This week Josephine of Chic At Any Age is hosting Fashion Flash. On a cold rainy day like today, I am especially grateful for this talented London based fashion blogger. Open any magazine, style site or catalog and you will invariably see people enjoying warm sunny weather in great looking clothing. But IRL, its often wet and/or cold and all you want to wear is a warm coat and boots. Josephine creates real style that acknowlwdges real weather. For example, she styled a dress and warm tights to enjoy a concert in Wales. Its a formula that I now copy frequently.
I know what you are thinking– oh great, just what I need– another book on make-up. That’s what I thought too, until I started to read one genuinely helpful tip after another. Wells has drilled down to provide enough details to become your own make-up expert. Her easy to follow 5 steps to apply fake lashes answered all my questions at once. For example I learned what is the best length, why clumps of lashes are better than a single strip and always apply liner before attaching lashes. And it works!
Wells also has a page of 10 commandments for many real life beauty needs. For example, in the section on eye make-up I learned that all brows need help with a little powder, wiggle the mascars brush to get to the bases of lashes and shadow should go on before mascara. I also valued the simple steps she offers to help a natural lip color last for an evening. Its easy and really works. Her 10 commandments on nails suggest that either you choose light and natural colors or dark and vampy ones. Anything in between looks frumpy at any age.
Confessions of a Beauty Editor is such a helpful guide that I ordered a second copy. I combined it with a few beauty basics ( polish, mascara and a brown shadow) for a very personal birthday gift for a BFF.