"I Can't Stand My Neck!"
Rachael's experts have helped viewers overcome issues with their least favorite body parts in the "I Can't Stand My ..." series, but as celebrity stylist Mally Roncal points out, there's an area that's often overlooked. "We take care of our skin on our face, we take care of our bodies, we moisturize," she says, "but many times we will forget our necks and our throats." Meet two viewers who would like to forget their necks altogether, and find out Mally's remedies for tending to yours.
"Aunt Turkey Neck"
Gwen, 54, says that over the last several years her neck has come to resemble the waddle of a turkey. It's become so bad that Gwen admits to becoming a "turtleneck-aholic" in order to hide her problem. "I have 71 of them," she says. "And I bought three more yesterday!" At a recent toga party, she even wore a white turtleneck underneath her sheet. "I tend to feel older because of my neck," she laments.
Mally has several solutions for Gwen. First, she gives her a neck cream from Dr. Brandt, which helps tighten everything up. Next, she uses a shaping powder. "Start at the back of the ear and we're going to contour this jawline," Mally explains. "As we age, the jawline tends to get a little soft, and that's what makes the neck look a little hangy, if you will. We're going to soften it and then bring it down."
If Gwen wants to call attention away from her neck, Mally suggests wearing a pair of dangly earrings, or even accentuating one of her positives: her chest. "Instead of covering it up," Rachael tells her, "give 'em something else to look at! You've been going the wrong way!"
Another quick fix to be used only occasionally is a bit of elastic and tape. "We put it behind her ears and under her hair and it kind of pulls everything back," says Mally, who offers one more trick for Gwen, especially when taking pictures. "You take your tongue and you put it up on the roof of your mouth. When you do that, it lifts everything up."
"Football Player in Shoulder Pads"
Terri, 53, describes her neck as "short and stubby." Over the years her neck has started to droop, leaving her feeling that her head should be two inches higher. "To improve this issue," she explains, "I've tried to wear long necklaces, v-necks -- I try to pose a certain way, sit a certain way ... I tried shading it with makeup, but it doesn't seem to do the job."
As she did with Gwen, Mally first suggests using a contour powder to create a jawline for Terri. "Basically, her jawline was sort of disappearing into her throat area." Mally also uses shading to make the neck look longer, and points out a makeup faux pas of Terri's. "She was making her eyeliner point down," she says, "which was making it focus downward. Everything needed to be lifted it up, so we really gave her the sexy smoky eye, and lifted the eye with a little bit of a cat eye so everything came out forward."
Mally also says that Terri was styling her hair in a way that wasn't doing her any favors. "The two hair styles that you don't ever want to have if you have neck issues are a bob or long straight hair," Mally explains. She suggests that Terri should grow out her hair, but in the meantime the best solution is to wing it back and really let everyone focus on that instead of the neck.
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