59 is the Age Women Should Stop Wearing Red Lipstick, Heavy Makeup, Study Finds

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59 is the Age Women Should Stop Wearing Red Lipstick, Heavy Makeup, Study Finds
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Wed, 12-12-2012 - 12:20pm

Seriously? Where did they find the women in this study, in the dark ages?

There is a time to start aging gracefully, and UK beauty product company Nurture Replenish Skincare surveyed 2,000 women age 45-plus and found out that most of you think that's at age 59. This is the age that women thought it was time to ditch high heels, red lipstick, tight clothes and false nails and try to look "more natural." 

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The Shine article said they surveyed 2000 women ages 45+.  Since it's a UK company, presumably they surveyed British women.

No doubt if you asked these women, "Would you like to look like Helen Mirren at age 67?" - who frequently wears red lipstick and confesses to buying "cheap stripper heels" for the red carpet to make her legs look longer - they'd all be thrilled.  And if they could look like her in that famous bikini shot when she was 62?  Of course!

Silly, silly poll.  There are things that are tacky at any age - visible thong underwear, muffin tops, too much cleavage - that you expect older women to be more conscious of.  But really!

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Isn't Helen Mirren child free by choice? If so I wonder if that makes a difference in how the women surveyed perceived how an older woman should dress. Maybe they were all considering women with kids and or grandkids? I find it very interesting that older women leaned toward a more conservative look instead of saying hey go for it. I expected younger women to say older women should go with a more natural look.
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I thought the same thing, too.  There definitely comes a point where you have to be careful of makeup overload, because it just settles in the wrinkles, but for some of us, foundation is essential.

My mother, who died just before her 80th birthday, ALWAYS wore makeup and had her hair dyed blonde, unless she was spending extensive time in the hospital.  The first time I visited her in the hospital soon after one of the surgeries she had in her last year of life, she was wearing no makeup and her hair was a mess.  If my dad hadn't been with her, I would have gone past her without recognizing her - she looked like any random old woman.  When she was being eulogized at her wake, everyone commented on how she looked so young, and was always dressed so well and looked so put together.  She did dress conservatively, but her sense of style blossomed in her 60s.  And she was *never* without her blue or green eyeshadow and bright lipsticks. :)

Helen Mirren is childfree.  You may be right about that grandma perception - but even so, it's embarrassing when you see even a 50yo woman wearing things that her 18yo daughter would wear (tight embellished jeans, Uggs, logo tops).  There are so many other things that a middle-aged woman can wear that are much more flattering than looking like you're trying to pass for 20.  My 18yo often says I look like "a stylish mom-on-the-go" in my J. Crew clothes and Pumas, and I can tell she thinks that's a good thing.