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Can invisible make-up make you beautiful? A wave of ‘no make-up make-up’ products revolutionising skincare. Fuelled by the desire for a natural look!

Cheryl Cole last week posed for an advert wearing no make-up for a high-tech new cream from L'Oreal - Instant Blur. This pigment-free foundation-substitute promises to hide imperfections without masking them with colour. It is among a wave of 'no make-up make-up' products revolutionising skincare. Fuelled by women's desire for a natural yet immaculate look, many of these colourless products eschew conventional ingredients and pigments by employing trickery and chemistry to smooth over flaws. Christina Lambert, senior scientific adviser at L'Oreal Paris, says of Instant Blur: 'Products like this work by using tiny light-reflecting polymers. They are prism-shaped, so don't just reflect light but scatter it in all directions to perform an optical illusion that has the result of softening visible imperfections.'

Some other brands use chemicals that react with skin to create natural flushes of colour. Devotees say colourless make-up products suit any colouring, don't mark clothes and give the ultimate sought-after natural look.  Why not give them a go! 


L'Oreal Skin Perfection Magic Touch Instant Blur!  Click Here Enriched with 'Optical Blur Polymers' that diffuse light and help improve the appearance of skin quality, this blurs the appearance of shine, pores and irregularities for a soft-focus finish.


Botanics Shine Away Mattifying  Gel Cream!  Click Here This does the job of a traditional blotting powder, providing shine control for oily or combination skin, and reduces the appearance of imperfections.


Nanoblur Optical Skin Cream!  Click Here Look up to ten years younger in 40 seconds or less. Uses the most advanced form of optical prism technology -  scattering the light that bounces off the skin - to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, crow's feet, sagginess and enlarged pores, without any tint.


Smashbox O-Glow Intuitive Cheek Colour!  Click Here A revolutionary silicone-based clear gel that reacts with your skin chemistry to turn cheeks the colour you blush naturally. Works on all skin tones.


Prime Time Eyelid Primer!  Click Here Combats creasing and intensifies colour when worn under eyeshadow. So beautifully brightening and luminous it can be worn alone.


SkinMedica Lip Plump System! Click Here This lip enhancer is clinically proven to boost lip volume in just five minutes, while working to prevent signs of  premature ageing by encouraging collagen production and cell regeneration. It can last all day.

The new miracle skincare? The face serum line that has been awarded a patent for preventing cancer by repairing DNA!

A line of face serums has been awarded a U.S. patent for its ability to prevent skin cancer and treat scars and lesions by repairing DNA. Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare’s Catalyst, Catalyst Plus, and Catalyst AC-11 formulas received the patent for a formula which use zinc and amino acids to help treat skin. The products, which are usually priced between $90 and $100 (get them cheaper here on Vanity Pal), ‘improve scarring, skin tags, actinic keratosis and other skin disturbances that relate to DNA damage,’ according to a press release.

It explains that the serums repair damaged DNA by speeding up the production of proteins and antioxidants, which rejuvenate skin cells from inside-out.

Osmosis claims that its formulas can also lighten hyperpigmentation, reduce visible capillaries, and stimulate collagen production.

It also ‘prevents UV damage to the skin better than any sunscreen,’ according to the company, with a UV-repelling formula that equates to the strength of an SPF 14. The first of the three formulas, Catalyst, was released in 2011. Catalyst Plus was launched the following year with the addition of stabilized Vitamin C, which is useful for sensitive skin. The last product in the line, Catalyst AC-11, was issued in 2013. It boasts an additional 50per cent more active additives than the original two products. Osmosis is sold in specialty retailers and spas nation-wide. Its varied products, which range from moisturizers to cleansers, collectively hold more than 15 patent-pending formulas. The brand was founded in 2007 by Dr Ben Johnson, a Colorado-based physician who also spends his time writing skincare books and speaking at medical forums across the U.S. To view the Osmosis range at a cheaper price, Click Here

Summer’s most wanted beauty products for the face, body and hair are selling fast, get them before they go!

