Don’t shy away from vivid blues and greens for eyes. If you can brave a bright strappy sandal for a party, you’ve got it in you to ditch that dull taupe eye shadow for something more exciting and eye opening! Color over the eyes also detracts from pesky things like bags, crow’s feet and under-eye circles. “And why can’t we grown-ups be on trend for a change?” Carol says.

Description: Open up your eyes with statement shades

Open up your eyes with statement shades

Bright eyes

Brush some eye-catching color across lids. Carol used [1] Mac eye shadow in Bitter Lime Green, $18, for the lid to the brow and [2] Mac eye shadow in Atlantic Blue, $18 (0800 054 2999; maccosmetics.co.uk), near the lashes.

Bold definition

Carol applied [3] D&G The Eyeliner Crayon Intense No 21, $25 at Harrods (020 7730 1234; harrods.com), in a vivid blue along the lower inner rim of the eye. We also recommend Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill No 22, $39, a pretty iridescent blue, By Terry Ombre Blackstar Color Fix Cream Eyeshadow in Fizzy Jade, $40 (020 8740 2085; spacenk.co.uk), and Bare Minerals Ready Duo in The Showstopper, $39 (bareminerals.co.uk) – solid mineral powders with antioxidants and other skin-revitalizing benefits.

Bold red lips for every age

“Regardless of your age or skin tone, a clean face and red lips are a modernizing look,” says Carol. ‘A touch of light-reflecting concealer to brighten the mouth area and blur lines, partnered with a lively red lip color is instant fabulousness.’ And reds can be easily personalized to make a loud, bold statement or a softer whisper of color. For this look, Carol used Mac lipstick in Ruby Woo, $20 (as before), a cult red with a blue undertone. If sophisticated pinks and berries are your thing. Carol recommends Armani lipstick, from $37 at Selfridges (or giorgioarmanibeauty.co.uk)

Description: Bold red lips for every age

Bold red lips for every age

How to make red work for you

  • Bold color

Apply straight from the bullet (it will soon mould to the shape of your lips) then soften the edge using your finger or a lip brush. That way, you get a very intense color in the middle and a soften edge that mimics the way lips naturally fade in color at the outer edge.

Description: Lady in red: a sexy choice for any age

Lady in red: a sexy choice for any age

  • Subtle stain

Apply lipstick, leave for a few minutes to allow the pigment to take, then blot to create a long-lasting stain. Economical, too, because it means you can dust down barely used bright red and pink lipsticks you weren’t brave enough to wear. The counters are awash with fresh new shades for summer – best ones include: [4] Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, $12 each; [5] Clarins Crystal Balms, $25, and Maybelline Color Sensational Popsticks, $11.

Trick of the light

Most of us start to lose our inherent radiance in our 30s (sigh), but you can add some back. We had a serious gold rush when we saw the [1] Mac Pigment, $25 (as before), that Carol used here, which she applied only to the outer corner of the eyelids for a fabulously glamorous look: ‘The particles are bigger, which adds more drama – and helps them stay put!’

Description: Create youthful sparkle with light-reflecting make-up

Create youthful sparkle with light-reflecting make-up

For a slightly subtler effect that works for both day and night, we love [2] Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow, seen here in Copper, $27 (0870 034 2566; bobbibrown.co.uk). sweep it on for a veil of color or build it up for an intense look.

Celebs have their favorite photographers ‘light them’ for photo shoots – the next best thing to a cosmetic surgeon. But thanks to dazzling advances in technology, now make-up can add a fabulous luminosity to the skin. A shining example is YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation, $42 (yslbeaty.co.uk), which combines the famous Touche Éclat light particles with its latest foundation for beautiful, subtle coverage.

According to Carol, the right application is as important as the right product. “Apply the product sparingly, and only where you need it – especially a foundation. If you apply too much, even a good product can flood into lines and overload skin, and even a 20-something will look older,” she says.

Get glowing…

  • For free – Freshen up any foundation by mixing it with your sun cream to create a tinted moisturiser with protective sheen.
  • For under $8 – Try Nivea Visage Daily Essentials Tinted Moisturising Cream, $6 – it evens out tone, hydrates and has light-reflecting pigments to brighten skin.
  • For under $15 – On bare skin, L’Oreal Lumi Magique Touch of Light Highlighting Pen, $13, is a great instant illuminator to lighten dark circles and hide imperfections.



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