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Beauty Tips for the Over 40's

Beauty Tips for the Over 40's

Your make up needs to evolve as you grow older and change with our skin tone and facial features. Here are a few tips to staying fabulous, whatever your age.

Wear more blush, as we age we lose pigment in the skin and your skin may have less natural glow. So make sure you always use blusher.

Never chose a beige or pink based foundation shade. Pink or beige sucks warmth out of the skin. Try an ivory, porcelain, natural or sand shade.

Donít over pluck your eye brows, itís ageing and dated. As we age our eyelids droop or even sag a little. Over plucked eye brows will accentuate this puffiness and drag your eyes down. Well shaped  and defined eye brows give a youthful look.

Donít use more eyeliner under the eye than on the top. This drags down the eyes and accentuates the droop. A thin, slightly smudged line, starting from about a third of the way from your nose will instantly lift the eyes.

Donít use frosted eye shadow or white frosty highlighter. Anything frosty accentuates lines because it makes the skin look scaly. Leave frosty to the teenagers.

Donít over powder. The more moisturisers you use, and you should definitely be using this on mature skin, the more porous your skin will become when you use powder. Even the fineness of powders can look cakey if the skin is moist and greasy. Try applying your moisturiser 30 minutes before making up to allow it to sink in,  and choosing a lighter weight product for day time use, keeping the heavier anti-ageing products for bedtime.

Donít use dark or harsh lipstick shades if you have small lips. As we age our lips get thinner and tend to sag. Use a natural shade of lip liner to prevent bleeding. Blend inwards to avoid the lined look and re-apply your lipstick regularly. If you like bright lipstick, highlight the centre of your lips to give them a fuller effect. Apply a little concealer to the outer edge of your lips and go just  a bit beyond the lip line. Also apply concealer to the outer corners of your lips and go just inside the natural corners of your mouth. All these things will give the appearance of fuller lips. They are high maintenance though and need a lot of retouches during the day to stay looking good. For everyday use try a nude or natural looking lipstick.

Finally the beauty advice that applies to everyone. Eat lots of fruit and veg. Get plenty of sleep and drink plenty of water.






Created On  20 Mar 2017 8:36 in Make Up Advice  -  Permalink

Give Yourself a Makeover this Spring.

Give Yourself a Makeover this Spring.

Prepare Your Skin for Spring

 As winter draws to its damp conclusion, itís fair to say that our skin has taken a beating during the cold months. As we start to tone up in anticipation of losing those shapeless layers to bare all for the warmer weather, itís essential that we also take some time to reboot our daily beauty routine and refresh our makeup bags for some springtime shine.

Here at Cosmetics 4 Less, we have lots of excellent products and ideas to help you on your way, so pull up a chair and read our top tips for perfect springtime skin.


 Ok, we all know we should wear sunscreen all year around, but letís be honest, how many of us actually do? Itís far too easy to let it slip in the weak winter sunshine, but now is the time to put some sunscreen back into your daily routine. Ensure you use a daily moisturiser which has at least a factor 15 built in, and if youíre going to be in the sun for any length of time slather your skin in a minimum of a factor 30 sunscreen.

 Lighten Up

 Winter is all about heavy foundation and smoky eyes, but the key to spring is clear, fresh skin. Opt for a tinted moisturiser, or a lightweight, translucent foundation for a natural-looking base. Swap your powder blush for a simple check stain, and ditch those dramatic dark eyes in favour of pastel colours.

Get Some Glow

Banish your pale winter skin with some natural bronzer, to give your skin a sun-kissed glow. Itís much healthier than trying to jumpstart your tan with a trip to the sunbed, gives instant results and it will keep your skin looking young and healthy.

Be Bold with Your Lips

 While we recommend toning down your skin and eye makeup during the spring in favour of natural and pastel tones, choosing some bold colour for your lips will finish your springtime look with style. Bold reds and pinks will ensure you stand out this spring.

Natural Nails

 If you regularly use gel or artificial nails, itís essential to give your nails a break every few months to let them repair and strengthen up. Treat your nails to a good moisturiser, before applying a natural, protective base, and finishing them with a nude tone thatís ideal for spring.

 If you need some inspiration to refresh your makeup bag this spring, take a look at the great range of products on Cosmetics 4 Less.

Created On  17 Mar 2017 8:30 in Make Up Advice  -  Permalink

Spring Clean for Your Make Up.

Spring Clean for Your Make Up. Spring is on it's way and, while we are planning to spring clean our house and maybe overhaul our wardrobes, we should also consider giving our make up bags a good clean out.

