A makeup masterclass

Tracey McAlpine, founder of FightingFifty.co.uk, shares her high-street beauty tips.


Actor Helen Mirren - stunning in her 70s

If you discovered lipstick, powder and paint in the 60s and 70s you were probably like me, wearing it to look older. How times have changed. I now want makeup to help me radiate good health and bring out my best features.

Less is more is still the way to beautiful makeup.

As with any canvas, it’s all in the preparation. Start by gently exfoliating your skin once or twice a week. Filorga have a simple to use and effective Scrub and Mask that you can pick up from Marks & Spencer. Regardless of the time of year apply a light SPF sunscreen under your makeup to protect your skin. SkinCeuticals Mineral Radiance UV Defense SPF50 has a slight tint and you may find you don’t even need a foundation in the summer.

Less is more is still the way to beautiful makeup. Try a BB Cream, that’s Blemish Balm, a cream that hides a multitude of sins while protecting your skin from the elements or a lighter foundation such as Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum. This gel formulation gives your skin a boost of radiance, glides on and blends easily.

Cream blusher is easier to control than powder and gives an even coverage; seek out NYX in your local Boots store or Makeup Revolution in Superdrug. These innovative makeup ranges are perfect for everyone and are inexpensive enough to experiment.

Make the most of your eyes with Crystal Taupe Eye Shine a universally flattering colour from makeup artist Ariane Poole. And don’t be afraid to curl your eyelashes before applying mascara.

Studio 10 was created with us in mind. The flattering shades are perfect for an older complexion. Use their Age Reverse Perfecting Lipliner to define the lips and prevent feathering and their Lip Perfecting Plumping Gloss to naturally smooth and hydrate lips. The flattering rose pink shade suits all; you’ll find it in Marks & Spencer Beauty as well as online.

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