Think there’s no such thing as a quick fix? The latest anti-ageing products could change your mind. Designed to highlight your best features, while improving the colour, tone and texture of your skin, these beauty gems should have a permanent place in your make-up bag.
Include bronzer in your make-up regime
Add a small amount of bronzer to your moisturiser every couple of days. It’ll instantly give you that gorgeous, youthful glow. The Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops Of Sun, R310 for 15ml, blends beautifully into your moisturiser or foundation for a quick, natural tan.
Massage and cleanse at the same time
Include a massage to your face cleansing routine. It’s such a no-brainer move and makes skin look younger, fresh and pink. Work cleanser over your palms and, using them flat on your skin, start at your collarbone and work up over the neck, chin, sides of face and forehead. Work over eye area gently with more cleanser on your ring finger, then take the whole lot off with a wash cloth wrung out in warm water.
Now check that healthy glow! For a double benefit, use a cleanser with anti-ageing properties such as Vichy ProEven Brightening Cleanser, R230 for 100ml. It’s enriched with LHA and vitamin C to exfoliate dead skin cells and reveal a healthy glow, while the exclusive Ceramide Bright Complex helps to restore lost moisture and restore the skin’s natural barrier.
Keep a highlighting stick nearby
Disguise ageing with a highlighting cream stick that fills the gaps, hides fine lines and bounces off the light. An optical illusion that works! Try Maybelline Master Strobing Stick, R179,95 in light or medium. It also works well to emphasise your best features such as your cheekbones.
Top Tip: Skin that puffs up overnight can be deflated with this simple move – just keep your moisturiser in the fridge. When you apply it, the chill will tighten up the blood vessels and take down early morning puffiness. Perfect, too, for post-party skin!
Hide dark circles with light-reflecting concealer after your foundation to get the coverage right. Don’t do it before or it will cake and crack before you’ve even started on the rest of your skin. Use the wand or brush for delivery only, then pat with finger pads to blend. Don’t rub – most will simply come off on your fingers. NYX Professional Makeup Dark Circle Concealer, R139,95 glides on effortlessly to conceal dark circles and brown age spots around the eyes.
Use the right colour on your eyes
Lilac eye shadow is fabulous for lifting skin and giving it brightness, and suits most skin colours and tones. Make it a pure shade, though, not something with silver in it. Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Defining Eyeshadow Wet/Dry in fearless petal, R440, glides on silky, blends effortlessly, stays on all day.
Plump those lips
For a boost, smooth on a lip plumper. A good one, like Smashbox O-Plump Intuitive Lip Plumper With Goji Berry C-Complex, R270, softens lips and restores volume. Slide it on and feel the plumping sensation begin.