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Our Top 10 Make Up Must Haves For Mature Skin

16th March 2018

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Top 10 Make Up Must Haves For The More Mature Woman


Glycolic acid -

Glycolic Acid is one of our favourite Skincare ingredients but why do we love it so much?

Glycolic Acid derives from plants – such as sugar cane, pineapple and sugar beets, it's botanical properties help to treat various skin conditions and will effectively remove the dead cells without needing to use an abrasive exfoliator. Over time it will leave your complexion looking much brighter and more youthful. In terms of mature skin, any dryness or dead skin build up will emphasise any fine lines and wrinkles. Products that contain Glycolic Acid are often used to treat the signs of ageing, helping to smooth out the more texture of ageing complexions. So I think its safe to say we have established exfoliating is a vital anti-ageing step not to be missed out on your skincare routine! We exfoliate to make our skin brighter, but we also want a lovely, smooth base for our make up too. As we age we need to think more along the lines less is more, exfoliating any rough skin will help us apply the products we need without creating excess build up. Glycolic Acid in skincare can be used to treat signs of ageing, like fine lines and wrinkles, scarring and skin discolouration. If you suffer from dull, pigmented or ageing skin it is worth introducing Glycolic Acid-based skincare products into your routine. Studies show that Glycolic Acid will assist with boosting collagen production which naturally deteriorates in the skin as we get older, so we definitely need all the help we can get in that department. Why not try introducing a Glycolic cleanser, toner and moisturiser to start you off and see how you get on?! We would recommend the budget-friendly "Naturally Radiant' range from Superdrug.

Clarins Vitamin C energy booster -

we all know we should consume vitamin c but why should we use it in our skincare?

As we age we don't naturally produce as much collagen or elastin anymore, both of which help our skin stay strong, supple and flexible. Collagen is a vital structural protein, helping the skin tissue remain firm and resist wrinkling. As we lose our collagen our skin becomes less resilient and we gain more fine lines and wrinkles. That's where Vitamin C comes in, it can help you boost your collagen production and help combat those fine lines and wrinkles. Clarins do some great little 'Boosters', which are the perfect addition to your skincare routine. The Energy Boosting Concentrate formulas specifically designed to target damaged skin. The Vitamin C Booster is a favourite of mine. If your skin is suffering from the effects of late nights, a hectic lifestyle, jet lag or even dieting, this 'Energy Booster' could be the right one for you. This Vitamin C Booster will help tone and re-energise the skin, minimise the signs of fatigue and will revive the radiance in your skin. Add a couple of drops to your face cream or foundation daily, I usually use them for a week or two as necessary. I often opt to introduce them back into my skincare routine following holidays, illness or a big night out. You can also use them in a face mask once a week to give your skin a little lift. 

BareSkin Pure Brightening Foundation 

I love the BareSkin Pure Brightening Foundation, especially on mature skin. BareSkin has a gorgeous lightweight formula that feels absolutely weightless when applied. It has a nice natural finish which is perfect for women with more mature skin.  As we age our skin gets dull so swapping your matte foundation for a dewy one will make your skin look noticeably brighter and give you a more youthful appearance. Giving your skin back a natural looking glow is definitely the key to looking younger. The powerful minerals and brightening serum within this foundation make a great combination for women with more mature skin.  As we get older we can find the tone of our skin changes, it becomes uneven and we get age spots. This skin brightening serum will improve the appearance of dark spots and discolourations for more even skin tone. With the added protection of non-chemical SPF 20 this foundation will help towards protecting your skin further from damaging UV rays, which we all know causes premature ageing. 

L'Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Primer

This L'Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Primer really has been sent from above! This primer has a light reflecting range which gives luminosity to the skin. I tried this little gem a few years ago and it has been a favourite of mine ever since. It is so good that I have even used it on my brides! This beautiful pearly illuminator will give you an instant glow which is as mentioned before the key to looking youthful! With age, skin can become dull and tired, using products that give your skin back its radiance will instantly take years off! This lightweight formula infused with liquid light technology will give you a luminous looking complexion as if lit from within and keep you hydrated for approx 8 hours. This is a great product to not only use as a base for your make up but also on its own to give your skin a little lift!

