Beauty over 60

One of the great double standards of society is that men are allowed to age, and are seen to get better looking with age, whereas women aren’t allowed to show any signs of ageing. However, if we are seen to be trying to conceal signs of ageing, we are equally criticised. There needs to be a re-think on the way we perceive women over 35. Women over 60 who wear obvious makeup (bright lips, lashes, bold eyeshadows) are often judged and seen as ‘dame’y’

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This comes from the misogynistic panto dames who portray an image of an older woman trying desperately to cover up the ravages of age. But with the rise of the older beauty (Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, Judie Dench), hopefully we can rid society of this image and replace it with a more modern outlook that recognises makeup is not worn to cover up or hide, but to express and emphasise.

Eyeliner

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If your teenage years were spent in the sixties, the eyeliner decade, you are lucky. You know exactly how to replicate this look and it is a flattering one. Jo Wood (59) still pulls of the rocker chick look with tons of smudged kohl liner. Its easy, its cheap, and it looks just as good in your 60s as it did in THE 60s.

Colour

Colour over 60 is ALLOWED! Whatever you want is allowed. There are some looks, however, that aren’t flattering at any age. With bold and dark colours, there’s always a risk (again, I’m talking about at any age) of looking harsh. With these kinds of colours, mistakes can be spotted a mile away. Bold and dark colours on your lips can make them look thinner. And a red lip, having its big moment in the 40s, sometimes looks better on the over 80s.

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Steer towards the browner, more mauve end of the red spectrum for a more flattering look, alla Helen and Joanna.

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They also know how to rock the false eyelashes.

Hair

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There is absolutely no reason to cut your hair off once you get past a certain age. This is a myth perpetrated by the patriarchy. Women are terrified of looking ‘witchy’, but does Meryl Streep look ‘witchy’? Does Lindsay Duncan? The whole notion of the Witch is an image that society created in order to demonise intelligent women, so I for one would be honoured to be called ‘witchy’.

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I’m not saying you have to do any of these things, but I am saying you shouldn’t feel like you can’t. There are no ‘rules’ and don’t let anyone tell you that there are.

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Inherent Vice inspired beauty look

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Inherent Vice is a fantastic film set in the sixties, based on a Thomas Pynchon book, full of great female characters. Last night I found myself subconsciously imitating their sixties glam.

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These women knew how to wield a liquid eyeliner pen.

The look was all about a thick eyeliner flick on the upper lid, at least one pair of big false eyelashes, and cut crease eyeliner. This would be paired with nude matte lips and some dark brows to balance it out. The front of the hair was parted on the side, and the back of the hair was usually centre parted or just poofed up.

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My attempt.

I wore a black turtle neck dress to complete the look. Its not quite a Shasta Fay but it was good enough for me.

Backstage at the Victoria’s Secret After Party 2014

Last night, after the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show, the Angels made a quick change and headed to an exclusive after party (apparently tickets for civilians cost £11,000). These are some of my favourite beauty looks from the evening:

The Pony Club

I love a sleek ponytail and these girls were representing last night:

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While Adriana went for the slightly more old school high pony, Doutzen opted for the chic nape of the neck tie. Both looked very high glam, but Adriana’s was ‘party till 8am’ whilst Doutzen’s was more ‘going to the Oscars’.

The Bob

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Jourdan Dunn looked fun and flirty with a feline flick of her eyeliner and the very fashionable long bob. Its a youthful look that was perfect for her.

Miscellaneous

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I love the brown lipstick Magdalena Frackowiak is wearing. A modern take on the 90s look.

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Devon Windsor was a knockout with her shock of platinum hair and sixties lashes with nude lips.

Just goes to show, these girls look gorgeous off the catwalk as well as on.

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Makeup

In honour of the Victoria’s Secret fashion show in London tonight, I thought I’d do a VS makeup look. Their girls always look so glowy and the makeup is really easy to copy.

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The cheeks are very bronzed and glowy, with a natural pink gloss on the lips and gold and bronze eyeshadows on the eyes. They also use a lot of shimmer including under the eyes and on the cupids bow of the lips.

