Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Beauty, Make Up

Spring is finally here and it’s not just your wardrobe that makes a seasonal change but also your beauty routine.

For an instant beauty lift, swap winter’s muted tones for a pop of colour. A quick and easy way to add colour is to change your lip colour.

Get in on the Spring beauty trend and focus on a pretty pink lip.

Pink lipstick is anti-aging and flatters all skin tones. The right shade will brighten a dull complexion, make your lips appear fuller and give your face a lovely and healthy glow.

Pinks range from rose, berry, coral, dusty pink and fuschia and the trick is to choose the right shade for your skin tone and colouring.  A few tips to consider when buying your pink lipstick:

  • Finding a happy balance is key – a too dark pink will dull your face and a too light lipstick will make you look pale and washed out
  • Creamy, moisturing lipsticks are best for mature skins as too-dry or too-matte formulas will emphasise creases and look dull
  • A formula that has a velvety texture with a hint of sheen is sure to provide a youthful glow
  • Get professional help BUT try before you buy – step outside in natural light to ensure the colour is right for you

Beauty Info, left to right: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick No. 6 Rose Bergamasque $55,; Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lipstick in 606 Pop Arezzi $42,; Nars ‘Schiap’ lipstick $41,; Tom Ford ‘Paradiso’ lipstick $87,; Maybelline ‘Bit of Berry’ lipstick $17.95, www.

Posted by on Jul 4, 2018 in Make Up

After the age of 40, complexion becomes a bit duller and paler.

But the good news is that you can have a radiant and youthful glow in a matter of seconds with just a sweep of blush. 

Not wearing blush is ageing. Even for those who prefer a minimal makeup look, blush is vital to lift and brighten the face. 

Women often tell me they skip blush – but please don’t. Wearing blush balances your features and adds a warm and youthful glow. You can look so much more beautiful with just a quick sweep applied to the apple of cheeks.

Though there are many beautiful shades on the market, the one colour that suits women of all skin tones and ages is a peach/pink tone. I have eliminated all others colours from by beauty drawer and wear this shade day and night all year round.

My absolute favourite is the Nars cult shade ‘Orgasm‘. This beauty cult classic instantly provides a youthful and flattering glow. I have tried other brands, both inexpensive and luxury, and none match Nars for colour and staying-power.

Nars ‘Orgasm’ Blush, $44, Mecca


Never Skip Blush

Even if you prefer a minimal makeup routine, skipping blush washes you out and adds years to your face. A sweep of blush will lighten your face and add a warm, healthy glow.

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When applying blush consider the shape of your face for best position. As a general rule square or heart-shaped faces should concentrate colour on the apples of cheeks. For longer or oval shapes, swipe blush along the tops of cheekbones. A round face should focus the blush on the side of cheeks rather than right on the apples. AND don’t forget to smile – smiling helps you find the apple of your cheeks.

Image Credit: Apex Beauté

Too Low
A common mistake is to apply blush too low on the cheeks. Start at the height of the apple of your cheek and blend it up and back to define and lift your features.

Too Dark/Too Light
Nothing will age you quicker than wearing a too-dark blush – or conversely too-light. Warm shades with a touch of luminance provide a youthful glow.

Cream Blush for Women Over 40
As we age skin produces less oil and prone to dryness therefore many beauty experts recommend using a cream blush. Start with minimal amount, blend and build on colour as required. For stick creams, apply two or three dabs along the length of the cheeks and blend with fingers. For pot rouges, dip a rounded sponge into beauty pot, apply to the apples of cheeks and then blend upwards along cheek bones.

Add Powder
If you have oily skin, apply translucent powder to cheeks before applying blush so colour will last longer.

The Right Tools
Some beauty experts recommend using an angled brush to help lift colour upwards, however a rounded brush is the tried and true fav for easy blending and building.

Nars Blush Brush 20, $61, Mecca

The Next Step
If you’re confident with makeup, set blush with a sweep of bronzer and highlighter for further glow and definition. Apply bronzer using the ‘number 3’ method to both sides of face, then set with highlighter along the top of the cheeks and blush.