FOUNDATION Stila Perfect & Correct. A ‘swirled’ foundation that contains emollient to moisturise and a clear gel that acts as a calming serum. It’s part of the cult U.S. make-up brand that, after a three-year absence, it took the British market by storm too. Click here. POWDER New CID i-powder. Summer sun can mean oily and shiny patches, so for the ultimate in on-the-go make-up, try this compact pressed powder with a mirror and light for quick and easy touch-ups. The creamy foundation, applied with a sponge, soaks up oil and covers blemishes. It comes in four shades. Click here. LIP GLOSS Prestige Lasting Moisture Lip Gloss. You can’t look glamorous by the pool or on the beach with streaming mascara or smudged make-up. But you’ll look picture perfect in this lip gloss, which comes in a choice of five sparkling shades. Click here. cosmo1 PRIMER BD Make-Up Flawless Primer. This primer is the best-selling beauty product in Tesco stores in the UK. It went on sale six weeks ago and in just one week sold more than 2,500 — that’s 1,000 per cent more than the leading brands. Not only is it cheap, but it performs well in creating a smooth, even complexion. Click here. MOISTURISER L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Total Repair. This has won rave reviews since its launch earlier this month. Targeting the ten signs of ageing, this multi-active, anti-ageing moisturiser has SPF20. With Pro-Retinol-A and UVA protection to fight deep wrinkles, loss of firmness and plumpness and a dull complexion, it absorbs easily, protecting and plumping skin instantly. Click here. HYDRATION Simple Moisture Boost Hydro Mist. Perfect for instant hydration on the move, this handbag-sized spray contains a fine mist that’s absorbed instantly into dehydrated or dull skin, leaving it looking dewy and healthy. You can use it under or over make-up. Click here. FIRMING CREAM Neal’s Yard Remedies Firming Body Cream. If you're dreading baring your bits this summer, this great body cream targets the hips, thighs and buttocks to reduce the appearance of dimpled skin. It contains green coffee and marine algae to help firm skin, stimulate circulation and eliminate toxins.

Airbrush away all your wrinkles! The clever cosmetics that use tricks of the light to hide your flaws.

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. Flawless foundation 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. Metallic eyeliner 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.

Finishing touches 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).

Make-up that will make you look younger: From wrinkle-fighting foundation and anti-ageing eyeshadow to mascara that makes your lashes thicker!

There used to be a clear division between make-up and anti-ageing products - one made you look pretty, the other improved the condition of your skin. But thanks to breakthroughs in cosmetic science, the make-up you use on your face can improve it, too. 'It's all about multi-tasking products,' says Wendy Lewis, cosmetics expert and editor of lifestyle and beauty blog Beauty In The Bag. 'Women are busy, so it's not surprising they are willing to open their wallets for make-up that does more and saves them time.' A new genre of anti-ageing make-up offers benefits usually associated with hi-tech serums and creams. Many have been subjected to rigorous scientific testing, such as Clinique's Even Better Makeup SPF15, which offers coverage and sun protection, but also promises to even out skin tone. There are foundations to fight wrinkles and concealers that cover and treat dilated blood vessels, blocked lymph channels and sagging skin. Here's our pick of the best. ANTI-AGEING EYE SHADOW Elizabeth Arden's Beautiful Colour Eye Shadow (Click here) reduces the signs of ageing around the eye while protecting skin from future damage. The key ingredient is retinyl linoleate, which is derived from vitamin A. It helps encourage collagen production in the skin and boasts vitamins C and E which neutralise the free radical molecules that accelerate ageing and help protect the delicate eye area. LASH-BUILDING MASCARA Most mascaras concentrate on vamping up the volume of your lashes with gunky formulas. Shavata's Extreme Volumising Mascara (Click here) gives great colour and definition to lashes thanks to nourishing candelilla and carnauba wax. These botanically derived waxes coat and protect lashes, making them stronger and longer over time. SKIN-SMOOTHER BRONZER Bronzer can leave your skin dry thanks to its powdery base, but Cargo Hydra Bronze (Click here) crams in moisturising particles of hyaluronic acid. The result is a hydrating bronzer with a great, non-shimmery glow that brings moisture to the skin. Over time it will help restore smoothness and elasticity, too. MOISTURISING BASE Transparent foundation Glamour Shot (Click here) from French brand Sampar not only improves the look of skin but also smoothes wrinkles. It contains oat extract for lifting, hyaluronic acid for moisturising, horse chestnut extract to tighten pores and anti-inflammatories from oats to reduce redness. WRINKLE-BUSTER POWDER We already know mineral make-up is good for our skin: it allows it to breathe and helps absorb excess oil. Pür Minerals has gone one step further with its new 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup SPF15 (Click here). 'We have reformulated all our products to include a clinically proven anti- ageing technology called Ceretin,' says Julie Campbell of Pür. 'We have studies to show that after four weeks, your skin looks brighter, more hydrated and wrinkles will be reduced.' The Ceretin complex includes retinol to speed skin cell turnover as well as hyaluronic acid and ceramides to moisturise. CONDITIONING LIPSTICK Many lipsticks contain some form of moisturising ingredient such as ceramides to prevent dry, chapped lips, but Shiseido Perfect Rouge (Click here) goes even further. It offers anti-ageing ingredients including a 'moisture-lock complex' of hyaluronic acid, which holds many times its own weight in water to hydrate and plump lips. There is also a volumising oil, which reduces the appearance of ageing vertical lines on the lips.

