Beauty confidential: Emergency face fixers… Learn how to banish panda eyes and conceal a cold sore – the A-list way

Emergency face fixers: Learn how to banish panda eyes and conceal a cold sore – the A-list way


Forget surgery or Botox, you can hide hooded eyes, spots and wrinkles with make-up. All you need are the right products and the knowledge about how to apply them. Lee Pycroft is a celebrity make-up artist with 17 years’ experience. Here, she shares her essential fix-it tips…

Tricks of the trade: Forget surgery or Botox, you can hide hooded eyes, spots and wrinkles with make-up

Tricks of the trade: Forget surgery or Botox, you can hide hooded eyes, spots and wrinkles with make-up

How can I stop lipstick bleeding into fine lines

Use a filling primer, such as Smashbox’s Photo Finish Pore & Line Primer (30, and pat into the lines on the top lip, this will help refine and fill them. Use a matte-textured lipstick and press the colour into the lips as this will avoid the product shifting and give a natural, diffused edge to the lip colour. Try Revlon’s Matte collection, 7.49 each (Boots, nationwide) for a good range of fashion shades that hold well.

What can I do to avoid mascara panda eyes

Sometimes the issue lies with the concealer used underneath the eyes, rather than the mascara. Lancome Effacernes Longue Tenue — long-lasting hydrating concealer (21 — is brilliant for underneath the eyes. Make sure the concealer is lightly powdered where the lashes hit the skin, so the moisture in the concealer doesn’t cause the mascara to shift. Also, make sure the roots of the bottom lashes are coated with mascara.

Can I use make-up to disguise hooded eyes

Yes. First sculpt brows and brush in to place with a gel to create a neat, arched effect. Highlight under the brows with a pale concealer to help ‘lift’ the brows. Use eyeshadows or creams in light beige tones and, with a soft blending brush, shade the sockets of the eyes. Add deeper brown tones where more shape is needed. MAC’s Paint Pot in Groundwork (15.50, is a good shade and, when you blend it in, it mimics the texture of the skin.

Smashbox's Photo Finish Pore & Line Primer

St Tropez Gold Skin Illuminator

Revlon PhotoReady Primer

From left: Smashbox's Photo Finish Pore & Line Primer, St Tropez Gold Skin Illuminator, Revlon PhotoReady

Next apply a pencil to the lash line to give shape to the eyes. Extend the line out slightly at the outer edges of eyes to elongate. Use a volumising mascara to build lashes, using the tip of the wand to apply more product to roots of lashes for depth. Try Mary Kay’s Lash Love Mascara in Black (16, Another great tip is to use false lashes on the outer corner of the eye — it’s one of the best anti-ageing remedies I know. My favoured brand is Japonesque, available at John Lewis.

What’s the best way to mask dark under-eye shadows

Under-eye bags can’t be hidden with make-up, but they can be improved by using a light reflecting concealer such as Revlon PhotoReady Eye Brightener and Primer (9.99, Boots). Keep make-up on the skin moist and glowing and your blusher bright. Shadows can be dealt with by using the same type of light-reflecting concealer and adding an opaque concealer where needed. This allows for good coverage without it being too heavy.

How can I fix a bad self-tan that’s gone streaky

Use a tinted moisturiser — try Jouer’s Luminizing Moisture Tint (29, which has fabulous colours and gives a natural look — a shade darker than the fake tan and blend it all over the face and on to the neck. The shade change will help smooth out the streaky look and the translucent texture of the product will help to keep skin looking radiant. Use a peachy blush to brighten the skin and compliment the sun-kissed look.

What should I use to cover up pigmentation

Use an opaque concealer after applying foundation and press on to the pigmented areas, making sure the edges are blended well. Products, such as Keromask, created for covering birthmarks work well, as they are so highly pigmented they make covering brown marks easy. Try Keromask Camouflage Cream (14.99,

Revlon PhotoReady Eye Brightener and Primer

Bobbi Brown's Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush

Laura Mercier's Flawless Fix pencil

From left: Revlon PhotoReady Eye Brightener and Primer, Bobbi Brown's Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush, Laura Mercier's Flawless Fix pencil

I’ve got a red nose and a cold, what can I do

Keep make-up fresh and natural. Skin tends to be dehydrated when a cold is in full swing, so use skin products that contain ingredients that reflect light, as they will help illuminate the skin and cover any redness. Wear black mascara on top and bottom lashes to create an eye-opening effect and use a concealer pencil, such as Laura Mercier’s Flawless Fix pencil (16.50, Space NK), inside the rim of the eyes to reduce the redness and help eyes appear brighter.

My face is red. How do I disguise it

Use a primer that neutralises redness, such as Revlon PhotoReady Primer (11.99, Boots). Build up foundation in the areas where high colour occurs. Chanel’s new Perfection Lumiere (36 ( gives light, but long-lasting, coverage.
Use a concealer on top to further reduce the redness. Using a foundation brush helps, try Bobbi Brown’s award-winning brush (31, If you are very pale, use a base slightly darker than your natural skin tone.

Is there a trick for hiding a cold sore

Tan, opaque concealer the exact colour of the skin can help disguise a cold sore. Use a small brush and pat concealer on to the blister, making sure the area is well covered. The texture becomes an issue once the blister bursts but, in the early stages, the covering technique works well.



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