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Guerlain Terracotta Light Powder, $76, David Jones

[This post has been edited and was originally published on this site 26.05.17] 

Posted by on May 14, 2018 in Beauty, Make Up

Fashion lore says that at a Chanel fashion show in 1994 a makeup artist painted models nails with a black marker. The look was so successful it was replicated in a nail polish and voila Chanel’s iconic black-red nail polish ‘Rouge Noir’ was born. It remains today as one of Chanel’s most popular colours.

Black nail polish has become de rigueur not just for the runway and red carpet but as a fashionable and modern option for everyday.

Pish posh to those who say black nail colour is only for the young. Join the ranks of ageless over-40 celebrities who know that a great black manicure is modern and timeless.

The best way to wear black nails is with classic and timeless silhouettes (as opposed to ‘biker chick’). 

Here are some tips to help choose and apply black nail polish:

  • Choose a shade that suits your skin tone. Shades range from a true black to charcoal and grey.  
  • Finishes range from glossy, satin and matte. By day opt for matte or satin finish, by night go glam and glossy. 
  • Well manicured nails are vital when wearing dark nail polish.
  • Ensure to apply a base coat for better application and avoid staining.
  • Dark polish is heavily pigmented so apply thin layers.
  • Allow plenty of time between coats.
  • Before applying swipe brush against sides of polish to remove excess polish.
  • Start in the middle and work to the sides.
  • Clean any spills or over-strokes with a cotton bud dipped in nail polish remover or a polish corrector pen.
  • Always finish with a top coat.
  • Chipped nails are a no-no – especially for dark nail polish.  Remove immediately when chipping occurs.

Beauty Info, left to right: Chanel Le Vernis in ‘Black Satin’ $41,; Ciaté London ‘Twilight Shimmer’ Paint Pot $18 at; OPI Onyx $19.95,; Essie ‘Licorice’ $16.95 and Rimmel 60 Seconds Super Shine Nail Polish $4.99,

[This post has been updated and was originally published in 2016].

Posted by on May 1, 2018 in Beauty, Make Up, Trends

Burgundy is not just one of winter’s biggest fashion’s trend but also the stand-out hue for winter makeup.

Warm, rich tones of burgundy, berry and wine work so well in winter when skin is a little more neutral and less tanned.

Don’t reserve for nails – warm burgundy palettes are flattering and youthifying on eyes and lips. Op for soft and subtle by day and go for all-out glamour for evening.

Our beauty tips will help you to add this glorious colour to your winter makeup palette:

Choosing the Right Colour:

  • Though burgundy is a universally flattering hue, consider not only the shade, but also the finish. Satin and cream lipsticks have lots of moisturizing properties which are perfect for mature lips. Matt finishes make a bold evening statement.
  • Burgundies with pink undertones look best on fairer skinned people. Additionally, pink-based burgundy lipsticks flatter light-haired and light-eyed beauties, as they make the color of the eyes instantly pop.
  • A blue-based burgundy, isn’t too light or too dark, so it can be worn by women with light or dark eye colors
  • True burgundy and maroon-based wine lipsticks are the best for medium skin tones. Avoid brown-based tones.
  • Brown and red undertones of burgundy lipsticks look best on darker skin, and on those with dark eyes and dark hair.

Lip Tips:

  • When wearing darker lipstick always exfoliate and moisturise your lips. Darker lipstick will highlight if your lips are dry or chapped.
  • Eliminate any redness on your skin before swiping on a burgundy shade as a red or wine-colored tint on your lips will immediately call more attention to the redness on your skin. Reduce any redness with concealer before applying your favorite deep red lip color.
  • Liner is essential to ensure lipstick doesn’t bleed

  • When wearing burgundy lips by day, keep rest of makeup understated and minimal.  Perfectly groomed eyebrows, mascara and a subtle pink blush on cheeks is all you need.
  • To wear burgundy lipstick to the office, stick to the sheerest finish, like a stain, a lip balm or a gloss. A sheer balm is best for ageing or thin lips.

Burgundy Eyes:

  • By day, keep plum tones subtle by simply adding a sweep of colour to eyes
  • By night, go for drama with smokey eyes or metallic shades of copper or gold eye makeup
  • For evening, use a tonal burgundy colour on lips


Tom Ford Eye Color Quad ‘Honeymoon’ $122


Burgundy, wine, oxblood and plum colours suit all nail lengths and make a dramatic statement.

