When it comes to makeup, there are different schools of thought on what’s appropriate for older women. Celebrity makeup artist, Ariane Poole, has joined us today to give us the essentials when trying to achieve a beautiful look. Enjoy the show and embrace your inner goddess!

 

I hope that these 5 makeup tips for older women help you to bring out your inner goddess!

Margaret Manning:

Hello, everyone! This is Margaret Manning with Sixty and Me. This is the place where women over 60 come to be inspired.

One of our goals is to reinvent ourselves in a way that helps us look beautiful. We strive to express our inner beauty and wisdom on the outside as well. Thinking in this direction, the guest we have invited today is Ariane Poole.

Ariane is a celebrity makeup artist. She has been working with leading fashion photographers in the UK for years. Today she is here to help us understand a few of the secrets about the aging beauty of women. Ariane, nice to meet you.

Ariane Poole:

Nice to meet you, too. I’m honored actually. I love your site. It’s great!

Margaret:

Thank you so much! We’ve got lots of questions for you. I’d like to start with something more philosophical, a little more abstract. What is your definitions of beauty, especially as it relates to older women?

Ariane:

My professional opinion is that where beauty is concerned, age isn’t important. I think that beauty comes from the inside. Unfortunately, as we get older, what we see on the outside doesn’t reflect how we feel on the inside.

What I try to do is marry those two things up. I think that’s really important. We’ve got this wonderful de vive inside, and it’s a shame that we don’t always show it on the outside. My aim is to bring out that inner confidence and beauty, that fabulousness of a woman.

Margaret:

Great! That’s exactly what I hope we could chat about today. I know everyone experiences insecurity about their looks. Confidence makes us beam and glow though, and it’s easily achievable through makeup techniques, appropriate skincare and those types of things.

Ariane:

Absolutely. I’ve been doing makeup for many years. This is why I believe that if you’re shown the right techniques and products, you are going to get fantastic results. It doesn’t matter what age you are or how long you’ve been doing makeup. You will look fabulous.

Margaret:

Wonderful! Ariane, you have had the most amazing life and career. You’ve even done makeup for Hollywood celebrities. I’d love to hear a little about your background. How did you get into makeup art? How did you develop your career?

Ariane:

I have loved makeup ever since I was three years old. I did a degree in cosmetology in Canada. I got headhunted in the UK at the end of the 70’s and came over to be their makeup artist. When I arrived here in the UK, I was one of ten makeup artists in the entire country.

The job “makeup artist” as we define it these days didn’t exist. I was one of the pioneers. I feel like I’m sort of the granny of makeup artists now, and that’s really nice. I had the honor of working with fantastic celebrities like Catherine Zeta Jones, Penelope Cruz, Jane Seymour and many others.

I also did makeup demonstrations for royalty like Princess Diana, Duchess of York as well as the Queen of Jordan. Still, I most enjoy doing makeup on real women when we’re shooting makeover TV programs. I think this is because celebrities, Royals and people of image have access to lots of information.

The real life ladies I find don’t have all the information. Of course, there are magazines to look at, and they could always visit the makeup counter. However, this approach isn’t always personal. My complete joy stems from my love for doing make up on real women and showing them fantastic techniques they could apply themselves.

Margaret:

You just lead us into the next question. It’s about ordinary women. In our community of over 30,000 women over 60, the comments often are, “A little bit of lipstick will do me.” We don’t seem to feel special. We ignore the thought that it is okay to play with makeup, to look beautiful and to experiment.

What do you think are the differences between working on a celebrity and working on a normal person? How does this bring you joy?

Ariane:

Believe it or not, all celebrities have the same insecurities and issues as normal people, i.e., dark circles, wrinkles, blemishes. We all look the same without our makeup on. I really love doing ladies’ makeup because the techniques evolve, and new ways are invented to recreate beauty.

Most of us have learned to do our makeup in our teens or twenties. When we’re that age though, our prime objective is to look older, more grownup and mature. However, as we get into our 40’s, 50’s, 60’s we don’t need help looking five or ten years older.

Unfortunately, many women don’t know about the new techniques. They use the same ones they learned back in the day. The result is tragic no matter if they used old makeup or new products. I’ve spent awhile wondering why they look tired. Why wasn’t the usual glow there?

What was worse, when the ladies visited the makeup counter and bought new products, the result was still the same. They would start blaming themselves, saying, “It’s me. I’m too old. I should just be wearing a touch of lip balm or something like that, or maybe even not that. Maybe I should just go without.”

When I do my seminars, I observe the same patterns. The conclusion I came to is that older women use the same old fashioned makeup techniques that were popular when they were teenagers. Since the results are less than complimentary, the ladies think it’s best to go without makeup.

