Lifting the layers on how to drape necklaces

03/22/2014 12:34 PM

03/22/2014 12:34 PM

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I want to try layering necklaces, but I am clueless on how to do it. Can you help? – Patricia

Dear Patricia: In fashion, there are no rules. But guidelines can be useful. Here are a few on your layering question:

• Pick necklaces with a common element: same color metal or stones, ethnic influenced, biker, etc.
•  Use different lengths (so they don’t tangle), with at least a couple inches between them; double them if they’re too long.
• Vary textures; alternate delicate and chunky.
• Mix your message: a heart charm on one chain, handcuffs or a skull charm on another; a peace symbol on a third.
• Watch Internet layering tutorials like PopSugar’s on YouTube or Stella & Dot (stelladot.com).

If it’s still daunting, you can cave and buy one multistrand necklace with different elements that make it look layered without the fuss (or fun) of DIY.

Aging skin

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: Do you think that an older woman needs to wear heavier or lighter foundation? I am never sure what to buy. (I am 68, have been told I look much younger and am still very much out in the working world.) Any thoughts?– P.Y.

Dear P.Y.: As we age, when it comes to makeup, usually less is better. Heavy foundation (and powder) can call attention to facial lines (aka wrinkles). Instead, consider a tinted moisturizer as close to your skin tone as possible.

These provide some coverage but are lighter than traditional foundation. Drugstores have numerous brands in the $10 to $15 range, and cosmetics superstores like Ulta and Sephora have even more options.

But beware, you'll have a tough time locating it because tinted moisturizer is often not called that. Cosmetics manufacturers have renamed the stuff BB cream or CC cream. I can’t find much difference between BBs and CCs, but the coverage varies hugely from brand to brand.

I tested 10 from the drugstore and found that Revlon and Garnier BBs and Olay CC were my favorites.

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