Anti-ageing tricks for quick fixes and long-term solutions
No matter what your skincare concern, these anti-ageing superstars will get you results – regardless of your deadline
Fine lines and sallow skin can creep up on us, so fight the signs of ageing with makeup that cleverly hides wrinkles and skincare that plumps,
invigorates and hydrates the skin every day.
INSTANT: SKINMEDICA HA5 REJUVENATING HYDRATOR, $310.50; AND REVLON YOUTH FX FILL + BLUR
PRIMER FOR FACE/NECK, $32
The secret to younger looking skin comes down to hydration. Give skin the boost it needs with this super serum containing five types of hydrators that immediately go to work replenishing your skin’s hyaluronic acid. For an added boost to your everyday appearance, try Revlon’s blurring makeup primer – it temporarily fills in fine lines for a flawless base.
OVER TIME: MURAD RETINOL YOUTH RENEWAL SERUM, $189
Treat deeper wrinkles with a cream or serum that has multiple anti-ageing benefits. Products containing high levels of retinol A are great at restoring firmness, hydration and collagen. This serum contains not one, but three different kinds of retinol to quickly boost cellular turnover while also slowly releasing retinol over time to sustain skin’s youthful appearance.
Too much time in the sun when you’re younger can come back to haunt you. Now you can both reverse and hide the signs of discoloration so your skin tone looks flawless.
INSTANT: ELIZABETH ARDEN FLAWLESS FINISH CORRECTING AND HIGHLIGHTING PERFECTOR, $55
Combat signs of hyperpigmentation quickly with a concealer to hide imperfections and brighten your skin. This easy-to-use applicator can be carried wherever you go for quick touch-ups throughout the day.
SHISEIDO WHITE LUCENT MULTIBRIGHT NIGHT CREAM, $119
Our skin does the majority of its healing while we sleep, so slather on a night cream to brighten and tone the skin overnight. Shiseido’s MultiBright technology focuses on the skin’s nighttime cycle, while ingredients like sakura from Japanese cherry blossoms minimise the appearance of future dark spots.
Reverse and hide the signs of discoloration
As we age, our skin cell turnover slows, making complexions appear duller. Get your glow back
with these effective must-haves.
INSTANT: AUSTRALIS LIQUID STROBE ILLUMINATING DROPS, $20
Create a glowing complexion in one easy
swoop with these light-infusing drops. Ideal for your face, neck or décolletage, the silky-smooth formula enhances your cheekbones and creates a luminous glow. Simply drop a small amount of this illuminating liquid onto your fingertips or highlighter brush and apply directly to face, or mix into
foundation for a subtle sheen.
OVER TIME: ANTIPODES WORSHIP SUPERFRUIT
ANTIOXIDANT SERUM, $54.50
Re-energise dull skin with a serum that works deep down to brighten and invigorate. This is enriched with six superfruits to nourish, including kiwifruit and coffee berry for an added boost to fight dull, tired skin. Use morning and
night for maximum effect.
While you can’t totally prevent dark under-eye circles, you can certainly minimise them.
Whether it’s clever makeup or skincare that soothes and brightens, these products will have your peepers looking perkier in no time.
SMASHBOX COLOUR CORRECTING STICKS IN PEACH & ORANGE, $45 EACH
To neutralise darkness, orange shades offset the blue, grey and brown tones in under-eye circles. If your situation isn’t too dire, then you can skip this step and move along to concealing. If not, start with priming your under-eyes with a colour corrector like these – apricot or peach for fair skin to medium tones, and orange and reds for deeper tones – before covering them up.
KATE SOMERVILLE WRINKLE WARRIOR VISIBLE DARK CIRCLE ERASER, $95
While you can use makeup to instantly camouflage darkness, you should start by getting to the root of the problem with a brightening eye cream. But beware of richer textures, which work well before bedtime, but aren’t ideal if you want your concealer to stick around. Instead, start by priming under-eyes with a fast-absorbing gel formula like this one. It’s rich in botanical extracts of yeast, plankton, white lupine and alfalfa that work to tackle dark circles and puffiness while three sizes of hyaluronic acid replenish moisture and plump out fine lines and wrinkles.
Makeup Now that summer is here, your layers are getting lighter, so why not give your makeup routine the same treatment, too? Instead of stuffing your bag full of unnecessary items, empty everything out and only keep multi-taskers that are worthy of taking up prime real estate. We’ve rounded up four of our favourite streamlining beauty products.
GIGI X MAYBELLINE EAST COAST GLAM EYE CONTOUR PALETTE (WARM), $25
Why not use the same palette to define your eyes and cheeks? This palette contains five soft matte shades in warm tones, perfect for creating a natural, softly contoured eye, blushed cheeks and a highlight for the brow and cheekbones.
ESSENCE LONG-LASTING EYE PENCIL IN 02 HOT CHOCOLATE, $3.50
No doubt you’ve been seriously underestimating your brown eyeliner pencil. Lining your lashes is just the start (especially if your pencil is on the creamier side). Scribble it all over your lids, or in the creases of your eyes, and smudge the pigment with your finger to mimic brown shadow. Lightly colour in your brows or blend it along your cheekbones for a little bit of contour.
JANE IREDALE EYE HIGHLIGHTER PENCIL IN WHITE/PINK, $39.50
Sort your whole makeup look with this clever pencil, which can be used as an eyeshadow, cheek colour, lip base or brow bone highlight. Add a touch to the inner corner of your eyes to give your makeup look a wake-up call.
BENEFIT THEY’RE REAL! DOUBLE THE LIP IN FUCHSIA FEVER, $38
Struggling with finding the perfect liner for your lipstick choice of the day? Join the club. This smart new product features two tones that make colour-matching foolproof in each swipe. The dark shade at the top part of the bullet lines your pout while the lighter hue fills it in with vibrant pigment, removing the frustration from that puzzling step in your routine. There are eight colours in the range, so you can find an option for your skin tone. Don’t forget to prep lips with a scrub.
Only keep multi-taskers that are worthy of taking up prime real estate