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‘When I was in my forties, I started putting on a little bit of make-up every day. Even if it’s just doing my lashes in a rush before setting out, it makes me happy and feel good,’ explains Davina. She’s learned a lot of her tips and tricks from make-up artist Cheryl Phelps Gardiner who she first met on a shoot and who has worked with all the great photographers, like David Bailey, as well as countless supermodels. ‘Cheryl was the first person to tell me that unless you are going for a full-on dramatic smoky eye, don’t put eyeliner or anything on the lower lids: it is very ageing as it pulls your eyes down.' Here Cheryl shares her other top insider secrets. You'll wonder how you lived without them.
This is for all women who want their make-up to be super-fast and super easy. As we get older, our skin loses the bloom of youth, and that’s where I can help you recreate that. So there’s no Kim Kardashian tips to be found here. I have made recommendations for specific brands, but there are plenty of other options available out there.
There are many choices of foundation: liquid, cream, powder-based, water-based.
What I find the best and easiest to use is Chanel Vitalumiere liquid foundation, which has a nice light to medium coverage. It has a nice light-reflecting sheen and also comes in a good range of colours. It is a bit pricey, but you really only need a small amount, so it will last a long time.
If you have good skin you can skip foundation – for instance, Davina has great skin, and if she is doing her own make-up for work she will often use tinted moisturiser instead (Laura Mercier have some great shades).
No matter what type of skin you have, less is more. Ignore dark spots or blemishes at this stage, to keep the skin looking fresh. You are aiming for a thin veil over the face and down the neck.
It’s a good idea to choose a palette that has two or more shades so you can mix the exact colour of the skin surrounding the blemish. Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier and Il Makiage do them – in fact, most make-up brands have palettes. I like the yellow tones over the pink tones, and using a brush like a lipstick brush gives you more control to mix and apply rather than using your fingertips.
Under the eyes I use YSL Touche Éclat and Secret Brightening powder by Laura Mercier…this is a MUST in my kit, it’s a very fine light-reflecting powder, and I think it’s magic! Laura Mercier also do a brush called the Pony Tail, which is perfect for applying a delicate, light touch of powder to blemishes and under the eyes.
So once you have the flawless foundation, now we need to put back that bloom.
You want to emulate the colour of your cheeks if you had just enjoyed a brisk walk on a fresh winter morning, which is pink with plum undertones.
I go straight to Boomstick Colour, as it’s the perfect shade. It looks terrifyingly dark burgundy in the packaging, but it’s not, it gives a veil of colour akin to blushing and magically fits every skin tone. It’s also great on lips, with a wonderful sheen. But whatever blusher you use, make it a cream one.
Then you need to add an extra bit of sheen to the top of the cheek bones, the tip of the nose and a little to the centre of the chin. I like Total Euphoria by NARS, but again there are many brands that do gloss sticks. You want a glow, but no sparkle – you are looking for fresh, dewy skin with a flush of colour… Oh, and don’t forget lashings of mascara.
Extracted from Davina’s latest book Menopausing, published by HQ, priced £22.
Photo: Mark Hayman
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