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

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49 thoughts on “Pale but interesting – that’s you!

    • 20th October 2018 at 8:39 am

      Thank you so much Polly x

  • 19th October 2018 at 9:38 am

    Outstanding Penny.

    • 20th October 2018 at 8:40 am

      Thank you Anne 🙂

  • 19th October 2018 at 9:55 am

    Looking good Penny especially with eyebrows! Definitely needed as we age. I have Ivory foundation but only wear it when I am going out in the evenings. Have a look on YouTube for lots of tips on putting on make up and getting different looks for day time and evening.

    • 20th October 2018 at 8:43 am

      I will look at YouTube – because actually I haven’t. Time is a factor. I do, however, look occasionally at Look Fabulous Forever’s website for Tricia’s tips – and I haven’t for a bit so will go there to have a look at what she has to say. I love her videos as all her models are older women.

      • 28th October 2018 at 12:19 pm

        I forgot to mention a tip given to me re eyebrows. Use a brush and eyeshadow. I use a grey one but obviously you use what suits you. It’s softer looking than a pencil and I like the effect. Something for you to experiment with maybe?

  • 19th October 2018 at 11:51 am

    What! and Wow! indeed. You look great Penny.

    • 20th October 2018 at 8:44 am

      Val, thank you so much 🙂

  • 19th October 2018 at 12:22 pm

    So pretty!!!

    • 20th October 2018 at 8:45 am

      Ah thank you so much – was very much helped to get there by that salon.

  • 19th October 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Really lovely, Penny. I sympathise with your dental procedure but your new make up really does the trick.

    • 20th October 2018 at 8:47 am

      It’s the 4th day after the extraction – healing going well but will be glad when it’s completely OK and I can eat nuts and hard crunchy things like that!

  • 19th October 2018 at 2:16 pm

    A very timely post as I am off to Wimbledon, next week, to have a makeover at the ‘Look Fabulous Forever’ pop-up shop. I feel that I am stuck in a bit of a makeup time warp! I have never worn foundation either. It frightens me! Can’t wait to see what they do. I have had one or two makeovers in big stores but I’ve never been happy with them. Hope you’re recovered from your dental work.

    • 20th October 2018 at 8:51 am

      Never be afraid of foundation although I do admit I’ve been wearing foundation since my teens so that’s a very very long time! I think that over the years it has protected my face from sun damage – the rest of my body including legs and arms are so sun damaged with old age stuff but not my face. So that’s a very positive factor. I know that Look Fabulous Forever will do you a great makeover. Tooth/gum healing but still eating soft stuff which is so boring!!!!

  • 19th October 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Wonderful advice Penny. It is hard to embrace the pallor we get in the dead of winter. You look lovely, and I think the darker brows bring out the eyes. I also agree with you that the makeup people in the large department stores can be too intimidating, aggressive, or alternatively, uninterested!

    • 20th October 2018 at 8:52 am

      Yes, those department stores and the beauty counter assistants – they really should have more mature women on them. And the thing is to accept the pallor and make it interesting. A light reflective foundation is the way forward – plus the darker eyebrows of course 🙂

      Thanks so much for your comment 🙂

  • 19th October 2018 at 3:08 pm

    You look amazing Penny with the new foundation! I tend to make the same mistake as you did, thinking i need to make my skin tanned.I only use a Lancome light reflective foundation,nothing too heavy,but i think it`s the colour that`s wrong.May have a word with a beautician !
    Sorry about the dental work,but i`m sure you will feel better now the offending tooth has gone !

    Keep up the blogs please ….Karen

    • 20th October 2018 at 9:57 am

      Thank you Karen – Lancome is really good and I might try it one day, but the Clarins (103) is exactly right for me.

      Gum healing but so bored with soft food!!!

  • 19th October 2018 at 3:39 pm

    I know that you even look more beautiful irl! I always have trouble finding a good foundation. I’m now using a creme that adapts to my skin, a tone darker. And smooth it. Happy weekend Penny!

    • 20th October 2018 at 9:58 am

      Thank you Nancy – it is quite difficult I think to find the right foundation – have often made mistakes. You have a great weekend too xxx

  • 19th October 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Superb advice Penny and you look so polished and fresh. Beautiful. The Clarins foundation looks worth checking out. I have been using one by Darphin specifically designed for pigmentation but I suspect they are discontinuing it. I managed to track down a couple of tubes but long-term I will need to find another one.

    Thanks for joining the #WowOnWednesday link up!

    • 20th October 2018 at 10:01 am

      Clarins is a good producer of makeup, yes, do have a look. And although the beauty salon sells only two products – Clarins and Guinot – I was very happy with the advice I was given.

