How I rediscovered the joy of makeup

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How I rediscovered the joy of makeup

One thing that anchors me in the past all too firmly is my makeup. Lately I’ve been thinking about this quite a lot because some things – eyelids, lip line, cheek “apples”, eyebrows – are definitely on the move. I thought I was doing quite well. I even finally mastered the art of the eyeliner flick – although sometimes, somehow, my face is less likely to be the way I left it yesterday. This, I suppose, is because I’m growing old and all those things that mysteriously leech out of my skin with each passing day – collagen and whatnot – mean my face is less fixed. Sometimes all it takes to turn me from Chrissie Hynde into Alice Cooper is a millimetre’s extra bagginess on my eyelids. For all my bold exposition on the confidence boosting properties of a scarlet lipstick, I suffer from the same “is everything still where I put it?” self-doubt as the next person. This is annoyingly wobble-making when I want to be a strong “pulled-together” woman of style. The question is, what’s the solution?

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Kate Humble: aquaponics is the answer to our growing food crisis

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Kate Humble: aquaponics is the answer to our growing food crisis

A collective “ooh” went up as the condensation cleared from a new 12 x 7 metre structure to reveal the UK’s first aquaponic solar greenhouse, in the perhaps unlikely environs of Kate Humble’s 117-acre ex-council farm in Monmouthshire, Wales.

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West Brom red-faced over tweet before Marouane Fellaini’s United goal

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West Brom red-faced over tweet before Marouane Fellaini’s United goal

West Bromwich Albion were made to regret a tweet mocking Marouane Fellaini when the midfielder scored his first goal for Manchester United only four minutes later.

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Liverpool v Real Madrid will do well to match the outlandish events of 2009

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Liverpool v Real Madrid will do well to match the outlandish events of 2009

It is five and a half years since Liverpool’s last great European night at Anfield. And what a night. A 4-0 victory over the most-decorated club on the continent, two goals from the club captain Steven Gerrard on his 100th appearance in Europe and a display of goalkeeping from Iker Casillas of such breathtaking brilliance that it prevented Real from a defeat that could quite easily have been double the final score. But there was a peculiar feel to events, too. Maybe it was the shock of witnessing a Real Madrid team who were still well in the running for the Spanish league title play so badly. Or perhaps it was just the way the game played out, with Juande Ramos’s team showing so little fight in a ferocious mauling by a Rafael Benítez side not known for cutting loose when protecting an aggregate lead would do.

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Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini backs Yaya Touré to deliver in Russia

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Manuel Pellegrini believes Yaya Touré may be on the brink of his best form as Manchester City prepare to take on CSKA Moscow in Tuesday evening’s crucial Champions League encounter.

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James Graham to lead England in Four Nations opener against Samoa

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James Graham to lead England in Four Nations opener against Samoa

James Graham will lead England in the opening match of the Four Nations series against Samoa in Brisbane on Saturday after newly-appointed captain Sean O’Loughlin was ruled out through injury.

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Laura Trott relishing omnium changes and new focus on points race

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Laura Trott relishing omnium changes and new focus on points race

It was once her achilles heel, but Laura Trott is beginning to prove a point. The 22-year-old is a double Olympic champion, winning gold at London 2012 in the team pursuit and the six-discipline omnium, but the points race has consistently proved to be a problem.

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Talking Horses: best bets for Tuesday’s racing plus our competition

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Talking Horses: best bets for Tuesday’s racing plus our competition

Tony Paley: Trainer Gary Moore is undecided as to whether to give Sire De Grugy a prep run before his runner’s highly anticipated clash with Sprinter Sacre in the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on December 6.

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Croatian boxer viciously attacks referee at European Youth Championships

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Croatian boxer viciously attacks referee at European Youth Championships

Croatia’s Vido Loncar sparked outrageous scenes at the European Youth Boxing Championships when he launched a vicious assault on the referee after losing his bout in Zagreb.

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Marouane Fellaini rewards Louis van Gaal’s faith at Manchester United

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Marouane Fellaini rewards Louis van Gaal’s faith at Manchester United

Before Manchester United hosted Valencia in their final pre-season game on 12 August Louis van Gaal met Marouane Fellaini in his office. The Belgian’s time at the club had been the focus of relentless derision following the previous summer’s £27.5m move and with Napoli interested the midfielder thought his number might be up.

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