Beauty Clinic: Concealer for a bride
Q. I am getting married and my mission is to find the perfect concealer for the fine lines and wrinkles around my eyes, which I am very self-conscious about. A. Congratulations on your engagement and we wish you a very happy wedding day. We do suggest that you consider having a pre-wedding makeup appointment with one of the cosmetic brands that specialises in bridal makeup, such as Bobbi Brown. You can go into a store, or upload a photo and chat online with a Bobbi-trained makeup artist. Visit www.bobbibrown.co.uk/make-uplessons. (You can also see Bobbi’s makeup lessons online with simple techniques and signature looks that take you through from prep to lips.)
Rather than a concealer, we suggest you try Cosmetics a la Carte Skin Veil, which Beauty Bible testers voted top in our Line-fillers category. It’s a cocktail cosmetic: ‘a creamy/satiny texture that goes on invisibly and gives a fabulously smooth luminous quality with illusion of flawlessness’, reported one tester. Another said ‘fine lines seemed to disappear; it worked best under mineral powder foundation, made my skin look air-brushed! Loved it as a primer’. The optical pigments also work to minimise the appearance of open pores.
Skin Veil Tinted Skin Perfector & Primer comes in a sleek mirrored compact. There are four shades: Honey, Original, Sand SV and Vanilla, each £38, from www.alacartelondon.com. We always suggest trying out products if you can. Cosmetics a la Carte has relocated to 192 Pavilion Road, London SW3 2BF, and there is also a branch on the newly refurbished Beauty department on the second floor of Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly.
Do take the time before your wedding to apply a good eye product daily. Liz Earle Superskin Eye & Lip Treatment, £27.50 for 15 ml, and Dr Hauschka Regenerating Eye Cream, £50 fro 15 ml, were recent award winners in the latest edition of our bestseller The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible.
And lastly, do wear big sunglasses with wide arms whenever there is a hint of sun. (Although perhaps not on your wedding day!!!) Lots of lines around the eyes are caused when we continually screw up our eyes against the bright light (the others are laughter lines, which we don't mind one bit!).