Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Beauty for every season and every age

It doesnt have to be like this
As a make up artist I often teach one to one workshops to women who are suddenly feeling the make up they wearing no longer works for them.What once looked perfect can almost overnight scream "style rut"
Don't get stuck in a make up style rut
Overhauling your make up style every few years is the easiest way to ensure you always look your best and can't be “dated” by your slap.
Here are my tips for a few easy changes to update your appearance as you pass stylishly through the decades-no surgery required!


Unless you have been burning the candle at both ends chances are you don't have under eye shadows so this is the perfect age to explore BB creams and tinted moisturisers. The last thing you want to do is cover up that beautiful skin. 
If you have a tendency to have an oily complexion consider using blotting sheets rather than full powder (the body shop do small books of these, perfect for on the go)

Of all ages this is the one where anything goes, so experiment with bright eyeshades, crazy lipsticks and have fun. Make sure you always wear UV protection though. We want to protect that peach like complexion.

Exsperiment with colour but let your skin braethe
Make Up Artist Tip
If you struggle with redness from the occasional spot try mixing some green concealer into your normal cover up. This will instantly neutralise the redness. Just set with a blotting sheet.
Green concealer-perfect for breakout coverage. Blend well though

Have style confidence in your thirties
When it comes to make up, life really can begin at 30. You have a better idea of what suits you and can opt for edgy, minimal or sophisticated looks as and when the mood takes you.
As skin begins to loose some of its elasticity, consider using a primer underneath your foundation. There are lots of primers on the market from inexpensive drug store brands to luxury investment buys, my current faves are L’Oreal’s Studio Secrets primer and Macs Prep and prime. Try a few until you find one which really suits your skin.
Primers-Perfect for the flirty thirties
Primers fill out any enlarged pores and smooth out fine lines under your eyes so create the perfect base for your foundation. You may find you now need slightly more coverage especially under your eyes so invest in a good midweight foundation and undereye concealer.

Invest in a good midweight foundation and undereye concealer-especialy if you are getting up for night feeds
 If your undereye shadows are particularly pronounced used a concealer with a high pink pigment. As you go into your thirties switch your face powder to a mineral based one or Macs careblend. You wont need the setting of a full powder and it can be aging so use lightly with a big fluffy brush.

Make Up Artist Tip
Always apply undereye concealer with your ring finger. Its weaker than your other fingers so won’t drag the delicate skin.

In your 40's bask in the light
As our skin matures your make up regime should be all about adding softness and luminosity. Foundations should contain light reflecting particles and also some moisturiser. 

Olay’s “Touch of foundation” is great for this and a concealer such as L’Oreal’s “Touché Magique” will ensure you look radiant rather than tired. Ditch face powder, it’s aging and will diffuse the light reflecting particles in your foundation.
Swap kohl for soft shadow liner for great eye definition which wont sit in lines
If you are a lover of eyeliner switch from a kohl pencil to using eyeshadow mixed with water, this will look softer but still offer you the eye definition you want.
As lips become thinner plump them up with products like benefits “Lip plump primer” and consider swapping darker toned lipsticks to softer corals and nudes.

Keep brows in great shape so you look perfectly groomed
The biggest age giveaway is sparse looking eyebrows so keep these filled with a gentle sweep of brow powder (pencil looks too harsh) Keeping your brows in good shape isn’t expensive and visiting a salon to do this will ensure you look well groomed and perfectly finished at all times.

Make up artist tip
If you find undereye concealer has a tendency to sit in fine lines mix it with a little of your favourite under eye serum.

Fifties Onwards
Invest in good skincare
Being closer to a free bus pass than a student rail card is no excuse to become a slacker in the beauty stakes. If you have never invested in good skincare before then now is the time. Using a system such as Liz Earles “Cleanse and polish” routine will keep your skin plump and healthy looking. 
Invest in good skincare
For foundations I’m a huge fan of estee Lauder double wear. Its light enough to not leave you feeling caked but will defiantly give you an even youthful finish. Keep eyeshadow fairly subtle and stay away from anything with shimmer in. These have a tendency to sit in wrinkles.

If your eyelashes are becoming sparser use an eyelash primer (Clinique do a fab one) and have a few individual lashes applied at a salon before special events. These will instantly open your eyes making you look much fresher.

Make up artist tip
Ditch powder blusher once you hit sixty. Use a few dabs of a cream blusher to avoid it looking dusty.

Finally my all time beauty tip? Smile!
 Frowning gives us terrible crows feet and accentuates our jowls so paste on a grin confident that whatever mother nature throws our way as we pass through the various ages of beauty we can always look fabulous through the clever application of make up.

For more beauty posts check out my Beauty Hints And Tips page-fit to bursting with reviews, tutorials and general make up whoreom.

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  1. I wish you lived closer, I would be over for a one to one like a shot. I am 43 and totally lost makeup wise. Because I am overweight and pale skinned (with naturally dark brown/black hair), I am afraid of falling into the bloated, over powdered goth look (a bit like an over made-up corpse lol). I have moderate creases for my age (possibly because I dont smoke and dont sunbath much), but I have spots around my chin area constantly. To add to the confusion I recently converted to a religion where modesty is the name of the game, including makeup. I think I should be toning down at my age anyway, but its hard to judge how much is too much. I may think I look ok, but maybe the other church members are whispering 'there goes 'Baby Jane' lol.

    1. Hi Val.As a fellow overweight pale ex goth you are in marvelous company. I also fear looking caked or gothy as I get slightly older so have started using foundations with light reflecting particles (loving boujois 123 correct) and have ditched all facepowders except macs careblend (for when its really hot and I get shiny) for spot coverage check out bobbi browns concealer-amazing coverage same with estee lauder doublewear. If heavy make up is no longer appropriate for your lifestyle lipsticks like Revlons lipbutters which are a mix of lipstick and lipbalm in coral colours will look lovely and quite natural. Ive also been loving the body shops brush o radince which works like a bronzer/blusher but just makes you glow-its lovely

    2. Thanks I think I will take your advise on the light reflecting foundations and cut back on the powder. If you are wearing Boujois 123 in the pictures it looks great, and has a luminous but non-shiny quality). I think if I can get a good base going for me it shouldn't be too difficult work with the rest (I dont know if even my Heavenly Father could make me relinquish my black eye pen just yet haha).

  2. I'm 42 and I disagree with the face powder thing, I only started using it in the last few years and I think it's great! Maybe I have young skin for my years?! LOL!
    (Still use eyeliner too....young skin...yep that must be it!) :D

    1. Hi sandy thats great to hear. As with all things no one size ever fits all. these are just general tips I have picked up over the years as a make up artist but if facepowder and eyeliner works for you, keep on rockin x

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  4. Hey all. on the matter of what is suitable for a mature wiman, i recently bought a bright pink Hell Bunny dress. beautiful colour, im same colouring as Betty so pink works on me. lovely fit too typical 50s rockabilly shape eo good for summer i thought. problem is, its covered in unicorns sculls and bleedin' cup cakes. Daughter dearest says Im a bit old. To keep or not to keep? That is the question? May have already run out of time to post back ti amazon. Or say eff it and just go beyonr kitsch? Its a dilemna. Btw have only just started to find myself style wise due to Bettys advice. Am actually buying the retro clothes i always wanted at grand age of 37. Just not got around to wearing them yet...

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