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Forget getting older gracefully--This is the beauty and style bible every woman has been waiting for! How Not to Look Old is the first--ever cheat sheet of to-dos and fast fixes that pay-off big time--all from Charla and her friends, the best hair pros, makeup artists, designers, dermatologists, cosmetic dentists and personal shoppers in the biz. Packed with eye-opening de Forget getting older gracefully--This is the beauty and style bible every woman has been waiting for! How Not to Look Old is the first--ever cheat sheet of to-dos and fast fixes that pay-off big time--all from Charla and her friends, the best hair pros, makeup artists, designers, dermatologists, cosmetic dentists and personal shoppers in the biz. Packed with eye-opening details on hair color, brows, lipstick, wrinkle-erasers, jeans, shapewear, jewelry, heels, and more, the book speaks to every woman: from low maintenance types who don't want to spend a fortune or tons of time on her looks to high maintenance women who believe in looking fabulous at any price. There's also too-old vs. just-right before and after photos, celebrity examples of good and bad style, shopping lists of Charla's brilliant buys in fashion and beauty products, coveted addresses of "Where the top beauty pros go," fun sidebars--and more. Known to national audiences from her ten years on NBC's Today show, style expert Charla Krupp dishes out her secrets in this "ultimate" to-do list for looking hip and fabulous -- no matter what your age.


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Forget getting older gracefully--This is the beauty and style bible every woman has been waiting for! How Not to Look Old is the first--ever cheat sheet of to-dos and fast fixes that pay-off big time--all from Charla and her friends, the best hair pros, makeup artists, designers, dermatologists, cosmetic dentists and personal shoppers in the biz. Packed with eye-opening de Forget getting older gracefully--This is the beauty and style bible every woman has been waiting for! How Not to Look Old is the first--ever cheat sheet of to-dos and fast fixes that pay-off big time--all from Charla and her friends, the best hair pros, makeup artists, designers, dermatologists, cosmetic dentists and personal shoppers in the biz. Packed with eye-opening details on hair color, brows, lipstick, wrinkle-erasers, jeans, shapewear, jewelry, heels, and more, the book speaks to every woman: from low maintenance types who don't want to spend a fortune or tons of time on her looks to high maintenance women who believe in looking fabulous at any price. There's also too-old vs. just-right before and after photos, celebrity examples of good and bad style, shopping lists of Charla's brilliant buys in fashion and beauty products, coveted addresses of "Where the top beauty pros go," fun sidebars--and more. Known to national audiences from her ten years on NBC's Today show, style expert Charla Krupp dishes out her secrets in this "ultimate" to-do list for looking hip and fabulous -- no matter what your age.

30 review for How Not to Look Old: Fast and Effortless Ways to Look 10 Years Younger, 10 Pounds Lighter, 10 Times Better

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Delbridge

    Ah, jeez. I bought this book in a time of angst. It should be entitled something like How to Look Like You're Desperately Trying to Look 25 All Your Life (To No Avail). What's really scary is that I kept looking at the photos and thinking "Okay. She looks fun and interesting," then discovering that these were the "what not to do" shots. And can somebody tell me what's wrong with skin-colored stockings? And what's wrong with the Golden girls? Loved Betty White... Hell, I don't want to look young. Ah, jeez. I bought this book in a time of angst. It should be entitled something like How to Look Like You're Desperately Trying to Look 25 All Your Life (To No Avail). What's really scary is that I kept looking at the photos and thinking "Okay. She looks fun and interesting," then discovering that these were the "what not to do" shots. And can somebody tell me what's wrong with skin-colored stockings? And what's wrong with the Golden girls? Loved Betty White... Hell, I don't want to look young. I just want to look happy and good!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kathrynn

