Mirror, Mirror…

I am having a major rethink of my daily make-up routine.

Slowly, I come to the realisation that my make-up techniques, which I have been employing for many years, no longer cut the mustard and it needs a complete overhaul. My face changes as I grow older. And no matter how hard I try to stop the process by eating right and applying beauty care diligently day and night, the reflection in the mirror is not morphing back to my face in 20s. Hubbie comforts me by saying, ‘What are you talking about? You look great for your age!’ But who takes their partner’s word for it at face value? They are well rehearsed what to say when they are asked the question!

So, apart from having to go under the knife or to plump my face up with Restylane, is there anything I can do to make myself happy?

One thing I can do is accepting what I have and appreciate it unconditionally. Why should I be critical of my own appearance when I have never been judgemental towards others? Of course, I want to present my best self to the people around me because I love them and respect them. Yet, am I being hypocritical by assuming that I will be judged harshly if I don’t look immaculate?

Another thing I can do is assessing the situation.
Comparing my present face with the one in my 20s, it has become flatter. The volume is reduced as I have lost fat from my face, like butter slowly melts and slides downwards. As a result, my present face has less definition.

How am I gonna deal with it? What can I do to make my face more defined without medically tweaked?


I discovered this product, Pro Sculpting Face Palette by Make Up For Ever, very recently. Face contouring was not unfamiliar to me, but I never tried the technique wholeheartedly. In the past, I applied bronzer to the outline of my face time to time but that was all. Therefore, I was almost a newbie to face sculpting. Which shade will be good for shading? And highlighting? I had no idea. Then, I came across this four colours palette by chance and thought, ‘This is a godsend!’

MUFE offers four palettes which are designed to complement different skin tone groups, light, medium, tan and dark. When I visited the MUFE counter at Debenhams Oxford Street, a make-up artist recommended me the medium. She showed me how and where to apply each colour, concealer, shader, highlighter and blusher.

Once at home, I opened the packaging eagerly as I could hardly wait to see what it would do to my face.

My verdict: it was 8/10. The product was very easy to blend and once it was set with the MUFE’s HD powder, my make-up stayed on almost intact after 6 hours. And as a bonus, the make-up looked even better after a very sweaty exercise session! However, I was a bit let down by the shader as the tone was a little too warm for my skin colour.

The content of my revamped make-up bag…

I am not a beauty blogger nor an expert, therefore, please excuse me from listing the products above! And about the MUFE palette, I have ordered another one in light from Guru Makeup Emporium in Fulham as the shader in it is more grey tone than the medium’s.

Bella confides me that she knows the best solution for my problem…

Why don’t you grow hair on your face like me?

Yes Bella, it’s a brilliant idea. *sigh*

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

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