My goal is to show them the new techniques. I don’t make them chuck out all the contents of their old makeup bag. Instead, I take it and say, “Let’s see which of these still works.” I do a quick evaluation of the items and finally give a conclusion. For example, “This isn’t doing you any favors; it’s making you look tired. Let’s get rid of it and replace it with something else.” It’s a process that works beautifully.

Margaret:

I’m so excited to talk to you! I have many questions, and I hope we can cover them later. We will definitely go into makeup technique detail, like appropriate use of creamer and powder.

Earlier we touched on the topic that there are five elements that can bring out the inner beauty. You mentioned that good attitude toward the idea of beauty is one of them. Then the list continues with taking care of yourself and being healthy. The fourth element is the use of supplements that can potentially help with beautiful skin and enhance our inner beauty. Finally, there is makeup, of course. Let’s talk about attitude first, I think that’s where we start, right?

Ariane:

Attitude is the beginning point. If you’re thinking “I’m old. I’m past beauty,” it’s very difficult to cajole yourself to go down a different path. This makes attitude really, really important.

A good way to change your attitude can come about by a friend saying, “Oh, my gosh! You’ve got beautiful eyes.” This way your confidence builds up as your attitude become more positive. As women, we tend to absorb knocks more than anything else. You hear something, you look at yourself in the mirror, and you see the worst about yourself.

You think, “My tummy looks a bit big,” or, “My hips are a bit too large.” This is how we fall in the pattern of criticizing the outer package without looking at the inner package. I believe that attitude is very important. It doesn’t depend on age. It is a way you feel about yourself on the inside.

Margaret:

This is why we should stop thinking about being and looking younger and focus on being healthy. Eating good food is important, and I’m positive you’ve got some tips to share.

Ariane:

I am a huge believer in eating well. I also love the idea of supplements. My mother is in her 70’s now. She brought supplements into my life at a very early age to compensate for not eating enough of the right kinds of food.

Food has been modified since when I was a little girl. I remember reading just recently that one tomato in the 40’s equals about ten tomatoes today. Back in the day one tomato gave you a great deal goodness. Now you have to eat ten for the same effect. Who is going to sit down and eat ten tomatoes?

Margaret:

Small ones, maybe.

Ariane:

I think they meant the normal ones. This makes one wonder what else they have doctored up.

Good nutrition, and sensible exercise are really important in staying healthy. I do yoga. I love it because it works both on my mind and my body. It stretches my muscles and my limits. My mother does snowshoeing. She puts me to shame, actually.

Margaret:

It’s all those supplements.

Ariane:

Supplements are really important no matter how much stuff you put on your face. If your insides aren’t working well, nothing you apply on the outside is going to help. You can’t cover that up.

Margaret:

Are there any vitamins that you would suggest, Ariane? Supplements that people could consider?

Ariane:

There’s a really good book by a lady called Kris Carr. It’s called Crazy, Sexy, Diet and is a really interesting read. It’s one of my favorite books, actually. I also love things by Patrick Helford because everyone’s different and simulates things differently.

About the supplements, I’m taking vitamin D and this great multi vitamin B supplement, because I’m now post-menopausal. I’m taking various other things as well. It depends on where you are in your lifestyle. Some people grow their own organic foods. If that’s the kind of thing you do, you’re probably getting quite a bit of nutritious elements.

Some people are more vegetarian, while others eat more proteins. There are all kinds of nutrition formulas. What you choose really depends on your own lifestyle but C and the B’s as well as Magnesium are really important.

I like the adoptagen supplements. They are made to work with your body, going one way or another depending on your needs. They’re adaptive. A lot of these supplements are put into things like skincare as well, which makes me thrilled.

Margaret:

So far we covered attitude, health and supplements. Let’s plunge into skincare. This is the stuff that you put on your skin, and it is equally important. Some of it just stays on the surface, but there are products that go deeper in order to help.

Ariane:

They intertwine with each other, which is really interesting. Most important is attitude, then nutrition and then supplements. We mentioned that supplements also go into skincare. There are lots of great skincare products out there. You must remember that no matter how expensive a cream is, if you don’t have a good attitude about yourself and you don’t take in good nutrients, you can forget about a good effect. If you smoke 20 cigarettes a day, drink like a demon and sunbathe with baby oil, that thousand pound cream is not going to make you look better.

Good skincare is essential. As we get older, removing makeup and exfoliating become really important because our skin cells don’t turn over as they should. Many women get a dullness to their skin, and they keep on applying lots of cream, thinking it will help. In fact, it doesn’t.

A gentle exfoliate does a real good job toward removing that dullness. I use lots of different types. Sometimes I make my own with brown sugar and olive oil, depending on what my skin needs. It’s important to listen to your body, in addition to food intake and using the right supplements.

