Wouldn’t it be great if you could turn back the clock without going under the knife or needle? The good news is you can. We’ve tapped beauty and fashion industry experts for their insider secrets on how to look ten years younger without resorting to dramatic procedures.
With a few careful flicks of a make-up brush and swipes of an eye-pencil, you can knock years of your appearance. Here’s what the experts suggest.
'Thick black eyeliner can be very ageing. Instead, try applying mascara right at the base of the lash line rather than at the end. This will give you an amazing lift and open the eyes. Go for lighter pink or peach lipstick as dark colours tend to make your lips look thinner, and this can draw attention to unwanted lines. Lina Cameron, celebrity make-up artist. Clients include Sienna Miller, Scarlet Johanson and Sadie Frost.
'Use a silicone based primer under your foundation - this will fill in fine lines, wrinkles and open pores. Then follow with a dewy light foundation for younger looking skin. Always use blusher - applying a light pink or peach creme blusher to the apple of the cheeks will give your face a youthful glow.' Award winning make-up artist Sarah Brock.
Ditch those shapeless, black items from your wardrobe. Wear the right clothes and you'll instantly shave years off your look.
'Choose pieces that work for you, that show off your best assets and that you feel confident in. When you feel good in your own skin – to the outside world that's your clothes - it shows.' Lucia Silver, founder of design, styling and beauty service, The State of Grace.
'As women get older they tend to try hide their bodies - huge mistake! Wearing shapeless clothes will add years you don't need. Flattering on most shapes and sizes, the wrap dress is a staple wardrobe piece that every woman over 30 should own.'
Denis Todorovic, celebrity stylist. Denis's clients include Laura Whitmore, Kirsty Duffy, Natalia Grace & Seema Pathan.
It’s tempting to hide behind your hair when you're unhappy with your looks, but a striking cut can take years off you.
'Eating foods rich in vitamin A, such as carrots and dried apricots, will help promote healthy skin and scalp, while foods like fish, meat, milk and cheese are high in protein and will give hair more strength, preventing it from breaking and splitting.' Darren Fowler, creative director at award-winning Clipso salons.
'Hair naturally lightens in tone as we get older, and once hair is over 50% grey, you should go towards your newly lightened base rather than hankering after your sultry dark teenage natural colour; going for softer, blonde tones will look more of a natural fit.' Celebrity hairdresser, Richard Ward. Clients include Kim Catrall, the Duchess of Cambridge, Pippa Middleton and Trinny & Susannah.