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Hidden Blessings: Dispatches from the midlife trenches

This weekend I am doing one of the most cliche things I've ever done: I am going to a midlife crisis workshop. Let me pull back and say it even bigger: I am a white divorced 42-year-old mom, and I am going to a midlife crisis workshop. I built a literal empire on offbeatness, but the current reality is pretty fucking stereotypical: just a confused midlife white lady going through a midlife crisis, here! NICE TO MEET YOU.

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Dye or dye not: Do you dye your grey hairs?

I've had natural dark brown hair for decades and generally not spending much time or money on my follicules. I've reached the point where my grey hairs can no longer be ignored. My reflection is further muddled with (less practical) thoughts on self-esteem and growing old and other's opinion of me and superficiality and vain-ness and expectations and ugh!

Do you dye YOUR grey hairs? Why or why not?

World making you feel old? Here's why I'm not letting it

Did you happen to see this 60th birthday boudoir shoot we posted recently? It's deliciously sexy and makes age seem irrelevant, so much so that it sent a couple of our staff members into look-inward-mode about aging. It was a tiny reminder that age is just a number and you don't have to succumb to those being-old tropes if you don't want to. For me, it was a reminder that we don't have to pre-age ourselves (AND especially not have it thrust upon us by our peers).

Secrets from a makeup artist: The best makeup for mature skin

As a makeup artist, I have worked on nearly every type of face there is, including mature talent from middle age to quite elderly. Working on mature clientele — or working on yourself if your skin is starting to show signs of “maturity” — is just a matter of knowing how products work on the skin, and what products to use, and when.

For successful makeup for mature skin, there are two equally important components: Selection of proper cosmetic products — which we will get to in a minute — and prepping the skin thoroughly with proper skincare…