Depending on different stress factors, your face needs more of certain ingredients to cope with the psychological strain. Stress plays a big part in how our skin looks. This doesn’t necessarily mean a major catastrophe, it could be built up stress.

Doing gentle yoga, with maybe some meditation techniques as well, is beneficial because your whole body is stimulated to relax.

Margaret:

I love your advice! Using natural products is really a wonderful idea. There are so many different homemade recipes you can try.

Ariane:

You can do so much! There was a lady who didn’t want to use waterproof mascara. She needed it though, because her eyes teared. She told me, “I don’t want to use waterproof mascara because I can’t get it off.” I didn’t want her to use that really harsh eye makeup remover, so I said, “Why don’t you use either a bit of olive oil on a cotton pad or even maybe some coconut oil?” She took my advice. Later, she called me with gratitude, “Arianne, that worked so well.”

Margaret:

Coconut oil is so brilliant. It’s one of those things you can use for cooking and as a beauty product for your face or hair. It’s about $12 a jar, but it’s well worth it because it’s multi-purpose.

Ariane:

Absolutely, you can do so many things with it. Recently, one of my daughters had a skin reaction to a product she put on. I suggested she use coconut oil. She was concerned about the effects but relented when I said, “I promise you, you won’t get spots.” Her skin cleared up within just a couple of days. If you can find coconut oil of a really good quality that’s even better.

There are other good things you can do. I love mixing brown sugar with either olive oil or coconut oil and using it as a body scrub. I don’t use salt because it causes pain when it gets in contact with damaged skin. Putting salt into the wound is a really practical saying. Brown sugar though, melts into the skin. It’s so good for the skin, you come out feeling fabulous.

Margaret:

Makeup is obviously what you do best. This is your world and you can work miracles with makeup. I was fascinated with your tips about eye makeup, like concealer and primer. If you could run us through the application steps going from the eyes down and give us some tips, that would be wonderful.

Ariane:

Makeup these days has nothing to do with that heavy stuff, which made your face crack when smiling. Nowadays, what makeup does is enhance your features. You can see the green in a person’s eyes coming through because of the way they’ve done their makeup. With no makeup on, the more subtle hues probably wouldn’t be as visible. They’ll still be there, but won’t be as prominent.

Primers are a part of eye makeup that I respect. The reason why they are so important lies in the lightness of makeup they achieve. They also diffuse the fine wrinkles by making them look less obvious. Of course, you can’t get rid of the fine lines, but you can make them softer and less pronounced.

Then there is foundation. It is not a necessity as you can use a tint to your primer, a tinted moisturizer or a little bit of concealer.

There is great variety to eye shadow. There are fantastic colors to choose from at the counter. One thing I advise women as they get older, is that they shouldn’t listen to the girls at the counter. Their advice is usually inappropriate and doesn’t fit all eye shapes.

Something else those girls tell women is to only apply shimmer underneath the arch of the brow. Actually though, this is the place where you should be avoiding putting on shimmer. You can put a little bit of shimmer but keep in mind that this bone is more prominent. As we get older, our eyes sink further back into our skull. By applying shimmer in this area, you’re bringing that bone forward, while you’re sinking your eyes back. Nobody wants to do that.

Margaret:

It’s tricky. You mentioned green eyes earlier. Mine are hazel, and I’ve heard applying purple makeup brings out the green.

Ariane:

It does bring out the green. The purple you have on made me think you had green eyes. They look beautiful whatever color they are, but the green is definitely coming through.

Margaret:

You have blue eyes, don’t you? What color eye shadow do you use?

Ariane:

I love navy blue and purple blue. They are my favorite colors because they have a blue undertone, which makes the whites in the eyes appear whiter. As we get older, that area becomes more yellowy or less white than we would like it. I’m not a great advocate of eye drops. I believe it is better to use appropriate eye makeup.

If you have really red eyes because you’ve been straining at the computer, you should use drops. On a day to day basis, however, create the white look effect with appropriate colors. Navy blues and purple hues like the color you’ve got on are fantastic. They reflect back into the eyes and make the whites look brighter. It’s an optical illusion.

Margaret:

What about cream versus powder blush? I know that’s another issue as you get older. What is the better choice?

Ariane:

I prefer cream blushers for aging skin because they achieve that glow that I mentioned earlier. Medication also takes that glow away. Starting with exfoliation, cream blushers are the next best thing. They achieve that little bit of glow on the skin as it becomes a little dryer.

The formulations have improved drastically, so that the glow stays on the skin for longer periods of time, rather than disappear after a handful of minutes. There are some really great products on the market. Some people prefer to use a powder. I think that if you are introduced to a really great cream blush, you’d fall in love with it.

Margaret:

I know you’ve worked with a number of different cosmetic lines, and you’ve got your favorite. What I love about your videos is that you give a range of choices for a product. I also know that you have your own cosmetic line as well.

