Beauty: Make-up

August 23, 2018
make up, make up kit,

make up, make up kit,

This post is part of the Gorgeous 50’s series inspired by a book given to me by one of my sisters on my 50th birthday – ‘Grown up and Gorgeous in your 50’s’ by Pamela Robson.  I will be sharing some of Pamela’s words and my own thoughts along the way.  To see all posts published as part of this series, go here.

Pamela says:

As we age, our faces demand different make-up and application techniques.  Heavy products can make us look a decade older than we really are.  Repeat every morning as you face the mirror:  I will be pretty and fresh, not severe and old.  The goal is to look natural – just as you are, but better.

Pamela says that this is what makes The Perfect Make-up Kit:

  • A light-reflecting foundation
  • Concealer
  • Mascara
  • Eyeshadow (neutral, natural light, medium and dark shades)
  • Lip gloss
  • Lipstick
  • Blush and bronzer

Pamela’s Note on Blush and Bronzer

Don’t underestimate what a dash of colour can do for your looks!  Not just for the under 30s, well-placed blush will make you look pretty, youthful, and give you that just-exercised glow (to choose the hue, pick one that most closely matches your natural post-workout flush).  Powder blushes are easiest to work with, while cream blush adds a dewy touch.  Approach bronzer in a similar manner:  for a sun-kissed glow, swirl a little onto the apples of your cheeks, and where the sun would naturally tan your face (a dash across your brow bone, nose, chin and your collarbones).  Avoid orange-toned, frosted formulas and pick brown-based bronzers in a shade that’s only slightly darker than your complexion.

make up, blush, bronzer

My thoughts:

I’m pretty much in agreement with Pamela’s ‘Perfect Make-Up Kit’ and I agree with her ‘less is more’ sentiments.  I’m not entirely sure what she means by a ‘light-reflecting foundation’ but I think she means a light dewy look works better rather than a pasty matte look.  I think that when it comes to foundation, it’s very important to get the colour right.  It needs to be as close as possible to your skin tone and that can change from summer to winter!  I’m very happy with the foundation I use which happens to be Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation SPF 15 (Honey Beige).  Often for my daytime casual routine I choose to use my Garnier BB Creme Nude Effect instead and it is also all kinds of fabulous!

I’m no expert on applying make-up but for myself I keep things pretty simple.  This is my general routine:

Daytime Casual

  • When at home for the day I generally go make-up free to give my skin a break
  • When I do apply makeup for a casual daytime look, it’s pretty basic and includes the following:
    • Foundation
    • Basic cover stick concealer (for any blotches or red spots)
    • Mascara
    • Eyebrow Pencil (only if going out)
    • Lip gloss or Lipstick

Daytime Dressy

  • If I’m going somewhere a little bit special I’ll take my routine a step further:
    • Foundation
    • Basic cover stick concealer
    • Mascara
    • Eyebrow Pencil
    • Eyeliner – always use the pencil ones. I’ve never used liquid eyeliner.  Colours options I stick to are:  Grey/Silver, Brown, Green (matches my eyes)
    • Lipstick
    • Blush

Evening Casual and Evening Dressy

  • Same as Daytime Casual and Daytime Dressy, except I might go a little heavier on the eye make up for Evening Dressy!


  1. Notice that I don’t include eye shadow anywhere?  I dropped that from my routine a long time ago.  I don’t have a huge eyelid area and I don’t see that it adds anything to how I look.  I also believe less is more, so I don’t bother.  
  2. An eyebrow pencil was never part of my routine when I was younger.  It’s been added in recent years because I’ve found that as I’ve got older my eyebrows are more sparse and there are the odd grey ones popping up here and there.  An eyebrow pencil helps to make them look thicker and darker (and of course hides any rogue greys!).

What do you think of Pamela’s Perfect Make Up Kit?  Care to share your routine? 

Ciao for now


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  • Reply Lydia C. Lee August 23, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Interesting. You’ve dropped eyeshadow. I’ve kept eyeshadow but dropped mascara. Ha! And I use a dark eyeshadow as eyeliner….

