The mirror never lies but who says we can’t cheat a bit? Women down the ages have fought the onslaught of time with miracle creams, warm hair rollers, facial yoga and special spas.
They amped up their timeless red lipsticks, fluffed up their hair and applied eyeliner with a heavy hand. Whether they looked better or not was not the question. It was about how confident and good they felt with each smart move, and the principle holds just as good today. So, if you’ve been wondering how to turn back the clock on the years and look sensational at every age, don’t despair. A few tweaks and tricks can make all the difference towards timeless beauty. Read on…
For your eyes only
The biggest age giveaway, say beauty professionals, is your eyes. It is the area which can puff up or wrinkle at whim. It can sink into its orbit, lose lashes every season and droop when tired. This is why eyes always need some extra TLC (tender, loving care). For timeless beauty when it comes to your eyes, begin by taking care of them, with eye drops when they are exhausted and eye creams to banish the fine lines. But eventually you will find that lotions and creams are not enough for pretty eyes. Clever makeup is just as important. Beautiful winged eyeliner usually does the trick as also lengthening and volume mascara. More and more women are now focusing on eyebrows too, by making them look thicker and adding a pop of pretty colour on the eyelids. Dark circles can be blitzed away with a good concealer but it’s important to remember that too much of the above without some balance can make you look bizarre, so keep all products light and gentle always.
Hair and there!
Our beauty icons may pay a lot of attention to their hair, but for some reason, it is our last priority. Most of us are happy with newly washed hair and a blow dry in the salon now and then. But to keep your timeless look going, you need to pay much more attention to your hair. The first step is to invest in some excellent products and the best ones are usually sold in a good salon near you. Look for products with ingredients like caffeine, panthenol and niacinamide to fight ageing of the hair and scalp. Hair thickening shampoos can give your hair some volume and some women find that taking the vitamin, biotin helps too. Protect your hair from sun damage every day and don’t forget to style your hair differently every now and then to feel and look a decade younger.
Light and shine
Timeless beauty is also about adding luminosity, shine and colour to your hair and face. This is a slippery slope for many women because it is easy to go overboard with bright lipstick and fiery blush, only to find that it looks comical. The best way to add light to the face is by looking for products that contain brightening ingredients. Older skin tends to lose vitality and elasticity over the years, which is why it is important to use an anti-ageing cream with optical smoothers. The next step is to use highlighter makeup on the skin which comes in the form of illuminating powders, highlighter palettes, glow boosting drops, luminous sticks and so much more. But do not use these products randomly as they can make your face look patchy and oily. The key areas to use highlighter are along the bridge of the nose, the inner corner of the eyes, the centre of your eyelids and along the cheek bones.
Make sunscreen your friend
Most of us are very careful to use cleansers, toners, serums and night creams but none of these can ever replace the sunscreen. It is easy to forget this important step in skin care because the results are not immediately visible. But for maximum anti-ageing benefits, do not leave out this product in your skincare regimen. Always look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen to block out UVA and UVB rays and it should be at least SPF 30. But don’t buy any sunscreen off the supermarket racks. Dermatologists say that you need to look for the right ingredients like Avobenzone, Benzophenones cinnamates and salicylates. Apply it generously on your face every morning before you step out, even if you spend the whole day indoors. If you are going to be outdoors for a very long time, you need to reapply every two hours. You can also layer sunscreen by using products that contain sunscreen and finish with pressed powder to keep it fixed in place.
Quantity versus quality
There is a misconception that the more expensive the makeup, the better it must be. This is not always true. While some products are of gold standard and worth every rupee you spend on them, others are not. Often, you might just be spending extra for luxurious fragrances, better applicators and beautiful packaging. It is best to choose carefully, and spend only on products that can make a difference to your skin.
There is nothing as dead a giveaway of age than your hands. This is why, investing in a good hand cream is of utmost importance, and caring for them early always pays great dividends. Timeless beauty requires meticulous care of the hands, mainly by moisturizing well, wearing sunscreen on them at all times, exfoliating with a scrub and the same night cream you use on your face. Using serum on the skin of your hands also helps.
Colour bright, colour right
Adding a bit of colour to your face and hair can make all the difference to how you feel. Highlights in the hair is always a good place to begin because lighter hair tends to look younger. If you want to embrace grey hair it can look lovely as long as you keep the grey colour tone even. Use a shampoo with blue or violet undertones to neutralize the yellow undertones that tend to be the unpleasant side of grey hair. Also use products that add shine and light to the hair. As for make-up, don’t stick to the nudes and browns. A bright spot of colour always looks youthful. Brown eyes can be enhanced with green or blue or bronze eye shadow. As for lipstick avoid dark colours as they can pile on the years.
And always remember…
Timeless beauty has a lot to do with keeping your confidence level up while enjoying each stage of life’s journey. Make moisturizers and creams your best friends, play with colour and light to enhance your appearance and above all, don’t forget to have a lot of fun all the way!