    There were a lot of good points made throughout the book. I thought it was nicely written, divided into 19 small chapters: 1. Are you high, medium or low maintenance A brief, high, medium or low section is also used in most of the subsequent chapters. 2. Cut some bangs Check! 3. Lighten your hair Check! 4. Tame those brows Check! Some good tips on stencils for eye shape and where to buy. 5. Chic up your eyewear. Glasses. I don't agree with some of the eyewear suggestions here, but to each their own. Pic There were a lot of good points made throughout the book. I thought it was nicely written, divided into 19 small chapters: 1. Are you high, medium or low maintenance A brief, high, medium or low section is also used in most of the subsequent chapters. 2. Cut some bangs Check! 3. Lighten your hair Check! 4. Tame those brows Check! Some good tips on stencils for eye shape and where to buy. 5. Chic up your eyewear. Glasses. I don't agree with some of the eyewear suggestions here, but to each their own. Pick up a pair of readers at the grocery and take them to your eyeglass store to have your script put in? I don't think the first thing someone notices about a person should be their eyeglasses. 6. Lose the heavy eyeliner Amen! To the eyeliner and Check! to the brown eyeshadow. Brown with a base is all we really need and cosmetic companies love trying to sell us purples and greens. Don't do it. Browns are the best. 7. Unmask your foundation Check! Interesting brief on technology that is in makeup now. Some great ideas. 8. Manage your wrinkles Check. This section breaks down the high, low and medium maintenance with plastic surgery to creams. Some truths to creams and what they CAN or CAN'T do, too. 9. Put on pink lipstick. OMGoodness. This alone made me feel and look younger. I tossed the dark colors. This was wonderful! 10. Whiten your teeth Again with the high, medium and low where high was veneers and low was crest white strip premiums (which work!). Check. 11. Wear your own nails Amen! 12. Unmatch your wardrobe Don't buy or wear a suit with matching jacket and skirt/pants. Pair the jacket with a different pant and more. Pictures included in this section thoroughly convinced me on this. Also mentioned was not matching shoes to purses. Check. 13. Shorten your skirts My mind went through all the too long skirts I have in my closet. Straight skirt that comes to the area where the back of the knee meets the thigh. The pictures spoke volumes for this section. (sniff) She's right. I often felt "dowdy" in my too long skirts. Frumpy. Eck. I would like for some pictures of some of the styles of skirts to avoid to have been included, i.e., dirndl skirt? 14. Slip into the perfect pair of jeans. Amen! Dark color, boot leg, great fit, NO rips or designs. Amen! It bears repeating. I wash and dry my jeans, the author recommends air drying as the stretch can ruin in the dryer. Probably so, but I like them dried because they are softer. 15. Follow the three-bling rule for dressing for evening. Check. Busy dress doesn't go with necklace AND earrings and busy purse. There were some good "trying too hard" pictures that had me convinced. Less is more. 16. Learn to love shapewear Amen. Barenecessities.com Yep. :-) Bras, shapers, throw out old style slips and get some control slips. Author talked about firm, medium and light control and the importance of lifting "the girls" up. 17. Show some leg. No nude pantyhose? Really? I do not care for the fish net--no matter how small the holes. Ick. No nude pantyhose? 18. Step into sexy heels The author gave some excellent tips on shoe styles, comfort, pedicures. I wish some pictures were with the shoes styles as I'm not familiar with a name style alone. 19. Putting it all together. Each chapter and the back offers suggestions of products mentioned (and some not mentioned) and where to buy and prices from department stores, on-line and mass retailers (Target). The author made some good suggestions on buying products, return policies on makeup, clothes and shoes. This book had some great ideas that I have already implemented and I feel a lot younger already. 5 Stars from This Reader.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Don't bother. Unless of course you'd like to pay $26 for a list of stores to shop in - guess what? We should all buy our clothes at Saks and make-up from Chanel. Blow me. Don't bother. Unless of course you'd like to pay $26 for a list of stores to shop in - guess what? We should all buy our clothes at Saks and make-up from Chanel. Blow me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    melissa