    • Reply Min August 23, 2018 at 5:55 pm

      That IS interesting Lydia! I could never drop mascara (unless I got my eyelashes tinted – which coincidentally I tried once and it stung like crazy and made not much difference so it’s unlikely I’ll do that again) because it makes such a difference to my eyes – really opens them up and makes them come alive! 🙂

  • Reply Jo Tracey August 23, 2018 at 8:12 am

    I’m definitely less is more. If I’m out during the day I use Bobbi Brown BB cream, bronzer, and mascara. If I’m going somewhere a little nicer I’ll use a foundation instead – again a Bobbi Brown. If I’m in the office I’ll add eyeshadow and blush. I’ve always loved eyeshadows & playing with blending. If I’m out at night I’ll step it up with eyeliner (usually pencil, but I have been known to use liquid or “pot” style liners).

    • Reply Min August 23, 2018 at 5:57 pm

      Note to self: Check out Bobbi Brown products! Maybe you could give me some lessons in applying eyeshadow next time we meet up … or maybe I just don’t have the eyes for it?!

  • Reply jodie filogomo August 23, 2018 at 8:36 am

    I remember thinking that I didn’t need highlighter/bronzer. Until I started comparing my photos when I did wear it to when I didn’t. Now I’m convinced!!

    • Reply Min August 23, 2018 at 5:57 pm

      They sure can make a difference Jodie! 🙂

  • Reply Natalie August 23, 2018 at 10:32 am

    I’m also for less is more. I usually use mascara, lipstick, and add eye liner, eye shadow, blush for special occasions.

    • Reply Min August 23, 2018 at 5:59 pm

      Yay for ‘less is more’! I only add blush for special occasions too. I don’t wear it otherwise.

  • Reply Natalie @ Be Kind 2 You August 23, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Looks like a lovely kit. I think less is more as I have started to get older. I like a more natural & casual look. To me, it’s more feminine.

    • Reply Min August 23, 2018 at 6:00 pm

      I agree Natalie!

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl August 23, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    I alternate between bare faced (days off) and full faced (work). When I do wear makeup, the thing I change is my eye makeup. Sometimes it’s a bit Kimmy K and other times its flicked eyeliner.

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Min August 23, 2018 at 6:09 pm

      Full faced and bare faced used to be me too. Now its mostly bare faced, often medium faced, and sometimes full faced! LOL I think I might have to consult Mr Google for some Kimmy K and flicked eyeliner visuals! 🙂 xo

  • Reply Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond August 23, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Hi Min, I’ve been slack lately and hardly wear makeup (which is not a good look). Just recently, I made the effort to wear a ‘day look’ makeup and it was amazing how just a little mascara, eyebrow pencil and concealer made such a different to my appearance and my confidence. xx

    • Reply Min August 23, 2018 at 6:11 pm

      You exercise a lot Sue and have been at the coast so going make up free sounds pretty good to me! In saying that though, applying even just a little make up can really pep us up and make us feel a bit better I find too. xo

      • Reply Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond September 5, 2018 at 8:48 am

        I do love to wear makeup, Min but as I said I’ve been lazy lately. When I take the time just to put concealer and mascara I feel so much better. It can pep us up, you are right! Have a beautiful week and thanks for sharing at #MLSTL. xx

        • Reply Min September 6, 2018 at 11:26 am

          I feel better with a bit of foundation, mascara and lippy Sue – just those three things make me look more alive! Lol

  • Reply Vanessa August 23, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    I don’t own any makeup, so you could say my makeup routine is quite simple 🙂

    • Reply Min August 23, 2018 at 6:12 pm

      Good on you – you’d save a fortune! I cannot imagine not owning any make up – even though I don’t wear a lot of it.

  • Reply Kathy Marris August 23, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    I agree with the less is more for makeup as we age. There is nothing more ageing than thick foundation and black eyeliner. I always wear a sun protective sunscreen/foundation every day (as I walk most days) and a lip gloss. Otherwise I wear primer, foundation, blush, mascara and lipstick when I go out.

    • Reply Min August 23, 2018 at 6:13 pm

      My foundation has SPF 15 in it too Kathy. I agree that thick heavy make up is so aging!

