London Fashion Week: Backstage beauty secrets
One of the easiest ways to cheat a youthful look is to draw on freckles. According to make-up artist Lynsey Alexander, this is a trick Kate Moss always uses. “It gives you that youthful freshness and glow,” explains Lynsey. “The trick is to use your brow pencil and dot randomly before smudging it with your finger, so it looks like skin rather than make-up.”
Bee stung lips
To create an enviably full pout, creative make-up director at Estée Lauder, Tom Pecheux, says: “Outline them with a pale gloss, then colour in with a darker gloss. Over time, the deeper shade will fade into the paler one, making lips look full and sensual.”
Celebrity make-up artist Hannah Murray is the master of Twiggy lashes that are making a comeback. If you want to get the look Hannah says; “Curl first, then immediately apply waterproof mascara as it holds lashes up much better than a regular formula. Follow with 2-3 coats of black mascara, wiggling the brush through.”
Tempted? You should be. Niki Metz, director of artistry for Jouer says: "As a little girl, I would watch my mother apply egg whites to her face (especially around her eyes) about an hour or two before going out to a special event. She would take one egg, separate it, whisk it until it was frothy, and apply the egg white all over her face and leave it on for 20 minutes. After, she would wash it off with lukewarm water and immediately apply her makeup. The egg white tightens the skin and wrinkles to give you a temporary facelift."
Eyebrows are in for the foreseeable future. If you haven’t been blessed with Delevingne brows, Terry de Gunzburg, founder of ByTerry says: "Apply a nourishing balm to your eyebrows before going to bed. This will guarantee extra strength and growth—thicker eyebrows in two weeks."
We’re always on the lookout for remedies to get rid of the dark circles under our eyes. Brazilian beauty Victoria Brito shares some of her home remedies. “To get rid of dark circles, take a potato, cut it into slices like a pepperoni, and put one slice over each eye for about 15 to 20 minutes once a week. I swear, after doing it about five times, you’ll start to see a drastic reduction of dark circles. The potato literally starts to get dark and shrivel up while you use it.”
Mix and match
Matte foundations can settle on the skin and often exaggerate pores and wrinkles. Joanna Czech, Uma Thurman’s facialist, says: “Skin looks younger and fresher when you can see it through your foundation so use a water-based version which doesn’t highlight enlarged pores and fine lines.”
Mixing serum into your foundation is another great way to ensure your skin stays hydrated all day. Skincare expert at What Skin Needs, Sonja Dymalovski, recommends using a serum that includes natural oils as they reduce the chance of breakouts. “Hydration is the key to young looking skin, and adding a serum to your foundation is a great way to get that youthful dewy look,“ reveals Sonja. “I would go for a serum with oils that have anti-inflammatory and soothing properties like Jojoba oil and Plantolin. I love our Hydrating Facial Serum, £17.99 at www.whatskinneeds.co.uk."
Hydrate your hair
Who knew that you could find a great conditioner tucked away in your fridge? Blake Lively told Brydie: “My mom taught me this really great beauty tip. She used to put oil or mayonnaise on the bottom half of her hair before she would shower. That way, when she would shampoo, the soap wouldn’t strip the bottom of the hair and dry it out making it brittle.”
British icon Kate Moss always looks fresh faced despite being a party girl. She says: “Dick Page taught me this: After applying your lipstick, blot your lips with your fingers and then pat the remaining colour on your cheeks for an instant glow.”
Skincare expert Michelle Peck, whose past clients include Australian beauty Miranda Kerr, explains her top tips. "We used various different homemade masks to prep Miranda’s skin, from a delicious Pineapple Enzyme Peel to a Papaya Mask. We also use an avocado and olive oil mask for hydration and a coconut cream mask that we whip up to use for dehydrated skin."