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Mistake 9: Using the wrong makeup. “The makeup colors and brands you’ve been wearing for years probably don’t reflect what’s best for your skin anymore.” Unfortunately, the article doesn’t cover how to determine what colors and brands to use. But it does recommend using a magnifying mirror to avoid heavy application of foundations, concealers, and powders, and to replace these products every six to twelve months.

I don’t use these products yet. I’m content with my tinted moisturizer. Between you and me, should I should take a closer look in the mirror? 🙂

Joanna Schlip, celebrity makeup artist for Physician’s Formula, says “I’ve stopped using foundation every day, because it settles into wrinkles and makes them more noticeable. I start with a concealer just where I need it (under-eye area, blemishes, etc.) and follow it with an allover application of tinted moisturizer.”

Oddly, the older I get, the more places I go without makeup. I’ve adopted a who cares attitude about running into people at the grocery store or picking up a child from a friend’s. As long as they see me at my best when I’m someplace I believe I should look my best, I’m okay. Should I be ashamed to admit that?

Mistake 10: Wearing the wrong bra. I’m not surprised by this one. I heard it when I was a teen. And every decade since. I had myself fitted properly a few years ago, but with my dang weight fluctuation, it’s hard to keep up with what size I should be wearing. Or should I say it’s hard to keep them up without regularly re-evaluating the size I should be wearing?

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Speaking of bras, did you know the average bra size has gone from a 34B to a 34DD in the past twenty years? According to lingerie retailer Intimacy, breast implants and weight gain attribute to some of the increase, but the largest factor has been women learning their correct bra size! (Some lingerie experts, however, don’t believe there is an average bra size because bras vary so much from one model to the next.)

So how do you know if you are wearing the right bra size? You can get measured at a lingerie shop or the lingerie department at a large department store, or you can measure yourself. For a here’s how, check out Real Simple.

Mistake 11: Settling for a boring sex life. “You should have the confidence and freedom to dress and feel as sexy as you want to, and explore your sexual needs as well.” Grufferman thinks that middle-aged women can get more enjoyment from sex because it’s the first time in their lives that they are not doing it for a purpose (to have children).


I can’t help question Grufferman’s statement because I know too many post-menopausal women who have pain or discomfort during sex.

But should a woman really dress as sexily as she wants? What if she doesn’t know the difference between sexy and slutty?

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