Old make up is not so effective and it's a breeding ground for bacteria which is very bad news for skin and especially eyes. So tip the contents of your make up bag, bags, drawers etc, on to an old towel and prepare to be ruthless.

Amazingly the average British woman keeps old cosmetics for up to six years1 This gives germs a perfect breeding ground and is the cause of many skin irritations and blemishes I am sure.

So start going through all your products and throw away anything that is out of date, separated or gone a funny colour. Also bin anything that has leaked. if product can get out then germs can get in.

Then think about how long you have had each of the remaining items. Mascara is only safe to use for 3-6 months. Don't keep it any longer than this as eye infections can be very serious indeed. Foundation will last for a year after opening, lipsticks will probably be alright for up to 2 years but throw away any that begin to smell a little different. Powder items such as eyes shadows, and blusher can last up to 3 years.   

Your make up brushes can harbour a veritable zoo of bacteria as well as dead skin, old make up and skin oils. So clean them regularly, at least once a week. I use a few squirts of a gentle shampoo in a small bowl of warm water. Try not to get the brush completely covered in water as this can cause the bristles to fall out. Hold the brush in the water with the bristles hanging downwards and gently massage until clean. Change the water if necessary and rinse thoroughly. Allow the brushes to dry naturally lying down on a towel so that the water does not run down the handles.

Then take the opportunity of cleaning out your empty make up bag. Clean inside and out with a gentle soap solution and give a final wipe with an antibacterial wipe to get ride of any remaining bugs.

If your clean out has left your make up bag a bit empty then it's a good time to treat yourself to some new products. At Cosmetics4less we have a great range of products at prices that won't break the bank.
Created On  15 Mar 2017 11:34 in Make Up Advice  -  Permalink

Wedding Day Make Up

Wedding Day Make Up You want to look your best on the day so make sure you have your make up planned and perfected well before the big day.

Whether you are having a professional make up artist, a friend or relative, or doing your make up yourself have a practice run. ideally have a full drss rehersal and take photos so you can see how it will turn out in the pictures taken on the day.  

It is probably not a good idea to experiment with a new look entirely, better to stick to the look you know suits you, just make it an enhanced version. You will need to define your features a little more strongly so they show up well in the photos and err on the side of a natural look as this will not date. Hopefully you and your family will be looking at the photos for many years to come.

When choosing products look for "waterproof" and "long lasting". A waterproof mascara is a definite must as even the most unromantic of brides have been known to shed a tear at some stage during the day. You want your make up to last well as you won't have time for touch ups and you won't want to be bothered by worrying about whether your lipstick has worn off.


Start with concealer and foundation. You should always try for a shade that matches your skin tones but be careful that too pale a shade might make you look washed out if you are wearing white or ivory, while too deep a shade can make you look orange. A yellow tone will bring warmth to your face without being too dark and a sweep of bronzer will add a touch of colour without overdoing it. If you are wearing a low cut dress remember to take the colour down to your chest area or blend in really well to gradually loose the colour if you prefer. Choose a concealer that is very slightly darker than your foundation. If you choose a lighter shade this can show up on the photos as a pale ring under the eyes. 

Products that add shimmer and highlights to the complexion should be used with caution as shimmer can look like a sheen of sweat in a photo, not pretty. Stick to matte products and if you must add highlights add just a little to brow bones and cheek bones, maybe a little on the bust area if wearing a low cut dress. 

If you are getting married in the summer you may well get very hot in crowded rooms so beware of anything shiny and choose a light coverage foundation, you don't want anything melting in the sun. Go easy on the blusher as two different tones of red, your natural glow and a blusher does not look good. Choose a powder or stain rather than a cream and blend in well. Choose a pretty light pink and apply sparingly. If very red cheeks are a problem then try a green tinted concealer but make sure you try this out well in advance to see if it works for you.

Green concealer can also work for red cheeks caused by cold if you are getting married in the winter. If you choose to wear lip gloss you will have to reapply constantly throughout the day, as you eat, drink, kiss relatives and new husbands. A long lasting lipstick is a better choice. To make your lipstick last all day, apply a lip primer then apply a layer of foundation and let it dry thoroughly, this makes a good base. Then apply a lip pencil, choose the same shade as your lipstick, then fill  in your whole lips with the pencil. Blend in well so that , even if you lipstick rubs off you still have some colour on your lips but you don't have that awful line around the edge.

Then apply lipstick, blot with a tissue and apply again. Repeat this once again. 