Ariane:

I do, yeah.

Margaret:

I’d love to know more about that.

Ariane:

Like most makeup artists, I am guilty of mixing a little of different colors and shades in order to get that perfect nuance that makes a person look fabulous. However, when the ladies I would makeover asked me what I’d used, it would never be just one item. The common reply was, “Arianne, I really wouldn’t mix six lip colors together to get that perfect shade.”

That’s when I realized that in everyday life I wouldn’t do that either. It’s how I got the idea to offer certain products that aren’t available on the market. In this way, my brand is slightly different from others. I still use other brands because there are some great things out there.

I love some of the Bobby Brown pencils as well as some of the Clinique things. I also like Estee Lauder. There is a Christian Dior spray foundation, which blew me away. It’s such a fabulous product. My exclamation was, “Oh my gosh, this is perfect!” I’m excited about other brands as well as my own.

We don’t test on animals and never have, which is really important to me. We try to make our products henbane free. I listen to the women I make over. If there’s nothing in my range, I will find it in someone else’s. When I create my tutorials, whether online or in individual or group tutorials, I always us a mixture of brands. No one carries only a single brand in their makeup bag.

Margaret:

Where can people find your products?

Ariane:

They can go online on my website www.arianepoole.com and order from there. We ship all over the world.

Margaret:

That’s fantastic. Your tutorials are amazing. You’ve had a tremendous response to them. I know hundreds of thousands of women have watched them. I also know that what you do in them is called makeup facelift.

Ariane:

Yeah themakeupfacelift.com. I created the website with my partner, Kerry Wheelden. She is the founder of Fab After Fifty. We did some videos for her website last year. We didn’t especially promote them, but they did incredibly well. They were amateurish though, not big productions.

Margaret:

They’re just real.

Ariane:

Yes, we wanted to communicate realism. Kerry and I thought, “Well, why don’t we do this, but as a separate thing?” We thought this shouldn’t be about my products only or any other brands. It’s about embracing the fact that as we get older we need to learn new things. We use real women, some of them we know, others we do not. Some have been fans of either one of our websites and lines.

We get to talk with them about various dilemmas that they face. I really love the idea that any woman can look great. We had someone tell us the other day, “Oh, you should get them to smile more in their before picture.” I said, “We ask them to have a happy face.” The person replied, “They’re all smiling really big at the end.” My retort was, “They do that on their own. They look at themselves in the mirror and suddenly they go from ‘hmmm’ to ‘Oh! Oh okay!’”

Most women don’t expect that the right makeup could make them look that good. They think, “She’s going to make a little bit of a change,” or they sit there thinking, “Oh my God, it feels like she’s putting tons on me! I’m going to look like a painted lady.”

We get a lot of that. A lot of women say, “I don’t like wearing makeup because I don’t want to look like a Can’t Mundane or overdone.” Then they look at themselves and they go, “Oh my gosh, that is… huh.” They’re blown away with how lovely they can look.

No one truly needs to wear makeup. If it makes you feel better about yourself, then you should wear it. The difference it makes is worth it. I did a makeover once on a lady who was 90. When she got out of the chair and said, “I’m gonna get myself a fella now.” I was like, “Oh okay. I’m not advocating that. This isn’t what this new look is for.” This week though, I decided: “Oh great, fantastic! I hope I can think like that when I get to 90. That would be great!”

Margaret:

We’ve come full circle. We’ve talked about attitude. We covered how you go through all the different kind of ways to bring out that inner beauty. We discussed that we should just play with products a bit, see what’s available and use anything that can build up our confidence.

This was fantastic. I really want to thank you! Is there any message that you’ve got for the community that you’d like to share before we close?

Ariane:

I think that all women are beautiful just the way they are. If you want to just tweak your look a little bit, there are things out there that can help you glow even more. Take a look at our videos. We are not trying to make you look anything other than the best you can possibly look.

I hate the word anti-aging. When I do my talks, I try to communicate that there is no such thing as anti-aging. It’s all about positive aging. We’re all going to age. The only anti-aging solution is death, and that is not a great option.

Margaret:

No, not a good option.

Ariane:

No. At my lectures, everyone thinks I’m going to start talking about anti-aging, but I do not. Everyone can look great. Everyone can be the best they can be, and that’s all we really want.

Margaret:

You’ve really been an inspiration to me. You’ve done an awesome job for everyone who’s thinking about a new style or how to make themselves more beautiful. Thank you so much for your time and for being here.

Ariane:

Thank you, too. I’ve really enjoyed speaking with you. I hope we can do this again sometime.

Margaret:

I hope so too. Thanks Ariane.

What did you think about Ariane’s advice concerning beauty’s five essentials? Which areas can you improve in? Which parts of Ariane’s makeup techniques do you think apply to you the most?

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