Tricks of the trade to make you smile
Word of mouth
Wrinkles around the mouth are one thing. But bold lipstick is equally wrong on lips as thin as two squid rings. Lip-enhancing injectibles are useful but they aren’t for everyone, ditto those pout-plumping lipsticks and glosses that work by irritating the skin, causing the lips to feel and look slightly swollen. And makeup? Visible liner is a bust. But you can create the appearance of fuller lips without ever having to pick up a lip pencil. To make your top lip look larger, apply a highlighter — a shimmer powder or gold or bronze cream shadow — to your Cupid’s bow. This not only defines the top lip, it enhances it. Apply lipstick — try Revlon’s new Super Lustrous Lipstick ($ 25) in scarlet — as you would normally. To enlarge the bottom lip, apply the same highlighter about 1cm wide, horizontally, in the fullest part of the lip.
Why buy? How else do you get the perfect pout if nature isn’t rooting for you?
The link between smell and well-being is undeniable. As a sense, it out-powers both sight and touch in the feelings it provokes. Fragrance — whether in the form of a beautifully scented candle, a perfume bought for you, even the waft of someone walking past — adds texture. Just one squirt of a delicious new scent can help to decorate the day. Jo Malone London’s latest offering, Honeysuckle & Davana ($ 236/ 100ml), is billed as a happy new floral to brighten the day and scent the night. Slightly sweet and heady, with a base note of moss and a top of fruit-smelling davana, it is distinctive and memorable. Good for summer.
Why buy? A burst of happiness in a stylish bottle.
Tried and true
The term “chemical peel” is a sweeping definition given to a range of treatments all designed to improve the skin’s look and feel. But it’s confusing and misleading. Add in the word “acid” and the picture can be even more alarming. But the acids in question aren’t the disfiguring kind. They are usually the user-friendly type found in plants, fruit and milk. These alpha hydroxy acids act as uber-exfoliants, decreasing keratinocyte cohesion — a fancy way of saying they dissolve the glue-like substance that holds dead skin cells together — and leaving the skin looking brighter and fresher. New on the beauty block is Dermalogica’s Rapid Reveal Peel ($ 159 for 10 home peels). Containing AHAs, including lactic acid and fermented plant enzymes, it stays on on the skin for between three and seven minutes before being rinsed off to uncover brighter firmer skin underneath. Why buy? The silly season is imminent. This is a great pre-party skin pick-me-up.