Airbrush away all your wrinkles! The clever cosmetics that use tricks of the light to hide your flaws
00:12 GMT, 12 November 2012
Wouldn't it be great if you could airbrush your face in real life Blur wrinkles, lighten dark circles and put a soft-focus filter over everything
Make-up has always been able to give us a helping hand, but a new generation of smart cosmetics contain ingredients that reflect and diffuse light, making it so easy to conceal and correct.
Here's our guide on how to do it…
Blur wrinkles, lighten dark circle and put a soft focus filter over everything with these quick face fixers
Start with primer
If you're going to buy only one new product, make it a primer. These multi-purpose wonders moisturise skin, as well as creating a flawless canvas that anchors foundation.
Try Laura Mercier's Radiance Foundation Primer (28, Space NK) for a pearly, soft effect or L'Oreal's Pure Light Primer (9.99), part of the Lumi Magique light-reflecting range, designed to make skin glow.
The newest foundations put light-reflecting technology centre stage, with impressive results. Try Estee Lauder's Invisible Fluid Make-up (27), which uses pigments and molecules to bounce light.
To achieve a flawless finish for any foundation, apply with Urban Decay's Optical Blurring Brush (18.50).
The rounded tip and close-packed bristles buff and polish the product into the skin, rather than just layering it on.
Laura Mercier's Radiance Foundation Primer, 28
Estee Lauder's Invisible Fluid Make-up, 27
Boots No.7 Intense Radiance, 12.99
Don't forget concealer
YSL's Touche Eclat (25) and its light-reflecting particles have been disguising bags for years, but it's worth looking at less pricey options using similar technology.
Nurture's Illuminating Touch Treatment Concealer (9.95, nurtureskincare.co.uk) contains UV filters to protect the area, and Boots No 7 Instant Radiance (12.99) is, say its many fans, as good as the YSL version. Brush on, then use your finger to gently pat it into place.
If you use it on blemishes, be sure to add a dab of face powder on top or the highlighting concealer will draw attention to them.
Light-reflecting pigments in eyeliner sound unnecessary, but make-up innovator Terry de Gunzburg, creator of Touche Eclat, has come up with a lower-lash liner that will make your eyes look huge.
Opaline Flash (22, Space NK) is a pale metallic pink kohl that glides on easily and gently bounces light to open up the eye.
Bobbi Brown Longwear cream shadow, 18, left; Youngblood Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder, 32
Shimmering eye shadow
Eye shadows that play with light are frequently glittery or frosted, so, for anyone older than 25, can feel too young or old-fashioned.
However, Bobbi Brown's Long-Wear Cream Shadows (18) deliver shimmer without glitter.
Try Slate or Galaxy, and then use the highlighter end of Soap & Glory's Arch de Triumph (8, Boots) under the brow and in the inner corner of the eyes for a subtle effect that lifts the eye.
Perfect your pout
Glosses are the conventional go-to for boosting lips as they reflect more light than lipsticks. But they can look a bit teenage.
New generation lippies, such as Dior Addict Extreme (24), offer serious shine and strong, lasting colour, so you get the same effect without a gloopy gloss.
Powder is used to mattify, but a dewy finish is more youthful — there's no danger of that powdery-old-lady look.
The latest products offer the best of both worlds with silica-based formulations that moisturise skin.
Try Youngblood Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder (32, ybskin.co.uk). For a night out, try a finish with more impact, such as LKC Miracle Glo Perfecting Glotion (40, lulusplace.co.uk).
YSL's Touche Eclat, 25
Opaline Flash, 22
Dior Addict Extreme, 24