LESLEY REYNOLDS/EXPRESS YOURSELF 27 NOVEMBER
ARE YOU READY FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS CLOSE UP?
Whether we like it or not social media has changed how we look and judge ourselves especially as most phones and laptops are now fitted with HD cameras. Patients will often say to me ‘I didn’t realise how old I looked until I saw myself close up on Skype or in an IPhone pic ‘ And it seems deleting unflattering photos isn’t enough. According to a recent survey over a third of surgeons have reported an increase in request from people who wanted to look better on social media. At the same time, women are increasingly looking to A-list celebs for inspiration when it comes to achieving the perfect skin hence the rise of photo ready make up. Look around most beauty counters nowadays and you’ll be bombarded with HD products promising a ‘picture perfect’ finish that can stand up to the rigours of photo-shoot lighting and the scrutiny of HD cameras, And it’s clever stuff. Using the latest technology and harnessing inbuilt light trickery beauty brands from Elizabeth Arden to Cargo have created skincare and make up which can fill lines and minimize pores. The result is an airbrushed effect increased radiance and a flawless finish. From the latest HD facials to the new skin perfecting foundations and powders, here’s a round up of my hero treatments and new picture perfect products so you’re ready for any close up
For Luminous Line Free Skin
High Street Buy – Cargo’s new Picture Perfect Liquid Foundation (£27 Debenhams.com)
Originally created for high definition filming onset, this oil free liquid foundation has been designed to make skin look airbrushed, covering imperfections and fine lines. Key ingredients include photo chromatic pigments which adjust with ambient lighting so that the complexion always looks natural and optical blurring pigments to fill in fine lines and reflect light to give a softer looking complexion, Available in eight shades for perfect for most skin types
At the Clinic- The HD Facial (£120 per facial £300 for a course of 6 0207 436 64441)
Designed to target fine lines and brighten the complexions, uses crushed diamonds and pearls to exfoliate the skin followed by massage and serums to leave skin glowing.
Brighten Under Eye Bags and Circles
High Street Buy Smashbox High Definition Liquid Concealer, (£17,50 boots.com) contains soft focus pearls to reflect lines and minimise dark circles. The soft touch precision applicator makes this weightless concealer easy to apply and perfect for the delicate skin around the eyes.
At the clinic Pelleve, (£200 0207 436 4441) is a fantastic rescue treatment which refreshes baggy and saggy eyes without needles or surgery. It’s painless and there’s no downtime. Radio frequency energy is delivered to the skin via a special hand-held device. This stimulates collagen production and gives an instant lift to the skin as well as softening lines and is particularly good for the eye area You’ll see immediate results from one -treatment and results will last a month to six weeks
Filter those Trouble Spots
High Street Buy Magic Minerals Self Correcting Mineral Powder (£9.99 highstreettv.com) thisprofessional HD mineral powder leads the way with its revolutionary exclusive, patented cover-up technology developed to automatically adjust to match every skin tone without the need for blending. The self-correcting minerals ‘float’ on the skin, airbrushing imperfections such as blemishes, age spots and an uneven skin tone leaving a luminous, youthful complexion which promises to last for 12 hours
At the clinic Photo rejuvenation (from £80 per area) will zap spider veins broken capillaries, age spots and even out skin tone .One treatment will leave tighter firmer skin but up to three sessions two weeks apart may be need to clear all imperfections, No down time,
High Street Buy Filorga’s new Nutri-Filler (£54 marksand spencer.com) has been created to help lift facial outlines reduce sagging cheeks and double chines without needles or fillers. . The cream contains hyaluronic acid and new plant based active ingredients to boost ceramide and collagen production as well as hydration.
At the clinic TheLiquid Lift (from £750 0207 436 4441) uses a combination of dermal filler to addressing concerns, like sagging cheeks and volume loss. A 30-minute treatment will immediately lift cheek pads as well as eliminated her tear troughs and hollow temples with no downtime. Results will last up to 9 months
High Street Buy Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer (£28 boots.com) has been designed to stand up to hd cameras and will help prevent shine disguise pores and make foundation last longer
At the Clinic Face Up (from £90 per treatment 0207 436 4441) is a great lunchtime skin treatment which combines abrasion and micro massage to instantly reduce pore size and rejuvenate skin. Visible results from one treatment but a course of 4 to 8 treatments at intervals of 7 to 10 days gives lasting results
* Hi Definition Photo Shock Finishing Powder (£23 diegodallapalma.com) is like a photo filter for the skin. Sweep over skin after foundation. The silky single shade powder uses HD technology to blur lines and diffuse light giving a soft focus finish
*Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights (£11.99 superdrug.com) Try mixing a tiny amount of Skinlights in your foundation to give an instant glow .Anything that reflects light will hide lines and make skin look more youthfulTry
*For perfect HD brows – even if you haven’t got any – try Silk Fibre Brow Enhancer (£19.99 boots.com) which acts as an instant brush on brow extensions to thicken lengthen and fill in missing gaps. The semi permanent formula is available in four colours sets in 60 seconds and lasts all day
*Use the right tools – professional make up artists love to buff foundation to give a smooth finish – try Bare Minerals Perfecting Face Brush (£27 – most stores)