Middle-Age Beauty Tips And Never Saying Never

Middle-Aged Beauty Tips And Never Saying NeverI’ve never been interested in make up, until now. But my skin has recently changed with the onset of middle age, which is a bummer because I used to have a clear white English-rose complexion.

Skin a girl could rely on.

I stumbled upon a blog post the other day where the writer named three products every middle-aged woman needs for her face: a good concealer, mascara and blusher.

I’ve been using concealer my whole life – well, since about the age of three – because my skin tone is pale. I’m one of those ghostly-looking people who always looks tired and would have had a great career in Michael Jackson horror videos, due to ugly black rings under my eyes.

Mascara would be my desert island must-have, because without it, I look dead.

But when it comes to blusher, I don’t think I‘ve put blusher on my cheeks since the eighties. We all use a lot less make up these days, since a more earthy, ‘natural’ look came into fashion. In my twenties I used to apply a thick line of dazzling blue metallic eyeliner on my lower lids – we all wanted to look like Diana in those days and were yet to be taught that lower lid liner makes your eyes look smaller. I also wore enough of the thickest, clumpiest mascara to make my lashes look like falsies, thick foundation and a veritable war paint of blush with matching bright pink lipstick.

Since marriage and children, my make up has become less heavy, mainly due to the constraints of time and not really giving a f..ck. Although I have had to use foundation for the past few years to even out an uneven skin tone.

I was always lucky with my complexion when I was younger. I never suffered from acne during my teenage years and never went near what I considered to be over-priced moisturizer in my life, until the past six months. In fact, I used to sneer at my friends who spent their salaries on the white-coat ranges like Clarins and Clinique, appalled that they could spend so much money on makeup when there were so many clothes to buy. I never GOT make-up brushes, at all.

Until six months ago, like I said, when I woke up one morning with the fugliest, flakey red rash all over my face and neck. I still don’t know what caused it to this day, but it is only beginning to calm down now. It might have been due to a change in medication, or stress, or my skin complaining about the cheapness of my beauty products, or even an excess of alcohol, but it’s more likely just fucking hormones at foul play again.

But whatever caused it, at a time when self-esteem linked to my appearance has been knocked sideways by other symptoms of the ageing process, I didn’t need to wake up to a faceful of acne that even my kids have grown out of.


So I panicked and like the hypocrite that I am, bolted straight to the Clinique bar in David Jones in search of an instant fix; I didn’t care what it cost me. I had read somewhere that Clinique make a foundation to conceal redness and so off I went, make-up free to demonstrate the extent of my problem, to demand a new face.

Surprisingly, the ‘Redness Solutions’ foundation didn’t cost half my monthly salary, as I suspected it would, although the old man did question why it had been put in the ‘medical’ column of the family spreadsheet. The lovely Clinique white-coat was very helpful and showed me how to work the foundation expertly into my hot, irritated skin, using a very expensive-looking brush – a trial I managed to sit through without scoffing impolitely. And yes, of course she tried to sell me a gazillion other products that she told me I needed but I stood fast in my resolve in spite of my face’s obvious need of a complete rather than a partial revamp.

And the foundation is a miracle-worker in terms of concealing the rash. (cue scary music)

Which leads me to the last new product(s) I want to recommend to you – because it could be the reason my rash is slowing disappearing. It’s the Therese Kerr Divine range of products, some of which were given to me by a friend for my birthday. It’s a chemical-free range and once again, I might have scoffed inwardly when aforementioned friend told me about them, she being one of those born-again, anti-toxin insurgents of the Pete Evans ilk and me being a complete philistine when it comes to natural foods and natural beauty products. But since I’ve used the moisturizer, my face has calmed down to more of a flushed (than permanently angry) look and can look almost normal in the right light. Added to which I smell gorgeously natural, rather like a perfectly-ripe lemon, and I suppose it’s comforting to know that one area of my body is not toxic.

I’m wondering if Therese makes a similar range for the liver.

I haven’t braved the natural deodorant yet, but I have learned to never say never.

9 thoughts on “Middle-Age Beauty Tips And Never Saying Never

  1. I love your blog Louisa. I relate to everything you write about. I can’t use Clinique. I must be sensitive to something in it. My regime involves Dove soap, Ego night and day moisturisers, a slap of Revlon One Step foundation, some Maybelline mascara and a Revlon colour stay lipstick which lasts all day. I have horrible broken veins on one cheek and I’ve just started (tonight) an experiment where I put Anusol on the area to see if it works to shrink the veins. It works on hemorrhoids so why not? When I was young I only wore Lancome and La Prairie. I’ve woken up a bit. I definitely think less is more as we… you know… grow softer.


  2. I have weirdly-toned pale skin and always struggle with foundation that doesn’t look like a cheap mask. Thanks to middle age, I now also have what look like splodges of peanut butter dotted all over my face. Great. On the weekend I went along to the MAC counter, my first time ever approaching such a fancy counter and thought the salesperson’s foundation was beautifully applied. I “pride” myself in applying foundation well, until I looked in the mirror at the counter and compared it to the correctly applied foundation on the salesperson. What. Was. I. Thinking. I don’t want to leave the house anymore. Urgh!


      1. My peanut butter splodges are real, not make up applied – age spots, liver spots, or some other equally vile name and all age induced unfortunately. I thought they were well covered by my make up. Clearly I need a better foundation…Damn those young things and their expertly applied make up!


  3. Louisa, my face is red splotches, acne and peeling. All the time. Although the week I spent with the kids in Melbourne improved it remarkably. Cold weather perhaps? Now I’m back on the Coast I’m a strawberry blancmange again. Can you tell what the name of the Clinique Foundation is please? I’ll trip into Myer and give it a whirl. By the by, I encountered a superb product when my son flew me business class on Virgin a couple of years ago. It was in the little travel packs. It is Grown Alchemist, made in Holland and so beautiful. It’s not cheap, so I buy it when it is on sale. You can only find it at DJ’s I think, but OzSale on the net has it reduced quite drastically right now. The hand cream (Vanilla and Orange Peel) is deliciously scented and so good I use it on my arms and legs as well. They also have a beautiful Rosehip and Camellia Serum for the face and a Camellia and Geranium Hydrating Cream. Unfortunately, because I am confined to bed a bit and am a lazy cow the other bit, I don’t use them as often as I should. Hence the red face and the need for the name of the Clinique Foundation for the very odd occasion that I go out to buy cat food.


      1. Thanks Louisa. I just left a comment on your page. I believe the Clinique people should be sending you a little bag of gifts for your good words about their product. I spent over $200 at the Clinique counter this afternoon and hopefully I won’t look like a boiled lobster the next time I go out to dinner. Many thanks.


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