This is the look I did:

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For the base I used a radiance primer (Laura Mercier) and then YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation mixed with a bit of NARS highlighter in Copacabana. This just adds more glow.

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On the eyes, I used Half Baked from the Urban Decay Naked palette for the gold all over the lid, then for the outer corner I used a bronze shadow from a NARS palette. I just did a thin line of gel eyeliner. Under the lower lashes I applied pressed power highlighter and lined the water line with a white pencil. I added dots of kohl liner on the lash line and then applied Clinique mascara. Of course, the Angels wear at least one pair of lashes, but I am currently out of falsies so I had to make do with my own lashes. In the corner of my eyes, just by the tear ducts, I applied a bit of highlighter. This gives a more wide awake look to the eyes.

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For the lips, I first of all lined them with a Chanel lip pencil in Natural and then went over them with Benefit lipgloss in Who Are You Wearing. I added a dab of shimmery highlighter to the cupids bow. This makes them seem fuller.

I finished off the look with some MORE highlighter, applied to the cheekbones and temples: Mac’s skinfinish in Superb. I finally added the blusher, Aglow by Clinique. This is a peachy/tan blusher which matches the colour favoured by the Angels.

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I love this look because its simple enough for daytime but its still glam and pretty. Perfect for school or work.

My favourite YouTube Beauty Gurus

I don’t watch many makeup videos on YouTube tbh, but when I do, its one of these guys.

First up is my girl Camila Coelho. Her English channel is MakeUpByCamila2. She is Brazilian so most of her videos are in Portuguese but she does separate ones for her English speaking fans. My favourite of her tutorials is the Valentine’s Day look

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Next is Huda Kattan. A beauty blogger based in Dubai who posts killer makeup and beauty tips. My favourite video is her Lipliner Tutorial where she goes over the basics any girl needs if she want to learn the secrets of overlining (alla Kylie Jenner)

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I learnt most of my makeup skills from drag queens, so its no surprise that my favourite makeup tutorials are by drag queens such as Vivienne Pinay, Miss Fame and Fendi Laken

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Of course, if you aren’t a drag queen you can skip a lot of the stages in the videos, and you don’t have to be as exaggerated with your makeup, but they are a really good source of tips and inspiration.

Happy YouTubing!

The Best Beauty Moments of the AMAs 2014

I was not ready for the high levels of peng that were at last night’s AMAs.

First off, lets talk about Fergie coming out of nowhere and blowing us all away!

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That hair colour looks gorgeous on her and with all the long bobs around these days, it’s nice to see someone representing the long hair. Her soft natural makeup looks great with her loose waves. Surprising how such a natural look can be such a knockout, but it just works.

J Lo (as always) looked fantastic.

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I love the sleeked back wet look hair, because it’s very easy to do with greasy hair (which mine always is). You can just tell people it’s product. The eyeshadow under her lower lash line is smoked out to perfection and she’s rocking some killer Louboutin nails (when the underside of the nails are painted red)

Jordin Sparks

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BAM! Look at that glam, Studio 54 hair. Jordin looked great channeling 1970s Diana Ross.

The Jenner Faction

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Both of the Jenner sisters looked great. Kendall went for a sleek long bob while Kylie contrasted with her signature blue hair in a messy bun. Their makeup was by Rob Scheppy and for Kylie he used:

Makeup Forever Palette foundation set in Medium Beige with Translucent Natural Powder

Charlotte Tilbury FilmStar Highlight and Contour

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And the one we all want to know about; Mac Lip Liner in Burgandy with Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Lip Balm over the top.

For Kendall he used all Estee Lauder products, because Kendall is now the face of Estee Lauder:

The foundation was Bare Creme

Ivory Powder on the eyes

Star Pink lipgloss

Lovers Blush on the cheeks.

They looked beautiful.

Jhene Aiko posted this picture of her getting ready:

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Of course she’s already a stunningly beautiful woman, so obviously she looks great, but I particularly like her grecian plait with the curls.

