Applied correctly, makeup can magically turn back the clock – but get it wrong and it can age you. Makeup maestro Napoleon Perdis reveals his secrets to always getting it right. “We’re all so busy in the morning, so your look should be quick and easy to apply, yet beautiful and fresh,” he says. Here’s his advice for doing your makeup, without adding years to your look.
Use a hydrating moisturiser before you apply a primer to help makeup last longer. For a fresh, youthful complexion, keep your foundation minimal. If you use too much, it can sit in dry areas and emphasise unwanted lines. Try Olay Total Effects Touch Of Foundation BB Crème.
Enhance your brows
Fuller brows make you appear younger as they soften the other features of your face. Thin brows can make your eye socket and brow bone appear larger, which can be unflattering. Try L’Oréal Paris Brow Artist Plumper.
Refresh your eyes
Apply concealer all over the eyelid and set with a little powder to ensure the shadow stays crease-free, and to even out skin tone and texture. Avoid pastel or pearl textures, as these can emphasise fine lines and look a little dated. We love COVERGIRL Outlast All-Day Matte Finishing Powder. A simple slick of mascara will instantly open the eyes, making them appear bright and more awake.
Bring out your cheekbones
Our skin loses elasticity as we age, and the cheeks are a telltale sign. The easiest blush to apply is a pressed powder, in either a subtle sheen or matte. Blushes with sheen give the skin a little extra glow and add a beautiful radiance for the evening. A matte blush will minimise the look of fine lines. We love Napoleon Perdis Mosaic Powder in Blushing for its matte dusty pink hue.
Contour for added definition
To shape, define and add warmth, choose either a pressed powder or cream colour two shades darker than your natural complexion. Using a small round brush like Tom Ford Cheek Brush, contour under the cheekbones, temples, forehead, jawline and in the socket of the eye, and blend to avoid visible stripes. Thick, dark and unblended contouring is unflattering and ageing.
Soften your lips
As we age, our lips change shape, often becoming smaller with visible fine lines. They can also become dehydrated, so it’s best to use a lip balm or treatment every morning to keep the texture smooth. To make lips appear fuller, use a cream or glossy formula like Designer Brands BB Lip Balm. The shine catches the light and helps make lips pop.
Adriana has been writing about the beauty world for more than 15 fun-filled years and has a real passion for helping women navigate gracefully through those tricky 45+ years.