    I want to vomit on myself. a) I just gave FIVE stars to this book. b) I was going to go out with a boy until I looked him up on myspace and found out he is 22. I AM NOT READY TO BE A COUGAR, OKAY? c) I was trying on a pair of jeans and the 108-year-old dressing room attendant lady called me ma'am. Therefore I died. So I got this book, which I expected to be totally stupid but at least lift my spirits until I ride through this most recent wave of life punching in the face. Then I realized in my he I want to vomit on myself. a) I just gave FIVE stars to this book. b) I was going to go out with a boy until I looked him up on myspace and found out he is 22. I AM NOT READY TO BE A COUGAR, OKAY? c) I was trying on a pair of jeans and the 108-year-old dressing room attendant lady called me ma'am. Therefore I died. So I got this book, which I expected to be totally stupid but at least lift my spirits until I ride through this most recent wave of life punching in the face. Then I realized in my head I was going "heeeeyyy! that's a really good idea!" because it's all real-life advice that anyone 30 and over (or, really, 25 and over because some of oyu don't NEED to be wearing that skirt. yeah, that one) and I was encouraged to once again buck up, grab on to my bootstraps and ignore the previous events because, you know what? a) this book is well worth the whatever you pay for it b) I can go out with guys nine years younger and I can LOOK nine years younger and c) my ass looks hot in those (moderately-cut) jeans.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Holy cow I am a walking mess! Everything this book is telling me not to do, I already do. I should be wearing heels, even if they're little kitten heels. I should be wearing straight, not quite pencil skirts. I should use products, in my hair, foundation on my face, teeth whiteners. I should wear my hair down, not in layers, but perhaps in an angled bob. I should probably be doing highlights in my hair, coloring in my brows, and wearing a small amount of jewelry. Instead, I wear flats, which I ad Holy cow I am a walking mess! Everything this book is telling me not to do, I already do. I should be wearing heels, even if they're little kitten heels. I should be wearing straight, not quite pencil skirts. I should use products, in my hair, foundation on my face, teeth whiteners. I should wear my hair down, not in layers, but perhaps in an angled bob. I should probably be doing highlights in my hair, coloring in my brows, and wearing a small amount of jewelry. Instead, I wear flats, which I admit are bad for my feet. I wear A-line dresses and skirts to try to disguise my tummy. I don't bother with anything unnecessary for hygiene, so that means I have no energy to apply various products except shampoo and toothpaste. I've at least cut my hair in a bob, but even that was messed up since I previously cut my own bangs and cut way too much. Now my sharply angled bob instead curves up in a hairy airy blob that frames my face. Sigh...... Well, I at least try. And I'll continue to try. Maybe......

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    The Author shares quite a few good tips on how to look more youthful, but sometimes her advice is overshadowed by her overgrown image of herself. I agreed with the following review on Amazon: How To Feel Like You're Slipping, January 22, 2008 By Tiger Lily "book store owner" (Athens, GA) - See all my reviews You know 40 is the new 30 when Diane Keaton, Annie Hall herself, is photographed wearing skin tight jeans and a big black leather belt. So the rest of us better be on alert. That said, I have The Author shares quite a few good tips on how to look more youthful, but sometimes her advice is overshadowed by her overgrown image of herself. I agreed with the following review on Amazon: How To Feel Like You're Slipping, January 22, 2008 By Tiger Lily "book store owner" (Athens, GA) - See all my reviews You know 40 is the new 30 when Diane Keaton, Annie Hall herself, is photographed wearing skin tight jeans and a big black leather belt. So the rest of us better be on alert. That said, I have very mixed feelings about this book. I've read at least a dozen beauty/style books, I'm 38 and I'm no slouch in the maintenance department. I subscribe to More magazine, which is how I learned about the author. After buying this book, I've learned a little more about Mrs. Krupp: namely, she spending thousands and thousands of dollars on her appearance. For example, she's spent $1,200 on a pair of eyeglasses. She considers you "low maintenance" if you do not get Botox. Gee, thanks. I can see how this might make a reader doubt her hard won self esteem. While she does hit the mark about what potentially looks aging, it's a one size fits all approach. She says dark hair always adds on the years, so lighten your hair two shades. What if we're Asian or simply don't want to be blonde? (Note the author's hair shade.) Some of her suggestions are downright odd: don't wear ballet flats. And contradicted: don't wear Uggs. Okay, so what are her models wearing on the back page? Uggs. And annoying: the goal is to be "Y&H" (Young and Hip). Individuality, anyone?...anyone? Plus, most of the models are barely 21 and perfect. Not helpful. But I did get some good tips: don't wear red fingernail polish, don't let your skirts get too long or baggy, how to shop for the right pair of dark wash jeans, try bangs and highlights, plastic eyeglass frames are more youthful than wire, etc. So give this book a try but also give yourself a break.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    At first, I was going to say that this book was the work of Satan but that would be an insult to Satanists. If you have no self-esteem and want to look like like an Ann Coulter clone, go for it. If you need some help in the clothing department, pick up any of the books by Susannah Constantine and Trinny Woodall, the hosts of the British version of "What Not To Wear". At first, I was going to say that this book was the work of Satan but that would be an insult to Satanists. If you have no self-esteem and want to look like like an Ann Coulter clone, go for it. If you need some help in the clothing department, pick up any of the books by Susannah Constantine and Trinny Woodall, the hosts of the British version of "What Not To Wear".

