pas to avoid to keep looking your best.

Choosing Hair Color That is Too Light
Hair that is a shade or two lighter can brighten your face and even disguise a few wrinkles or darkness under the eyes. Many women come to the conclusion that if a little lighter is prettier, then still lighter will make them look even younger and more beautiful. This is a mistake. Hair that is too light will wash out your complexion and make you look older. I often think that women remember their hair color to have been lighter than it really was. Look at pictures of yourself when you were younger. You might be surprised to realize you were not the shade you thought you were.

Never Changing Hair Color
You skin becomes progressively lighter and thinner. This is another reason why you should not try to maintain the hair color you once had. As your skin color changes, so should your hair color and makeup. They should work together to define your features. If you wake up looking like you have to run for your mascara and lipstick, you have picked the wrong hair color.

Wearing Too Much Makeup
Eventually everyone gets fine lines and crinkles. A good moisturizer will temporarily help to make skin look moist and dewy. Remember this basic skin rule: The more wrinkles you have, the more minimal your makeup should be.

Never Changing Hair Cut
Remember those cheekbones you always wanted? Most likely you have them now. Even if you've gained a few pounds, your face is most likely thinner. This is when the right hair style becomes vital. The right style can help to hide flaws and accent your best facial features. If your face did become more round over the years, the right style can also make it appear thinner with well-placed layers. Talk to your stylist. Do not get the same haircut year after year. Vary it slightly. Your hairstyle should constantly be evolving.

Wearing Eyebrows Too Thin
Sometimes the most subtle changes can make us look older. An example of this is the thinning of the eyebrow. As we age, our eyebrows become thinner. Creating the illusion of a fuller brow will take years off your appearance. Use a powder to fill in your thinning eyebrows. A pencil can look harsh and artificial.

Having Weight Yo-Yo
Don't over- or under-eat. Any weight loss or gain can lead to hanging skin, which causes skin to stretch. This will lead to wrinkles and stretch marks. Try and maintain a consistent weight.

No one escapes the aging process. Even the most beautiful people must face the fact that their appearance will change over time. Acceptance of this change is most important. Live a healthy life style. Avoid obvious attempts to erase years. These almost never work. As time passes, it is the great reminder that we are all mere mortals.

Louis Licari, the self-proclaimed "King of Color" believes the right hair color can lift a complexion and take years off a woman's face. From actresses to runway models to business women, devotees flock to his New York and Beverley Hills salons for highlights and color. Got a question for Louis? Visit his expert page and ask away!

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