Easy makeovers for all ages: In her 40s

Easy makeovers for all ages: In her 40s
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The fashion grand dame Coco Chanel once said: "You can be gorgeous at 30, charming at 40 and irresistible for the rest of your life."

In this first issue of Style, the team tapped seven experts to show you how to look your best, whether you are in your nubile 20s or golden 60s.

The experts are stylists Keith Png, Daniel Boey and Audrey Ong; make-up artists Clarence Lee and Dollei Seah; and hairstylists Eugene Ong and Ken Hong.

They performed their magic on five women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s, who were keen to look better. So like Chanel said, you can look irresistible at any age.

In her 40s

Aparna Guli, 46, housewife
Body shape: Y-shaped with shoulders and bust that are slightly larger than the waist

"I want to be more adventurous in my dressing and to look slimmer.

I usually wear minimal make-up - just sunscreen and some kohl on my eyes. I can never get my lipstick colour right, even when I blend shades together. The result just does not look flattering.

I want to highlight my eyes with make-up, but don't know how to.

As I get older, my complexion becomes dull. I want to learn how to brighten it. I have natural curls that are stubborn and unmanageable. I've been rebonding my hair to keep it in place. I'd like to try a new hairstyle."

Outfit: Dress and blazer, both from Warehouse

The outfit

Stylist Keith Png: "To balance her broad shoulders, Aparna should be more adventurous with her bottoms. A printed skirt or pants will do the trick. She has beautiful legs, so she should show them off too.

I picked a bandeau dress for her. To streamline her silhouette and disguise her broader shoulders, I added a long but lightweight jacket. The length of the jacket also makes her look taller.

I rolled up the sleeves of the blazer to show a bit of her skin and make the look sexier. A belt highlights her figure."

The make-up

Make-up artist Clarence Lee: "Women with darker skin tones must pick the right foundation shade or they could end up with a grey-looking face. Before you buy, try the foundation on bare skin and check yourself in a mirror under natural and bright lighting. The right shade should blend in seamlessly with your natural skin tone. A dusky peach blush can help give skin a glow.

On Aparna's eyes, I applied a pale gold shadow on the inner corners and all over the lids. I used a dark green liner, as it is less harsh than black. A light chocolate brown pencil also helps to define her brows while softening her look.

Deep plums and midnight blues complement her skin tone - pastels would not work. I used a bright pink lipstick to light up her face."

The haircut

Hairstylist Eugene Ong: "As she wants to keep her hair long, I trimmed it to give it some shape. Rebonding treatments make hair flat and lifeless. For a change, I gave her a blow dry with curls, so her rebonded locks look sleek and voluminous. She can also get a digital perm instead of a rebonding treatment for a more natural look."

Aparna on her new look

"I like the dress as it hides my tummy. I've never dared to wear bright lipstick, but this fuchsia pink works. Rebonded hair is easy to maintain, but looks boring. I'm glad they gave my hair some bounce."

Style tips: 40s and above

Stylist Keith Png: "Women should understand their body shape and realise that it will change over the years.

For example, as women enter their 40s and 50s, their breasts will start to sag, so it's important that they wear the right kind of support bra. Even if they buy a beautiful dress, if they don't wear the right bra, it won't look good.

Once you know your body shape and what needs to be done to correct the problem areas, you can become more experimental with your fashion choices.

As you grow older, accessories become very important. They serve as a good distraction from areas which are compromised by age. It's also important to know how to style these accessories - a longer necklace draws attention to the waist, while a shorter necklace draws attention to the chest."

Make-up artist Clarence Lee: "As women get older, they should wear less make-up. This is because as one ages, fine lines become more apparent. When you pile on the make-up, the lines become even more prominent and you look older.

The eyes become more droopy when you hit your 40s. When you wear too much eye make-up, it will smudge and make you look tired.

Young women like to experiment and try new colours. But when you reach your 40s, it is time to be sure of how you want to look and stick to a signature style. But of course, that said, you can switch up your make-up routine by trying say, a different lipstick shade."

Hairstylist Eugene Ong: "Don't forget to take care of your scalp. Like the face, the skin on the scalp will also age.

Use the right shampoo and make sure the follicles are healthy. If possible, pick a shampoo for your hair type and another one for your scalp (either dry, oily or sensitive).

Some silicones that are found in haircare and hairstyling products can be hard to remove and weigh down the hair. So use a deep cleansing shampoo at least once a week.

Don't forget to apply a hair tonic to nourish the hair follicles and scalp. After washing your hair, dry the scalp with a hairdryer, and massage the tonic into the crown area. Never apply tonic on a wet scalp, as the water acts as a barrier and hinders absorption.

In my opinion, any style suits mature women. As long as you take care of your locks and they look full, you can look sexy. But if you have thinning hair, it is best to add volume by cutting your hair short."

stlife@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on July 02, 2015.
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