Make-up masterclass: Five tips for how you can roll back the years
Anyone who knows me as an artist or who has followed my Belfast Telegraph column will know that I love all styles of make-up and clients, but among my all time favourite clients are mature ladies.
I adore creating make-up on older women, as I love speaking to them about any concerns they are having with their skin and areas they want to rectify or target.
Older women are often over-conscious of their skin and appearance, but what I find when doing this style of make-up is that I am able and need to use less product to build up my coverage in order to create a flawless finish. Here are my top tips and products when creating an older client's glamorous make-up.
Skincare is your friend and one of the most important elements in your beauty routine. I always recommend tailoring this to your specific skin needs; however if you are more mature and want to defend against the signs of ageing, then you need to add collagen to your skincare routine. Try Liz Earle superskin moisturiser (£42), which works to plump and smooth mature or very dry skin.
As we age, our skin is not as supple as it was in our spritely 20s - so if you're still using the same trusted foundation as you did 10 years ago, it might well be time for an update. Try Clarins Extra-Comfort Foundation SPF 15 (£36) which moisturises and nourishes the skin. Its age-defying complex smoothes away lines and wrinkles, while argan oil leaves the skin supple and with a gorgeous, youthful glow.
For mature skin, over-powdering and over-setting can be as hazardous as under-powdering. Powder as a product is designed to matify any excessively oily areas and to create a flawless surface that liquid and creams cannot create. Over-powdering can draw more attention to fine lines and the signs of ageing. A lightweight powder is the best to opt for, such as Collection sheer loose powder (£2.99).
We also need to find ways to brighten and lighten the eyes - so why not try a concealer pencil in your waterline as opposed to a black kohl? A concealer pencil simply corrects any natural redness found in the waterline, and will make the eye appear brighter and bigger for any daytime look. Try NYX Professional make-up wonder pencil (£4.50) at Boots.
Some people say that older women should avoid certain colours for their eye make-up, but I couldn't disagree more. If you love a steel grey hue or a copper and brown tone on your eyes, go for it.
It is all about the application of the product and ensuring you apply your shadow effortlessly and flawlessly with fluffy brushes. As an artist I find it difficult to use a one size fits all eyeshadow palette, which is why I personally prefer to choose my own shadows for me and my clients, and now you can do the same with Make-Up Studio matte eyeshadow refills which are on offer at five eyeshadows for £25, in-store and online.
Five tips for rolling back the years
1. Invest in a tinted moisturiser: this will not only hydrate and add moisture to the skin but will add coverage for a daytime sheer look.
2. Avoid pressed powders, as these can often crease into fine lines. Use a lightweight, loose powder, pat on to the skin and then buff in circular motions.
3. To give your eye make-up an added lift, invest in a pair of eyelash curlers. These give a gentle, full lash effect without using large amounts of mascara.
4. Choose a matte bronzer for giving your face a sculpted effect. This will sit smoothly on the skin and not highlight any areas of concern.
5. For your lips, choose a gloss finish, which will make the lips appear hydrated and luscious.