UK Study: Hey Old Lady, Ditch the Lipstick!

The results of a beauty product company's study reveal most women think red lipstick is a no-no after 59

Dear readers over 59: I expect you are enjoying this post with your hair in a tight bun, sensible shoes on your feet, and absolutely no makeup. (Probably in a library.)

At least that’s how you’ll look if you buy into the results of a new study conducted by U.K.-based beauty product company Nurture Replenish Skincare, which surveyed 2,000 women 45 or older. Respondents agreed that 59 was the right age to banish heels, tight-fitting clothing, false nails and red lipstick in an attempt to “look more natural” while aging gracefully, according to Yahoo.

The results also revealed that women shouldn't wear ball caps or apply a fake tan after age 40, and that miniskirts and even conservative tight tops should be among the no-nos as women age into their 40s.

To that we say thanks for the highly scientific feedback—but no thanks! Last time we checked, women at every age were staying fit and looking incredible by making their own sartorial choices and staying true to their own beauty predilections. Seen any photos of Angela Bassett, Jennifer Aniston, Salma Hayek or Halle Berry lately?

We definitely don’t need the results of a survey to get dressed in the morning or make our choices about whether or not to wear makeup—at any age. Sure, there’s a place for “age-appropriate” thinking. I might reconsider strutting into the boardroom in a miniskirt or glittery blouse, for instance. But beyond that, I’m sticking to my favorite red lipstick (M.A.C Ruby Woo, thank you) with no end in sight.

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Twitter: @alicedubin.

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