Midlife makeup lesson

Anyone remember the heavy blue and green eye shadow from the 80s?⁣

And then do you remember those ladies who carried on the trend way after it was considered flattering? ⁣
⁣Now, I’m not a massive follower of trends so if it makes you feel good, crack on! However I do think that getting stuck in a rut and doing what we’ve always done with the products we’ve always used can be a bit ageing. Products change so fast and many brands are now created with ageing skins in mind (@studio10makeup I’m thinking of you! 😍) They are so much more flattering than something that we may have loved in the past.⁣

With that in mind, I invited Sian @flicks_and_red_lips from @so_coco_rouge to one of my #midlifeglowup chats which was full of top tips and advice. If you haven’t had chance to watch yet, go to my IGTV and give it a save now!⁣

This week I caught up with Sian again and as it was half term I invited my (mainly) teacher friends, and my daughter, along for a virtual makeup lesson. I haven’t seen them all in real life since September so it was a lovely way to see each other but do something completely different together.⁣

We all used the make up in our own bags, (so no pressure to buy anything new) and Sian gave us a step by step demonstration on how to create our own ‘face.’ Undoubtedly we all learnt something new and I definitely now have more confidence on how to do a blended eye. So watch out. There may be some more colourful eye shadow posts on the way!! ⁣

Have a swipe to see more of the results and the before.⁣

Products I used:⁣
Serum foundation & lipstick @bobbibrownuk 
Blush & lipliner @studio10makeup 
Eye shadow @toofacedlovestheuk 
Lip gloss @trinnylondon 

#MidlifeGlowUp

Unbelievably, we’re half way though my #MidlifeGlowup chats! Time flies when you’re talking to some really interesting people! 🥰 I can honestly say that I have taken away something from each and every one of these conversations and I’m sure that you will too. They also cleverly overlap and interlink, so make sure that you catch the whole set to get maximum benefit!

So far I’ve chatted to:
@cocobee06 about ‘if not now, then when?!’ and general go get’em positivity!
@componopersonaltraining about overcoming your barriers to exercise and getting fitter for a healthier life. Remember that there’s a special, Midlife Glow Up, full body exercise vid over on Anna’s IGTV.
@ukglowology about caring for your skin and face yoga.
@annie_breen_nutrition about reclaiming your energy and the importance of looking after your gut.
@so_coco_rouge answered many of your questions about makeup and not getting stuck in a rut of doing the same old, in the same old way!

Still to come:
@marvellousmidlife is here on Wednesday to talk about peri menopause and some of its ‘invisible’ symptoms and where to get advice and support. 
@katie.portman will share her styling ideas for developing your personal style and colours.
@traciesedit will be here to answer any hair issues and styling questions.
@drlouisewrites will round it all up and talk about what she learnt when writing her book ‘Your Best Life. A Doctor’s Guide to Radiant Health Over 40′
@componopersonaltraining will hopefully be back to see how your fitness mojo and motivation is getting on by March!

If you have any questions to be asked in the upcoming chats, feel free to drop me a message.

Just go to my IGTV tab to catch up on anything that you may have missed. They are around 40 minutes long so treat them as a podcast, bang one on while you’re doing something boring and have a listen! ✨

The 10 minute morning makeover challenge

Those of you who have already read my post on me and make up after 40 will realise that I’ve only recently started to make an effort when it comes to make up. Make up phobia is real and that fear of a tan foundation line along my jaw is the stuff of my nightmares!

However, if I’m *really* honest, the reason that I don’t slap on a full face every morning is that I simply can’t be arsed! Even though I know that I look better with it on. If the day ahead involves shopping, washing, walking the dog and sitting at my laptop in the kitchen, then it’s only me that is going to be spooked when I walk past a mirror! Should I be walking into town later, then I may slick on a touch of concealer, mascara and lip balm so not to scare the locals 😉

So if you see me with ‘proper’ make up then I’ve probably been ‘working working’ or I’ve made a special effort!

However, I’m sure that I’m not the only one who can’t be bothered getting out of bed half an hour earlier than necessary or, whose life is already crammed full with kids, family and super important work stuff. It really does come down to priorities and mine will always be to stay snuggled under my warm duvet for as long as possible rather than face the world with a perfect eye liner flick. (I wish I even had those skills! Haha!)

This is really not about rushing out to buy loads of new products (although feel free, if you need an excuse!) nor do you need serious talent, because to be fair, how often can you accurately copy the skills you see on make up tutorials, or is that just me?!

The aim is to give you an idea of just how little time and effort, and how few products, are needed to actually create a lovely daytime look. Watch the video here, you may be surprised – we certainly were!

We’ve never created a video before so it’s not beautifully lit, but it’s real and there are no filters. (Please be kind! We’re already cringing a little bit!) It’s two normal women in a kitchen trying to help other normal women like you! If you like it, please do let us know, and if you have any make up issues that you would like Allison’s help with, just drop a note in the comments.

We hope that you can create the daytime look with the products that you already have, but if you want to know what we used:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation
NYX Concealer
Stila Convertible Color on cheeks and lips
Rimmel Scandaleyes Pencil
Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara
Arch Angel Brow Gel

Thanks everyone!
Katie & Allison xx

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