Have you ever had the feeling that you've got far too much make-up but not much of an idea if you're using it all in the right way?
Join the club.
The contents of our bags often get left mostly untouched, with just a few favourite products in there being used on a regular basis – but, what if we told you there are ways to use all your forgotten products for an anti-ageing make-over?
That's right, you don't need to go buying new products because we've enlisted the help of make-up artist Ariane Poole and three willing volunteers, in a bid to show you how to look more youthful with what you've already got in your bag…
Sinead Armstrong, 43
"I like a red lip, but being tall, I feel a bit like I’m in drag if I have too much make-up on."
In Sinead's bag…
*MAC Lip Pencil, £14
*Collection Primed & Ready Colour Fix Concealer, £3.99
*Revolution Lipstick in Chauffeur, £3
*Diego Dalla Palma Eye Pencil, £14
*Rimmel Wonderful Brow, £7.99
*Laura Geller Baked & Brighten Bronzer, £27
*Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks in Pale Pink, £22
The one product Ariane added: Ariane Poole Liquid Velvet Lip in True Matte Red, £12
Don’t be afraid of red lips – they can be flattering at any age.
Choose a red shade with a slightly blue undertone (a pinkier red, rather than an orangier one) to whiten the teeth.
Everyone can benefit from this – even professional models sometimes need whiter teeth.
I’m doing Sinead’s lips first. I know that sounds counter intuitive, but it's most important bit of this look, so you can adapt the eye to suit it, rather than the other way around.
Fill the whole lip in with lip liner, not just the edges as it gives more depth of colour and helps stop any feathering around the edges.
Turn the pencil on to its side so you’re using the long edge instead of the point, then go over the top with your colour.
Sometimes less is more on the eyes.
Sinead wears a dark smudged line all the way along her eyes to give them definition, but actually, just a very light line of grey along the middle of the upper lid, opens them up and makes them look bigger and brighter.
There are no rules about mascara on lower lashes, just don’t over do it.
Because the eyes are so simple here, I think top and bottom lash mascara really frames the eyes and looks great.
As you get older, move your blusher down.
Most women wear it high, which makes sense because you start with it on the apples of your cheeks when you’re young, but as you age your apples move down slightly, so move the blusher with them.
Otherwise, you drawn more attention to the tricky area between your eyes and your cheeks. Draw attention to your lovely cheeks instead.
‘I love the red lip; it's brighter than I'd normally wear but my teeth look great. I’d normally do more smoking on my eyes too and I’m amazed how much more that stand out without it.’
Adele O’Donoghue, 45
‘I’m still drawn to the beautiful sparkly things, but I know you’re not supposed to wear shimmer past a certain age…’
In Adele's bag…
*Bobbi Brown Luxe Rich Shadow in Chlorophyll, £27
*The Ordinary Coverage Foundation, £5.95
*Charlotte Tilbury Cheek To Chic in Ecstasy, £30
*Daniel Sandler Watercolour Liquid Blush in Rose Glow, £16.50
*L’Oréal Paradise Extatic Mascara, £9.59
*Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil in Rose, £18
*MAC Eye Brows Styler in Spiked, £15.50
*Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre in Seduction, £17.50
The one product Ariane added: Ariane Poole Brow Mascara, £18.50
You can still wear sparkle after 40.
Most of us have a bold eyeshadow we bought in a daring moment, lingering in the bottom of the make-up bag.
This dark green is really flattering on fair skin – just wet it with a thin, tapered brush and use it just over the top lash line as eyeliner.
It’s subtle enough for daytime but still has eye-catching sparkle.
It’s not what liner you wear, it’s how – Adele has deep set eyes, but she doesn’t have hooded lids (people always confuse the two), so she looks great with a bold liner.
Stop the line just before the outer edge of the top lashes – if you take it right to the outer corner it can make the eyes appear to droop.
For perfect brows, comb them down first, then fill them in along the top line, so you get a perfect shape that follows your own eyebrow.
That gets you a softer and more natural line than filling in from the bottom, then finish by brushing them back into place.
A lot of pencils for blondes have too much red in, which is unflattering and really shows up.
The only thing I’m going to add is my brow mascara in blonde over the top as it means you can really fill in all the sparse bits with your pencil, then go over it for more texture and softness, so you don't have a harsh brow.
Double up your blusher.
Most people are afraid of blush but as we get older it becomes one of the most important things.
Just like hair goes grey, skin loses pigment: blusher brings it back, but this cream blush gives a gorgeous natural flush that I love, but I’m using the powder blush over the top too for a bolder, more youthful (and longer-lasting) glow.
Go a little stronger on the lips – use both lip liner and lip colour.
Line on the very outside edge of the lip line – not actually outside it – but just along the edge, to give a natural volume – natural, but as much as possible.
“I’m so thrilled. I loved that green shadow, but I wasn't using it much – I felt a bit overwhelmed, so to find a way to wear it that works for everyday was amazing.”
Kam Mehta, 53
‘I guess I’m in a rut with my make-up, though I try not to be. I have this beautiful palette of purples and plums, but you can see I’ve hardly used it.’
*Laura Geller Cherry Cordial Palette, £23.95 (now discontinued, but see similar palette from L'Oreal Paris here)
*BareMinerals Pro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation, £31
*Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer, £33
*BareMinerals Gen Nude Powder Blush, £23
*Benefit BadGal Bang Mascara, £22
*Laura Geller Brow Gel Pencil, £15
The one product Ariane added: Ariane Poole mineral Illuminating Pen in peach, £22
The concealer under Kam’s eyes is too cool, she needs a peach shade.
Dark circles are purple or blue, so peach instantly counteracts that.
When you first dab it on it feels wrong, but remember, you’re not covering your dark circles, you’re camouflaging them.
I’m using it as a primer on her lids as well for a great, even base.
This is a lovely palette of 10 shades, but so many colours can be daunting, so I’m going to stick to the cooler tones, which are especially flattering around the eyes (red-toned purples can be harder to wear).
I used sandstone as a base all over the eye area, with Violet over the top.
I’m taking the purple higher up into the eye socket too – don’t stop below the crease, go right into it for a softer look.
I’m applying eyeshadow with my finger, which gives a nice depth to the pigment and a softer, less powdery finish – you also get less drop than you would with a brush (which really shows up on older skin).
A soft liner done with darker eyeshadow is really flattering.
Rather than a harsh black eye pencil, I’m using the dark purple shade from the palette and just blending it to give a smoky liner effect.
Women spend so much time worrying about whether they have the best mascara, but curling your lashes will make a bigger difference.
I use heated curlers just after I’ve applied mascara as it makes them look thicker and longer, and opens your eyes right up.
‘It was so lovely to create such a different look with products I already have – and to know how to correct my mistakes. The lash curling and the concealer were both amazing for an instant effect.’
Source: Read Full Article