Blythe Danner - Aging Gracefully (2)Previous Page
Ms. Danner has an oval face, but the oval is a little longer than ideal and her chin is just slightly more pointed. The narrowing of her face is enhanced by the lines of her nose. For this reason, most of her hairstyles throughout the years have featured a balancing trend of width. The volume of the hairstyles (mostly as a result of natural wave in her hair) helps to make the face appear just the right amount wider in order to give the illusion of a perfect oval. The soft waves and curls also help to balance out the roundness of her cheeks and diffuse the lines present in her face.
You can tell in earlier photos that while not overly broad, her forehead is somewhat prominent, so, in order to bring the focus in to her eyes and prevent the viewer from directing all their attention onto the rest of the face, bangs are incorporated. Doing this reinforces that horizontal draw, and makes sure that the eyes are the strongest feature of her gaze.
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It should also be noted that as she has gotten older, Blythe has gradually lightened her hair color from the richer, golden blonde of her youth. While there is no doubt that she is still blonde, the predominance of tones are in pale creams and platinum highlights which allow her skin tone to appear richer and keeps her looking more youthful.
We've noted already that Ms. Danner's styling has always incorporated what appears to be a natural wave to her hair. That being said, the specific styling shown features a plethora of loose wavy strands which creates diffusion and volume to broaden the face and counterbalance the lines of the face. By creating a competing texture in the hairstyle, signs of aging in the face are made less notable.
In addition, as she has gotten older, Ms. Danner has kept her hair generally shorter than in her youth. At its longest in recent years it will fall to the shoulders, and is usually kept to a length that falls to the chin or mid-neck.
Overall, Blythe Danner is an iconic look at a truly beautiful woman. She remains stunning without an excess of glitz and glamour and cultivates a look that is at once vital and wholesome. And the success of her look is largely the responsibility of her styling choices. By avoiding many of the classic pitfalls of trying to maintain her hair and personal style to the looks she had when she was much younger, she has managed to retain a great deal of her youthful appearance by simply focusing on the features that are quintessentially her.
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