  8. 4 out of 5

    Diem

    I've seen this book at the bookstore a few times but I was so put off by the title (what the hell is wrong with looking old?) that I wouldn't look at it. But, the library means, in theory (I've bought so many library books), free looksies so I grabbed it. I've read 2 paragraphs and I can say that my instinct about this book was right freaking on the mark. I hate this book. "Aging sucks...We're going to fight aging..." Good luck, Dummy. Actual scientists have tried and failed but I'm sure you, wi I've seen this book at the bookstore a few times but I was so put off by the title (what the hell is wrong with looking old?) that I wouldn't look at it. But, the library means, in theory (I've bought so many library books), free looksies so I grabbed it. I've read 2 paragraphs and I can say that my instinct about this book was right freaking on the mark. I hate this book. "Aging sucks...We're going to fight aging..." Good luck, Dummy. Actual scientists have tried and failed but I'm sure you, with your background in the lipstick and eyeliner sciences, will nail it. But, as if it needed explaining, this explained everything: "...we baby boomers...[have] no problem rewriting the rules to suit our needs." In. Deed. Thanks for that, by the way. It was fun dodging AIDS and herpes and drug addiction and my friends' gropey dads who brains were fried by the rule rewriting of their youth as I navigated my way to adulthood. I swear I took up smoking to provide an actual screen of smoke (as opposed to a smokescreen) behind which I could hide from all of it. And I'm lucky. It worked. No one could get through the cloud made by the chain-smoking of 2 packs of cigarettes a day. Oh, sure, lung cancer is bad but if you'd known Tracy's dad you'd understand. Listen, I'm not someone who thinks everyone is beautiful. You're probably not beautiful. Most people are not beautiful. I like a little artifice and superficiality in my day. Maybe even more than a little. Whatever it takes to cover up some of the ugly. So, I'm not coming at this book with a critical eye turned toward some plasticity. But aging is not a thing to be scorned and feared and avoided. Looking old is not bad. Looking unkempt and uncared for are bad. Settling for comfort over polish is bad. Mostly because that's just about laziness and not really a statement about comfort. But, that's neither here... I'll read the book but I can pretty much guarantee that giving it 2 stars would be generous.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    I'm not exactly the target audience of this book (yet), but it was some good advice to keep in mind at any age (e.g. dark lipstick makes your lips look thinner). I also really appreciated the "Best Buy" suggestions -- any time two picky women try a thousand products to narrow to the best of the best, I'm happy to give them a shot -- shapewear is a welcome addition at any age when you wear a pencil skirt. I think this is a great read for any woman who wants to look a little "younger and hipper" ( I'm not exactly the target audience of this book (yet), but it was some good advice to keep in mind at any age (e.g. dark lipstick makes your lips look thinner). I also really appreciated the "Best Buy" suggestions -- any time two picky women try a thousand products to narrow to the best of the best, I'm happy to give them a shot -- shapewear is a welcome addition at any age when you wear a pencil skirt. I think this is a great read for any woman who wants to look a little "younger and hipper" (the book's phrase, not mine) or who wants to make sure she's passing along relevant advice to younger ladies in her life. I like that this book gives "high", "medium", and "low" maintenance tips for various concerns. These tips seem to correspond with the cost and speed of the fix, which means that I am consistently looking to the "low" maintenance fixes, but that's fine with me. I'm going to keep this book on my shelf for a while and refer back to it for reminders on the little things I can do to keep myself looking young and pretty as long as possible. And right now I'm going to go make myself a shopping list from her "best buys". Happy reading!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Douglas

    So I didn't really read this whole book, but I'm done with it. Oh, I may peek at it when I need something to make me laugh, but that's not the same thing as reading it, okay? Fortunately, mine is a Kindle edition, because that cover photo creeps me out, and besides it saves me the trouble of covering it up with my coat on the bus so I can pretend I'm reading something worthwhile. It gets one star for being funny, and one for being educational (because I had no idea there was such a thing in the w So I didn't really read this whole book, but I'm done with it. Oh, I may peek at it when I need something to make me laugh, but that's not the same thing as reading it, okay? Fortunately, mine is a Kindle edition, because that cover photo creeps me out, and besides it saves me the trouble of covering it up with my coat on the bus so I can pretend I'm reading something worthwhile. It gets one star for being funny, and one for being educational (because I had no idea there was such a thing in the world as an "eyebrow artist.") But then it loses a star for suggesting that people: a. Buy a satchelful of make-up and, after trying it all on, keep only the ones they like and return the rest to the store. b. Go to a eyeglasses store and try on all the frames, then go home and buy them online. Yes, I work in retail, and yes, I already know lots of people do things like this. But having a book tell me to do them does not make me happy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tandie

