As Beauty Director of Sunday Life and Daily Life and author of Secrets of a Beauty Queen, Stephanie Darling knows a thing or two about the best beauty tips and products on the market to make you feel beautiful at any age. In this set of videos, Deborah asks Stephanie about the routines we should embrace after 50 and how to “go grey” in style.
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“As I have traversed the beauty road map from my early 20’s to my mid 50’s, I have realised that you can’t change your genetic makeup, but it’s never too late to maximise the assets you have.”
“I think we should embrace Retin A at night,” said Stephanie.
“Build that up gradually and take advice from whoever you trust,” said Stephanie. “I think that is a really important part of your routine as you age.”
“There’s so much positive stuff, I love the whole embracing colour,” said Stephanie. “Just experiment with colour and don’t think you have to go less makeup as you age,” she said.
According to Stephanie, going without makeup is one routine you shouldn’t skip as you age.
“If you’ve got hazel eyes, it’s just wearing a little bit of violet eyeliner on the inner rim. It just makes the colour of your eyes pop,” said Stephanie.
“You just need to have fun with makeup and experiment. You can always wash it off,” she said.
What does your hair colour say about your age?
Deborah seeks more beauty tips from Stephanie asking about hair colour over 50 and the best way to go grey.
“It’s keeping the lightness around your face, dark colours are less flattering,” said Stephanie.
“There are some amazing women who have just embraced grey but it has to be a good grey, it can’t be a marsupial grey,” said Stephanie.
Stephanie suggests consulting with your colourist and making a conscious decision to move towards grey as opposed to having it occur gradually.
“There are some amazing, gorgeous greys (like) Martha Stewart grey,” said Stephanie.
Feeling invisible now you’re over 50?
Beauty journalist and author Stephanie Darling has spent three decades in the beauty and magazine industry. This fascinating, multi-billion dollar industry often comes under fire for the creating unreal expectations around beauty and ageing. Stephanie and Deborah explore a common themed expressed by many women over the age of 50 who start to feel “invisible” as they age.
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“I have reached that funny age, 56, where for the first time in my life I am beginning to feel just the tiniest bit invisible.”
This is the first line of the introduction to Stephanie’s book and so Deborah asks her to elaborate on the origins of this feeling.
“I’m probably more confident and happier than I’ve ever been and I feel really good about myself,” said Stephanie. “But it’s that little slight invisibility, which is just an odd thing.”
So how do you combat this feeling? Is it just a question of confidence?
“Maybe or you just worry about it a bit less,” says Stephanie.
“It’s about just feeling good about yourself and feeling pulled together,” said Stephanie.
“You do it as much for yourself as for other people,” said Stephanie.
Tomorrow Stephanie tells Deborah about her 5 must-have beauty essentials and how to choose the right foundation for your skin.
About Stephanie Darling
Stephanie Darling is Beauty Director of Sunday Life and Daily Life, mother, YSL Tribute devotee and author of Secrets of a Beauty Queen. Stephanie has spent 30 years working in magazines with the best of the best on Vogue Australia, Harper’s Bazaar and madison and interviewed Anne Hathaway
in Paris, Dame Edna in New York and Aerin Lauder in Tokyo. She states she was born in a haze of Chanel No 22 and is obsessed with beauty, lifestyle, words and visuals.