There’s no getting away from it (believe me I’ve tried); aging comes to us all. This is where the beauty industry can come to our aid. Certain anti-aging beauty concepts that work in theory, actually turn out to be a really bad idea (such as going for a heavy foundation). Read on to discover 7 anti-aging beauty secrets that actually work.
1.Use An Hydrating Moisturiser: CeraVe AM Facial Moisturiser, £12.99, www.amazon.co.uk
One of the lovely side effects of aging is dry skin (yay). Untreated dry skin causes some makeup to accentuate this irksome problem, as well as amplify lines and wrinkles. One of the best beauty tips is to ensure your moisture levels are kept at optimal capacity. That means, drink loads of water, apply an overnight moisturiser and use day serums/moisturisers with hyaluronic acid. This wonder component is hugely effective in retaining those much-needed moisture levels, thus keeping the dry, shrivelled look at bay!
There are some amazing products out there. However, in these financially crappy times, you can’t go wrong with CeraVe. It has everything your skin needs (precious ceramides and hyaluronic acid) and it is only £12.99! I can’t go without my coffee so generally; I drink a cup of water each time I have coffee (that way I’m not missing out, but stay hydrated). The only downside here is frequently running to the loo!
2.A Great Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing, £28, http://www.smashbox.co.uk
Primers can be a literal Godsend for blurring and hiding those pesky signs of getting older. Sadly let’s just say that more pronounced pores, go hand-in-hand with age. I have dry skin and being in quarantine has recently made me aware of several (what I can only call) pot holes on my face! How the Hell did they sneak there? There are only a handful of primers that really work for me. One of my favourites is Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizer. Should my plight ring any bells with anyone out there, I would recommend giving this little gem a shot.
3.CC Creams / Lightweight Hydrating Foundation: IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream, £32, www.itcosmetics.co.uk
Although the reasoning behind using a high coverage concealer and foundation to cover the lines; I reality it has the opposite result. At the end of the day, our faces aren’t cakes and DO NOT look more enticing the more toppings we pile on (yep, on the off chance I was wrong, tried this too). Doesn’t work. Instead, do a little research and find yourself a good hydrating CC cream or hydrating and lightweight foundation. The outcome is far more appealing.
I am smitten with IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream. Brimming with hydrating and skin-loving benefits that are perfect for tackling the age-factor (think vitamins A, C and E), this lightweight yet full coverage cream is the stuff of dreams. Ideal for hiding redness too, it will ensure your complexion appears beautifully radiant and NEVER cakey! #Beautifuldays!
This CC cream is available in 12 shades, is SPF50 and suitable for all skin types.
4.Makeup Sponge (Damp): Iconic London Pro-Evo Buffer Brush, £32.50, www.iconiclondoninc.com
One little trick some people may not know is apply your makeup with a damp sponge, patting in rather than rubbing with your fingers. You achieve a seamless non-streaky finish every time. The Pro-Evo Buffer Brush by Iconic London has been one of my most cherished beauty tools, since I was lucky enough to review it over a year ago. It is, without a doubt, one of my never-be-without items. Love this!
5.Neutral Tones: Mac Amber Times Nine Eye Shadow Palette, £26, www.maccosmetics.co.uk
Whilst bright colours are fine for occasional use, the general rule of thumb is to lean towards more neutral shades. This is more flattering for more mature skin and doesn’t draw attention to creases or drooping skin. MAC’s eye shadow x 9 is so gorgeous, it has to be my choice of the month.
6.The Softer The Better (Eyeliner and Eyebrows)
Okay, so you over-plucked your brows and now they don’t look like eyebrows. This will put years on any face. Microblading is a great solution (make sure you do you research people – you do not want to pay big bucks to be stuck with permanently dodgy-looking brows! Failing that, after applying eyeshadow primer (Perricone MD No Makeup Eyeshadow, £29 is fab), use a fine eyeshadow powder and soft eyebrow pencil. Avoid harsh black at all costs.
Should you have droopy lids steer clear from thick eyeliner. If you love the liner, create a thin line across the top lash line and avoid the lower lash line altogether.
7. Fuller Lips
Lips decrease in size as we age. Luckily there are some fabulous lip plumping products out there – I love Fillerina Lip Volume Treatment Gel with 6 Hyaluronic Acids, £64.99, www.amazon.co.uk. It doesn’t provide injectable-like results, but it does noticeably improve the appearance of your pout. I tried this for several months and was impressed with how full my lips appeared. Out of all the lip volume treatments I have tested, I would pay the extra and opt for this one.
When applying lipstick use a foundation first to prevent migration of lip products. Next line and fill the lips with a soft pencil and follow with a lipstick.
Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message below and stay safe everyone. xx