WE asked for your beauty problems and offered to bring in the experts to solve them. Today we’re featuring reader Trish Chettleburgh in our mini make-over series.

TRISH, 57, from Denby Dale, was born and brought up in South Africa and says that her skin is now displaying signs of sun damage from a youth spent in the sunshine.

“We didn’t use sun lotions, we’d be rubbing baby oil on ourselves,’’ says Trish, who moved to the UK with her husband Glynn seven years ago.

“I also have terribly dry skin,’’ she added, “and I’d like to know what sort of foundation I should be using for my skin type.

“I can’t use powdery products and mineral foundations look a mess.’’

Trish, a legal secretary in Huddersfield, admitted that she’d settled into a way of applying make-up and needed an overhaul. “I’ve been doing the same thing for years so I’d like a new look,’’ she said.

We took Trish to the Chanel counter in House of Fraser, where consultant Susan Payne talked her through a beauty routine.

“For dry and ageing skin you really need to start using a serum under your moisturiser,’’ she advised. “And the right sort of foundation for dry, sun-blemished skin would be a cream foundation like our Teint Innocence. It gives good cover and adds an extra layer of moisture to the skin. To make it easier to apply foundation I’m also using a light-reflecting base underneath.’’

Cream foundations can be applied with either a sponge or a brush and on this occasion Susan used a brush to work the product into difficult to access areas around the eyes and nose.

“Trish should look for skincare products for dehydrated skin like our Hydramax range and she should only use alcohol-free toners and cleansing lotions rather than soap and water,’’ said Susan.

Trish says friends have told her that brown eye shadow makes her look tired, so Susan experimented with a palette of subtle green, pink and smokey greys. She also showed Trish how to use a pale brown eyebrow pencil to give her eyes more definition.

“I tried waxing my own eyebrows and took a chunk out of the middle,’’ said Trish, “and as I’ve got older my eyebrows have faded away so I really need help shaping them.’’

“This was the first time I’ve had my make-up done. I’ve really enjoyed it,’’ she said.