I absolutely won’t go on about doing YouTube videos once it is up and running and I’ve got into the routine of it all.  Btw, I won’t be uploading every day – that would be way too much – but hopefully, once a week, yes.

Gosh, though, so much to learn!  Did I say you don’t get emails if you Subscribe?  Yes, you do, if you tick/go onto that little bell – see, I know nothing! And then, there’s the filming of me doing the makeup which, incidentally, is not done by Mr F, but me filming on my iPhone 8+ with Mr F nowhere near. He comes into the equation with FinalCut Pro, the app that allows for editing, which is his thing, although we do discuss what we want to achieve, as in, it’s me saying (quite firmly) what I want to achieve. In fact, the whole thing has been quite a revelation to Mr F. He told me that although he’s known me for over 45 years, he had absolutely no idea what I did when I said, I’m just putting on my makeup!

Yes, what do I want to achieve? I mean you could be thinking how narcissistic to focus in on my face and show myself off like that. And in a way, it perhaps is. All YouTubers must have a teeny tiny streak of self-absorption to put themselves out there, and I admit I have a bit of that, I like performing, up to a point, as it’s scary as well. There’s getting the filming right (I’ve thrown out several already) and do note I will be showing my face without makeup and that’s very, very scary, as I think my face (and neck) has begun to look its age – but why shouldn’t it! I’m 72, after all.  Yet I don’t rage against this ageing face, instead I’m quite interested in how to adapt and use my makeup, because I truly believe that makeup helps!!! So that’s one very good reason to do these videos.

But another quite important reason, I think, is that we live in an ageist society, and while ageism is recognised and many of us work to overcome ageist practices and ageist ways, ageism is everywhere.  And nowhere is it more prevalent when you see something that says 65+ (if I see a survey with that category, I don’t do it). Or the phrase ‘mature women over 60’, or even worse, ‘this is for those of you who are 40,50, 60 and beyond’. I mean, say the actual words, people! These videos are definitely for us 60, 70, 80, 90-year-olds!!!!  Although, anyone can enjoy them!

And then there’s ‘anti-ageing,’ a term we don’t use now, and ‘pro-ageing’, which we do. I get where people are coming from when they say pro-ageing it’s all about ageing well with pzazz. Yes, absolutely, but that’s still avoiding the actual issue – you cannot turn that clock back! Actually, I truly believe you should be out and proud about ageing. Show that face to the world and own its ageing look.

And then there are the YouTube videos of makeup for mature women, oh glory be, on unlined faces. Even the ones that have a 70-year-old in them usually have older women with a square, fairly unlined, full face. Or they have a lovely tan, and in one of them the 72-year-old was totally, I mean completely, unlined. I have a thin face that will, I think, go quite skull-like in my very old age.  Also, I do not have a tan, instead I’m pale and washed out and almost blueish in places with wrinkles under and around the eyes. Yet, there will be no filters in these videos! These videos will be for real older women, albeit for those who like their makeup. And if you haven’t subscribed, here’s the link!

One thing is that ironically, I don’t have a lot of makeup in that makeup drawer – there’s Clarins and LookFabulousForever but that’s about it.  Now over the coming months and year(s) I’ll acquire more makeup (cost comes into it though) and experiment more and one day I may be like my very good friend over the pond Catherine of Atypical60 who has just done a Favourites of 2018 (gosh what a lot of products) but you know, I might just get a few of her suggestions.

So do see my video as just the beginning.  I’m planning 3 to 4 types of videos: the full makeup videos that I do myself at around 20 minutes, ‘My 5-minute tips’, and then the ‘Makeovers’ also at around 20 minutes. In the future I might do a 5-minute ‘Hat of the Month, but let’s get these first few weeks under my belt!  So, bear with, as I learn how to do these videos as it’s very like the early blogging days when I felt I knew nothing. But it’s great to have a project and work on improving it.

And I write all of this to encourage everyone to do the same: get out of that comfort zone; create a project; learn to dance; draw; write a poem; a language; go on your travels; whatever you’ve thought off but haven’t quite got to grips with – you can do it, yes you can!

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

P.S. And re: the learning curve – we’ve spent an hour trying to upload the video to the blog. It works on YouTube but on my laptop and the draft of this post, it was 6 minutes in.  People if it’s like this on yours – wind it back!   Phew! And here’s my new Zara top bought in a charity shop for £4.99 worn with old black jeans and the usual boots!