Final tip – though dark lips look fabulous on 20-somethings like Rihanna, all over 40 women should resist the temptation at all costs!

Posted by on Mar 20, 2018 in Beauty, Make Up

One of THE most essential beauty steps that the over-40 woman simply cannot miss is wearing mascara. With just a few waves of the wand, you can look ‘wide awake and alert’ in an instant.

New Age Mascara

If you are still using your favourite brand from 25 years ago, it’s time for a change. Mascara is no longer a little tube of black liquid with a basic brush – it’s a technologically advanced beauty product that can lengthen, lift, curl, add volume or literally grow your lashes with just a few sweeps.

And a one-size-fits-all basic brush? Mais non. Today’s wands resemble space-age tools that are designed for your specific needs. Curled, separation, lengthening or fullness – there’s a wand to suit every lash type.

How to Choose the Right Mascara

With so many brands and products on the market, how do you choose the right one? These simple tricks will take the guesswork out of choosing a mascara to suits your needs:

1.  Firstly consider what you want your mascara to do. Are you eyelashes straight and need a lift? Do you like the look of curled lashes? Do you have thin lashes and need volume? Or are your lashes short and need lengthening. Once you understand the look you want to create, choosing the right mascara will be easier.


2.  The style of brush generally determines the look of the mascara:

If your lashes are on the thinner, shorter side, a mascara brush shaped like a comb will help grab and coat every single lash with minimal clumping.

Perricone MD No Mascara Mascara $44, Mecca

Tapered wands are great to plumpen and separate lashes due to the volume at the base and thinning out towards the tip. It’s also particularly good for getting in the corner of eye and also along the lower lash line.

Lancôme Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara, $52, David Jones

To add lift and curl to lashes, choose a curved wand.

Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara, $56, David Jones

To add volume and fullness choose a brush that is large and fat.

Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara, $19.95, Priceline

If you need to lengthen lashes, opt for a thicker brush with a tapered tip.

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara, $42, Bobbi Brown

3. Tips and Tricks

  • For best results, apply two or three coats
  • If your lashes are sparse, consider using a lash primer to promote lash growth
  • Try a lash lift which can last up to 12 weeks and alleviates the need to apply mascara everyday.  Caution – may not be good for those with sensitive eyes.

Posted by on Mar 13, 2018 in Beauty, Make Up

Did you know that removing eye makeup can promote wrinkles?

We spend so much of our hard-earned money on what we are putting on our skin but often neglect the importance of taking it off properly.

Removing eye makeup in the most gentle way possible is vital to avoid damage to the thinnest layer of skin on our entire body – around the eyes.  Removing eye makeup too harshly or with incorrect products can cause irritation and worst of all promote wrinkles.

The most gentle way to remove eye makeup is to soak an organic cotton round with remover, leave on eye for a few seconds (or as long as can) and swipe gently from inner to outer corner.  For stubborn mascara and liner around the eyes, soak a Q-tip with remover and dab or wipe gently around the eye.

When it comes to choosing the best remover for you, consider:

  • are you prone to sensitivity in and around the eyes
  • does it remove makeup in one go – you don’t want to rub or pull the skin too much
  • is it right for your skin type
  • doesn’t clog pores or leave an oily residue
  • do you need a product that will remove the toughest waterproof mascara

With so many formulas to choose from including creams, micellar waters, cleansing waters and makeup-removing wipes you can find the best product for your lifestyle and budget.  Organic and chemical free options are becoming popular and many are infused with ingredients such as cornflower water, aloe vera and cucumber to brighten and restore moisture; soothing chamomile and marshmallow root extracts to reduce acengenic bacteria, and almond kernals to redness and inflammation and nourishing oak kernel extract to reduce fine lines.

As equally important to the product is using quality cotton rounds or balls and many ranges are now organic and bleach free.

A little research will go a long way in ensuring you find a gentle but effective remover that doesn’t add lines to your face – leave that to Mother Nature.

Beauty info, clockwise from left: Lancome Bi-Facil Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover $55, and Chantecaille Rose Eye Makeup Remover $58,; Inika Certified Organic Eye Makeup Remover $25.95,; The Balm Balms Away Eye Makeup Remover $24.95,; Simple Kind to Skin Eye Makeup Remover Wipes $7.99, Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover, $10.89,