Every once in a while, amidst all the table flipping and finger pointing, the Real Housewives franchise can offer some truly valuable life lessons—like how to look good (or really, really bad) when your every move is being captured in HD resolution. Here are four beauty lessons from reality TV's leading ladies.
#1 Age is just a number
In her early 50s, Lisa Vanderpump is the oldest of the Beverly Hills crew, but her look is ageless and flawless. First, she knows spray tanning isn’t for everyone. If you have porcelain skin, embrace it and enhance your natural tone with soft, pretty pinks. Conversely, there’s Kim Zolciak, whose heavy, layered makeup adds years to her face.
#2 There’s a good way to match your makeup
Kudos again to Ms. Vanderpump, the master of matching pink makeup on her lips, eyes, and cheeks. Celebrity makeup guru Tim Quinn agrees, and says she nails it each and every time—unlike many of the younger wives, like Melissa Gorga. Thankfully, Melissa must have had a tête-a-tête with Lisa prior to this season’s start, because her heavy handed, bright pink shimmer days seem to be behind her.
#3 Play with your hairstyle
Forget Kim’s wigs. The true hair hero of the Atlanta brood is Cynthia Bailey. Her locks are sleek and long one day, braided the next, and bangs on the weekend. She uses her ‘dos as accessories, and has fun with each look, which seems much more enjoyable than constantly battling bad hair days.
#4 Don't go overboard
Many of the Housewives' beauty habits are far from reality—like tans that are so dark they’re more catchers-mitt brown than bronze. Though most of us don't appear on millions of TV screens each week, it’s a warning we can all heed: Know when you're going overboard. Poor Ashley Laurita didn’t get this memo before bleaching her hair blonde and succumbing to lip fillers, all before she’s even old enough to drink.
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