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How Not to Look Old: Fast and Effortless Ways to Look 10 Years Younger, 10 Pounds Lighter, 10 Times Better Paperback – May 1, 2009
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Some of the advice in here is hilariously dated (and the pictures are, as well). In fact, many of the celebrities featured in the book actually look better NOW (looking at your, Christie Brinkley and Tina Fey). So I applaud the authors for choosing ladies who continue to be good aging role models.
That being said, this book would be wonderful for women who need some encouragement with self-care, or find themselves wearing the same makeup that they did 2 decades ago, but don't know where to start. The author has honesty and chutzpah. She has accumulated a lot of knowledge from working as a beauty editor throughout years. I also appreciate the fact that she gives recommendations due to the level of maintenance one wants to put into an area, so there are suggestions on how to improve for multiple income/dedication levels.
The world would benefit from an updated edition of this book. Products and procedures have come a long way. The vast majority of product recommendations in this book have been discontinued, and many of the procedures have better alternatives, or have been improved upon.
Although I would encourage one to pick/chose what advice you actually follow, this book was a very fun read, and is almost like an anthropological beauty study of the 2000's.
Go for it!
First the good points:
Shape wear - She tells women to go to a proper lingerie shop and have a bra fitting with a professional fitter. Yes! I have worked in wardrobe for various Broadway shows for the last 25 years. I use one of the sources Ms. Krupp recommends to supply bras, corsets, etc. for on stage use. We ALWAYS send the performers to be fitted at the shop. Most of them "know" what size they are. Most of them are wrong. And most of them are thrilled to find how comfortable a bra in the correct size can be. I am rather buxom myself and I can tell you from personal experience how much difference a properly fitted bra will make.
Diet & Exercise - Many have bemoaned the fact that diet and exercise aren't covered by this book. I beg to differ. She states right in the beginning that she isn't going to dwell on these topics because anyone not living under a rock for the last 30 years or so knows the benefits of a healthy diet and adequate exercise. (This is, of course, a paraphrase. Ms. Krupp was slightly more diplomatic.) And I say good. I'm tired of hearing about it, too.
She also states (although many of the other reviewers seemed to have missed it) that going "natural" (i.e., gray) is a reasonable alternative to dye if you "can pull it off". I've been "pulling it off" for 5 or 6 years now and I still seem to keep working.
Then there are the negative points:
Celebrity photos - ACK! Show me pictures of actual people, not a gaggle of "stars" all done up for some event. Even very casual photo ops involve stylists, makeup artists, hair dressers and professional photographers. I work in the entertainment industry and I know how much effort goes into the pre-photo preparations.
Also, many of the photos are of the "apples and oranges" variety. The Sharon Stone comparison being the most egregious. In the "Bad" picture she is clearly being shot by some paparazzo which she neither expects or desires. She looks like she's wearing someone else's lipstick that was put on in the dark in the back of the limo. The bright flash from probably less than a foot away washes her out. No she doesn't look great, but who would?
The "Good" picture is taken at a flattering angle from a flattering distance. It's clearly a posed shot from some event where she WANTS to be photographed. Not to mention the hours spent with Hair, Makeup and Wardrobe.
Fashion - Ms. Krupps mostly recommends things fashionable rather than necessarily attractive. Frosty pink lipstick? No, thank you. Never wear matching pieces. In that case, why sell them as a set? And my personal favorite, bare legs in any weather and all circumstances. Unless the weather is warm and the clothing and setting casual, this is terrible advice. No one looks good in business or more formal attire with bare legs. Most don't look good with bare legs ever. Not to mention that it ruins your shoes. And your feet.
She also doesn't address the fact that different professions may have different standards of "look". Hairdressers, doctors and mechanics dress differently for work. Or they should.
I think that this book is probably useful for women in high profile industries - fashion and entertainment come to mind. However, if you are a professional who needs to look, uh, professional, you may not find it very helpful.
Highly recommend! Chapters with brilliant buys are literally priceless. They will save yo so much money, you can't even imagine. No more costly trials and errors - only tested and proven the best stuff! I snapped pics of those pages with brilliant buys and keep them handy on my phone whenever I go shopping for cosmetics and beauty supplies. Always 5 star buys. Today actually I came to Amazon to buy my 7th copy of this book (all previous cries ended up in hands of my girlfriends and mom in law - everybody loved it and wanted a copy), searched for updated version with up to date brilliant buys, if available, and, unfortunately, learned that Ms. Krupp died a few years ago... I'm so sad... What a great author and incredible book! You'll be remembered, Ms. Krupp, RIP