Beauty: You're never too old to go bold 

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My last trick of confidence? Luminous eyeshadow. It’s easier to wear than you think – at any age

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Going out with friends for the weekend – and not for a particularly dressy affair – I had one of those ‘wow’ moments when a friend of mine walked into the dining room one night wearing bright red eyeshadow . By the way, she’s a woman who, just like me, tends towards more natural makeup most of the time. But it looked truly fabulous – worthy of a capital “WOW” with its bold painted lids. We all told him.

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In response, she said it was her two fingers for menopause and sometimes feeling invisible or neglected. She had decided that she was going to have fun with her makeup and embrace daring.

As far as I’m concerned, she’s absolutely right – and not the only one. Who says age has anything to do with makeup or choosing what to wear? You’d be surprised how many beauty launches I go to where the brand will tell me they’re targeting their products at Millennials (25-41) or even Gen Z (10-25). But why on earth limit your customers in this way? Who’s to say that if you’re over 40, you can’t and won’t like it either?

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So I followed my friend’s lead and am now speeding things up – for day and night when it comes to my eyes. For a complete look like this picture, opt for Elf Cosmetics Liquid Metallic Eyeshadow in similar green Dawnor bold purple Supernova (£6,

For a more subtle green, try Clarins Shadow 4 color eyeshadow palette in jade gradation (£36, Or, if you’re looking for fun colors, check out Zara eyeshadow palette in Confrontation (£17.99,, which has six shades and is refillable. And for a transparent and shiny watercolor, opt for Byredo color stick in Mesolithic (£28,, a lovely sparkling lilac.


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For a vibrant lip look or just to add a touch of glamor on its own, I can’t be lyrical enough about the new Hourglass Phantom Volumizing Gloss Balm (£34, Personally, I consider it a lightweight lip gloss in stick form that creates just the right amount of shine, adds a pop of color, and isn’t remotely sticky. But as the name suggests, it really is a balm (hence the twist-up “bullet” format, as it’s called in the trade). It deploys the brand’s “conditioning complex” – think hydrating and nourishing – to keep lips (even those prone to dehydration like mine) feeling happy and cared for throughout the day while looking stylishly dressed. .

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