I’m normally not a fan of Rita Ora‘s makeup, personally I don’t like really dark eyebrows with blonde hair, but she did look nice last night:

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Her makeup looked a lot less severe than usual, because she opted for a more natural lip colour, and her spidery lashes actually go with her spider earrings! That wasn’t shade, spider lashes are having a moment.

And finally, Selena Gomez

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Selena looked so chic on the red carpet. Her smooth centre-parted chignon with the burgundy lipstick made her look mature and elegant.

So that’s the AMAs for another year. Now it’s just waiting for the Golden Globes and then, my favourite night because I’m a film nerd, The Oscars!

AmfAR Gala 2014 Beauty Roundup

The annual amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research) Gala is a black tie event thrown to raise money for the foundation and awareness of AIDS/HIV. Many celebrities attend and often it is a time for headline grabbing outfits, as this gets the foundation even more attention in the press. Celebrities are often criticised for their daring outfits but it is all to draw attention to the foundation and the good work it does.

This year the headlines were mainly about Rihanna and Miley Cyrus. This post with similarly be mainly about Rihanna as she looked, as always, fan-bloody-tastic.

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That makeup. Come on. Flawless!

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She has the perfect 80s orange lipstick to match her skin tone and her eye makeup, which is a burnt orange colour. All this makes her green eyes pop, and the chronic lashes for days add glamour.

The Hair

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I LOVE the sleek ponytail look. It’s something I do a lot to instantly solve a bad hair day and it’s really easy to recreate. They look great with a centre or a side parting. Rihanna is rocking hers with a side parting which adds a bit of retro glamour to her look.

Next up, Miley’s makeup was actually really cute:

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The feline flick eye liner complimented her pixie crop and works really well with her elfin features. I would like to see this look on her more often,.

Lea Michelle looked FIRE

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Lea Michelle has the best beauty team. She always steals the show for me on the red carpet. I love the brown smokey eye, it works so well with her chocolate brown eyes and caramel highlights. Her hair is big and beautiful, and even though I don’t think the bronzer is the right colour for her, it does match her highlights.

Alessandra Ambrosio

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Another example of a great sleek ponytail, this time with a centre parting. When you have an intricate dress and makeup, it is always best to go for simple and elegant hair. This ponytail works perfectly for that purpose.

Kelly Osbourne

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I like this makeup because it reminds me of one of my staple looks. I often like to go for an edgier bold liner with that barbie pink shade of lipstick. It works really well with Kelly’s unique style and it’s very youthful. I used to use the Lady Gaga Viva Glam lipstick but as it’s limited edition and mines running low, a look-a-like is Mac’s Saint Germain (£15.50).

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I can’t wait to see what these guys do for Halloween tonight!

Milan Fashion Week SS15 Beauty Roundup

Some more familiar looks from NYFW popped up at Milan, reinforcing the coming beauty trends. And one unique look that stole the show for me. But first, the confirmed trends:

Side Parting

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As seen at New York and London, it looks like the side parting is here to stay. Square faced girls everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief

Warrior Braids

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Just like at New York. This look is so Mother of Dragons. To recreate, section off your hair into three parts and dutch braid each part, coming together at the back of your hair for a ponytail or bun. Or keep braiding each section to the end for a more edgy look.

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Doll Lashes

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Another repeat. I can see why. It’s easy to recreate and it’s pretty.

Graphic Liner

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This is a simple one to copy, with a decent gel liner. I use Mac’s Fluidline in Blacktrack (£15.50) and the best brush I’ve found is the Bobbi Brown gel liner brush (£18). Experiment with different looks and shapes, and if you mess up, just pretend it was on purpose.

Simple Glam

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D&G really won it with this simplistic, old Italy glam look. Similar to the Burberry look at LFW, the wine stained lips look classy and they have added a cat eye flick which makes it more of an evening look than Burberry’s bare eyes.

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That’s Pucci, Not Poochie

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To recreate this look, try sleeping in plaits. If you don’t have 12 hours, plait your hair and then go over the plaits with a straightener. When you take the plaits out you should have gorgeous Cersei Lannister beach waves.