      It’s a pleasure to join in with your link 🙂

  • 19th October 2018 at 6:22 pm

    I cannot praise the makeup brand “Look Fabulous Forever” too highly, do watch their oh-so-helpful videos on how to use makeup – untouched pictures of women our age throughout. I love it!

    • 20th October 2018 at 10:03 am

      I have looked at the videos and they are good – I always use a brush to put on foundation and that’s after watching Tricia use brushes. But haven’t been on the website for a bit so after I’ve finished answering comments I’ll go there and look up contouring the face! The LFF videos are superb.

  • 19th October 2018 at 7:04 pm

    You look lovely and I do hope you tooth and mouth feel better. Have a happy weekend. Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • 20th October 2018 at 10:06 am

      Thank you Jacqui x

  • 19th October 2018 at 11:58 pm

    Finding a makeup consultant who GETS US is certainly worth his/her weight in gold. I am so glad that you found the perfect foundation for your skin tone. You glow girl! Judy

    • 20th October 2018 at 10:10 am

      Thank you Judy – yes finding the right makeup consultant is so important. The beautician who did the makeover is new to this beauty salon and she’s really good and knows her stuff, so I’m really pleased to have asked her advice and got such a good response. The young girls on the big store makeup counters are just a bit too nonchalant and actually a bit standoffish for me. Well the last ones I spoke to were.

  • 20th October 2018 at 8:27 am

    Lovely, Penny. I think you applied your new look beautifully and you’re looking super-gorgeous and ready for the darker months in your new make-up. Oh and tooth extraction, I feel your pain , it’s another cycle in our lives when it all starts to wear out, eh?!
    Loved the post.
    Unfortunately I had a scare this week when I switched from summer foundation to winter, Dior Vitalumiere 40 to 30 in 24 hrs. I didn’t look pale and interesting, I looked pallid and dull! So I quickly worked out a transitional solution and phew, I can face my public again!!!
    Hugs, hope your mouth feels better now,

    • 20th October 2018 at 10:14 am

      Actually I’ve bought pale foundations that have been hopeless and kind of chalky. I definitely have bought ones that make you look ill! But this Clarins was perfect – I mean it is pale but it blends in and really is a good product – then of course you add the blush and so on.

      Just popping off to the dentist for a follow-up. Healing well, I think! I appreciate the hugs – because yes, the things that begin to arise……

      Have a great weekend x

  • 20th October 2018 at 8:57 am

    Hi Penny,
    This is really interesting for me as in the last couple of days I’ve been thinking how pale I look and have tried a shade darker foundation which hasn’t helped at all. Sometimes I feel invisible!
    I wear makeup every day; in the summer I use a mineral foundation but I need more coverage in the winter and the things I have don’t seems to suit me now.
    I’m very interested to hear about the Clarins Skin Illusion and will see if I can find a not too scary beauty consultant to try it out. When I started using foundation, probably in my early forties, the woman in Boots that I asked for help said “this is the one that most older ladies are using”. Needless to say I didn’t buy it!
    I need to investigate serum, I don’t use one, maybe I should because your skin looks great.
    Have a good weekend and I hope you’re feeling much better now and the tooth is settling down.
    Best wishes

    • 20th October 2018 at 10:17 am

      So nice to meet someone who puts on the makeup every day come what may!

      Yup, I’ve bought the darker foundation to brighten up my face, but if you get a good pale product that is also reflective then I think it’s OK to be pale.

      The Clarins foundation was a revelation to me. Good luck and hope it suits you too!

  • 20th October 2018 at 1:37 pm

    You look lovely Penny. I do agree with you about the beauty counters. The staff are just too young. I’ve been using Chanel Le Beige for about two years and really like it but I recently picked up Clinique Even better Glow and like that too.

    • 22nd October 2018 at 8:50 am

      Good to hear about those products – have taken note of them. In the meantime the Clarins is good so will stick with it for the moment 🙂

  • 20th October 2018 at 6:01 pm

    Your new make-up is s-o-o-o flattering Penny. And youthful.

    • 22nd October 2018 at 8:48 am

      Thank you so much – lovely comment which is much appreciated 🙂 I think the thing is putting on makeup is a very positive thing to do and as far as I am concerned essential for the way I like to present myself to the world. I actually don’t mind being the age I am, the point is to look as good as one can, and a good foundation can work wonders 🙂

  • 21st October 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Foundations are a minefield with the opportunity to make very expensive mistakes. I’m now using Vichy Dermablend to cover my veins and rosacea but the colours aren’t perfect for me so I’m mixing two for the winter. LFF videos and products are good. I especially like the primer and the foundation brush which I always use. It’s always interesting to see how a professional would make you up. I recently has a short consultation with Benefit who though all I needed was a good concealer but I didn’t like her eyebrow effect. It’s so difficult as my eyebrows are white and sparse. Currently using a micro fine eye pencil (NYX from Boots) with clear ‘eyebrow mascara’ over the top to keep it in place(Rimmel). I find it as near impossible to buy expensive beauty products as expensive clothes.

