I caught up with Jane Bradley, our Make up Ambassador, over coffee at our recent Liz Earle Colour photoshoot and asked her some of your most popular questions. Here’s what she had to say…
Jenny: What’s the one make up item you absolutely can’t live without?
Jane: I never leave the house without mascara on. It makes such a difference to the face, making the eyes really stand out and sparkle.
Jenny: Can you tell us the best piece of beauty advice you’ve ever been given?
Jane: Mum got me into a proper skincare regime as soon as I started wearing make up. She was adamant about looking after your skin and said it would pay off in later life. In spite of never having had any cosmetic work done, she looks much younger than her age and still turns heads, proving she was absolutely right.
Jenny: What are some of the most common make up mistakes? And how do you fix them?
Jane: Wearing the wrong shade of foundation and also wearing too much. I see blusher applied in the wrong place, over-plucked and badly shaped eyebrows and incorrect lip, cheek and eye colours too. All of these errors can be fixed with a bit of education about application techniques and simply knowing how to choose the right make up in the right shades.
Jenny: What does beauty mean to you?
Jane: It’s a cliché but I believe real beauty emanates from within. It’s easy to get drawn into the belief that perfectly symmetrical features set in a wrinkle-free face will make you beautiful, but all this does is make us feel inadequate, which in itself is unattractive. A woman who accepts what she has and who she is and understands how to make the best of herself will always radiate ‘real’ beauty for me.
Jenny: Tell us about your daily beauty regime…
Jane: I’ve used Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser morning and night for years. It removes all my make up and gently exfoliates my skin, leaving it soft and clear. I spritz on Instant Boost Skin Tonic and follow with Skin Repair Moisturiser for normal/combination skin. Even though my skin errs on the dehydrated side, I find this works perfectly, and I use it at night too. Now and again I use a mask when I feel my skin needs that little bit extra. I’m a complete convert to the Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo and Conditioner and won’t use anything else. Energising Body Wash is a staple too, as is Energising Body Scrub, and Foot Repair Moisturiser is miraculous.
Jenny: Could you share a quick beauty tip with us?
Jane: If you have zero time, the quickest and easiest way to make yourself look instantly better is by applying blush. It gives life to the whole face, makes the eyes look brighter and gives you a more youthful look.
Jenny: What makes you smile?
Jane: I love the reaction I get after I’ve made somebody up and taught them a few of my tricks – giving someone a bit of self-confidence is extremely rewarding. I can’t bear how women are so hard on themselves. It kind of breaks my heart.
Jenny: What inspires you and what are your influences?
Jane: I love the glamour and elegance of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s and have always been a huge fan of old black and white movies. The stars of the day such as Bette Davis, Lauren Bacall and Grace Kelly always looked so polished and beautiful; they were iconic. I also love the make up from the 1960s and ’70s when make up took a completely new direction. I like to take elements of the old and the new and mix them up to make them modern; a precision lip with a soft smoky eye, for instance. Keeping an eye on fashion and music also influences my ideas too.
Jenny: What do you think are the beauty essentials that should be in every make up bag?
Jane: The bare minimum would be concealer, blusher, mascara and lipstick, along with precision brushes to apply them with. But the most essential beauty tip is to always to look after your skin!
Jenny: What’s this season’s biggest beauty comeback?
Jane: Probably eye shadow. Bright lips have taken centre stage for quite some time, but now the trend is leaning towards the addition of eye colours too. I think make up in general is back in a big way, which is quite exciting.
Jenny: What advice do you have for looking more youthful – what kind of products are best to go for?
Jane: Choose products that give luminosity, such as Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint and Light Reflecting Concealer and avoid sparkly, heavy powders, which will only sit in fine lines and accentuate them. I also love nothing more than a bright, punchy lip on a mature lady. A red or a deep pink with silver hair looks knockout and will take years off you. Brow hairs become long and unruly as we age, but by keeping them trimmed and groomed your whole face will look more youthful.
Jenny: Your job involves a lot of work abroad. Do you have any top travelling tips?
Jane: While flying, try to keep off the alcohol as this adds to the dehydrating effects of being in the air. Pop a travel-size Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer in your bag and spritz your face at regular intervals to help lock the moisture in. Avoid salty foods as they can lead to puffiness, and once at your destination always protect your skin using a mineral sunscreen.
Jenny: And finally, what’s your favourite piece of skincare advice?
Jane: Find a skincare regime that works for you, and use it religiously. Always use moisturiser, keep your skin exfoliated and drink lots of water. Your skin will thank you for it!