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Try a new trend whatever your age

They’re in! We reveal how to make the latest catwalk looks work for you

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lue eyes, bronzer and lashings of liner – this season’s make-up is telling us to go bold or go home! But if you’re convinced the catwalk styles aren’t for you, think again. ‘Trying a new trend is about attitude,’ says make-up artist Daniel Sandler. ‘Even the most out-there looks can be made wearable.’ So there really is no age limit on sultry eyes, golden skin and bold lips – you just need to work with what you’ve got. Check out our experts’ advice to create four key spring looks, then try them for yourself with our fab interactive tool!

Woman in her 40s and woman in her 70s wearing blue eye make-up

Blue hues

How to ‘Youthful, line-free eyes can take a lot of make-up, so make a statement,’ says Daniel. ‘Apply a black crayon to the outer corner of upper and lower lash lines, then run a turquoise liner from the middle of the eye to the inner corner, before blending the join with a cotton bud. ‘In your 30s or 40s? Try the “tightline” (that’s eyeliner in and around your waterline, spring’s must-do) to draw attention to the whites of your eyes and help detract from any wrinkles. Simply run a blue pencil along the upper and lower waterline, then close to the upper and lower lash line. Black mascara will help soften the blue. ‘Older eyes should avoid liner in the waterline, as it can make them appear smaller. Instead, trace a royal-blue pencil along the upper lash line for a timeless take on the trend.’

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Woman in her 20s wearing pink lipstick

Sherbet-dip lip

Get the look ‘For a youthful take on spring’s pastel lip, keep skin fresh with a light, tinted moisturiser,’ says Seventeen’s Vanesa Guallar. ‘Gently scrub lips with an old toothbrush, apply a balm and allow it to soak in for five minutes. Then create a bold statement with two layers of non-budge, liquid lipstick. Older lips may have lost volume, so line them first to add plumpness and give the product something to stick to, before applying a matte lipstick straight from the bullet. A lip treatment or primer is the answer if lips have thinned further – it will plump and soften wrinkles. Then sweep on a matte lipstick, using a brush for control. Add a touch of gloss to the centre of your lips and use highlighter on your cupid’s bow to detract from fine lines and give the illusion of fullness.’

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Woman in her 70s wearing black eyeliner

The underline

Get the look ‘The key to pulling off the underline on mature eyes is to use a pencil with staying power that won’t transfer into lines,’ says YSL’s Fred Letailleur. ‘Start with a thick line at the outer corner of the eye and work inwards, narrowing as you reach the inner corner. A stark line can be too harsh if your eyes have lost definition, so use a small brush to soften it. ‘In your 30s or 40s, draw a more uniform underline with a pencil, then apply a line of dark shadow and blend for an edgy, reverse-smoky eye (leaving the eyelids bare). Younger skin can go fabulously grungy by lining the entire eye with soft kohl – including the upper and lower waterlines – then going over the under-eye line for emphasis. Keep the look very smudgy and casual.’

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Woman in her 40s wearing bronzer

Desert storm

Get the look ‘As you approach middle age, skin tends to appear more dull, so add radiance by mixing a highlighter with your base,’ advises Lancôme’s Shehla Shaikh. ‘Next, use a matte powder bronzer (too much sparkle can be ageing) and buff it into your hairline, cheek hollows, temples and on the tip of your nose and chin – where the sun would naturally hit your face. Then warm up the apples of your cheeks with a peach blusher and use a nude lipstick to mute your natural lip colour. A liquid bronzer is more forgiving on mature complexions, as it melts into skin – as opposed to the chalky texture of powder, which can settle into lines and make them more noticeable. Young skin can skip the foundation – just use a BB cream – and really max out on bronzer.’

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Words: Natalie Ticehurst and Philippa Pearne.: Photography: Oliver Shearing: Beauty direction: Donna Francis Hair: Donna Allen at Carol Hayes Make-up: Daniel Sandler Nails: Chisato Yamamoto at Terri Manduca Models: Valerie at Mrs Robinson, Shalke at Models 1, Portia at Established Catwalk images: Imaxtree, Jason Lloyd-Evans

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