Clarins 'Eclat Minute' Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base

Available in three shades - rose (brightens all complexions), champagne (corrects redness) and peach (restores lustre to the medium and matte skin) Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base leaves a veil of light radiance that evens skin tone, boosts luminosity and restores skin's vitality. Much like the Lumi Magique Base this Clarins Eclat Minute Base will give you back that beautiful youthful glow that disappears with age. This is perhaps the alternative product to the L'Oreal Primer if you are not on a budget. The High-Lumitec Complex within this primer will brighten your complexion and optically correct any imperfections in your skin tone for a more flawless finish. It also offers hydrating and soothing skin care benefits due to katafray bark extract. Again this would be my go-to primer when doing bridal make up.

Nars radiant creamy concealer 

Nars is a Cosmetic brand popular amongst pro make up artists and make up enthusiasts alike. This Radiant Creamy Concealer has a beautiful, luxurious texture and luminous finish, which is great for using on more mature skin. You can use a small amount of this concealer or build it up for a full coverage effect. Enriched with hydrating, multi-action skincare benefits and light diffusing technology, it creates a softer, smoother complexion while instantly obscuring imperfections and diminishing fine lines and signs of fatigue. I use this concealer a lot in my makeovers because it never fails to conceal, it isn't a budget product so it does cost a little more but it is worth every penny in my humble opinion! 


It is no wonder that the YSL Touche Éclat illuminating Concealer Pen has become iconic within the make up industry. This wonder pen can be used to conceal, highlight and contour! This is a must-have product for even those women that don't like to wear make up. Tired eyes can get worse with age and harder to get rid of, so even just using a dab of light reflecting concealer will help disguise dark circles and under eye bags. Expertly developed by YSL Beauté this concealer can be used to highlight your best features and add instant radiance to your face. I really like the lightweight consistency of this concealer, it makes it really easy to work with and for some women with larger or puffier bags under their eyes, it is a great alternative to a more heavy/full coverage concealer.

benefit Hula bronzer  

Known as 'beach in a box' Benefit Hula Bronzer blends beautifully to give your an instant sun-kissed glow. We should always take care when exposing ourselves to the sun for the obvious health reasons, but from a vanity point of view, we need to be more aware of how sun exposure will affect our skin in the long run. The best piece of advice I can give anyone in their 20s and above would always use sun protection, stay away from sunbeds and fake your tan where possible rather than basking in the sun for long periods of time. This will help you prolong getting wrinkles and keep you looking more youthful. Bronzer, I think is essential for giving your skin a healthy looking glow. I particularly like the colour of Benefit Hula, it hasn't got a horrible orangey undertone which is much better for more mature skin and it means you can create a nice natural contour with it too! It blends beautifully and in terms of value for money, this Benefit Bronzer will last you for ages! 


This is an absolute hero product for a woman of any age, the ultimate face definition kit!

It is great value for money, highly pigmented and lasts beautifully on the skin. It is a trio palette containing contour powder, highlighter and blusher. It comes in light, medium and dark and generally I use the light compact on many of my clients and a vast range of skin tones. I like the colour of the blush in this palette for the more mature woman. It's about as pink as I would tend to go for a more mature client. As we age we generally need to go softer with the shade of pink on our cheeks, opting for something peachy or a little duskier to keep us from looking overdone and doll-like. Although this pink is a little lighter it has a natural feel to it. It is soft and subtly iridescent which will reflect the light whilst adding a nice youthful glow to the cheeks. The highlighter in this palette is not 'too shiny' so used sparingly it is less likely to draw attention to any fine lines and wrinkles. If however you do apply too much its also easily blended away which makes it really easy to work with. The contour colour in this palette again works with lots of skin tones for a more natural contour.

bareMinerals® Original SPF 15 Foundation

Mineral powder foundation when used sensibly will generally look and feel much more natural than a liquid foundation. It is for that reason why so many mature women tend to opt for a powder foundation like BareMinerals® Original. However, if used in large amounts it can cling to deeper lines and wrinkles and in some cases emphasise them. It is all about learning to use a product correctly! I like using this foundation on my more mature clients to create flawless coverage with a naturally luminous finish that doesn't generally clump or cake. Mineral Powder is quick and easy to apply and super lightweight. I am a firm believer that as we age we slowly need to look at where we need to use fewer products and where we are to use more. As mentioned avoid using large amounts of this powder around lots of lines and wrinkles, or if you have really dry skin because you may feel like it draws attention to that area. Using a nice dewy primer underneath may make a nicer base for this foundation to sit on top of. 

