Tricks of the trade to make you smile

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Lip ser­vice

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?

Fra­grant touches

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.

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