  • Reply Deborah August 24, 2018 at 7:55 am

    I am back to just wearing BB cream and lipstick for work etc… I had to stop using everything for a couple of months as I had some dermatitis but it’s finally cleared and I stick to the basics. I don’t think I’ll be able to wear it in summer if I’m not in aircon but I am usually happy to just wear a bright lip, or some lipstick most of the time!

    • Reply Min August 24, 2018 at 3:10 pm

      I’m glad the dermatitis has cleared Deb! That BB cream is great stuff and lippy is great to add a pop of colour and lifts the look so much!

  • Reply Candi Randolph August 24, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Hi, I subscribe to the ‘less is more’ makeup philosophy and at 63, it works well for me. A good quality foundation is always a must for me, an eye cover up (nasty circles!), blush, eyebrows, mascara and a bit of lip color. Five minutes max…done!

    • Reply Min August 24, 2018 at 3:11 pm

      Totally agree about the good quality foundation and ‘less is more’. It only takes me around 5 minutes to get my face on too! Easy peasy! 🙂

  • Reply Leanne | August 24, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    I forgot to link up this week – I must be getting old! I’ve been reading a few posts lately on makeup for our age. I’ve never worn foundation – I touch my face too much and tend to feel a bit clogged when I have it on. I do use a cover stick on my dark circles and any splodges. I’m a big fan of the thin wind-up eyeliner crayons – they don’t drag like the eyeliner pencils do. I tend to choose shades of blue or purple because I’m blue eyed and black looks a bit heavy. My makeup routine is pretty sparse because (like you) I don’t wear any at home and go fairly light on for work or weekend outings.

    • Reply Min August 30, 2018 at 2:34 pm

      You didn’t forget in the end Leanne! I think you haven’t found the right foundation if your skin feels clogged where you wear it. When you have the right foundation it makes such an enormous difference to how you look and feel. I barely notice mine is on. Having said that – most of the time my make-up routine is very light and simple. I like it best that way! 🙂

      • Reply Leanne | September 5, 2018 at 5:11 pm

        I’ll keep my eyes open for the magic foundation – in the meantime I’ll keep doing the same stuff and hope for the best. I’ve never been much of a makeup wearer and it’s such a relief to not feel insecure if I leave the house without my “face on” as so many of the US bloggers seem to feel! #MLSTL 🙂

        • Reply Min September 6, 2018 at 11:41 am

          We all know what we feel comfortable with and you always look great Leanne in all the photos of you that I’ve seen! 🙂

  • Reply Jan Wild September 5, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    I would add a highlighter to her list for using the same way she suggests for bronzer. My daily routine is the Garnier Nude Effect too plus a pop of lipstick.
    When going out at night to an event or down to ‘the big smoke’ I top up my BB cream with loose powder, add blusher and highlighter, do my eyebrows with powder rather than a pencil and add eyeliner and mascara. I rarely ever use eyeshadow as it pretty much disappears behind my glasses anyway.

    • Reply Min September 6, 2018 at 11:28 am

      How good is that Garnier Nude Effect?! I love that stuff! I’m much the same as you – some Foundation/BB cream, some mascara and a pop of lippy and I’m good to go. A bit more if going out of an evening or somewhere a bit fancy. Like you, I don’t bother with eyeshadow.

  • Reply Debbie September 5, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Thansk for these tips Min, I pretty much follow your routine but most days I go makeup free. I do like a good quality cleanser and moisturiser as I get older. Sharing for #mlstl

    • Reply Min September 6, 2018 at 11:42 am

      I’m mostly make up free too Debbie, as I spend a lot of time at home these days! xo

  • Reply Claire Saul September 11, 2018 at 8:12 am

    My mum always used to talk about having to be more careful with make up as you get older due to changing skin – now I get it!! Shimmer can really show up wrinkles!! Great tips here – thanks for sharing on #mlstl. I have shared on my regular feature Monday Magic Inspiring Blogs for You on PainPalsBlog, Claire x

    • Reply Min September 11, 2018 at 2:41 pm

      Shimmer – gee it’s been a long, long time since any shimmer has been on my skin! lol Thank you for sharing! 🙂 xo

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