Get the look: choosing colours

If you have glamorous grey to white hair, blue eyes and a fair, warm skin tone you can wear almost any makeup colour – but it’s essential to use a light touch. Bold, heavy make-up is unflattering as well as ageing. However, pink tones can really help put the bloom back into your skin. As long as you keep shades soft, anything goes – even if your hair is more salt and pepper than Verlaug’s platinum shade.

Get the look: blusher

Blusher is of paramount importance as you get older, says Kay, as you lose the natural pigment from your skin. Verlaug told us it’s her desert-island essential, too. Don’t put it under your cheekbones as this will give you a sunken, drawn appearance. Instead put it on the apples of your cheeks to give your skin a fresh glow and create a plumper, more youthful-looking cheek shape. And don’t shy away from blush that looks bold in its packaging, either. Applied with a big soft brush, it will look far less garish on your skin.

Get the look: eyes and lips

Kay smudged a brown pencil along Verlaug’s lash line, then used a soft grey shadow and black mascara to bring out the blue of her eyes. To balance the look, she chose the slightly blue-pink Myface.cosmetics Gigabite lipstick in Sweet Dreams, £9.99, from the fair skin palette. First, however, she used liner over the mouth to even out the pigment of the lips. GH recommends Bobbi Brown Lip Liner in Rose, £15 (www.bobbibrown.co.uk).

Try this!

As we get older, the skin around our eyes usually needs brightening. A bluish cast on skin in the eye area can be minimised with a slightly pinky-toned concealer if you are fair, or an orangey concealer if skin is darker. Look out for pink or peach-based Bobbi Brown Corrector, £18, and Tinted Eye Brightener, £19.50 (www.bobbibrown.co.uk).

GH recommends

Dolce & Gabbana Luminous Cheek Colour in Neutral £31 (Harrods.com), Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Rose Bloom, £20.50 (www.spacenk.co.uk) and Estée Lauder Signature Silky Powder Blush in Pink Kiss, £24.

Our make up artist

Kay Montano is the creative director of Myface.cosmetics – a genius, foolproof range that simply splits its products into fair, medium and medium/dark skin tones to reduce regret-buys. Make-up maestro Montano has worked with just about every big name you can think of in fashion and film. (Mario Testino, Nicole Kidman, Kate Moss - need we say more?) The key, she says, is focusing on either lips or eyes and choosing the right colours to work with your skin tone. Kay shows you how in her easy-to-follow make up tutorials.

Credits: Make up artist Kay Montano, creative director of Myface.cosmetics; Art direction Suzanne Duckett, Good Housekeeping beauty director; Filming Daniel Ward

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