Hi, Damone. I will be 52 in September. My makeup routine is stuck in the '80s. How can I present myself in a way that is acceptable for my age, yet look cool and hip? I'm young-looking for my age and not ready for a rocking chair. Thanks!
— Karla, Oakland, California
Hi, Karla. I find it is uplifting to change things around from time to time. One thing I have noticed with a lot of women is they tend to stay in the same routine—appearance-wise—as when they felt most attractive. The '80s were about bright colors, and women now tend to favor neutral tones. Go out on a limb and try a new lipstick. Lastly, remember cool and hip have caused many people to look just the opposite...be yourself!
Damone, your hair is always fabulous. What do you have on it...is it relaxed, or natural and then blown out? Whatever, it always looks great...please share some hair-care secrets!
— Bobbye, Encino, California
Bobbye, thank you so much for the compliment! Believe me when I say I have done everything known to man on my hair at one point or another. Lately I have been thinking about experimenting with color. The one constant is keeping my hair healthy! I wash it weekly, and then deep condition. I also try to keep the ends trimmed once every two months. Product-wise, I am a fan of the Kimberly Kimble line available at Target.com
Dear Damone. My eye makeup never stays in place...no matter what products I try, or how I apply them. Particularly troublesome is how bad it gets when my eyes get tired...:I look worse than a raccoon!
— Lisa, Madrid, Iowa
Dear Lisa. The best way to get eye makeup to stay in place is to first apply a concealer on the eyelid, before setting with a loose powder. Apply your eyeshadow with a professional brush to get the color in the crevice, and use eyeshadows with a lot of pigment such as MAC or NARS. This combination will allow for the longest, possible wear.
Use this color guide to find your makeup match
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