Anti-wrinkle creams that really work… but only with a magic ingredient.

- A chemical called Matrixyl used in some anti-wrinkle creams may double the amount of collagen in skin. - Collagen is needed to keep skin elastic and give it a plump, youthful feel. - Scientists say Matrixyl can help the skin produce more. It is news that will put a smile on the face of plenty of women of a certain age – and stop them worrying about the lines it may leave. Anti-ageing creams really do work, scientists claim. Experiments have found that an ingredient in anti-wrinkle creams does have the power to turn back the hands of time. The secret weapon, Matrixyl, almost doubles the production of collagen, the anti-wrinkle protein that keeps skin looking plump and youthful. Even better, the ingredient is found in face creams made by high street brands such as Olay. Chemist Ian Hamley, who is researching the use of collagen in wound healing, looked at the effect of Matrixyl on sheets of skin cells in a dish. His research, published in the journal Molecular Pharmaceutics, found that when concentrations were high enough, the chemical hugely boosted the amount of collagen made. The Reading University professor said: ‘Our research shows that products with Matrixyl will have skincare benefits. Studies like this are very important for the consumer, as cosmetic companies rarely publish their work so that rivals don’t copy their products.’ Matrixyl is found in Olay’s Regenerist range, as well as in creams made by less well-known brands such as St Ives and Skin Doctors. Word is already out and some products have sold out online. Previous research has questioned the benefits of creams that contain collagen, claiming it cannot penetrate the skin to get to work. However, Matrixyl – which is a peptide, or protein fragment – stimulates the collagen factories from within the skin. Lisa Haynes, beauty editor at the Press Association, said: ‘Anti-ageing creams frequently boast about being packed full of peptides, but aren’t specific as to which one. ‘Now the secret’s out and there’s some scientific evidence for its collagen-boosting properties, women will be rushing to find out if it’s in their anti-ageing potion. ‘It’s likely that brands with products that do contain Matrixyl will start shouting about it too if the “miracle” peptide becomes the new buzz word in beauty. ‘There was a stampede at Boots (UK) in 2007 for No 7 Protect & Perfect Beauty Serum after a Horizon programme scientifically backed the lotion. Stand by for the Matrixyl face cream frenzy.’ Around 20 weeks’ supply of Boots Protect & Perfect Beauty Serum sold out in just a day after the Horizon documentary featured a study which revealed it could make the skin look younger. Chief scientist at Olay, Dr Sian Morris, said the company’s ‘studies have shown consistently the abilities [of Matrixyl] to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, improve visible firmness and provide younger-looking skin’.