Makeup application can be thought of as an art: you have a blank canvas to work with, many utensils to chose from, a plethora of colours and textures to work with, not to mention the countless brands of products and makeup lines that are available to us. Of course, one could argue that the stakes are much higher in makeup application than in art: this is your face were talking about! As we’ve discussed in previous blogs (here, here and here), there is no denying the significance and impact of first impressions, and needless to say, the correct makeup application is pivotal to creating a favorable one. It really comes down to basic presentation skills!
This complicated process can become even more complicated once women reach a certain age: midlife. As Deborah Williams, midlife makeup specialist and makeup artist to the stars, says: “As we get older, our faces change and the way we do our makeup should change.”
Over the course of adulthood, the tone of our skin is likely to change, our hair colour changes, and we develop wrinkles and lines where there were none before. This is all part of the beauty of getting older (or as I like to say, wiser), but it does imply a shift in our makeup routine. As Deborah states, aging gracefully is about embracing and embellishing.
That is where The grace Factor comes in. In her new book, with an introduction by renowned Jane Iredale, Deborah seeks to help women over 50 “face the mirror and life’s challenges with the confidence of their younger selves.” This comprehensive, 100-page DIY book explores Deborah’s unique colour philosophy: makeup always starts from colour analysis. Of course, colour analysis goes far beyond makeup into hair colour, accessories and clothing, but it is absolutely essential when talking about makeup. When you know your colouring, it is far easier to chose the perfect shades and undertones to highlight your best features. Colour philosophy makes choice easy, and takes makeup beyond the superficial.
Deborah Williams founded grace Makeup for Midlife in 2006, after many years of working with television and movie actors. She was trained in the makeup and wig program at the prestigious Canadian Opera Company, and has worked with the likes of Kelly McGillis, Helena Bonham, Margot Kidder, Leonard Cohen and Omar Sharif. She is also a consultant at Corporate Class Inc.
The grace Factor will be available in print and e-book at Amazon.com and other online retailers. It can also be bought at bookstores everywhere (including Chapters and Barnes & Noble), through Jane Iredale, in spas, and through Deborah’s website: http://gracemakeup.com/.