The Confidence Handbook Positive ways to feel good in every area of your life
Positive ways to feel good in every area of your life
Beauty expert Josephine Fairley is the co-author of The Anti-ageing Beauty Bible (Kyle Books).
BUY THE BEST HAIRCUT YOU CAN AFFORD Prioritise hair over clothes
– you wear it every single day! There are no ‘rules’ any more – it could be a bob, a pixie cut, long – but keep it in fantastic condition. When it comes to colour, don’t stray more than two shades from your natural colour. It won’t suit your skin tone and the upkeep is a nightmare. If you’re covering grey, don’t go darker – one shade lighter will disguise the grey, add dimension, and flatter your skin tone.
GET A MAKEOVER Before you even think about fillers or Botox or any other cosmetic procedures, bear in mind that make-up applied well is miraculous. A professional who understands mature faces can tell you about the latest clever diffusing products and show you the tricks for dulling skin, thinning lips and drooping eyes. Go into a departmentstore beauty section and find someone behind the counter whose look you like.
LAVISH HANDS WITH THE SAME ATTENTION AS YOUR FACE They’re equally visible. In midlife, our trusted ‘beauty regime’ stops doing what it once did, but we’re not sure what to tweak. With hands, shield them from sun damage every day with a sunscreen or hand cream with SPF; reapply after washing. Keep a tube in your handbag. Scrub your hands weekly, and use a rich cream nightly.
‘A good haircut will make ALL the difference’