Airbrush away all your wrinkles! The clever cosmetics that use tricks of the light to hide your flaws.manager
Wouldn’t it be great if you could airbrush your face in real life? Blur wrinkles, lighten dark circles and put a soft-focus filter over everything?
Make-up has always been able to give us a helping hand, but a new generation of smart cosmetics contain ingredients that reflect and diffuse light, making it so easy to conceal and correct.
Start with primer
If you’re going to buy only one new product, make it a primer. These multi-purpose wonders moisturise skin, as well as creating a flawless canvas that anchors foundation.
Try Laura Mercier’s Radiance Foundation Primer (Click here) for a pearly, soft effect or L’Oreal’s Pure Light Primer (Click here), part of the Lumi Magique light-reflecting range, designed to make skin glow.
The newest foundations put light-reflecting technology centre stage, with impressive results. Try Estee Lauder’s Invisible Fluid Make-up (Click here), which uses pigments and molecules to bounce light.
Don’t forget concealer
YSL’s Touche Eclat (Click here) and its light-reflecting particles have been disguising bags for years, but it’s worth looking at less pricey options using similar technology.
Boots No 7 Instant Radiance (Click here) is, say its many fans, as good as the YSL version. Brush on, then use your finger to gently pat it into place.
If you use it on blemishes, be sure to add a dab of face powder on top or the highlighting concealer will draw attention to them.
Light-reflecting pigments in eyeliner sound unnecessary, but make-up innovator Terry de Gunzburg, creator of Touche Eclat, has come up with a lower-lash liner that will make your eyes look huge.
Opaline Flash (Click here) is a pale metallic pink kohl that glides on easily and gently bounces light to open up the eye.
Shimmering eye shadow
Eye shadows that play with light are frequently glittery or frosted, so, for anyone older than 25, can feel too young or old-fashioned.
However, Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadows (Click here) deliver shimmer without glitter.Try colours Slate or Galaxy.
Perfect your pout
Glosses are the conventional go-to for boosting lips as they reflect more light than lipsticks. But they can look a bit teenage.
New generation lippies, such as Dior Addict Extreme (Click here), offer serious shine and strong, lasting colour, so you get the same effect without a gloopy gloss.
Powder is used to mattify, but a dewy finish is more youthful — there’s no danger of that powdery-old-lady look.
The latest products offer the best of both worlds with silica-based formulations that moisturise skin.
Try Youngblood Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder (Click here).