Make-Up Inspiration for Mid Life
There is hope for us middle years folk. Yes, it is possible to achieve our very best look [even!] at our age. All it takes is a little patience and practice. The following tips are gleaned from my interviews with some of the world's top make-up artists. Think royal and celebrity favourites Mary Greenwell (possibly the best for crafting older skin) and Charlotte Tilbury (works her magic on skin of every age). Their how-to videos are so simple and work for me. I hope they will for you:
- A fundamental skincare regime is key. No regime – no glowing skin – end of story.
- As the skin starts to age, less is most definitely more. Whatever products you use, keep them as light as possible to give a seamless look.
- If you are not comfortable applying make-up, it is worth getting advice or paying for a make-up lesson from a trusted expert – or ask the trained staff at make-up counters in your local department store.
- If you don’t already own good make-up brushes, invest in them now. It is so worth it.
- Prep the skin with an effective hydrator and buy the right primers, foundation (if using) and highlighters for your skin type and colour. If you are not certain, seek professional advice.
- Perfect your eye make-up technique. There are numerous easy-to-follow tutorials online (Mary Greenwell, Charlotte Tilbury and Lisa Eldridge amongst many others) or arrange a make-up lesson with a trusted expert.
- When buying make-up, always test foundation on the neck and try to match your skin colour so it blends continuously. Often two colours are needed to create the shade that best complements your skin’s undertones. Don't use too much.
- Keep foundation as light as possible. Too many women use far too much especially as they grow older and it looks heavy and dreadful. The same goes for blusher – too much is not a good look.
- Bronzer works, but is not for everyone, so only use it if you really need it.
- Contouring (when done correctly, with a light hand and a good brush, adds definition to the face.
- Your cheek and lip colour should mimic your skin’s natural tone so it can lift and radiate the complexion.
- Replace mascara after six months or so – it doesn’t last. Many of the latest formulations are flattering on older faces so get expert advice as to what works best for you.
- Don’t make everything strong. This look is ageing, so keep one feature subtle.
- Define the brows by creating a soft arch that's not too drawn.
I will leave the closing words to Greenwell:
"A relaxed and understated look – with hair brushed back and gorgeous, mascara that works for you and Chanel lipstick straight from the handbag is so lovely. It’s about developing your own style. It’s easy – just be confident, be happy."