Suezanna xoxo








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Elodie Preston

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Celia Christie

I have never met a nicer girl, she made me feel welcome and I left feeling a million dollars. The conversation was flowing and is totally open to whatever style you are into. Such a talented and lovely person. Hoping to have more events to attend so that I can come back to get styled up again. You truly did 'make my day' thank you!!!

Ellyn Inshaw

Suezanna, thank you so much for the amazing hairstyles you created for my gorgeous bridesmaids on my wedding day! Each one was individual yet they all tied in with the same theme! They even withstood the wind and crazy dance floor dancing! Highly recommend!

Jenna Tester

Can't rate & thank sue enough for making my friends wedding day amazing from the start. She put us all at ease & when to great length to make sure the hair & make up was perfect for the big day! Highly recommended for any occasion, wether it be special or not x

Zoe Adams

Well yesterday I went to the beautiful makeup studio to have my Makeup trial.Really was nervous as never had anyone do my makeup before.Suezanna is such a lovely person and straight away made me feel at ease.While having it done.The end result was amazing just loved it was so natural just what I wanted.Carnt wait to go back for my hair trial so looking forward to my wedding day and have it all done again.Thankyou

Hayley Marie Carter-Forshaw

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Lisa Shield

What can I say!! Suezanna is amazing. I was a bit wary of having someone do my make up as haven't been happy with some makeovers in the past, however from the moment I saw what she had done for the trial I was completely in love with the look, and there was no way I would have used anyone else. On the big day, I was unfortunately really poorly. Suzi arrived to me being really ill, and was fantastic and supportive above and beyond her duties in what turned out to be a pretty traumatic morning! However, she still made me look so good that no one could tell I was poorly, so thank you for saving the day! You're amazing xxxxxx

Ruth Clea

Suezanne done my bridel make up and bridesmaids!! I was absolutely over the moon with the results of her talent!! I'm not one for make up but on my special day she made me feel 100 dollars!! I highly recommend her she's a very talented lady xxx

Emma Jane Pugh

I love a trip to the Make My Day studio! Suzie is always really helpful and happy to help with any questions I may have! I look forward to my next visit

Katie Manning

Very happy with my makeup and hair done for a black tie charity event. Felt at ease - would return and recommend highly.

Claire Nichol

Thank you so much for doing my lashes! They are fab and really natural. Cannot fault them. Will definitely be recommending

Heather O'Sullivan

Thank you for the amazing Bridemaid hair you did for myself and my 5 fellow bridesmaids . It was the best hair up do I have ever had it lasted all day ( even with high winds and rain). Would highly recommend you to anyone for their wedding or special event ! Xx

Hannah Jhutti

Thank you so much Suezanna for doing mine, my bridesmaids and the mothers makeup for our wedding on 11th June 2016. You were amazing and even though a dog bit you the day before, you didn't let my girls or I down and we all looked fantastic! I believe my bridesmaids have even liked your page! Xxx

Siarrad Hunt

Massive thanks to suezanna for giving me princess hair for my little boys christening, it took the stress out of getting ready and I was able to relax while having a good gossip! Would definitely recommend.

Maddie Fell

Booked in early Thursday Morning to have my hair put up by Suzanne for my friends wedding and she couldn't have been any nicer! She fixed my fascinator and put my hair up perfect! By the time the night time came round and my fascinator came out my hair was still perfectly in place! Will definitely be coming back xx

Christy Leigh Dubberley

Absolutely fab... amazing make up..amazing person just truly amazing overall... you definitely made my day!!

Becca Timlin

What a amazing job was worried about my hair and was perfect and my girls xx

Sonia Jessica Masih

Thoroughly recommend. Spent 2 hours getting tips which were very helpful and another session having my make up done for an event - enjoyed both visits and looking forward to taking my daughter to have her make up done for her prom.

Nicola Enoch

Suezanna gave myself and 3 friends a make up lesson. It was brilliant! Suezanna is friendly, professional and gave us so many hints and tips. We all have different skin tones and she carefully selected the right shades for our skin. Would highly recommend Suezanna and will definitely be booking up again!!

Claire Holton

Got my nails done with Suezanna as my original place wasn't free and I needed to find somewhere else asap. Suzanne did a fantastic job with my shellac nails and we had a great laugh. I also love the salon with its vintage feel to it

Sara Bell

Great creative to work with, created the exact look I was looking for for a recent photoshoot!