    "Looking younger will keep you in the game longer..." I'm pretty sure Charla Krupp & I aren't playing the same game. While I gleaned some good info about Spanx & proper bra fit, she's over the top about aging. She says that she might never have become a beauty director if it weren't for her fascination (um, obsession) with maintenance. In the 90's her annual maintenance cost (hair, manis, & pedis) was a whopping $7,398. Seriously? 23 years ago? She talks about the goal to look Y&H (young & hip) "Looking younger will keep you in the game longer..." I'm pretty sure Charla Krupp & I aren't playing the same game. While I gleaned some good info about Spanx & proper bra fit, she's over the top about aging. She says that she might never have become a beauty director if it weren't for her fascination (um, obsession) with maintenance. In the 90's her annual maintenance cost (hair, manis, & pedis) was a whopping $7,398. Seriously? 23 years ago? She talks about the goal to look Y&H (young & hip) vs. OL (old lady). Not a whole lot of middle ground. There were some good style tips but this was a pretty shallow read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I bought this for my mom as a post-Christmas present. We're SHALLOW, so shoot us. I bought this for my mom as a post-Christmas present. We're SHALLOW, so shoot us.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Debra Arthur

    Oh! What can I say. I really enjoyed this book. I just can't wait until this current silly trend of not wearing panty hose even when it its 12 degrees outside is over. Oh! What can I say. I really enjoyed this book. I just can't wait until this current silly trend of not wearing panty hose even when it its 12 degrees outside is over.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Susan C Lance

