sorry for shit title. i just couldn't think how to phrase it any better.
what i'm asking is if i posted a photo of myself 5 years ago and one now would you be able to tell me what has gone wrong and how i get back (if possible) to how it looked before? i know i haven't been looking after my skin or health at all in the last 4ish years but i dont have a clue how to get back to the way i used to look. i sent a photo of myself to my friend this morning (showing her my lawnmower haircut) and i was really gutted with how much i've changed.
so if i posted photos could anyone advise based on just looking?
i hardly drink at all now. maybe a few west coast coolers every few months, whereas back then i was binge drinking every weekend . i also haven't smoked in the last 4 years- before that was a weekend smoker.
ok im going to be brave and upload the photos. hopefully wont take long.
hair might be a bit dark though...i think that as we get older our skin tone changes and our hair could do with being in someway correspondingly lighter not blonde etc but maybe not quite so all black? I think it's aging you
Right I can see your pics and you look lovely on both. I think you have more makeup on the first photo and your fringe is different but you don't have lots of lines. Stop worrying and buy a new foundation
The short hair is lovely, but... I got my hair cut into a bob after having it to my bra strap and I hate it probably because I'm old but it is a pain. I have to wash it and straighten it and BBH it every day because otherwise it looks crap. At least with it longer I could put it up.
Hmm ok, in the earlier picture you have a light sun tan, which suits you.
Also, your hair is shorter and more of a style, which again takes years off. It has more shine (possibly due to the flash) and seems a little lighter. It suits you around the jawline, your jaw is a lovely feature
The earlier pic has more colour - warm skin, pinkish lips - whereas the recent pics look like you live in monochrome!
So I would say:
Hair cut shorter to frame your jawline, more height on crown
Lighten the colour, shine conditioning treatments
A bit of that lightly-tanning moisturiser to build up a gradual tan
Mild glycolic treatments to enliven skin maybe? Your skin looks good but might help
Wear brighter colours, introduce a bit of subtle colour to your lips/cheeks, something fresh and pinkish rather than glam
Avoid wearing too much eyeliner under the eyes, can drag the face down (definitely watch Lisa Eldridge's videos on her website, they're fab, inspiring & v soothing)
You don't have much work to do! Sleep and fun will have the biggest effect. You look more relaxed in the earlier pic, wide-eyed, energised. That counts for a lot.
You don't look haggard at all! Natural ageing means your brows and jowls start to drop but that's totally normal and there's only a slight nod to that (and only if you compare the pics v. Closely, not if you just looked at the recent pics). I think the side parting suits your face in the old pic, I like the short bob too. Agree with the person up there who said you look more 'done' in the old one so it's not really a fair comparison. Nothing to worry about at all!
In the younger photo your skin tone looks darker - either the lighting or tinted moisturiser? And your hair is lighter. And the fringe - cheaper than Botox! (not that you need it) - but it frames your eyes and makes them look bigger and more dramatic. But that's it imo.
i do live in monochrome! it's safe you see. navy, black and grey everyday.
the last 4 years have been so stressful and i finally feel ready to get back to the me i was before which is why i'm asking for help. so yes i probably do look more energised in the earlier one. and yes to needing more sleep.
ok.lisa eldritch. pink and fresh make-up. brighter clothes. shorter, lighter hair (can sort the short tomorrow if i'm brave enough! ) no heavy eye make up. light tan.