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Old 12-12-2019, 11:54 AM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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I have a 19 year old female family member who could benefit from some guidance on hair, makeup and clothing. I am looking for a magazine (paper or online) that is good on explaining and showing the basics of what kinds of clothes to wear based on body type, haircut styles to flatter the shape of the face, how to pick makeup colors based on skin tone, etc.

Not looking for high style, but rather good everyday practical guidance, suitable for a 19 year old.

Thanks.
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Old 12-13-2019, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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This young woman has an internet connection, no? She has access to YouTube videos, blogs, retail adverts. If she wanted fashion advice, she would have gotten such already. Ever heard of “influencers.” These bloggers function like fashion and style advisers to young women. They are readily accessible online.

My advice is to let your family member alone. If you give her a book or mag subscription emphasizing grooming, dressing and such she’ll understand that you are judging her. This is not a good way to send a loving message at the holidays.

You might examine your own motives here, as well. This woman is an adult and can choose to present herself any way she pleases. Now, if she were to ask for advice, that would be different. But unless she has requested help, my advice is to leave well enough alone.
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Old 12-13-2019, 10:49 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Do 19 yr olds even know what magazines are? I agree with silibran, if she's interested she'll find her own way to you tube or whatever the latest thing is online.
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Old 12-13-2019, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Has she asked you for help with her appearance, or is this just your opinion?
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Old 12-13-2019, 12:52 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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No I have not discussed it with her at all. I was just describing the type of publication I am looking for. Mod cut.

Are you all saying that a subscription to an online women's magazine or website is an inappropriate gift to anybody?

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Old 12-13-2019, 01:41 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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No I have not discussed it with her at all. I was just describing the type of publication I am looking for. [Snip.]

Are you all saying that a subscription to an online women's magazine or website is an inappropriate gift to anybody?
If she hasn't expressed an interest in such topics, then yes, it's not a great idea because it may be taken the wrong way. My daughter still seethes over the repeated gifts of makeup, perfume and 'cute' clothes given by her dad and stepmom. She knew they didn't think she was feminine enough and she found the items to be hurtful and judgmental.

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Old 12-13-2019, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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No I have not discussed it with her at all. I was just describing the type of publication I am looking for. [Snip.]

Are you all saying that a subscription to an online women's magazine or website is an inappropriate gift to anybody?
I think so if the idea is to change her. But it is also beside the point. 19 year olds don’t read paper publications for lifestyle advice.

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Old 12-13-2019, 02:18 PM
 
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I like Tatler.com. And one can browse at Tatler Europe, Russia, or Asia ~ for cosmopolitan fashion scenes.
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Old 12-13-2019, 06:56 PM
 
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Most 19 year olds probably think they know everything. I wouldn’t bother to give her a magazine—paper or on-line. I realize you are probably trying to help her, but best not to do this unless she asked you.

I have commented several times on how a 20 year old male relative had such nice (real) natural highlights in his hair. He called me out on that for mentioning it more than once, with rather snarky words. I will never compliment his hair again, ever.
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Old 12-16-2019, 08:13 PM
 
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I love this idea, but I don't know how viable it is. A physical magazine would be great, and a general all-purpose reality-based magazine would be great. I can't believe how negative some of the responses are. Anything that potentially increases a young person's knowledge or awareness is a good idea.

When I was about 13 or 14, my mother subscribed to several for me. The problem is, I think they've all gone under. Maybe that's why girls today are so clueless and such slobs. If Seventeen magazine is still around, that would be the type - but your relative would probably now think herself too old for it. Maybe, at her age, she needs a magazine geared for adults, one that might incorporate job attire and such. Maybe there's a general magazine, like a health or style magazine that would also include beauty? Like maybe Real Simple?

What if you called the main library in town, ask for the periodicals department, and asked their advice?
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