I ordered a used ($2.44) copy of How Not to Look Old. I'd flipped through it one day at Borders and thought it was worth a try as I am now Officially Middle-Aged.
One of the lovely women in the ward who's a professional actress and makeup artist came over one evening and gave me a makeover, which was really helpful and informative. I still don't think I'll be 100% comfortable with the beauty side but at least now I know how to apply cream eyeliner with a brush now.
I'm a lot more confident on the fashion angle. Over the past year I've been finding - and buying - flattering, comfortable, professional clothes and accessories. I know what colors and silhouettes are best for me, and I'm a lot more careful now in how I dress. I would characterize my style as classic with an edge.
You need to post some hints, periodically. I want to not look old, too. I went to the MAC counter Monday and had my makeup done. Totally spent too much money on eyeshadow, but there you have it.
And classic with an edge is a good look to have.
I've read about this book and the author and I just don't think I can behind her advice - no red lips? No red nails? What's a latina to do??
Have you seen More magazine? I read it at the gym and I quite like it, even though the demographic is probably ~50ish. Still lots of good articles.