How to make your make-up look effortless

— by Vicci Bentley


Nicola de Burlet. Denim jacket, Nicola’s own. Earrings, Matthew Calvin.


Easy, effortless makeup? Now there’s an ideal to aspire to. Fortunately, we’ve reached a stage in our lives when less is more, at last. But when you’ve waved goodbye to your 40th birthday and makeup gets remedial, can ‘older’ ever really be effortless?

‘There are three keys to an effortless makeup look,’ says makeup artist and beauty expert Sara Raeburn, ‘Complexion correction that kills redness, under-eye shadows and brown spots; keeping your base underdone, so skin glows through naturally and defining brows, lashes and lips for warmth of expression. And remember, the best looks look like you.’

Our model, Nicola de Burlet runs her own beauty agency, the PR Studio and has worked in the beauty business for over 20 years, ‘Beauty routines have always been my thing,’ she explains, ’However, running my own business and managing kids means I’ve had to pare down the routine to fit the daily rush. My makeup is decidedly easy and efficient – a good primer, a no-flake or cake foundation, eyebrow pencil, mascara and a lip of some kind.’ Three years ago, Nicola joined the grey-volution and embraced her natural colour, ‘I’ve had short hair for over 10 years and it’s dead easy,’ she continues, ‘Now I’ve let my grey come through, maintenance is blissfully low – a good cut is all I need.’ Hairdresser Enzo Volpe, who cut and styled Nicola’s hair for the photo shoot, concurs, ‘With grey hair, a statement cut is vital to avoid that ‘ageing rocker’ look. Nicola’s short cut us is sharp and practical – she can just ‘blow and go.’

Both hair and makeup can be effortless as we get older. Simply ditch complicated, time-consuming techniques. Go for makeup textures and tints that are a pleasure to wear – and don’t ‘wear you.’ But above all, whether it’s clothes, hair or makeup, keep it simple.  An easy style you can move and laugh in is the hallmark of a grown-up effortless look…..


Make-up essentials

Studio 10 Miracle Effect Priming Serum plumps and smooths skin. Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide foundation and Studio 10 Age Defy Skin Perfector palette even tone. Laura Mercier Blush Colour Infusion in Rosé warms cheeks. On eyes, Studio 10 Liquid Foil I-Radiance in Mink primes lids, while Visible Lift I-Definer palette contours and shapes brows, too. Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara grooms lashes. MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Doubletime blended all over lips shapes and tints.

Best for grey hair

Moisturising shampoos control frizz: Aveda Blue Malva Shampoo and Conditioner knock out yellow and keep grey looking silvery. Daniel Galvin Salon Clear Gloss polishes and ramps up texture between shampoos. To style, Colour Wow Speed Dry Blow Dry Spray protects and reduces drying time. Christophe Robin Pre-curved blowdry brush builds bounce.


Feature written by: Vicci Bentley  Photographer: Annie Johnston. Make up: Sara Raeburn for Studio 10 
Hair: Enzo Volpe for Daniel Galvin. Stylist: Alyson Walsh

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