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Secrets of the insiders

Just what do the city’s hottest fashion designers, beauty experts and industry insiders do to stay looking their best? Wonder no more, for we have turned to four leading ladies to find out their thoughts on ageing and to uncover their secrets on how to stop time in its tracks…

Frankie
27 Apr 2015 | 03:00 pm
  • Judith Hobby.

    Source:Aiza Castillo-Domingo/ANM

Judith Hobby

Fashion designer, 50

“I guess in the fashion industry there is always a certain amount of pressure to look young, but I also have enough confidence in myself for it not to bother me too much. I like to just sit back and enjoy the show. As George Bernard Shaw said, ‘Youth is wasted on the young’.”

I truly believe attitude is number one. If you feel young and are happy, then your appearance will reflect that. Not giving up is also key. So many women get to a certain age, then it’s like their appearance doesn’t matter anymore. There is no need for this. You don’t need to have the best figure to still look stylish. Lastly, smile at people and when they smile back you’ll feel great.

I have always said that if I felt like I wanted to, I would have a facelift. I don’t think there is anything wrong with going that far if it’s going to make you feel better about yourself.

In the fashion industry there is always a certain amount of pressure to look young, but I have enough confidence for it not to bother me too much. I like to just sit back and enjoy the show. As George Bernard Shaw said, “Youth is wasted on the young”.

Feeling beautiful is about inner confidence and happiness. I truly believe in the old adage “at 20 you have the face you were born with, at 50 you have the face you deserve”. If you aren’t good on the inside, as you get older it starts to show on the face.

I once told someone I refused to age gracefully, to which he replied that by looking after myself, I was ageing gracefully. It’s true. Growing old gracefully isn’t twinsets and pearls – it’s having fun and enjoying yourself.

  • I’ve always had short hair but I change the colour all the time. It’s been every colour you can imagine, but bleached out is my favourite. Whenever I misbehave I change my hair colour to go incognito for a while…
  • I had very droopy eyelids and had to get them lifted so I could see properly, which created heavy lines, so I now have Botox on my forehead and around eyes/frown lines to minimise them.
  • I love the sun but it means I now have redness on my nose. To counteract it I use Elemis SOS Emergency Cream.
  • I’m very low maintenance with skincare, but no matter how exhausted I am I always cleanse and moisturise before bed and never sleep with my make-up on.
  • My make-up staple is a red lippie – I can’t go out without it on. Lancôme’s L’Absolu Rouge 132 is my current shade of choice.

Dr Lamees Hamdan

Dr Lamees Hamdan

Founder of Shiffa Dubai Skincare, 40

“There is no right or wrong when it comes to personal choices in beauty. Some feel comfortable with surgery, others don’t want any intervention and they are both right. The important thing is having a choice.”

I like to keep my beauty regime simple yet effective. If you complicate matters, you won’t stick to it in the long term. 
Like most women, my main concern is wrinkles. But I’ve been taking care of my skin for years, which has resulted in a young firm look until now. Having a regime that suits your skin type, cleansing once in the morning and twice at night, using an appropriate moisturiser, and always making sure you take care of the delicate area around the eyes are all crucial.

We’re wrong to concentrate on how we look from the outside. For me, the marker of beauty is happiness, and when you learn to love and accept your looks, you will feel beautiful and happy.

Focus as much on what you put in your body as on what you put on your skin. I always choose products with the most natural and effective ingredients. 
I am a doctor, I can see beauty fads a mile away! I’m bemused by ‘snail’ moisturiser. I haven’t seen any evidence to suggest it’s useful for skincare, but I always keep an open mind.

Most people are terrified by the idea of growing old, but I want to say to them: don’t be! Growing old doesn’t mean you have to look old. In fact, you can look younger and more beautiful as you grow older, just look at Julianne Moore.

  • A good cut and colour is essential. I love having hair with lots of volume, but only blow-dry it when necessary.
  • I use the Shiffa Rejuvenating Eye Remedy under my eyes but also on my neck. Those are the first two signs of ageing!
  • I haven’t had any work done, but never say never. What’s empowering to women is to have a choice, and I’m not against it.
  • Nars velvet lip liner with a touch of lip treatment balm on top is the perfect lip look for me.
  • I always wear a hat outdoors. It may not look sexy but it protects my skin from the sun!

