“Choosing the right products for your age: Is it time for a make-up bag makeover?”
WHEN was the last time you took a close look at your make-up bag?
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It could be time to update your look
Chances are it could do with a makeover.
It is easy to treat make-up like a trusty pair of slippers, wearing the same style for years and never changing what feels like a good fit.
However the products and techniques you used in your 20s and 30s are unlikely to suit you as you get older.
Gary Cockerill is our resident make-up artist at the clinic and has more than 25 years’ experience working with stars including Eva Longoria, Kelly Brook and Jo Wood.
He is a big fan of using make-up to boost confidence but warns: “Using too heavy a hand or dated techniques can add a decade to your appearance.”
Here we reveal some of his tips and tricks to ensure that you look fabulous at every age.
Eyes start to look smaller as you age so avoid dark or metallic shadows which can close up the eyes and emphasise lines.
Instead opt for neutral colours and shades of grey and brown.
Before applying, use an eye primer over the lid to disguise any purple discolouration.
Swap black eyeliner for navy or brown and soften the line after you’ve applied it with a cotton bud.
Don’t use too much concealer under the eyes as this can draw attention to crepiness and fine lines.
Always frame your eyes with lush lashes.
Curl lashes first as this helps lift sagging eyelids, then wiggle the mascara wand back and forth from the roots to the tips for maximum coverage, separation and length.
Avoid mascara on lower lashes as this can make eyes look droopy.
For special occasions try false eyelashes.
Lancome Hypnose Mascara, £24.50 (lancome.co.uk) has silicone, glycerine and vitamin B5 to build up lashes and keep them supple.
Eylure Naturalite False Eyelashes, £5.25 (boots.com) are perfect if you’re over 40 as they look natural and are very easy to apply.
Pur Get A Grip Endurance Eye Shadow Primer, £15.50 (marksandspencer.com) will hide any discolouration on the eyelids.
Pixi Eye Zone Brightener Serum, £14 (pixibeauty.co.uk) is an illuminating eye gel that softens the appearance of fine lines and reduces puffiness.
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Opt for neutral colours of brown and grey
Matte lipsticks are very much in fashion but they tend to emphasise every wrinkle so are best avoided.
Avoid dark colours too as they will make lips look smaller.
Instead choose a glossy, bright lipstick and be adventurous with colours.
Use a pencil in a shade that matches your lipstick colour and don’t go too far outside your lips’ natural line as any lipstick you apply afterwards will get caught in the fine, feathery lines around the mouth.
Smooth a little foundation over the lips before you apply lipstick as this will help the colour last longer.
Mac Lip Pencil in Spice, £13 (maccosmetics.co.uk) is the world’s bestselling luxury lip liner.
The natural colour matches most brownish-red lip colours.
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain, £28 (yslbeauty.co.uk) is one of the new generation of high-pigment lip glosses that can be worn alone and adds shape and colour with no stickiness.
Skipping blusher will make cheeks look flat while a soft flush will give your complexion an instant boost.
Sweep colour along the cheekbones, using the centre of your eye as a starting point.
Choose shades that are soft and sheer such as peach, coral and bronze and avoid bright pink at all costs.
A good tip to get the right shade is to pinch your cheek and pick a shade that matches the flush.
Laura Mercier Creme Cheek Colour, £21.50 (houseoffraser.co.uk) creates a naturally flushed look with a translucent finish.
Mac Mineralize Skin Finish Bronzer, £24.50 (maccosmetics.co. uk) should be swept around the hairline, along the chin and lightly over cheeks for a golden glow.
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Skipping blusher will make cheeks look flat
The bold defined brow remains a beauty staple whatever your age.
If you have plucked your brows into non-existence use an angled eyebrow brush and taupe powder to thicken your brows or you can fill in sparse brows with short feathery strokes using a pencil in a colour that’s slightly lighter than your natural hue.
Don’t make eyebrows too dark as this will make the face look heavy, hooded and tired.
Dab a highlighting cream that’s slightly lighter than your skin tone above each brow to give a natural lift.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, £15.50 (cultbeauty.co.uk) is smudge-proof and available in 10 shades.
Make-up Revolution Ultra Brow Palette, £7.99 (superdrug.com) is an all-you-need palette with brush, pencil, tweezers, four blendable powders and two tinted waxes.
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The bold defined brow remains a beauty staple whatever your age
Golden rules for glowing skin at every age
1 Don’t get stuck in a rut. Look through your make-up bag and throw out products that you have had for years.
2 Never go to bed without taking off your make-up. As we age we tend to concentrate on moisturisers and serums but good cleansing is just as important for healthy, radiant skin.
3 A good set of brushes can transform how you apply make-up and there are plenty of online tutorials to show you how to use them. See bellebrushes.com for more information.
4 Highlighters can exaggerate wrinkles but give your skin a natural glow with a dab of lip balm. Put a little on your fingertip and apply to cheekbones, cupid’s bow and above each brow bone.
5 You may develop shadows in the corner of the eyes that make the face appear gaunt and hollow. Disguise with a concealer and give yourself an instant eye lift.
6 When trying out a new foundation don’t buy it immediately. Wear it for a few hours and look at it in natural daylight before deciding.
7 Semi permanent make-up has come a long way over the past few years with new techniques, softer, natural finishes, improved pigments and better needles and the results can be outstanding, especially when used to enhance facial features such as filling in sparse brows or to correct an ageing lip line.
Make sure to go to an experienced therapist.
For more information about Gary Cockerill visit www.garycockerill.com
For advice on cosmetic surgery consult your GP.
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