6 Nov 2019

Note To Self: 10 Beauty Tips To Remember

Note To Self: 10 Beauty Tricks To Remember on vickiarcher.com

These beauty tips have become habitual and my strong suit.

As much as I do not focus on my age there are some beauty practices that are non-negotiable and some that are most decidedly best forgotten. It’s a practical decision, not an emotional one. As relaxed as I might be about my appearance, I don’t need to draw added attention to certain areas.

I was going through my morning beauty and make-up ritual I realized there are certain practices and products I have left behind and others I never miss. Think about it in terms of fashion – we don’t wear what we did at 20 so why would we wear the same make-up now? It’s an obvious comparison and yet I think for many years I didn’t understand a different approach might be needed.

It’s Time To Remember

  1. 1. Pay close attention to powder.Powder, translucent and pressed, has a mean habit of settling in the creases. Unless the skin is very oily use it sparingly. Dehydrated skins should leave well alone. Powdering the nose should be the extent and only if really necessary.
  2. At this age and stage, a primer can do much of the work for us.

2. Hydration is everything.

Moisturize and replenish the skin regularly but double up. What I mean is cleanse, tone, serum and moisturize then wait for 5 minutes and add another fine layer of moisturizer. Give the skin time to absorb the product and rather than apply an excessive amount once, try twice.

The difference is notable very quickly.

3. Go creamy.

Blushers, bronzers and illuminators work the best as cream products, not powders. Think about using lipstick as a blusher. Use sparingly as the pigment may be stronger and the consistency a little firmer.

4. Longer and fuller lashes in two seconds flat.

Don’t throw out the translucent powder just yet. With an old mascara brush coat the eyelashes, top and bottom, with a fine dusting.

Apply mascara as normal afterward. This one is a game-changer.

5. Drop the peach, add the yellow tone.

When choosing a tinted moisturizer or foundation choose a shade slightly more yellow. I’m not sure why but as our skin advances a golden undertone is far more flattering. My default position has always been towards peach and this colour change has made a huge difference.

6. Add a drop of moisturizer to a foundation.

The smallest drop makes all the difference to application and finishes, especially for a heavier foundation at night.

7. Make use of business cards.

Use the straight line of a business card, held at the angle, to guide eyeshadow and eyeliner application. Hold it at the corner of the eye and draw the line following the edge of the card. Remember to apply eye pencil with eyes wide open.

8. Conceal where you least expect.

Concealer is brilliant if applied above the lip line, just under the nose and underneath the bottom lip.

9. Wear masks at every opportunity.

Use them and mix them. Why wear only one mask at a time? A different one on the cheeks to the nose; an extra rich coating for the neck and décolleté area. Watch a film, wear a mask; home alone wear a mask.

10. Daylight and magnifying mirrors are our best friends.

Check, check and double-check make-up in a good light. Interior lighting can be deceptive as can older eyes. A good magnifying mirror and a glimpse in daylight is the best dose of truth there is.

These 10 save my day, every day. xv

My Top Game- Changers

smashbox primer  ||  tom ford highlighter blush stick  ||   sunday riley serum  ||  darphin divine skin  ||  darphin mask

le volume de mascara  ||  sisley pencil  (steel, bronze)  ||  clé de peau concealer  ||  bobbi brown (day)  ||  giorgio armani foundation (night)

p.s Yesterday’s launch of Girl’s Best Friend was here and gone in 60 seconds and I am so sorry if you missed out.

I am working on a Christmas Collection now and will be launching it next week.

For those of you who love the holidays, I think you will be excited. 

If you haven’t already please register your interest HERE and be the first to know. xv

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Drina Nadler

Wonderful advice. I use moisturizer and Chanel
Base Lumiere and add base to foundation. I am
73 years. old. Love your words….


Great tips- you’re a sharing girl!
Some I do already, some I have forgotten about and some I’m busting to try!!
Thank you Vicki!


I started doing this to my foundation a handful or more years ago:

Three squirts of foundation (Lancome Renergie)
dollop of oil of olay (sensitive) complete (has SPF 15)
Kiel’s micro-blur (which is tinted)

roughly a third each – and then mix mix mix in your palm, then apply. Goes on much smoother.

I also love Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective dark circle perfector which is discontinued but I snapped up 5 tubes before it did. I will be bummed when they are gone. Very sheer and light. I pat it on with a ring finger and then makeup on top.


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