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
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.”
WINGED KOHL LINER
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
BOLD PAINTED NAILS
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
Revlon Nail Enamel in Fearless Dh30, Boots Make Up For Ever Kohl Pencil Dh100, Make Up
Bobbi Brown LongWear Cream Shadow Dh140,
Bobbi Brown Bourjois Shine Edition Lipstick in Soleil Dh70, Debenhams
Benefit High Brow Dh96, Debenhams