29 thoughts on “Here it is – my first makeup video!

  • 7th January 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Congratulations, I enjoyed watching. I too use that Clarins foundation and thanks for the tip on using it as concealer. I got confused though about your lipstick – is it a scrub that smooths the lips and then comes off quickly or does it actually stay on as colour?

    Looking forward to the next one

    • 7th January 2019 at 6:07 pm

      Hi Scarlett

      The ‘lipstick’ seems to be three things: it is a scrub, it is a stain (slightly pink) and it is moisturising. I love it. Will do a 5-minute tip on this. Thanks for asking me about it 🙂

  • 7th January 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Very much enjoyed your video; so interesting to see what someone else does!
    I do not go out without make-up either- have to cover up rosacea & put on some eyebrows at least. I use Vichy Dermablend foundation which I dab onto the centre of my face and brush outwards. I always use face and eye primers(LFF) otherwise I find that my dry skin absorbs the foundation. I use a micro brow pencil by NYX (Boots) which has a spoolie brush at the other end as my eyebrows are as white as my hair! I’ve found a setting powder (white and very fine) from Avon ( Mark) very good at preventing my fringe picking up colour from my forehead, using their very fine fan brush and helps keep the eyebrow colour on. I also use a clear brow mascara over the pencil.
    I don’t use blusher – I’m quite pink anyway – but always a bright lipstick without which my face looks quite odd! I exfoliate my lips and use a deep moisturiser (Boots Botanics) as I find they are very dry too. I may try the ‘glow stick’ you use in the future.
    I mostly use grey shaddow and a dark grey eyeliner (damp powder shaddow with a fine brush) and mascara. You can also wiggle the brush a bit when putting it on to get the colour right to the roots. I have dark areas around and under my eyes but concentrate on the inner eye and just under the eyes, hopefully distracting from the bags!
    Look forward to future videos

    • 8th January 2019 at 8:36 am

      Thank you so much, Lynda, the first of many, I hope. The Clarins ‘glow stick’ annoyingly is going out of production. I hate it when they stop producing products, so I shall wear it until it’s finished then move on but, in the meantime, I’ll be looking for something similar.

      • 9th January 2019 at 9:09 am

        Also Lynda on re-reading your comment – thanks for the tip about the brow pencil – will get.

  • 7th January 2019 at 7:54 pm

    Love, love it Penny! 🙂 K.

    • 8th January 2019 at 8:37 am

      Thank you so much, Kate!

  • 7th January 2019 at 8:31 pm

    I really enjoyed your video and look forward to the future ones. You come across as a very likeable lady and love that you say it as it is. I have picked up a couple of tips from you, for example the C shape blusher and also the mascara tip. Keep on doing the videos I think you’re brilliant.

    • 8th January 2019 at 8:38 am

      The mascara tip was a revelation to me as well, as I had always gone up, up, up and really wasn’t getting the mascara to go on enough. I will keep on with the videos – thanks for the feedback 🙂

  • 7th January 2019 at 9:26 pm

    Fantastic video! and how nice to hear your voice having looked at your blogs for a year! I have red hair (still red at 67) but have never had very visible brows, so I hesitate to start pencilling them in now. I have a fringe and feel that tends to frame my face. I use LFF foundation, putting it on with my fingers, but having seen your vid may invest in a brush. I have always found eye makeup difficult, particularly eyeliner and shadow, which seems to just go into the creases of my eyelid, even if I use primer, but perhaps I don’t give it enough time to dry. My eyes are hooded and seem to be getting smaller as I age! I have had my eyelashes tinted since I was about 25, and wear mascara as well. I’d love to use eyeliner but with my colouring have always found it too harsh. Interesting about the lipstick/balm.

    • 8th January 2019 at 8:50 am

      The Christian Dior lip sugar scrub ‘lipstick’ is amazing and I might just focus in on that for a quick 5-minute video. As you’ve already bought LFF items have you looked at the tutorials? They’re very helpful. Re: your eyebrows – yes, don’t do anything drastically different to them, just brush them and then very, very lightly pencil in a little tiny bit. And this can easily be taken off with a cotton bud if it doesn’t look right. Hooded eyes are a challenge but tinting the lashes and using mascara is great.