    • 22nd October 2018 at 8:39 am

      Hi Lynda – you must be back from your cruise. I trust you had a good time. Oh yes, the foundations I’ve bought that have been useless. One (fortunately not too expensive) came about with a ‘colour consultation’ which was worse than useless (and one of the reasons I have been reluctant up to now to put on a pale foundation) as it made my face look as though I’d applied a piece of chalk to my skin.

      I like the clear eyebrow mascaras too.

  • 21st October 2018 at 10:43 pm

    Hi Penny,

    Shelly here, your trusted make-up consultant! Truth is, you really don’t need much help at all! Beautiful face, great skin, and a twinkle in the eye! What more could a makeup artist want? Thank you for your kind comments, I’m so pleased that popping in to Balm that day was such a positive experience.
    Happy to help with skin and make up tips anytime. Maybe we could do a YouTube video together! Xx

    • 22nd October 2018 at 8:43 am

      It was a very positive experience Shelly and I shall come back to Balm very soon and talk to you about doing a YouTube video 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • 22nd October 2018 at 7:15 am

    You look lovely Penny, and what a difference getting the right tone of foundation makes; no easy task when there are so many to choose from.
    I’ve tried some LFF products too but have not been happy with all them, they didn’t work for me, but the primer is good.
    Look forward to seeing your video!!!

    • 22nd October 2018 at 8:41 am

      The LFF primer is excellent. Well, re: the YouTube video, see above comment, I might be making one quite soon! Thanks so much Pauline 🙂

  • 22nd October 2018 at 9:41 am

    First, hope the dental work is healing and that you are back to your preferred foods!
    You look terrific and you have a lovely smooth complexion, Penny. I’ve done a few too many suntan-beach days and now have the age spots to show for it. My dermatologist has helped me fade (not remove) the ones on my face. I’ve kept to a budget but am pleased w/the results.
    Here is a link to an inspirational video done by Lisa Eldridge back in 2013 which inspired me to try a tinted moisturizer. I’m currently using Laura Mercier’s and appreciate her wide range of shades.
    As always, thanks for sharing. You always cover great topics!

    • 23rd October 2018 at 7:48 am

      I’ve watched the video which is so interesting – thanks for the link. Still being careful about what I eat – it was a shame about the tooth but it couldn’t be saved – ah well it’ll soon be forgotten!! Thanks so much for your good wishes x

  • 22nd October 2018 at 8:24 pm

    Hope you are better now dental wise – what a pain!

    I liked the look of your new foundation on you. I might be tempted to have a makeover now; I’ve always resisted it thinking I’d end up like a clown. I don’t wear foundation but I’ve started to wear loose powder to combat the shine! It’s good we’re experimenting still…

    Have a great week

    • 23rd October 2018 at 8:03 am

      It’s the 6th day and healing but still have to be careful about what I eat which is rather boring – longing to eat crunchy stuff!

      Foundation is part of my life as I’ve been putting it on for over 50 years!!!! However, it has changed and honestly absolutely don’t feel wary of it, as actually today’s foundations are so light. Having chosen the right colour for my paler tone you wouldn’t really know I’ve put anything much on at all, but what it does do is smooth over the blemishes and thread veins. You need to either find a mature beautician – not those youngsters on the makeup counters! Also I do recommend going to Look Fabulous Forever’s website for her tutorials. Tricia is now 70 and has her own issues of acne rosacea and all the models are real people. The link I’m giving you is for choosing foundation but there are many more

      And yes, I agree we should adapt and try new things all the time xxx

  • 22nd October 2018 at 9:30 pm

    It’s so true that we change over time…and so should our colors and makeup. You’ve done such a great job with the foundation…I’ve gotten out of the habit of wearing makeup daily, but I feel so much more put together when I do!!
    I’m taking my stepmom to a makeup artist for some lessons next week. It’ll be interesting what we learn. And of course, I’ll share it on my blog!!

    • 23rd October 2018 at 8:07 am

      I think makeup artists are wonderful and I trust you have a session too! I couldn’t not wear makeup and think that over the years that has protected my face from sun damage, which is funny really as we don’t get all that much sun in the UK, apart that is from this summer which has finally come to an end. Thanks so much for your comment 🙂

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