    I actually loved this book and found it quite useful in terms of general maintenance advice however the fact that it was printed in 2008 and half the book contains names of recommended products as well as phone numbers and addresses of stores and salons makes this book unfortunately out of date. I would love to see a new edition come out because the advice itself truly is timeless. Charla Krupp's overall concept is maintenance whether it is in hair, makeup or wardrobe. Most chapters have a secti I actually loved this book and found it quite useful in terms of general maintenance advice however the fact that it was printed in 2008 and half the book contains names of recommended products as well as phone numbers and addresses of stores and salons makes this book unfortunately out of date. I would love to see a new edition come out because the advice itself truly is timeless. Charla Krupp's overall concept is maintenance whether it is in hair, makeup or wardrobe. Most chapters have a section for the high, medium or low maintenance woman and wherever you fall on that spectrum we are still reminded that maintenance is the key. I went out and did just a few of the things suggested, took a look at my beauty products and wardrobe and saw where even a few changes could make a difference.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    -Almost everybody look better with bangs (long, thick, and straight or side-swept, angled, or graduated. Deep condition once a week. - Lighten your hair (2 shades lighter), especially hairs that frame face; get a well-designed range of color within a certain shade. Low-maintenance option: go pro once a year, then follow up at home with shade and brand recommended by colorist. You can also buy products for coloring a few gray hairs yourself (she recommends products). -Shape your brows. Buy an eyebr -Almost everybody look better with bangs (long, thick, and straight or side-swept, angled, or graduated. Deep condition once a week. - Lighten your hair (2 shades lighter), especially hairs that frame face; get a well-designed range of color within a certain shade. Low-maintenance option: go pro once a year, then follow up at home with shade and brand recommended by colorist. You can also buy products for coloring a few gray hairs yourself (she recommends products). -Shape your brows. Buy an eyebrow stencil kit (e.g. Senna Cosmetics Form-A-Brow kit) and fill in with brow powder and brow mascara. If you don't have stencils, use a sharp eyebrow pencil to draw in hairs where there aren't any, then take stiff, slanted eyebrow brush and use to apply brow powder to give definition. Then set brows with a sweep of clear brow gel or tinted brow mascara. -wear chic eyewear -lose the heavy eyeliner: apply a thin line of eyeliner pencil or liquid liner, and apply a flattering shade of beige, brown, khaki, or gray shadow (after applying a silky neutral eye primer, e.g. Laura Mercier Eye Basics). Or, use two neutral colors and blend so they look natural (e.g., Laura Mercier color duo in Bamboo). When applying mascara, don't pump the brush; apply at roots, wiggle around, and brush outwards. If eyes droop, try starting liner at outer corner about a centimeter above lashes, then bring down to lash line. Go for length when choosing between mascaras. Try a curler (e.g. Shu Uemura curler). -Foundation: try Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer. If using foundation, apply primer first (try Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer SPF 15 with DermaxlComplex (primers have silicone). Steps: Cleanse, exfoliate, restore (with serum), moisturize (w/sunscreen), prime, apply foundation (try CoverGirl TruBlend, or L'Oreal Paris True Match (they adjust to match skin tone)). -Skincare (for maintaining skin health; she gives options for medical cosmetic procedures)): 1) Cleanse, 2) exfoliate, 3) restore with with serum with lots of anti-oxidants, 4) moisturize, 5) sunscreen -Lipstick: light, glossy pink (one or two shades lighter than your natural lip color). Velvety, creamy, with a hint of sheen. Steps: 1) exfoliate, 2) moisturizer (e.g., lip balm), 3) conceal lip lines, 4) line with exact color of lips or one or two shades lighter, and fill lips with liner, 5) add color -whiten teeth (can use Crest Whitestrips Premium) -wear your own nails -unmatch your wardrobe: buy a fresh, new piece, and make sure it matches at least w pieces you already own. Organize closet by color, and piece by piece. Wardrobe Essentials: black and white cashmere cardigans; black and white cashmere turtlenecks; cashmere v-neck sweaters in colors; fitted black leather jacket; fitted winter and summer jackets; silk t-shirts in black, white, and cream; delicate camisoles in black, white, and cream; crisp, white, ruffled blouse; black straight skirt; tailored trousers in black, brown, beige, and gray; black sheath dresses for winter and summer; dark denim jeans; fitted trench coat in a wow color or fabric. Accessory essentials: gold hoop earrings, diamond stud earrings, classic watch with gold and silver chain links, chunky bangle bracelets, sleek black heels, sparkly evening clutch, quality leather bag for day, quality tote bag for books, magazines, and newspaper; nude heels; black and brown knee-high boots, black- and brown-heeled shoe booties; black, brown, navy, and gray opaque tights; black, brown, gold, and silver belts; chunky-chain necklace. -Shorten skirts (to about middle of knee) -Jeans: you need the right rise (distance from crotch seam to top of waistband)--mid-low-rise (8-9 inch rise (well below belly button)). Get true blue and/or dark wash. Shape: boot-cut (19 inch leg opening). With a touch of stretch (ideal: 2 or 3% Lucra spandex and 97 or 98% cotton). Right pockets (should occupy expanse from bottom of rise to edge of behind). Shoes: width of leg opening should determine shoes; the narrower the cut, the more delicate shoes should be. Boot-cut jeans go nicely with slightly thicker-heeled boot or Mary Janes. When washing, turn jeans inside out to preserve color, and air dry if they have stretch. They should fit 1/8 to 1/4 inch from ground -when dressing for evening, follow the 3-bling rule -wear shapewear (try barenecessities.com); get nude and a few pieces of black; she gives specific suggestions on brands/type of shapewear to buy depending on what you need to camouflage. Have a professional fit you for a bra, and get at least 3, and don't wear same bra 2 days in a row. Handwash shapewear. Stock up on thongs. -Legwear: For cold weather, wear brown black, gray, and navy lightweight opaques, e.g. Wolford's Velvet De Luxe Tights, Spanx Tight End Reversible Tights. Black fishnets, e.g. Spanx Control Top Also good, black fishnets. black sheers. Control top. Socks: knee-high trouser sock with some Lycra, e.g., Spanx Two-Timin' Socks; cashmere socks good for padding around at home. Try Michael Kors Leg Shine for a nice look without stockings. For shaving, try Schick Intuition (has shaving cream). For moisturizing legs, try Olay In Shower Body Lotion. Try a self-tanner. She gives solutions for varicose veins. -Footwear: Have your feet measured. She lists some styles of shoes you should own, e.g., for jeans/pants, get ankle boots, low heel or high. For dry feet, exfoliate and moisturize.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    There are some really good, easy, inexpensive and immediately implementable suggestions in here that really work. Really. Trust me. The author understands about being on a budget and not being a high-maintenance type of person, so all the suggestions have low/medium/high effort/expense ways to get results. Anyone who ***needs*** to look Y&H (author-speak for Young and Hip, as opposed to OL for Old Lady) should BUY this book, immediately. I don't often recommend buying a book when there's a perfe There are some really good, easy, inexpensive and immediately implementable suggestions in here that really work. Really. Trust me. The author understands about being on a budget and not being a high-maintenance type of person, so all the suggestions have low/medium/high effort/expense ways to get results. Anyone who ***needs*** to look Y&H (author-speak for Young and Hip, as opposed to OL for Old Lady) should BUY this book, immediately. I don't often recommend buying a book when there's a perfectly good library to get it from, but if you are a woman over 40 who has just been dumped from a relationship or a job, you need this book to help you get your groove back once you have decided to make a change. The four-star rating is based on the above. Now the bad stuff, that's keeping me personally from giving it a fifth star. The reason I don't read those Glamour etc. magazines is that they tell me everything I "should" be and tries to sell me the products and services to make me that way. They really make me feel bad about myself the way I am, as well as too broke to ever get any better. This book is, unfortunately, no different. Although there are low/medium/high maintenance suggestions, she really pushes the high-maintenance, high-cost ways as "best" and gives herself--a former magazine beauty editor and pop-TV beauty commentator--as an example of how it "works." The best chapters are about clothes (except shoes), hair and makeup. The worst chapters are skin care (including leg care), shoes and teeth, because there she implies that only spending gobs of time and money will yield any measurable results. And it's all so superficial: nothing about how improving the quality of the food you eat will make your skin look better, or how cutting down on portions will not only save you money but preclude the need for firm-control Spanx (which she LUUUUUUURVES). But she does give good examples of over-40 (and mostly over-50) celebs who have conquered the Y&H challenge, and there are lots and lots of photos and casual tips. And in case you have the $, she gives a city-by-city guide of places to get work done (facials, haircuts, Botox) and experts in whose hands to put yourself. Again--if you're serious about these cosmetic improvements this can be your Bible. But it will take a LOT of upkeep.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    It's not really for my demographic but I can say I learned one New Rule: "Matchy-matchy will make you look oldie-oldie". It refers to matching your handbag to your shoes. You might be wondering how this is helpful in any way? Well it's simple: When a woman asks me if she looks good in her gold snake-skin bag with matching shoes it means I now have Charla's leg to stand on in telling her "NO!!!." That is...if I were to actually tell her the truth! But I don't ever recommend telling the woman the "r It's not really for my demographic but I can say I learned one New Rule: "Matchy-matchy will make you look oldie-oldie". It refers to matching your handbag to your shoes. You might be wondering how this is helpful in any way? Well it's simple: When a woman asks me if she looks good in her gold snake-skin bag with matching shoes it means I now have Charla's leg to stand on in telling her "NO!!!." That is...if I were to actually tell her the truth! But I don't ever recommend telling the woman the "real" truth in similar matters such as these. All men know (I hope) that she's not really asking for an opinion. She just wants you to tell her she's beautiful. And seriously isn't knowing that you're right (since it is in print and you can point to it, in chapter 12 on page 108, in case it ever came into question) satisfaction enough.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stacie