Skyla Round

I had a makeover by suezanna and she made me a princess. Wait a minute that is my name...

Princess Miriam Adams

I've just had my wedding nails done by Suezanna and I couldn't be happier, I can't stop looking at them! Friendly and professional, I will definitely be coming back to get them done again, I'm a convert! Thank you.

Amy Smith

Thanks Suzy for the amazing hair and make-up you did for me and my bridesmaids yesterday. Still all looking brilliant some 15 hours after application :-) And I didn't feel like I had too much make-up on either which was a worry that I had. Thank you so much for helping to keep everything chilled when we were getting ready too. Cannot recommend highly enough.

Jo Collins

As a special occasion mua myself I approached Suzanna when she advertised her Smokey Eye Makeup workshop. I. Felt like i wanted to refresh and gain confidence in certain areas of my work and Suzanna welcomed me and made me feel at ease to come along to her workshop. At first impressions of walking into her studio I was made at ease straight away. Suzanna's studio is stylish and professional and her knowledge and skills shone through. I would definitely like to visit Make My Day again and treat myself to a special occassion makeup session and a workshop..

Hannah Hodgkiss

I recently did a Smokey Eye masterclass at Make My Day and it was the best money I have spent in a long time. Suzeanna was lovely and friendly, very talented and very knowledgeable. The lesson moved at a good pace and although we were all there for various reasons, I think the whole class learnt a lot. We were able to ask lots of questions and I have gained more confidence and a new found love of make up. I will be going on a big make up spending spree soon and practising the techniques we learnt. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone and I will be looking out for more courses that Suzeanna will be doing.

Jane Dashwood

Make up lesson by Suezanna at Make My Day fully recommend! I found Suezanna online and enquired for Make Up Manic Mandy's birthday girlie day. We all had a great experience from start to finish and learnt a lot of new techniques. Suezanna instantly made us all feel comfortable, she was easy going, professional and went the extra mile to make sure we all got everything we could from our tutorial. She kept in touch from the date of enquiry to make sure the lesson was tailored to exactly what we wanted from the experience and left with 5 very happy customers! Would definitely book with Suezanna again! Xx

Stephanie Mowat

Suzanna often does my hair and makeup for events, nights out, special occasions. Aside from her professionalism, she is creative and a master at her art. She knows what works and gets it right every time. I can't recommend her highly enough.

Helena Marston

As soon as I walked through the door in her stunning makeup studio, Suezanna instantly made me feel at home! She is such a wonderful, genuine & gorgeous lady that is incredible at her job! She made me and my bridesmaids feel like a million dollars! Trust me when I say, she really know what she's doing and take her advice. I can not recommend her enough!!

Laura Cheetham

Suezanna is absolutely amazing at her job very professional friendly and welcoming. the salon is amazing you should be so proud of yourself well done xx

Natalie Bye

Suezanna is a fab make up artist who at the last minute came to the rescue after we were let down by someone else. I was dubious about having my make up done as I've had bad experiences in the past but I loved what she did. Also amazing job on my hair! She listened to exactly what I wanted and sorted it!

Laura Morris

I had a great experience with Make My Day. Suezanna was amazing. Lovely, friendly and listens to what you want and helps make it work! I had a mini nightmare with my wedding hair and we worked through the options on the day - nothing was too much trouble! Thank you

Ellie Birch

Fantastic and so talented, great with children. Made us all look and feel amazing.

Penny Garner

Suezanna is amazing at what she does as she makes you feel so welcome and relaxed. She is also a fantastic tutor during the masterclass where she will help you utilise what you already have in your make up bag, providing you witg invaluable skills and techniques!

Rachel Wyles

Suezanna did my make up for a Christmas party and I had so many compliments I lost count! She really put me at ease and did the make up to suit my dress and style. I can't recommend her enough! Thanks again xx

Verity Rule

Loved my make up lesson, Suezanna put me at ease and was happy to go over how to do something as many times as you need! She definitely has a way of making you feel at ease and it's like you've known her for years! Thank you so much! I'm looking forward to my next lesson xx

Vicki Horrey

I attended the smokey eye masterclass, it was absolutely fab! Suezanna was so knowledgeable and patient, she went at a pace that we could all keep up with and spent time with each of us to give us pointers or tips. Suezanna put us all at ease as some of us were nervous about our abilities, she has a way of making people feel at ease and like you've known her for years - beautiful lady inside and out! Thank you so much! I can't wait for bridal makeup lesson later this month xx

Grace Foley

My friends bought me a make up lesson as a birthday treat. The wonderful Suezanna was good fun and helped make us look truely fabulous with tips and tricks I had never tried before. Will definitely recommend and no doubt be back for more lessons or make overs.

