Can you teach a not-so-old dog new make-up tricks?


The Mumster has plenty of experience when it comes to make-up, but what can she learn from her young daughter?

It’s with a certain amount of trepidation that I allow someone else to do my make-up. Too many times in the past, sales assistants have caked me in so many products I barely recognise myself. And then there was that memorable make-up party where I was volunteered to be the guinea pig only to be turned into an orange-faced, silver-eyeshadowed clown. So when 50 Sense asked my daughter and I to do each other’s make-up to see if we would learn anything, I was rather apprehensive, to say the least.

However, while I might be approaching 50 (rather too rapidly) but I don’t feel it. I know I’m not 25 anymore – and frankly, I wouldn’t want to be as I feel much more comfortable in my own skin now than I did in my 20s – but I like to keep up-to-date with my make-up so I thought it might be interesting.

My daughter has an extensive collection of eyeshadows (I wonder who she takes after?) and she chose a combination of Revolution Ultra 32 Eyeshadow Palette Flawless 4 and Urban Decay Naked2 to do a look she called “Terracotta Warrior”.

After applying Urban Decay Eye Primer, she layered matte browns on my mobile lid and into the crease and around the lower lash line, followed by a bronze on to my lids, which she wet for extra intensity.

Judith made-up

The effect was really vibrant and long lasting. However, Urban Decay’s primer is the business for fixing your eyeshadow, but I’m not keen; it makes my lids feel really dry and tight. The eyeshadow was still easy to remove though using Klorane Eye Make-up Remover. It’s so gentle, but highly effective at removing even waterproof mascara.

Luckily, my daughter wasn’t opposed to me doing her make-up – and she was going out in public afterwards.

I didn’t need to use a foundation on her lovely skin, just Becca Backlit Priming Filter all over and a bit of concealer where necessary.

She’s a fan of contouring, so I used my Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Palette under her cheekbones for some definition and then Nars Orgasm on the apple of her cheeks.

She really liked the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette I used on her cheekbones, bridge of her nose and cupid’s bow as it has a lovely pigmented shimmer.

For eyes, I used my new favourite Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Eye Shadow Palette (review to follow in a future blog). It is rammed full of intense shades – matte, satin and foil – and I chose a combination of brown in the crease, burgundy and purple on the mobile lid, with the purple continued along the lower lash line, and then a deep green along the upper lash line for extra intensity.

I selected these colours to accentuate her beautiful eyes – purple really makes green eyes pop.

I used Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil in Saddle to frame and then on her lips, the Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lipliner in English Rose, which I’ve raved about here. She did her own mascara.

Ella made-up

She was very happy with the eyeshadow shades I chose and liked the depth of colour, but wasn’t sure about the lipstick as she found it rather too bright – she usually prefers a more neutral terracotta shade.

Would I do it again? Yes, I loved it. It was really interesting to see how someone I know would make me look and it was extremely relaxing. I was also very impressed with the Revolution palette, a bargain at £8 from Superdrug.  I will definitely be a Terracotta Warrior again.

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