Carmen has no news to offer, and not even a lot of detail--but a reasonably balanced attitude makes this half-autobiography/half-beauty guide for older women bearable. Carmen began modeling in her late teens (she was known for a sophisticated look, far older than her years); she took a break for marriage and children; later in life she launched a new career featuring a mature, elegant look. Her aim is praiseworthy--""I was not interested in writing a book about looking younger. . . I wanted to do a book about looking and feeling better""--but she doesn't follow through with much specific help. After the complete story of her career and private life ("". . .when he looked up and flashed expensive white caps at me, I was sixteen years old all over again""), she briefly endorses exercise and a sound diet, describes her extensive, make-up regimen, and casts an eye over other beauty possibilities, (Carmen has had her hairline altered by electrolysis, and silicone implants in her face.) Despite the built-in morale boost, a surer guide is Barbara Coffey's Beauty Begins at Forty (1984).