Katy Morrison

I was a bride last Saturday and Suezanna agreed to be my make up artist she did a fantastic job with my make up and some of bridesmaids had their make up done with her to they also looked wonderful. She provided us with wonderful service and she is so friendly and lovely to talk to I would recommend her to anyone. All the best with your future business suezanna thank you for everything my husband was gobsmacked xxxxx

Antonia Malin-Graham

I can not thank enough for yesterday's hair and make up for a wedding I went to. I could not have been happier with the results, such a lovely lovely person who made me feel so at ease X

Carolyn Brown

I didn't know Suezanna before I chose her to do my bridal hair and make up, we met on the off chance, and I'm so very glad we did. Being someone that doesn't usually wear any make up or have a particular style I was nervous about what to go for. Suezanna put me right at ease and guided me using her experience and knowledge. I was very surprised and pleased after my trial and booked Suezanna immediately. My experience with Suezanna on the big day way equally fantastic. She was early, professional and again put me at ease. The final results left me speechless! I have never felt so confident and beautiful in my life! Thank you Suezanna! And I will most definitely be recommending make my day to any future brides.

Jennifer O'Donoghue

The best Studio around!! Suezanna has put so much hard work into her studio to make it the best, it's so beautiful!! She is such a lovely person and her passion for hair & make up is incredible!! Xx

Bayleigh Gibbs

Got married last Sunday, 2 weeks before was let down by my make up artist.... Someone recommended Suezanna who agreed to do it at short notice with no make up trial I dont wear any make up, and hadn't liked my previous trial, so wasn't sure what to expect Well I was blown away with how Suezanna made me look...Had my make up done at 9.30 in the morning and when I went to bed at midnight, it still looked as good as when I 1st had it applied with not one touch up all day.. If I could have given 10 stars I would have...thank you soooo much

Siobhan Cashmore

Fantastic masterclass!... learnt so much, heaps more confidence, very friendly and welcoming... just what I needed.. can't wait for more!!... xxx

Heidi Scofield

Absolutely loved my spray tan for holiday! Suezanna was really professional and made me feel really comfortable. Colour was amazing would definitely use again and would recommend to anyone.

Sarah Donald

I attended a make-up class here recently and thoroughly enjoyed it. A fabulous studio which I look forward to visiting again soon for another workshop or some beauty treatments. Suezanna was very professional, knowledgeable and easy to talk to, I would highly recommend her. I left feeling like I had learnt so much and it was money well spent. Thanks for a lovely time X

Emma Simmons

Absolutely blown away yet again by the endless talent of this lovely explain a vision in your head and Suezanna creates it! My mum looked and felt amazing on her wedding day as did my daughter and myself as her bridesmaids, thanks again Suezanna..I cannot recommend you highly enough xx

Steph Steele

I have only been twice to Suezanna but both times I have felt very comfortable when getting my treatments done and will defiantly be going back for any of my beauty needs. An incredible perfectionist in what she does

Laura Bradshaw

I did the smoky eye master class with Suezanne today, followed by a shellac manicure. She is fantastic! The master class was invaluable, I learned so many new things about how to do beautiful make up. The manicure was also lovely. Suezanne is so friendly, and the salon is very welcoming! Highly recommended xxx

Abby Cally

Thank you so much for my beautiful hair and make up on my wedding day, you made me feel and look wonderful!! You're so lovely, and helped me feel really relaxed :) definitely recommend you to anyone, you were really accommodating, kind and generous!! Thank you xx

Tasha Westgate

Suezanna was lovely, I showed her pictures I'd collected during my trial and she worked her magic on what would suit me and my wedding theme. On the day she made me and my bridesmaids feel amazing going beyond my expectations! We had so many compliments, I would highly recommend Suezanna. She also worked wonders with my eyelashes!

Emma Sadula

Thank you very much for such a wonderful job on the wedding day, lovely lady with for sure magical skills! You made the bride and bridesmaids feel so special xx

Camesha Jo

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