Style + Beauty Editor
How to Look Good Now, Part 2
Secrets the Betty Style Pro knows…and shares with you!
-Lois Joy Johnson
I’ve been a beauty and fashion editor forever. And through the years, I’ve evolved a sort of Lois‘ Beauty and Fashion Survival Manual–some of which I’m going to share right here, right now. These style secrets for how to look good now have all been crafted from my experiences on photo shoots, where even models and movie stars had something to hide!
I’ve worked with nearly every supermodel and celebrity on the planet and been on photo shoots with thousands of real women.
I’ve worked with makeup artists like Sandy Linter, Laura Mercier, Kevyn Aucoin and Bobbi Brown, hairstylists Frederic Fekkai and Sally Hershberger and designers Diane Von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera and Vera Wang. I’ve learned at the Manolos of Christie Brinkley, Paulina, Isabella Rossellini and the great Lauren Hutton.
Last week, I shared my first 5 tips; here’s Part 2 of how to look your best this spring…
6. CONSIDER BOTOX. BUT WHEN YOU REALLY WANT A QUICK CONFIDENCE BOOST CUT BANGS , GET A SUPERSTAR CONCEALER + AMAZING SUNGLASSES
This latter trio works for everyone, but if that furrow between your brows is deepening and making you look angry, find a dermatologist who specializes in this procedure (so do your homework first and ask around!).
If you’re not into Botox, or don’t want to spring for the cost–cut bangs today–a thick fringe subtracts five years and makes your eyes the focus. Add a concealer that’s opaque and sticky, like Bobbi Brown Corrector or Cle de Peau; both stay put and truly cover.
And splurge on new big dark sunglasses–you’ll be protecting your delicate eye skin from sun damage and hiding puffs, bags and lack of sleep. Check out oversized butterfly shades or sleek aviators by Tom Ford and Oliver Peoples (the ones models covet), and splurge if you can or seek out look-alikes.
7. BUY BASICS WITH BUILT-IN CAMOUFLAGE
You have enough black and white tees and tanks to last a lifetime. Update your tops with ruching, ruffles, tiers, draped necklines or swirly prints that add a contemporary spin to jackets, skirts and suits. The gathers and strategic use if fabric blurs bulges and bumps like Vaseline on the lens. Don’t get sucked into buying the same old thing again. It will look like the same old thing too!
8. SHOW YOUR LEGS + DECOLLETAGE + WEAR HEELS
Wearing a V neckline, bare legs and heels stretches your body at both ends and makes whatever is in between appear longer and leaner, even if it’s all Spanxed up. Platform heels are a gift to women–you can comfortably walk in them and they add more inches than any stiletto could.
9. ALWAYS CUT OUT THE SIZE LABEL
I mean it–this is a vanity thing you’ve just got to get over. On shoots if there was a sample with a size tag, I always removed it before the celeb arrived for the fitting because psychologically they’d be so freaked out if something didn’t fit. There are no industry standards and every brand uses a different fit model, so a size 6 from Theory will fit differently from, say, D & G. Just deal with it this way. Pretty scissors? If snipping a tag, great!
10. KEEP UP APPEARANCES
The less money we have, the more important grooming becomes. People notice if you have mustache stubble, shabby cuticles, dingy teeth, a giant bolt in your left eyebrow, or roots–before they ever zero in on the IT bag you thought would divert them from the trouble zones. Maintenance is everything, and if you do only one thing from my whole list here, this is it.