When I saw this portrait of Julie Delpy at the Chanel spring/ summer prêt-à-porter I immediately thought, what a beautiful face.
Her natural look, messy hair and neutral eyes with red lips, was refreshing in a world of over beautified celebrities. Some may say she is too natural, too carefree in her look but I found her quite lovely.
I think we all angst over how natural we should be; we all search for that balance between ageing gracefully and looking our elegant best. It is a tough act to perfect and some find it less challenging than others. The more confidence we have in our inner selves, the easier it is.
Sometimes it is easier said than done.
Julie Delpy and her unaffected look has me thinking about the interventions available for beauty enhancement. How much we do and how far we go? I don’t know the secret to her natural beauty but she has found her equilibrium. I hope she stays that way.
The mid 40’s are wonderful years beauty wise. Signs of age that allow the wisdom of maturity but not so great that we feel surprised when we look in the mirror. Often I forget I am mastering my 50’s and still think of myself as an ageless and fearless young woman. A quick look in the magnifying mirror to apply my make-up dispels that idyll and I fall with a thump back into reality.
Know what I mean?
So the never-ending conundrum of how far is too far when it comes to beauty?
I don’t have the answers and nor do I hold judgement. There are bits I would love to tweak and there are other signs of ageing that I can live with. We all have our foibles; it is a personal approach and one that only we can decide.
I have been reading about the “new dimension” wrinkle fillers.
Not the permanent go-to-the-dermatologist kind but those that can be applied each morning or for special occasions. The use of texture and light reflecting properties, a “spackle and filler” idea, works to smooth out the creases.
I haven’t used these wrinkle fillers but I am told there are a couple that make a significant difference. In the name of research, I am trying them out. xv
julie delpy, getty images