Is there a beauty trend age limit? Absolutely not. With a few clever tweaks, you can make ev­ery make-up look work at any age

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Are you too old for eye­liner, too past-it for painted nails? Not at all – beauty trends are for ev­ery age bracket, with the right know-how.


Eye­brows thin and fade with age, so a heav­ier brow, like model Cara Delev­ingne’s, is not only bang on-trend, but one of the fastest ways to take years off your face. “Don’t go too thick or too thin,” says Laura Mercier’s in­ter­na­tional make-up artist, Tabaya Jafri. “You want them to look nat­u­ral, not overly plucked or bushy, so they frame your face per­fectly.” If your brows are a lit­tle on the sparse side, arm your­self with a good brow pen­cil and a brow shadow to cheat your way to gor­geous-look­ing arches. “A brow pen­cil is es­sen­tial,” says Tabaya. “It’s de­signed to be hard and go on softly, so your brows look nat­u­ral. Use light, feath­er­ing strokes to fill in any sparse ar­eas.” If parts of your brow are miss­ing, use an an­gled brush to fill in bald patches with a brow pow­der one shade lighter than your nat­u­ral brow colour, and al­ways brush through with a brow brush or tooth­brush to dis­perse. Don’t be tempted to go too dark, or use an eye­liner pen­cil on your brows – the soft for­mu­la­tion will de­posit too much colour and make them look fake – a harshly drawn brow looks worse than no brows at all.


A pop of fresh colour on n the cheeks looks great on ev­ery age. “When skin ages, less blood flows to the sur­face, which means there will be less s colour in the face,” says in­ter­na­tional celebrity aes­theti­cian, Renée Rouleau. “To coun­ter­act t this, a small amount of pow­der blush swirled slightly higher on the ap­ples of the cheek in a bright pink or coral in­stantly bright­ens the com­plex­ion and gives a lifted ap­pear­ance.” If you’re us­ing bronzer, stick to ap­ply­ing it in the ‘C’ for­ma­tion on ei­ther side – on the tem­ples, along the sides of the face and right un­der the cheek­bones – for the most flat­ter­ing glow.


Re­gard­less of your age, lip liner should be a key prod­uct in ev­ery woman’s beauty arse­nal. “It helps cheat your way to a fuller pout, mak­ing it an anti-age­ing es­sen­tial,” says Dubai-based make-up artist, Kate Good­win. For lip­stick that lasts, don’t draw over your nat­u­ral li­pline, and fill in your en­tire lip to cre­ate a lon­glast­ing base. “Your liner should be one shade lighter or darker than your lip­stick – a wider hue grad­u­a­tion on is too Nineties, s, as well as be­ing ex­tremely y age­ing,” says Kate. te.


“Face pow­der can make skin look flat and dry, which can, in turn, make you look older,” says MAC C Mid­dle East se­nior artist, Vimi Joshi. “This doesn’t mean to say you need to stop us­ing it as you age, be­cause look­ing shiny is just as un­ap­peal­ing. . You just need to know how to ap­ply it.” The

key is us­ing a small blusher brush, as op­posed to us­ing a large pow­der one, be­cause it’s eas­ier to con­trol where the prod­uct ends up. “Dust over the oily T-zone and avoid the eyes and fore­head, as pow­der will only sit in any creases you have.”


Six­ties-in­spired eye­liner is every­where right now, but a full-on, kohl-rimmed eye can make eyes look smaller and ac­cen­tu­ate crow’s feet. “Over time, the skin around our eyes starts to drop, and this will dis­tort the shape of eye­liner, mak­ing it look wob­bly and un­even,” says make-up artist to the stars, Caro­line Barnes. Con­cen­trate in­stead on defin­ing your lower lash line with gel eye­liner or shadow, as this will make your eyes look wider and more youth­ful, and line only the outer three-quar­ters of the eye. “Start with your cho­sen prod­uct at the outer cor­ner and work in­wards, but don’t go all the way to your in­ner cor­ners as it will have the re­verse ef­fect” says Caro­line. “Opt for plums, light browns and khaki, as any­thing darker can be too harsh. Fi­nally, add a dot of high­lighter at the in­ner cor­ners to open the eye

even more.”


Neon hues and nail art may look bet­ter on the young, but a squo­val man­i­cure (where your nails are made square but rounded off slightly at the cor­ners) in an eye­pop­ping shade works won­ders on women of ev­ery age. Since nails are prone to crack, split and peel in­creas­ingly as we get older, it makes sense to hide them un­der a fab­u­lously glossy pol­ish. Or­angey shades are good for min­imis­ing sal­low tones in the skin, while blue-based colours can high­light skin dis­coloura­tion. Opaque, pas­tel shades can be hard to pull off, but nearly nude and pinky corals, a vi­brant red or a clas­sic French man­i­cure work for ev­ery­one. Just re­mem­ber to use a base coat first to avoid stain­ing the nails.


This can stay in your make-up bag for­ever, as it helps to mimic the skin’s dewi­ness which nat­u­rally de­pletes with age. Ap­ply it to the ar­eas that don’t show signs of age­ing, such as cheek­bones, brow­bones and the bridge of your nose, but only over a matte foun­da­tion base – its ef­fect will be too shim­mery over a tinted moisturiser or ra­di­ance-boost­ing foun­da­tion.


Just be­cause you’re no longer in your 20s doesn’t mean you’re des­tined to a life of sen­si­ble party make-up looks. “Glit­ter par­ti­cles are so fine now, it’s pos­si­ble for all agesg to use shim­mer­ingg eye­shadow,” y says Caro­line. The best way to wear it? More ma­ture women should keep glit­ter or shim­mer shad­ows in the cen­tre of the lid to pre­vent sparkle reach­ing any fine lines or crow’s feet at the outer cor­ners. Keep the rest of your make-up neu­tral and matte to avoid the disco-diva look.


A great fake flut­ter can make eyes look more youth­ful and awake, but heavy strip lashes can weigh lids down, caus­ing a droop­ing ef­fect that makes you look older. Opt in­stead for in­di­vid­ual lashes placed on the outer cor­ner of the eye only, and fin­ish with a lit­tle length­en­ing mas­cara on top and bot­tom lashes. Tricky to mas­ter, but worth the ef­fort for the

in­stant eye-open­ing ef­fect.


As we age, our lips get thin­ner and the shape shrinks slightly as a re­sult. “To coun­ter­act this, go for a bright lip­stick to help cre­ate the il­lu­sion of a fuller lip,” says Caro­line. “Red is great, but don’t go too in­tense with a heavy tex­ture. Any­thing that’s too se­vere will age you, from a hairdo to a lip­stick, so in­stead, opt for a more sheer fin­ish.” Or­angey reds and pinky corals that aren’t too thick or chalky are easy to ap­ply and wear, and will in­stantly en­hance your com­plex­ion.

Chris­tian Dior Pow­der Brush Dh304, Deben­hams

Lancôme Hypnose Brow Shaper Dh115, Sephora MAC Velux Brow Liner in Deep Brunette

Dh88, MAC

Revlon Nail Enamel in Fear­less Dh30, Boots Make Up For Ever Kohl Pen­cil Dh100, Make Up

For Ever

Bobbi Brown Long­Wear Cream Shadow Dh140,

Bobbi Brown Bour­jois Shine Edi­tion Lip­stick in Soleil Dh70, Deben­hams

Ben­e­fit High Brow Dh96, Deben­hams

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