Ruth Bradley

Ruth Bradley

Founder of Ruth Bradley PR Agency, 40

“I’m not massively self-conscious about my looks or weight as I believe in a more relaxed approach to life, but in my job I also need to be well-groomed as it’s a very public role. I never leave the house without lipstick for example; if I did then I would feel naked.”

I don’t know if it’s psychological because I’ve just hit the big 4-0, but I’m seeing more lines on my face, liver spots on my hands and my hair is thinning… I never noticed these things before! I’m starting to notice limitations in my body, too. I have absolutely no intention of slowing down though.

I’ve tried dieting and detoxing fads, but never for beauty. The craziest one was drinking pure aloe vera for 10 days. It was vile but after losing 5kg I’d be tempted to do it again. In general though I’m too busy to experiment with faddy tricks.

In my 20s I was lazy, so did the bare minimum… cleansed and moisturised but I didn’t care much about what products I used. I was way more interested in parties and life in general. Today I am an absolute stickler for my skin routine, and am starting to become a bit of a beauty buff!

Obviously I want to look gorgeous at all times for my husband, but ultimately I want to look after myself for me. I’m not massively self-conscious about my looks or weight as I believe in a more relaxed approach to life, but in my job I also need to be well groomed as it’s a very public role. I never leave the house without lipstick for example; if I did I’d feel naked.

  • Maria Dowling is the only person I would let touch my hair. I go to her once a month to let myself escape for a few hours. My hair has definitely got thinner with age so I don’t go as blonde as I used to.
  • Eyebrows are so important, but as I practically live on the beach they get lighter, so once a month I get them tinted by Lena at NBar Palm Strip Mall.
  • I love my mole. My granddad had one in the same place so it makes me feel close to him. Now my daughter has one there too!
  • If I could have only one thing in my make-up bag it would have to be Mac’s Ruby Woo lipstick. I would buy a lifetime’s supply if I could! I wear it everywhere and don’t take it off. It makes me feel instantly sexy.
  • I always bleach my moustache. I’m petrified of waxing or threading as I love the sun so would end up with a dark patch.

Rania Kfoury

Rania Kfoury

Luxury Lifestyle PR director at The Qode, 36

“I’m at the point in my life now where I’ve outgrown most of my beauty-related insecurities and I know what works for me 
and what doesn’t. I’ve embraced my imperfections and know that they make me distinctively me.”

Growing old gracefully means knowing you won’t stay taut forever and accepting that. Rather than obsessing about it, embrace it. There’s nothing more beautiful than a face that can tell a lifetime of stories with a few lines.

I’ve had days when I feel visibly older, I think all women do. It’s a state of mind. I think I’m very transparent; how I feel is reflected on my face. I felt drained and worn out when I lost my father, it made me feel 100 years older. That’s why I believe youth is not skin deep. It’s a state of mind.

I love yogurt for exfoliating my skin and I use rosewater as a toner. Growing up I have memories of putting cucumber slices on my aunt’s face and I now do the same – heaven for puffy eyes!

I’ve always had issues with acne so that’s my biggest beauty struggle. I have to keep my skin in check as I have what’s called ‘stress acne’. Stress is something unavoidable in today’s life and I need to make sure to keep my stress levels at a minimum.

I’m at the point in my life where I’ve outgrown most of my beauty-related insecurities and I know what works for me and what doesn’t. I’ve embraced my imperfections and know that they make me distinctively me.

  • I have to have my eyebrows shaped nicely as they really frame the face. I always get mine threaded.
  • I have a very healthy approach to food as what you eat really affects the skin. I love veggies and salads and drink lots of water.
  • I always use Guerlain’s Terracotta Bronzing Powder, which has a little bit of blush in it, on my cheeks for a healthy glow.
  • I love wearing nude lipstick. It’s the perfect way to have make-up on without having to wear lots of it.
  • I do a lot of my facials at home but if I want to treat myself 
I go to Biolite and have the deep cleansing or photo rejuvenation facial.

Frankie

By Frankie Rozwadowska