How to achieve more youth­ful look­ing skin with­out a big spend

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Last week we looked at some sim­ple makeup tricks that can make age­ing eyes look younger and brighter (if you missed it, find it on This week we’re go­ing to fo­cus on the rest of the face. Be­cause the skin changes as we get older, we need to change with it and re­think what beauty prod­ucts will work best.

I’m all for the con­ve­nience of BB and CC creams but when it comes to proper cov­er­age noth­ing beats a good foun­da­tion. Don’t con­fuse cov­er­age with a heavy foun­da­tion, some of the best avail­able of­fer colour that cre­ates a uni­form com­plex­ion but in a for­mula that feels light­weight and nat­u­ral on the skin. How do they do this?

Some foun­da­tions use gel for­mats as car­ri­ers for the colour rather than waxes, oil and wa­ter. May­belline’s Fit Me Foun­da­tion comes in eight shades and is great value at €11.99. YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat is pricier at €35 but comes in 22 shades, so a per­fect colour match is prac­ti­cally guar­an­teed.

This type of foun­da­tion is great for age­ing skin; blem­ishes are con­cealed, skin tone looks even and hy­drated. Foun­da­tion com­plete, it’s time now to add light and shade to lift and shape the face.

Un­less the face is round you could skip shader com­pletely if un­der­neath the cheek­bones is al­ready de­fined, fur­ther shad­ing can give you a more gaunt ap­pear­ance. In­stead, take a warm blush shade (pale pink is pop­u­lar and peach suits all skin tones) and ap­ply to the high­est part of the ap­ples of the cheeks. Even a lit­tle blush gives the im­pres­sion of rounder, plumper cheeks and that’s in­stantly youth­ful.

Colour done, fo­cus now on light where it’s most ef­fec­tive. Tak­ing a light-re­flec­tive con­cealer, like last week’s ArtDeco ver­sion (€ 21.60) and use the built-in brush to add the liq­uid along the lines of the face. Nose to mouth, fore­head, be­tween the brows, ap­ply con­cealer to each, quickly pat into place and move onto the next line. The light-re­flec­tion softens the ap­pear­ance of lines and skin looks younger.

The fi­nal flour­ishes of the con­cealer lifts the en­tire face; sim­ply add a touch above the cheek­bones start­ing at the blush and out to­ward the ear. Ap­ply a lit­tle more above the outer half of each eye­brow, and to fin­ish run the brush just out­side the lip line top and bot­tom to give the mouth a lifted and fuller look.

Who would have a guessed a gel foun­da­tion, touch of colour and a con­cealer wand could give you younger look­ing skin? Give it a try.

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