The right products, proper application and a little dedication mean you can conjure up a more youthful and vibrant version of you with the contents of your make-up bag, promises beauty director Suzanne Duckett.

Pick orange for an instant boost

Uplifting orange radiates warmth and happiness. “A touch of terracotta or apricot around the eyes and dusted over cheekbones is a wonderfully soft summer update for all skin tones, from the palest to the darkest,” says make-up artist Carol Brown. “It’s a real wake-up call, making tired eyes and a jaded complexion look healthy and alive.”

Description: Pick orange for an instant boost

Pick orange for an instant boost

Nervous about wearing too much orange? “You can keep your basic make-up and simply add a pop of peach to the cheeks,’ says Carol. “People won’t quite know what it is about you that seems better, but they’ll comment on how well you look”. We’re obsessed with Chantacaille Cheek Crème in Demure, $44 (020 8740 2085; spacenk.co.uk), and The Body Shop Lily Cole Lip & Cheek Dome in Crazy for Coral, $15, for instant fresh color and a flush of youth. 

Description: Regain your glow with the right products and a little know-how

Regain your glow with the right products and a little know-how

GH tip

Always try a product where you are actually going to wear it – face, cheeks or lips – and go outside into daylight to see what it really looks like.

A lift for lids

Apply a neutral base color to even out eyelids, and don’t use orange right next to the lash line or eyes can look sore. Carol chose Givenchy 6 Matte Gold Eclat Matissime, $48 (01932 233824).

Sunny cheeks

Apply soft coral or a warm bronzing powder across cheeks: “It gives a just-been-on-holiday effect.” Carol used [1] Clarins Bronzing Duo on 03 Dark, $37. We also like Sensai Designing Duo Bronzing powder (on first page) $52, Selfridges (0800 123400; selfridges.co.uk)

Plumper lips

“A tan-colored gloss that still lets the warmth of your own lip color show through gives a modern, plumping look.” Carol used Ellis Faas lip gloss L305, $33 (020 7734 1234; liberty.co.uk), which comes in three finishes – matte, cream and gloss.

Youthful hands

“This is the best orange polish of the year,” says Carol of [2] Chanel le Vernis polish in Holiday, $27. “It’s not too yellow, so it doesn’t make skin look redder, and flatters more mature hands.” We also like Nails Inc polish in Chelsea Flower Show, $17 (020 7529 2340; nailsinc.com).

Open your eyes to aubergine and plum

Cultivate a passion for berry shades. “Purple is a great alternative to neutral browns and greys,” says Carol. “It’s much more fun and upbeat, and will give your eye make-up an instant seasonal update.” For this look, Carol applied a rich purple shadow along the lid near the lashes for a flash a easy-to-wear color.

Description: Open your eyes to aubergine and plum

Open your eyes to aubergine and plum

Exotic eyes

Burgundy and berry shades will enhance skin with a bit of summer color. We love [3] Nars Duo Eyeshadow in Marie-Galante $36 (0800 123 4000; narscosmetics.co.uk).

Description: Get clever with color – use plum to bring out a tan

Get clever with color – use plum to bring out a tan

Luscious lashes

Another quick and simple way to add color around the eyes is with mascara in a subtle shade. Experiment with plum mascara – one of our favorites as it’s easy on the eye. “Think of it as a warm brown that will help bring out the color of your eyes, from pale blue to the darkest brown,” says Carol. She used [4] Estee Lauder Sumptuous Two Tone Eye Opening Mascara in Rich Plum, $37, on top and bottom lashes.


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