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How to look younger and feel greatCreated by Verity in Being You, Fashion and beauty
Making up your lips
A significant sign of ageing is loss of colour from the lips – gone are the days when you can simply get away with a light lip gloss. You should now be looking to give your lips a fresh burst of life.
In your 40s, your lips begin to lose colour and the teenage pout disappears. In your 50s and beyond, your lips will thin (owing to the decrease of collagen production) and fine lines will appear around them.
If you have smoked, these lines will begin to appear very much earlier on.
Following are the products you can use to give shape to your lips, to help ensure your lipstick or lip gloss stay on longer and to provide that final professional touch to your make-up:
- Lip base
Applied over your lips before adding colour, a lip base will not only moisturize your lips, but will ensure that the colour stays true, giving a long-lasting finish.
- Lip pencils
Lip pencils give depth to the lipstick and gloss colour, definition to the lip line and also help to stop your lipstick ‘bleeding’. You should have a range of different colour pencils to complement and enhance your lipsticks and glosses.
There are many formulations of lipstick available, from cream to sheer. Choose colours that complement your natural colouring. Lipstick is one of the first things other people notice about you, so it is important to get it right.
- Lip gloss
This can be used on its own, in conjunction with a lip pencil, or over a lipstick. Used all over the lips, or at the middle of the upper lip, a gloss will give you the appearance of a fuller mouth.
- Lip fixers
These products are designed to seal the colour onto the lips.
Having healthy hair
Make no mistake, your crowning glory needs looking after. Choosing the right products to use might be overwhelming, but a little know-how can help your hair stay healthy for longer.
When to use products
External elements – extreme weather conditions, swimming in the sea or in a pool – will have an immediate effect on your hair, making it go dry and brittle, that can easily be remedied using conditioners and serums. Medical treatments and stress may take longer to have an effect on your hair, but need to be addressed nonetheless. Regular use of product(s) tends to build up on the hair shaft, so vary the products from time to time to ensure that your hair stays healthy and shiny.
What products to use
Separate shampoos and conditioners are best for your hair, as combined products build up quicker. Use products for your type of hair – for example, dry, normal, greasy or coloured.
You can buy a host of additional products for when it comes to styling your hair. Always apply them when the hair is wet.
- Mousse adds volume.
- Blow-drying lotion protects hair from the heat of dryers and rollers.
- Setting lotion holds your hairstyle in place.
- Serums control dryness and frizz.
These are best used on dry hair.
- Wax gives definition to your hair ends.
- Dressing creams keep your style in place and add shine.
- Shine spray adds gloss to your hair.
- Hairspray holds your hair in place.
With extracts from “Colour me Younger” by Colour me Beautiful