Rosie, who has worked all over the world, likes to be behind the lens sometimes too and enjoys keeping an air of mystery about her. Read her tips for all of you in your forties. We also have a new columnist Louise Scott, who will be writing for 30-something skin next month too.
When it comes to make-up, for me nothing beats the simple pleasure of a new lipstick or lip gloss. You don’t have to practise applying, like some fiddly eye colours, just wear and go. A slick of colour is an instant pick-me-up and it goes without saying we all love a covetable brand and on-trend colour in our make-up bag.
There’s nothing more must-have than the new colours by Chanel. There were few days last summer when I left the house and wasn’t wearing Rouge Coco Shine lipstick in En Vogue. But that was last year’s summer love – oh, I know, I’m so fickle. It has been well and truly put in the shade by the new eye-popping neons that will take you from school run and desk-side to poolside.
Idylle is a nude hydrating sheer lip shine that’s perfect for everyday wear. I’ve been alternating it with Pygmalion, this season’s very ‘in’ hot pink. For more longer-lasting shine and touch-ups on the beach try the lip gloss in Envolee. Super-bright Eden looks equally great by day or night.
There are the inevitable waiting lists for Chanel’s nail colours – my favourites are Azure, a metallic green that shimmers in the sun, and Lilis, a warm orange for the perfect summer manicure. Catch them while you can. Chanel Rouge Coco Shine, priced £24, Glossimer for Lips, £21, and nail colour, £18, all from www.chanel.com. Call 020 7493 3836 for stockists.
Summer is here and that means sunshine – yes, even in Blighty. Forever hopeful of actually seeing the sun, I’ve changed my regular daytime moisturiser to Origins Plantscription with an SPF25. Unlike some other moisturisers with a high SPF, it is light and non-greasy.
It sinks into the skin in seconds and is the perfect base for make-up. Quite literally packed with plant cells, every tub contains 300,000 raspberry plant stem cells, renowned for their renewal properties. As well as protecting the skin from the harmful rays of the sun, it also smoothes fine lines and plumps it up.
I’ve been using it for a couple of months now and my skin definitely looks perkier and more awake. It smells beautiful too, with a burst of floral fragrance … an olfactory boost to set you up for the day. Origins Plantscription SPF25 Anti-ageing Cream, £46, from www.origins.co.uk
I swear by serums and wear one night and day under moisturiser. If it seems like a faff, and unnecessary expense, to add yet another layer to your skin, think again. Don’t doubt the power of a serum to give your skin that extra oomph. Firm, Baby, Firm, the new serum from Bliss, works doubly hard with lifting and volumising properties. Straight away I could see and feel a subtle difference in the firmness of the skin. Using it day and night, after a while my skin did look more plumped and glowing. Handily, the aloe base soothes and protects, which kept breakouts at bay on my sensitive skin. Pop onto the Bliss website and get tips on how to massage Firm, Baby, Firm into the face and neck to give yourself a mini facial every day.
Another goodie from Bliss worth trying is the Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask. A 15-minute treatment, it brightens and hydrates the delicate area around the eye. Individually packaged masks hold the eye mask and fluid with the all-important active ingredients separately, to keep them super fresh. Pop the foil to release the liquid and let the marine collagen pads get to work on your peepers.
I’m a contact lens and glasses wearer and am the first to admit my eyes are neglected. This was a real treat and really brightened the skin. This great for a quick fix before a wedding or a big night out. With four pairs in each box that’s less than a tenner for each mask – a massive saving on a salon treatment. Firm, Baby, Firm serum, priced £55, and Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask, £35.80, from www.blissworld.co.uk
You know you’re getting older when the decade you came of age is now officially retro. The 1980s may well be considered the time that style forgot – puffball skirts and big hair? – don’t forget it was also when artist and social activist Keith Haring put New York graffiti art firmly on the map.
His distinctive pop art graced subway walls, album covers and he even designed a jacket for Madonna. He died in 1990 but his name is synonymous with AIDS awareness and it is impossible not to hear a backbeat of 1980s hip-hop when you look at his work.
To celebrate his career, DKNY has produced a summer collection of fragrances with an original Haring design on the box and bottle. Choose from the green apple notes of Be Delicious to the floral bouquet of Fresh Blossom and the exotic amber and sandalwood hints of Golden Delicious. DKNY Be Delicious Art fragrances, priced £36. Call 0870 034 25 for stockists.
There are neutral eye shadows, soft nude blushers, illuminating powders and complementary lip colours, as well as a shimmering cream for the skin and hair. Seashell Summer Style Collection by Aerin Beauty at Estee Lauder, prices from £22. Call 0870 034 2466 for stockists.