The West’s obsession with youth and halting the ticking clock of time is ever more prevalent as two of the top beauty sellers in 2012 were anti-aging products and men’s beauty products as males jumped aboard the beauty regime wagon. This was highlighted at this year’s spring fashion shows in Milan, Paris, London and New York as models sashayed down the catwalks sporting natural hair styles and subtle makeup. Reversing the aging process with makeup has never been simpler, so despite arguments against this youthful obsession, at the end of the day if you look your best, you are more likely to feel your best.
Before applying any makeup, the key to a youthful glowing face is the right base. This means preparing your skin with the use of the right cleanser, toner and moisturiser. If your skin is dry and prone to flaking especially in the winter months, try changing your moisturiser to an oil rather than water based product. If you stick to old favourites, these products may not be as effective over the changing seasons. Remember to cleanse your face of all makeup before going to sleep at this will dry and clog up the skin. Alternatively, you could treat yourself to a professional deep cleanse in the comfort of a local beauty salon Check www.secretsalons.com for your nearest boutique.
Now onto the makeup
When trying to achieve a youthful look, don’t be tempted to use too much foundation and concealer in order to rid your face of any wrinkle and blemish. A caking-on technique will actually accentuate any lines in the face and too much foundation is also prone to creasing throughout the day as you make facial expressions. Sometimes just a loose powder applied with a large soft brush will do the trick. Alternatively, use just a concealer in problem areas. Blend well then leave the rest of your facial skin alone.
Adding a touch of blush to your face will instantly give your skin a radiant boost, even in the cold dark depths of winter. Peachy tones will suite any skin type for subtle colour. However, if you want to stay on trend this spring, the cheeks were left relatively natural and the pinky, peachy colours were transferred to the eyes in delicate, soft shadows.
Karen, Costello Tagliapetra and Vera Wang in New York all worked this eye makeup trend alongside their clothes. Try out the shades on your skin first as paler skins can look washed out by too much colour. A good tip when using eye makeup is to stay clear of anything that is too glittery or matt as these can crease and highlight any lines that you have. It is also wise to not use a drastic colour like black even if you are trying out a smoky effect. Opt for lighter greys and silvers instead to brighten the eye area.
As you get older, you should consider changing the type of lip colour you use. Staines and dramatic darker colours are almost always reserved for the younger generations. Use softer pinks and peachy shades to keep your lips looking fresh. As a final touch, outline the lips softly with a matching lip pencil to define the lip line.
Sally Waters loves to experiment with new make up and has perfected the art of turning back the clock. She gets most of her beauty tips and advice from Secretsalons London salons.