  • 8th January 2019 at 7:31 am

    Lovely video Penny. I’ve always used a separate concealer, which can be a bit hit and miss colour-wise, so I’m now off to try your tip.

    • 8th January 2019 at 8:40 am

      Yes, that tip is entirely mine as cosmetic companies do like to sell their concealer. If the foundation is the right one – it really can act as a concealer 🙂

  • 8th January 2019 at 7:29 pm

    I’ve been working on videos for the new year, too. Not makeup, but more of how to style certain items. I love your thoughts on our age and aging. We should be proud of it and we definitely need more makeup videos for our age groups!!! It was wonderful and I subscribed and can’t wait to see more!!

    • 9th January 2019 at 9:10 am

      Oh thanks so much Jodie – and excited about your project! Looking forward 🙂

  • 9th January 2019 at 1:41 am

    Thanks so wonmuch for the mention Penny. I’m so happy you are youtubing. I subscribed and am looking forward to more. Your voice is soooooooooooooooooo soothing and calming!!

    And its wonderfful to have a friend in the “NO FILTER” school. It bugs the shit outta me that women over 50 are trying to look fetch for the camera with the filters. It looks phoney. I sincerely thank you!!

    • 9th January 2019 at 9:13 am

      Yes, let there be no filters!!!!!!!!!! Honestly, some of the makeup videos on YT are so frantic and frenetic I thought can’t be doing with that and I speak quite slowly and deliberately anyway. I think you have to be yourself. As for my accent – I love yours!

  • 9th January 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Really enjoyed the video – you are a natural, and create an instant rapport with the viewer! Some great tips too with foundation.

    • 11th January 2019 at 4:21 pm

      Thank you so much Gail – still feels challenging but I’m up for it – thank you for the feedback xxx

  • 14th January 2019 at 4:31 pm

    I thought the eye makeup was a very flattering.
    And it has made me reload at my makeup for days when I am active outdoors (golf, walking etc)
    Thank you.

    • 15th January 2019 at 9:36 am

      Thank you so much Sarat for the feedback, and also I’m so glad the video is useful to you 🙂

  • 14th January 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Lovely to have a video dealing with the 70s-plus. I’m 74, always used make-up but as I get more wrinkly am trying to use a lighter hand with the cosmetics. You are a natural communicator and it’s great to see a face without make-up that looks much like mine! Thanks so much for being so brave, looking forward to more to come.

    • 15th January 2019 at 9:37 am

      Hi Gilly and absolutely we can wear makeup on our older faces – lighter or darker, it’s all possible 🙂

  • 14th January 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece! I am also in the process of getting out of my comfort zone when it comes to Youtube videos. We’re all learning and thriving!

    • 15th January 2019 at 9:44 am

      I’ve just found you on YouTube and subscribed! YouTube is such a learning curve but like you, I’m keen to take up that challenge – and yes, we do thrive on it! 🙂

  • 15th January 2019 at 6:01 am

    This is great! You have a wonderful natural way of presenting this and it looks as though you’ve been doing for a long time. Bravo Penny!
    Cheers Doreen

    • 15th January 2019 at 9:46 am

      Oh Doreen, thank you so much. You have no idea (well you probably do) but it’s been so scary! However, you face your fear and it gets so much better – I’m actually enjoying pushing that envelope, so to speak! Thank you again, Doreen!

  • 15th January 2019 at 5:27 pm

    I really loved your first make up video! You have such a lovely way of presenting, very natural, didn’t use too many products, or eye wateringly expensive ones. You have truly inspired me. As my hair is very pale blonde, and my eye brows very pale, I’ve always been nervous of darkening them, but since I watched your video, I’ve tentatively brushed some very light brown shadow on them, – and it looks nice! The mascara tip is great, and makes lashes fan out more. I never use curlers since I pinched my eyelid, very painful. I’m 72, liking being this age, love make up, and like you, never go out without it – though I have had to answer the ring on the front door sans make up. Nobody fainted!
    You have also inspired me in another way, to convert my desk in what is loosely called ‘my room’ into an uncluttered make up space – thank you Penny.

    • 22nd January 2019 at 9:12 am

      It’s great to get your feedback and good to hear you are experimenting with your eyebrows 🙂

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