Would you give up makeup?

What is it with this zero makeup trend? – writes Vicci Bentley. Fair enough, January’s the month when we all go detox ditsy, but purging ourselves of colour seems extreme. And it’s not just models and celebrities on Instagram (#nomakeup), Sheila Hancock, 83 has made a stand against piling it on for HD cameras and refuses to wear a stitchRead more

Helen Mirren at 70

‘Your 40s are good. Your 50s are great. Your 60s are fab. And 70 is fucking awesome.’ So says Helen Mirren, who will be 70 on Sunday. We all know growing old is not for cissies but at least Mirren makes it look like fun. The Guardian asked me to write a piece on whatRead more

What’s wrong with wrinkles?

  I got quite excited about a feature in today’s Sunday Times Style magazine celebrating wrinkles and ‘the rise of the over-60s beauties’. Helen Mirren, Charlotte Rampling and Jessica Lange are all mentioned; as well as Joan Didion for Céline and the Dolce & Gabanna’s nonnas . But ‘Read Between The Lines’ made for disappointing reading. It’s great that the fashion and beautyRead more

Helen Mirren: the new face of L’Oréal

In a genius move, French cosmetics giant L’Oréal has signed up Helen Mirren. How fabulous is that?! I’ve written a feature for the Guardian; read all about it HERE . What do you think – has the beauty industry finally wised up?