Boost your natural radiance: make-up tips

Radiant woman

Trick of the light

Most of us start to lose our inherent radiance in our 30s (sigh), but you can add some back. We had a serious gold rush moment when we saw the Mac Pigment loose colour powder (£16.50, www.maccosmetics.co.uk). Makeup artist Carol Brown advises applying only to the outer corner of the eyelids for a fabulously glamorous look: ‘The particles are bigger, which adds more drama – and helps them stay put!’

For a slightly subtler effect that works for both day and night, we love Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow, £18 (0870 034 2566; www.bobbibrown.co.uk). Sweep it on for a veil of colour or build it up for an intense look.

Celebs have their favourite photographers ‘light them’ for photo shoots – the next best thing to a cosmetic surgeon. But thanks to dazzling advances in technology, now makeup can add a fabulous luminosity to the skin. A shining example is YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation, £28 (www.yslbeauty.co.uk), which combines the famous Touche Éclat light particles with its latest foundation for beautiful, subtle coverage.

According to Carol, the right application is as important as the right product. ‘Apply the product sparingly, and only where you need it – especially a foundation. If you apply too much, even a good product can flood into lines and overload skin, and even a 20-something will look older,’ she says.

Get glowing 

For free: Freshen up any foundation by mixing it with your sun cream to create a tinted moisturiser with protective sheen. 

Under £5: Try Nivea Visage Daily Essentials Tinted Moisturising Cream, £4.07 – it evens out tone, hydrates and has light- reflecting pigments to brighten skin.

Under £10: On bare skin, L’Oréal Lumi Magique Touch of Light Highlighting Pen, £8.49, is a great instant illuminator to lighten dark circles and hide imperfections.

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