How to look hot & glamourous – 5 steps to faking it RIGHT NOW!
Getting your daily glamour-on is an exhausting concept, yet it needn’t be. Just one simple gesture in the form of a lipstick, underpinning or fantastic heel can take you from hoo-ha to hot Mama! Here are five easy steps for faking it.
STEP 1 – Wear good underwear Ditch the grey, threadbare Bonds and slither into something slightly more acceptable. Your body will look better (think perkier boobs and controlled stomach), feel sexier (silk is so much more luxe than cotton/elastane), your husband may show a little interest and if you are hit by a bus, you won’t die of sad-undies-shame. Hey, we’re all winning!
STEP 2 – Work a red-hot lip Ever tried a matte red lip with shorts and a singlet? What about a big red one with old jeans and your husband’s sweater? Talk about instant WOW! With one precise slick, you have amped up the chic-quota big time, and with virtually no effort. Be sure to find your ideal red – it has to match your skin tone. Sound like hard work? Invest in a bullet of Tom Ford Lipstick in True Coral. It suits everybody. Apply with a little brush, blot, reapply then blot again for a long-lasting matte effect. POW!
STEP 3 – Spend the school fees on one spectacular pair of heels The Converse are downright comfy but the Choos are so much more grown-up. I’m not saying you need a wardrobe of these babies, but you need at least one really posh pair. Wear them on date night, or wear with a pair of boyfriend jeans and white tailored shirt. Sure they pinch, but your gams will look utterly gorgeous. Just pack some band aids and think of England. I like to keep a pair of Loubs in the car for emergency style-ups. They never fail to impress.
STEP 4 – Get a haircut Let-it-GO! I know, the long hair makes you feel young and boho-esque, but here’s the problem. It’s dragging your face down – big time. 20 year-olds can carry off bedaggled hair, but us 40-and-ups can look downright witchy-poo. Like most things, there are the exceptions. I have a couple of girlfriends who rock it due to their dedication to maintenance like regular trims, colour and blow-dries. Oh they give me long hair-envy! If maintenance is not your thing but long hair is, wear it in a chignon with an elegant quiff. Stick it in pig tails and I’ll send you to the naughty corner – cute hair is strictly for the under 20 set. The solution? Find yourself a master cutter and get yourself a chic and elegant style. It will frame your face, save you time and take 10 years off your dial – no joke.
STEP 5 – Own brilliantly coloured fingernails I have loved painted nails since Cindy Crawford wore them with a matching red lip in the 80s. They are the epitome of glamour. If you are hard as nails on your hands, the chipping and subsequent repainting can really keep you on your toes. I have discovered Gel Nails (I get them done every few weeks at the incredible ME Salon). They are really resistant, encourage nail regrowth and are kinder on nails than the dreaded Shellac routine. Perth-peeps – jump on my Facebook for the chance to win a set of your own!