This is a post for those of you who are concerned about that loss of pigment and the consequential pallor that you get as you age. Btw, no pics of me this week as I’ve just had a tooth extracted leaving one side of my face with a cheek that’s still a little bit like a hamster! (The pics below were taken before the trip to the dentist.) Ah, the things that creep up on you as you age, like the teeth. And other stuff, like a stiff neck, which I have at the moment. At this point I’m sighing.
But as you can see from the last post but one (on grey and white hair) I don’t sigh about the colour of my hair. I love the colour it is and think that, really, I could have gone grey earlier. But if you’ve been colouring your hair for, in my case, decades, you just don’t know what your hair is going to look like at the end of the process. You also have no idea what your face is going to look like framed by this much paler hair. Will I look tired? Will I look drained? Will I just vanish and be invisible? Those were the questions that floated around my head and stopped me going grey.
Now I realise all my worries were unnecessary. However, it does change things. You are a silver goddess now (Yes You Are) and that has an impact on the colours you wear on your body and your face.
I’m not an expert on colours, but I used to wear a lot of green, which went very well with my warm toned skin (that’s something I do know I have) and my blonde (dyed) hair. Now, some greens, which I used to wear, especially the very vibrant greens, are just too much. And reds. Slowly, I’m learning what suits me now. And I’m pleased to say I still wear variations of the colour yellow. Watch out for a future post on a yellow thrifted coat, which is just amazing for its colour and cut.
Same goes for the slow learning curve I’m going through as to what to put on my face. And I have made some mistakes here.
What happened is, partly because it was the summer, and partly because I wanted colour on my face and a contrast to my white hair, I’d been putting on a foundation that was far too dark and (deep intake of breath) far too yellow and/or orangey! I don’t have any photos that focus in on this error of judgement, but what I do have is a pic of my face with no makeup (being brave here) and then a couple of pics with my new foundation, and I’ll talk you through what I’m doing.
Here I am sans makeup. No filters here, no nothing, and you can see why I put serum on my hair – it’s a bit flyaway without it!
Without makeup I’m blotchy and pale, very pale. And there’s my neck – but people, that’s how it is! Note the untouched eyebrows – again, far too pale. Eyebrows are the key to framing your face and need that extra colour, which you’ll see below. Btw, I’m wearing the linen Urban Outfitters dungarees, which are great for chilling at home. Actually, talking about chilling, where I live it’s far too warm for the time of year, so after this pic and feeling a bit overheated I changed out of the long sleeved t-shirt and into a black short-sleeved tee.
And here I am with the foundation on.
The foundation is Clarins Skin Illusion, colour Ivory number 103.
The reason I have it in my stock of foundations, is that feeling a bit low because of the impending dental procedure I popped into my local beauty salon and had a chat about looking and/or feeling a bit under par. Before I knew it I was sitting in a chair and given a ‘makeover’ during which I was gently told that this subtle and quite pale foundation was the colour I should be using, over, of course, your daily face serum and moisturiser, but not a primer as this Clarins foundation has prime in its constituent parts.
Then, people, apparently my blush should go, not directly in the centre of my cheeks but down the side of and under the cheeks, because I have a thin face and the cheeks should brought out – who knew! Actually, I really feel I have to develop a YouTube thing and do a demonstration on what I do with this makeup – maybe I will, watch this space!
Here is the result (with eye-makeup) which isn’t a patch on the makeover I had, which got a ‘what!’ and ‘wow!’ from me because the beautician had just wrought a whole new look for me. But here is my attempt.
Eyebrows are still a bit all over the place but at least you can see them now.
The thing is just as you need your hairdresser to be your friend, so you also need to find a friendly beautician. I don’t know about you, but the people serving you on those makeup counters in big stores they’re just too young – they really only want to sell you a product and are not all that helpful. OK I know I bought the Clarins but there in quiet surroundings I felt this is a person I can trust. Anyone local to Lewes in East Sussex, the beauty salon is Balm – go check them out.
Also, I’d say to anyone worried about the pallor of their skin as they age I’d say embrace it and then make it beautiful. I didn’t accept the whiter tone and tried to make it (puts hand up to mouth and whispers) more ‘tanned’. But after my makeover I do accept my skin as it is – as we should – but you know, we’re only human and we live and learn!!! And for those of you searching for the right kind of makeup there are so many foundations out there that are light and more importantly, light reflective – that’s the key – you don’t have to be heavily made up or attempt to change that pallor. So go find someone you trust and then experiment because the foundation for you is there just waiting for you.
That’s all for now
With love, Penny the Frugalfashionshopper
P.S. And sharing with the usual lovely people plus a new one, Gail of Is This Mutton? and her fashion and beauty linkup