Boomer Style – Hair, Nails, Makeup Pared Down

Wow, how my life has changed!  As a semi-retired ballroom dance professional and now nanny to my 2-year-old grandson, Logan, it’s no longer necessary for me to dress up.  In fact, it’s inconvenient. So much so, that heels, skirts/dresses, fancy tops, long nails, and full makeup aren’t a part of my Boomer style anymore.  Although, I must say I still embrace my jewelry. That’s for Logan because he loves it when I wear the sparkly stuff.

Speaking of sparkly stuff, check out this post about jewelry making for Boomers.

If you were born between 1946-1964, you’re a member of the generation known as Baby Boomers. Indeed, we’ve contributed much over the years. Above all, we developed many distinct styles.

To learn more about this generation, you might like this Dance Safari post, “Why Baby Boomers Love to Dance – Hint: Great Music“.

So, Boomer, what are you rockin’ now?


Over the past 10 years, I’ve messed around with a few different hairstyles.  Moreover, I’ve colored my hair brown, black, red, and even blue. When I lived in Cincinnati from 2011-2015, I grew my hair long. You know, just for something different.

These days I let my natural silver color shine and I prefer to keep it short and funky. Recently, I discovered the SEXYHAIR product called Style Hard Up and I love it. It’s rated 9 for Shine and 10 for Hold. To be sure, it’s good stuff.

Baby Boomers love hair, nails, and makeup tips.
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Nails (Boomers love their nails!)

Honestly, manicures and pedicures have been a part of my life for something like 40 years. In the course of all those years, you name it, I’ve had it done it to my nails. For example, nail extensions of every type have found their way to my hands. Regardless of how much I had to baby them, I loved wearing super-long, oval-shaped nails.

As for nail polish, for a formal affair, like a competition or a wedding, I’d do French nails. However, nail designs are my thing. It could be an accent nail or nail jewelry, but fun, colorful art on all 10 nails and my 2 big toes would definitely light up my day.

But even so, a few years ago, a harsh reality reared its ugly head. The fact is, after 40 years of extensions and whatnot, my natural nails needed some time to heal. As time goes by they’ve gotten better, but I still struggle with growing them out because of splitting and peeling. I’ve tried many strengthening products, but this Essie Gel Couture Top Coat #00 is doing a good job for me.


Who doesn’t love what makeup does for us? Whether it’s a 5-minute or 45-minute job, it’s your chance to polish your appearance and improve your confidence. When you look good, you feel good.

Just don’t forget to pull your hair off your face before you start.

A full face might include:

  • Moisturizer
  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Contour
  • Bronzer
  • Blush
  • Finishing Powder

And, that’s just the start. Then There’s Eye…

  • Brows
  • Shadow
  • Liner
  • Lashes

Finally, the lips:

  • Liner
  • Lipstick
  • Gloss

One last thought on applying the whole-enchilada makeup. Wouldn’t it be nice to have one of those wall-mounted 2-sided makeup mirrors like the ones at the luxury hotels? C’mon, Boomer, you know your eyes aren’t what they used to be. Check this one out.

Even though some women wouldn’t be caught dead without a full face on, it doesn’t suit my lifestyle anymore. Besides, my young man, Logan, is not impressed with makeup. But, he loves my Boomer style big earrings and colorful glasses. And, so do I.

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  1. I love your ‘look’, Barbara; it really suits you!
    Some women, like you, look great with the silvers showing. Alas, not me; it just makes me look old.. Hahah.
    So, go girl. Less really can be ‘more’… 🙂

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