How to wear colour and a bit more makeup
This slightly ‘off’ khaki green and burnt orange colour combination is a little bit 1970s, a little bit Vanessa Bell. Must’ve been inspired by the exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. Bell was part of the Bloomsbury set and Virginia Woolf’s sister and she created some quite extraordinary paintings and textile designs in the early 20th century.
I’ve always preferred natural, not-much-makeup-makeup. One thing that pleases me about getting older is that less is more, at last. Though on occasions when I need to impress more than Mr That’s Not My Age and my co-workers, I tend to have my makeup done professionally. For events, book launches and posh nights out (who I am trying to kid), I call upon Louise Heywood a makeup artist I met on a shoot a few years ago, who coincidentally lives near That’s Not My Age Mansions and is a friend of a friend. Small world. Louise’s focus is ‘looking like you but on a really good day’ which is just what I’m after. And she runs individual lessons, that I really should sign up for…
My new burnt orange top is from COS, it’s almost like a neoprene fabric and is best worn on a cool day. I bought it in-store recently but can’t seem to find it online. Trousers are an old pair from J.Crew and shoes are Roger Vivier. Here’s my slightly ‘off’ selection: