Flawless at any age – hacks to help you look younger

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Fed up with pesky hairs on your top lip or chin? Give a reputable facial hair removal product a go so you can face the world with confidence (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Fed up with pesky hairs on your top lip or chin? Give a reputable facial hair removal product a go so you can face the world with confidence (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Loads of beauty secrets we’ve heard aren't age-related, such as using baby powder ­instead of dry shampoo or (safely) heating your eyelash curler for mega-volume. But some elements of beauty become more apparent as we get older, and require entirely new hacks of their own. The good news? Age is just a number, and we’ve got some hacks that will send these beauty bugbears packing.

Mind the facial hair

Isn’t it a pain when those pesky hairs start popping up on your chin and upper lip? Well, rather than poking, prodding and ­pulling at them with a pair of tweezers, try a facial hair removal option that will take care of an entire area in one fell swoop. Oh, and not to mention painlessly – how good! Just pop a reminder in your calendar once a month and you and those unwanted hairs will never be caught off-guard again.

Disguise greys

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Whether it’s been a while between appointments or you haven’t got around to using that box dye yet, there are plenty of ways to disguise greys in seconds. Admittedly, these techniques are easier to pull off with dark hair colours, but they’re also the ones to suffer from contrast the most!

If you’re dealing with a hefty amount of regrowth, reach for a coloured dry shampoo and lightly spray before brushing through. Have only a few rogue strands to hide? Sweep over them with your tinted brow gel or (colour depending) your mascara. 

Mask spider veins

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Whether you’ve got red ones, purple ones or blue ones, spider veins can surely make the stretchmarks you worried about at age 15 seem insignificant. Thankfully, they should cause no harm or discomfort, but only professional treatments such as lasers can actually rid you of them.

But if it’s a special occasion and you’d rather look less ­spidery, a layer of smudge-proof body makeup provides the perfect camouflage. For even, smooth coverage, we recommend applying with a kabuki brush or mitt. 

Embrace tint

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If you haven’t already become acquainted with brow and lash tint, the DIY hack is worth the know-how. Not only will it help sparse brows look fuller, but if you find your mascara constantly ends up on your eyelids, tinting your lashes will provide a semi-permanent solution.

And those greys we were talking about earlier? Any leftover mixture can provide a cheeky root touch-up. 

Fake fuller hair

Thinning hair can be caused by a number of things (and affects women of all ages, FYI!), although it does often coincide with menopause. If you’re experiencing hair loss, there are some hair treatments that can restore hair density and stimulate better growth over time. 

But if it’s instant fullness you’re after, hair building fibres provide a temporary albeit terrific solution, filling in the hairline and any gaps to conceal sparse areas. Fabulous, right? 

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Before you know it your bathroom can become a crash site with piles of unused products. Make time for a good old-fashioned clean-up operation (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Time for a tidy-up!

Products piling up in your bathroom? ­Perhaps it’s time for a little declutter. Anita Birges, decluttering and organising ­expert, shares her top three tips to help you re­organise your beauty space.

  1. Check the date The lifespan of makeup is shorter than you think, so it’s vital to keep track of when you open new products and when to throw them out. As a rule, once opened, liquid products should be kept for no longer than six months, and other products a year. If you’re unsure, check the pot symbol on the back of a product for how long it keeps once opened.
  2. Don't hoard Free product samples are one of the biggest culprits for clutter. We grab them from hotels, magazines and department stores, but seldom actually use them. It’s time to be honest with yourself – if you don’t use samples, get rid of them or give them to someone who will.
  3. Donate It’s difficult to cull cosmetics because we don’t know what to do with them and don’t want to waste the product. However, there are many women’s shelters that will often take unsealed products if they are in good condition.


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