Now for my favourite beauty look from all of MFW, Moschino‘s Barbie Girls!

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This look is so pretty and wearable and it reminds me of me circa 2011. I lived for the Barbie lips and was never seen without my Lady Gaga Viva Glam lipstick. That was limited edition, but some great alternatives are Pink Nouveau and Saint Germain from Mac (£15.50)

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My guess for Paris is more side partings, doll lashes and maybe some purple eyeshadows. Let’s hope we don’t get any more garage doors though…

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LFW SS15 Beauty Roundup

I’d just like to start this post on London Fashion week with a couple of looks from the last day of NYFW

Firstly, some bright brows from Badgley Mischka

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This look also appeared at LFW at the Vivienne Westwood show

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I really like these alternative brow colours, although it probably won’t take off as an everyday look. It reminds me of model Charlie Barker circa 2013

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Only for the brave!

And then there was my new favourite beauty look from NYFW, at The Blonds show:

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I love this look because like me, it’s a bit chola, a bit ratchet and a LOT fabulous. The gold is everything. I love the idea of overlaying the liner with gold glitter and that big hair piece is TO DIE.

Ok, so back to London. I actually saw some very keen looking photogs outside the JW Anderson show trying to get a shot of someone famous, while I was on my way to the National Portrait Gallery. There weren’t as many beauty looks that I was excited about as at NYFW, but here are the highlights.

So side partings continued to be a trend, as demonstrated at Jean-Pierre Braganza

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Very Coach. I think a side parting is so flattering and also great if you’re hiding roots.

Another trend we saw at NYFW that made an appearing in London is the purple eyeshadow:

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I like this look more and more each time I see it. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of the purple eyeshadow.

Burberry went for classic British elegance:

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The slightly darker red lip with minimal eye makeup is a really easy way to transition into fall makeup and looks classy while still being easy to recreate. A Mac lipstick in Ruby Woo or Russian Red (£15.50) would be a great match to this colour.

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The Grunge look was revived at Tom Ford 

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Models sported a smudged out smokey eye with bare lips, giving the semblance of as little effort as possible having gone into the look. Which is cool. Looking like you’ve tried too hard never earns the ‘cool’ label. Recreate the eyes with a smudgable kohl eyeliner, like Rimmel’s Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil if you’re on a budget (£2.99) or Mac’s Eye Kohl (£14) if you feel like splurging.

Now let’s see what beauty bombshells Milan drops…

Magnifibres VS Talc

These days it’s all about fibre mascaras that build on your natural lashes. There are plenty of products on the market that promise to deliver an extra swish to your blink, such as Fast Lash by Japonesque (£15) and Younique 3D Fiber[sic] Lashes ($29, seems to be an Avon type deal where there are individual sellers, yet to find a UK seller).

One of the first products to do this was Magnifibres Brush on False Lashes (£15.80 on beautybay.com. This price has gone up, when I first bought this product it was £10). I haven’t tried the other products, but I do own the Magnifibres and it does work. It will build your lashes noticeably however it also gives them a spidery look. Not just a spidery look, but a hairy spidery look. Like a tarantula. Some people like this look, some don’t. I personally am scared of spiders, although I do appreciate their beauty. 

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It’s basically like applying cotton candy to your lashes and painting over it. I stopped using it because it seemed to always make me feel like I had bits of it in my eyes. It wasn’t particularly comfortable to wear. I have read lots of beauty ‘hacks’ saying that you can use talcum powder to achieve the same effect as these products. So I put this to the test. 

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The eye where I just used talcum powder is a lot more clumped together. I looks like I have exactly 4 eyelashes. It was also quite hard to apply the talcum powder to the lashes. I used a q tip and brushed it only the lashes, however not much of the powder stuck. 

The Magnifibres eye is not much better, but it is probably the way I applied it. 

 

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Overall, the Magnifibres did work better, as you would expect. But if applied better, the talc might work. It seemed to tangle up my lashes so it made them look worse than if I had just used mascara on it’s own, but again that could just be my own incompetence. Let me know if you have tried this and got on better than I did.