Me & make up after 40

So I’m a bit of a late bloomer when it comes to make up. In fact, up until about 18 months ago I called myself make-up phobic! A slight exaggeration I suppose, but I was most certainly fearful of orange cake face. It definitely started around the age of 15 when fellow classmates started slapping on the foundation three shades too dark, leaving a tide line around the jaw line. I knew that I was never going to risk looking like that so avoided foundation for about the next 25 years.

My idea of a made up look, is more what most women (especially today’s younger women) would wear to pop to the loo – simply – the all important, under eye concealer, a brush of bronzer, a pinch of blusher, a little sweep of eye liner and a touch of mascara. Et voilà! I’m ready to face the world. If you’re lucky, I may even add a smidge of natural lipstick or lip balm.

And then I changed career and, in 2015, became a commercial model and was expected to do most of my own make up for jobs. Shock horror! My above skills were simply not going to cut it and I was going to have to overcome my fear of foundation pronto.

Luckily I met a couple of professional make up artists early on and grilled them on the products they were using and essentially just bought the lot and continue to follow a simple formula to create the natural look requested by most of my clients. So far, everyone has been happy with my work, so I must be doing something right!

However, I’m always looking to learn and I’m fascinated the sheer range of things out there to highlight, illuminate, camouflage, accentuate and possibly totally change the look or shape of your face, that is, if you’re blessed with the right skills 😉

I’m obviously not, so I enlisted the professional skills of Allison Tye to have a little experiment with, and ask her advice about make up after 40. Allison is a freelance make up artist, working across the Midlands, specialising in bridal and special occasion looks.

Allison took a bare faced me from nothing to natural, then to a bolder, possibly evening look (that was a little bit of a bold look for me but it’s good to test the water and see what you think!)

The full list of products used is listed below along with any high street equivalents.

While she was working away I asked her some questions…

What are your top tips for women over 40?

  • It’s all about the preparation. Moisturise and prime your face before you apply any make up. Your make up is guaranteed to look better.
  • It’s important to find the right base.
  • Look for illuminating products and those that contain light reflecting elements.
  • Don’t use anything too thick, heavy or matt as these are ageing. You don’t want it sitting in, and accentuating, those wrinkles 😉
  • Don’t be afraid of colour – it’s youthful and brings colour to your face that loses its natural colour as we age.
  • Change your make up colours with the seasons as the light changes, particularly lip or eye colours
  • If you have thin lips avoid, dark, matt lip colours
  • Invest in a good set of brushes
  • If you have brows (i.e. didn’t pluck them to death in your earlier years!!) always brush them up to lift the face

Are there any definite things to avoid at our age?

  • A matt, heavy base. An illuminating, dewy look is much more flattering
  • Too much powder
  • Move away from the colours you used 10 years ago
  • Don’t be afraid of using a lip liner but make sure that it matches your lipstick
  • If you have hooded eyes, stay away from harsh black liners; grey, plum and brown are much more flattering
  • Glittery eye shadow is a no no as it just sits in all our creases!

What advice would you give to those in a make up rut?

Don’t be afraid to use online tutorials – Charlotte Tilbury, Lisa Eldridge and Pixiwoo have all released videos aimed at 40+ make up looks.

How best to prepare you skin for make up

  • Moisturise according to your skin type
  • Smashbox photo op under eyes to help your concealer. If your eyes are getting a little wrinkly, this will help to spread the product more easily.
  • If you have time, (so we’re not talking a school run quick fix!) use other products under your make up – illuminating, primers etc

You’ve no time to take all your make up off for an evening out so what’s the best way of changing your look from day to night?

  • Change lipstick to a deeper colour
  • Using a bit darker colour on your eye
  • Add a touch of shimmery eye shadow
  • Add more eye liner
  • Add a few individual lashes

Products used to create these looks
Neither of us are affiliated to any brands so these are all genuine recommendations from Allison’s make up kit

Face
Budget to splurge?
Base BB cream Estée Lauder light
Estée Lauder double wear concealer light

Prefer to spend less?
Rimmel London BB cream
Rimmel London wake me up concealer

Cheeks
Budget to splurge?
Charlotte Tilbury films star bronze & glow
Nars blush in Orgasm

Prefer to spend less?
W7 Hollywood bronze & glow
Revlon powder blush 003

Eyes
Budget to splurge?
Charlotte tilbury colour chameleon pencil in Bronze Garnet (this looks amazing with green/hazel eyes!)
Mac paint pot in Indian Wood
Estée Lauder sensuous extreme mascara in black
Mac gel eyeliner in Blackout

Prefer to spend less?
NYX eye pencil in Bronze
Maybelline colour tattoo paint pot in On and On Bronze
Maybelline gel eyeliner black
Rimmel London scandal eyes mascara

Lips
Budget to splurge?
Tom ford lipgloss is Rose Crush
Charlotte Tilbury in Secret Salma
Night Lancôme lipstick in Rose Rhapsody

Prefer to spend less?
Revlon colour used matt balm lip in Standout

Next time, we’re going to look at an in-a-rush-10-minute-make-up-look but if you have any other suggestions as what you would like us to feature or have any questions, please do leave a comment below.

Have a beautiful day, whatever you have on your face!

Katie xx

 

You can connect with Allison on Facebook, Instagram and her website
She is available for makeup lessons, parties, occasion makeup & bridal