It is a good idea to have your eyebrows professionally shaped before the big day. Then you can use a pencil or brow powder in your natural shade.  

it is also a real moral booster to have a professional manicure done a day or so before the wedding. If you have nice nails of your own a french manicure looks lovely for a bride or have false nails put on if you bite them or don't have perfect natural nails. 

On the day have some emergency supplies secreted somewhere you can get to them easily. Cotton buds to touch away any smudges, lipstick or lip gloss in case you need a touch up. Translucent loose powder to get rid of any shine. Breath freshener in case the food is garlicky or to get rid of the smell of alcohol and a tiny phial of your favourite perfume, a great confidence booster.

Finally enjoy your big day and don't worry, everything will be fine.


Created On  10 Mar 2017 15:13 in Make Up Advice  -  Permalink

Face Powder Facts

Face Powder Facts


Face Powder has a bit of an old fashioned reputation. Many people these days wonder if there is any benefit to using it. The reality is that there are several very good reasons for using powder.


Most importantly, powder sets your foundation and makes it last. It also adds a matte finish that always looks fresh, professional and chic.


Powder can make the skin texture seem finer, as it makes the pores look smaller. Last, but not least, powder removes any stickiness created by foundation or concealer.


After powdering, eye shadow or blusher can be applied and blended easily on silky smooth skin.


It is very important to ensure that the powder you use does not change the colour of your foundation. If you have managed to match your foundation to your skin colour you wonít want to spoil it now by applying a powder that contains too much colour, especially not pink.


Loose Translucent Powder


Loose powder is often the product of choice for professional make up artists. Most loose translucent powders available are not really translucent as they will contain a small amount of colour but generally a translucent powder will fight less with your foundation than a specific shade.


Loose powder has the advantage that it does not build up on the skin and create a heavy, caked look. It is very light and if too much is applied it can easily be dusted away with a large, soft brush.


A good choice is Laval Loose Translucent Powder.


Pressed Powder


The one distinct advantage of pressed powder is that it is much less messy to carry around in your handbag than loose powder. For this reason, it can sometimes be handy for quick touch-ups during the course of the day.


You also generally have a wider range of shades to choose from than is the case with loose powder. Best results will come if you choose a shade as close as possible to the colour of your foundation and use very sparingly.


The classic pressed powder is Max Factor's CrŤme Puff, available in eight shades. Budget Ranges like Constance Carroll also offer a great range of shades at very affordable prices.

If a film builds up on the surface of your powder this is caused by a build up of skin oils and other make up products being transferred from your skin to the powder on your applicator sponge, puff or brush. So make sure you use a clean one every day. You can buy packs of applicator pads which are washable and reusable.

The disadvantage of pressed powder is that it tends to build up on the skin if applied repeatedly so be aware of this when touching up during the day.


Always use a large brush to apply face powder rather than the sponges or puffs supplied with the product as this will give a much better, more even coverage and you are much less likely to use too much.


Face powder really can be the finishing touch to your make up so it is worth taking the time to perfect your techniques and trying out several products until you find the one that suits you.

Cosmetics4less offers a range of face powders, all at affordable prices. 


Created On  7 Mar 2017 8:44 in Make Up Advice  -  Permalink

Colour Correcting Concealer and How to Use It.

Colour Correcting Concealer and How to Use It. I expect you will have noticed that a variety of colour correcting concealers have been appearing on the market recently. These give you the ability to do much more with concealers than merely cover blemishes and dark under eye circles. But how do I use it without looking like a clown you cry!

The palette in the picture, City Color Correct and Perfect Multi-Tone Concealer Palette, is a good example of the shades that are usually included in a correcting palette and include 5 different shades of cream concealer. This pallet is available from Cosmetics4less at £3.99.

  Corrects dull tones

Orange: Correct blue tones and under eye circles
Lavender:  Correct yellow, sallow tones
Green: Correct redness
Yellow: Correct grey and purple under eye circles.

Use the Pink tone as a highlighter or for any muddy coloured areas on your face.

The Orange tone is for any areas where blue shades need to be toned down, especially under the eyes, but can also be used  for any obvious blue veined areas.

The Lavender tone will give an instant pick up for any yellow or sallow areas of your face.

The green is especially useful for broken veins on the cheeks or for any red and angry blemishes or spots.

If your under eye circles are more grey or purple in tone then the yellow shade is perfect for correcting this.

Make sure you blend the cream concealer in well with your finger tip so you don't have any patchy areas. You may need to use a flesh toned concealer on top of the correcting concealer before applying your foundation as usual.
Created On  3 Mar 2017 8:36 in Make Up Advice  -  Permalink