    I believe I saw this book mentioned in a magazine. I borrowed it from the library - I mainly wanted to see what the buzz was about (why people would be interested - so take my review with a grain of salt based on that information). I didn't actually read word-for-word to page 71 (that's as far as I went before I decided to not waste anymore time). 'How Not to Look Old: Fast and Effortless Ways to Look 10 Years Younger, 10 Pounds Lighter, 10 Times Better' is more of a magazine as far as layout, s I believe I saw this book mentioned in a magazine. I borrowed it from the library - I mainly wanted to see what the buzz was about (why people would be interested - so take my review with a grain of salt based on that information). I didn't actually read word-for-word to page 71 (that's as far as I went before I decided to not waste anymore time). 'How Not to Look Old: Fast and Effortless Ways to Look 10 Years Younger, 10 Pounds Lighter, 10 Times Better' is more of a magazine as far as layout, so it is a quick read for those interested. However, nothing about it interested me, and I would not consider it to be a timeless resource either.

  19. 5 out of 5

    justablondemoment

    'So-So' took some tips out of this book but a lot of what I read was kind of a 'no brainer' like no more granny panties, don't cake your foundation, what looks good on your daughter will not on you...I mean, come on. I was looking for new ideas out of this book and just found a lot of things that most women already know. Rather insulting really. 'So-So' took some tips out of this book but a lot of what I read was kind of a 'no brainer' like no more granny panties, don't cake your foundation, what looks good on your daughter will not on you...I mean, come on. I was looking for new ideas out of this book and just found a lot of things that most women already know. Rather insulting really.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    What I learned from this book is that I am a low maintenance gal and not quite ready to act on much of the advice of this book. Even though I may need it! Hah! Made me think about how my clothes fit and need for good undergarments.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Laura Edlund

    I probably still look old but I feel more stylish now.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Excellent book on style, dressing for your body type and dressing for your age. A help to me as I entered my 40's and began re-evaluating my wardrobe. Excellent book on style, dressing for your body type and dressing for your age. A help to me as I entered my 40's and began re-evaluating my wardrobe.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Hein

