The main difference between designer cosmetics and their pharmacy or supermarket counterparts?
Fancy packaging. In fact, some manufacturers make both high-end and pharmacy product – using similar formulas!
Want to look younger?
Choose anti-ageing moisturisers and serums with vitamin A derivatives such as retinol and retinaldehyde. The next most effective ingredient: L-ascorbic acid.
There is a magic potion that will stop 90 per cent of your skin’s ageing…
…but, according to Victoria’s Cancer Council only one in five Australians apply enough of it: sunscreen.
Your foundation has SPF? That’s great – but you still need sunscreen.
Experts say most people don’t use enough makeup to fully protect their skin, and they end up missing important areas such as their ears, neck, and the back of their hands.
Spend some bucks on your tools.
Good brushes help you apply makeup evenly and blend it in so you look more natural. Even the best makeup won’t look as good if you put it on with mediocre brushes.
If your mascara is drying up and you’re in a pinch…
…a couple of drops of saline solution can make it last a few more days.
Never wash your face with just plain soap.
Made from animal fat and salt compounds, it strips your skin of its natural oils and proteins. Use a non-soap cleanser instead.
‘Unscented’ is not the same thing as ‘fragrance-free.’
Unscented products have masking fragrances to cover the odour of other chemicals.
Here’s a trick to make you look fresh and awake:
Instead of using liner underneath your eyes, line the upper inner rims (waterlines) of your eyes with a dark waterproof colour.
Cover problem spots with concealer, not foundation.
If you try to camouflage everything with foundation, it accentuates wrinkles and doesn’t look natural. With foundation, less is always more.
Go gold for a more youthful look.
A little bit of gold in your foundation will neutralise redness and counteract the grey pallor that accompanies ageing on all skin tones.
To accentuate your eyes, choose a shadow colour that complements your eye colour.
If you have blue or green eyes, wear a shade that has brown, copper, bronze, plum, or terra-cotta tones. Enhance brown eyes with blues, purples, and greens.
To make your look last all night…
…always prep your eyelids with primer or concealer, and then set it with powder before you apply liquid or pencil liner and eye shadow. Your makeup will hold for hours.
For the appearance of fuller lips…
…dab a bit of petroleum jelly or shiny lip gloss on the middle of your lower lip. And avoid dark red and plum colours; they make lips look smaller.
The scoop on eye cream?
It’s just moisturiser sold in a very small tub for twice the price. You don’t need it.
Dermatologists have seen a jump in bacterial infections caused by unsanitary makeup.
To protect yourself, wash your hands before applying, clean applicators frequently, and throw away makeup at recommended intervals: mascara after three months, liquids, creams and lipsticks after six months to a year, and powder eye shadow and blushes after two years.
Choose oil-free or non-comedogenic products if you’re acne-prone.
But remember, if you layer a bunch of them on top of each other, they can still end up blocking pores.
Skip the toner and astringent…
…even if you have oily skin. They strip your face of its natural oils.
Sorry, but there’s no over-the-counter cream that actually fixes wrinkles.
If you read the fine print, you’ll see that products claim to decrease ‘the appearance’ of fine lines and wrinkles, not the wrinkles themselves.
Ditch your powder…
…if you’re over age 50, unless you have oily skin. Powders settle into your wrinkles, cling to facial down and make you look older.
Got oily skin?
Go easy on the drying treatments. If you do too many, it can backfire and send a message to your oil glands to increase oil production.
Apply moisturiser first, or mix a little with your foundation before you put it on.
If you put on foundation without moisturiser, your skin will suck up the moisture in that foundation, magnifying wrinkles and dry patches.