How to Give Yourself a Makeover As a 50-Year-Old African American

Assess your best features and show them off.
Assess your best features and show them off. (Image: Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Don’t let becoming 50 years old be an excuse not to look your best. A benefit of giving yourself a makeover as you get older is that you have had plenty of time to discover what works for your body. Use your hairstyle, makeup and wardrobe to flaunt the best parts of yourself. As an African-American woman it is vital to confidently enter midlife, and feeling good about how you look will propel you to excel.


Assess your current style. Review your hairstyle, makeup and fashion choices. Don’t just focus on negative aspects of yourself, appreciate the positives as well. Take note of your best features such as eye color, long legs, small waist or luxurious hair. It may be hard to be honest with yourself, so call someone you trust to evaluate what you need to make over. While assessing your clothing, give away items that no longer flatter you, create a pile for repairs, and discard worn out items.

Calculate your budget. You may want to revamp your hair, makeup and clothes regardless of your budget, but estimate your expenses so that you can allocate the funds appropriately.

Prioritize your makeover after you know what you want to change and how much you want to spend. Decide how important each change is to your overall look. For example, if your makeup goals are to prevent wrinkles and accentuate your eyes, you may find it wiser to focus on improving skin care instead of a high-end eyeshadow. African-American women should always make good health a priority over fashion trends.

Change Your Look

Change your hair with new color, cut or style or a combination of all three. Fortunately, African-American women can wear Afros, dreadlocks, weaves and wigs, as well as straight and curly styles. Choose a style that accentuates your face shape. Consider the maintenance necessary to keep it groomed. Remember, even a subtle change to hair -- warming highlights or adding a bang-- can make you look years younger. Discuss any changes with your stylist before getting started.

Prevent signs of aging with proper skin care. Choose cleansers that contain antioxidants to stimulate cell growth. Be sure to choose makeup to accentuate your best features. Make an appointment with a makeup artist to help you decide what you need. Many companies, like Iman, Smashbox and Bare Escentuals, offer makeup for darker complexions.

Revamp your wardrobe. As your lifestyle changes, you also will need to update your clothing. Choose pieces that complement your body type. If you are an African-American woman with voluptuous hips and a small waist, choose a wrap dress that flatters your figure. Invest in classic pieces that can be incorporated with trends.

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