    Some good tips, but it left me feeling tired. If looking young is so much work, I think I will try to age gracefully.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    This book is 10 years old, which is just about right with how I usually am with fashion. There were some good pointers in here with photos of "do" and "do not" next to each other and the "do's" really did look better. For example: lipstick should be pink, 1 or 2 shades lighter than natural lip color with a sheen to it; Sheer pink or beige nail polish elongates nails verses dark colors; Jeans should be low mid rise right under belly button to ward off belly/side chunk; Skirts should be just above This book is 10 years old, which is just about right with how I usually am with fashion. There were some good pointers in here with photos of "do" and "do not" next to each other and the "do's" really did look better. For example: lipstick should be pink, 1 or 2 shades lighter than natural lip color with a sheen to it; Sheer pink or beige nail polish elongates nails verses dark colors; Jeans should be low mid rise right under belly button to ward off belly/side chunk; Skirts should be just above the knee in front, possibly middle of knee to showcase legs; The shorter the skirt, the lower the heel; etc., etc. Charla Krupp would give you 3 levels of how to fix problem areas with High Maintenance typically meaning surgery of some sort; Middle maintenance requiring a laser or Drs. prescription and Low maintenance was for Walgreen shoppers. I found the book interesting, but I am glad I am done with it. A lot of the stuff she suggested to fix, I don't want to, which is totally my prerogative, but I don't doubt that what she says is true. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in this kind of stuff. She knows her stuff. There are also lists of places in different cities of where to get hair done, buy products, etc., but I doubt they are all still in existence, hence the 4 stars.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mary Jo

    Hmmmm. This is not typical of the books I read, but I figured maybe I'd pick up a useful tip or two, at least. I don't see an issue at all with trying to look your best, but there really are other things in life that need my concern and attention. The author seems to live in the clouds about the time and money that real, full-time-job-working women can devote to procedures and injections and lasers. Her recommendations of procedures totaling thousands of dollars made me chuckle. The book ended u Hmmmm. This is not typical of the books I read, but I figured maybe I'd pick up a useful tip or two, at least. I don't see an issue at all with trying to look your best, but there really are other things in life that need my concern and attention. The author seems to live in the clouds about the time and money that real, full-time-job-working women can devote to procedures and injections and lasers. Her recommendations of procedures totaling thousands of dollars made me chuckle. The book ended up feeling quite sad to me. Surely there is more to women's lives than analyzing every strand of hair, every mark or line on their skin, and desperately trying to look younger? Taking good care of myself is one thing. Obsessing over my appearance is quite another. This book seemed to tout and push the latter, and I consider that a massive waste of my time, energy, money, and thoughts. I care what I look like. But I have plenty of other things I care about, and devoting the attention suggested in this book to my looks would leave little to no time for anything else.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Norland

    It covered a lot of ground. But if you're not looking to overhaul everything, you may have to go back to the certain sections when you want to up your game in those areas. I noticed for myself after reading it, I could just go back and look at the picture and the title in the introduction and it pretty much told you all you needed to know or remember from that chapter. I would use it more as a reference guide. It covered a lot of ground. But if you're not looking to overhaul everything, you may have to go back to the certain sections when you want to up your game in those areas. I noticed for myself after reading it, I could just go back and look at the picture and the title in the introduction and it pretty much told you all you needed to know or remember from that chapter. I would use it more as a reference guide.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Zarina

    Skimmed and hated. Granted I wasn’t the audience for this book but all of tips came down to the author’s preference. Lighten hair? Yeah that will just showcase how damaged naturally frizzy hair can be. Pink lipstick? Not if you have a yellow undertone. Author didn’t consider different ethnicities when giving advice. Don’t waste your time reading this book. It’ll only lower your self-confidence after reading it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    A lot of this is common sense. I'm glad the author included hair extensions because thin hair makes women look old. She could write a whole book on younger hair. Overall, I liked her book about how not to look fat better because it had more visual examples. A lot of this is common sense. I'm glad the author included hair extensions because thin hair makes women look old. She could write a whole book on younger hair. Overall, I liked her book about how not to look fat better because it had more visual examples.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Way better than I anticipated! Lots of insightful suggestions and inspiration. I'm gonna start rolling back my look now. Way better than I anticipated! Lots of insightful suggestions and inspiration. I'm gonna start rolling back my look now.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nouf Aloudah

    Great tips that is really worked.

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