Elsa McAlonan’s Beauty Upgrades: How to master pressed powder

WHAT’S NOW AND HOW TO DO IT… PRESSED POWDER 

In the olden days, your grandma knew that pressed powder was the best way to keep make‑up in place. It still is — but powder and mature skin aren’t always the perfect match.

The trick is to choose one that is fine enough not to sit in lines. Tricia Cusden, founder of Look Fabulous Forever, advises: ‘Swirl a big, fat, soft brush over the powder and lightly apply after foundation and blusher.’

Try the new Kiko Milano Magical Holiday Matte Baked Powder (£16.99, kikocosmetics.com), which comes in five shades and has an ultra-fine texture, or the super-silky Shiseido Synchro Skin Invisible Silk Pressed Powder (below left, £38, shiseido.co.uk), which has a weightless feel.

If you’re after a truly glamorous compact, go for Dolce & Gabbana’s Perfection Veil Pressed Powder (below right, £42, harrods.com).

Elsa McAlonan explains how to use pressed powder. Beauty expert Tricia Cusden said to use a large brush to lightly apply it after foundation and blusher. (stock image)

Elsa McAlonan explains how to use pressed powder. Beauty expert Tricia Cusden said to use a large brush to lightly apply it after foundation and blusher. (stock image)

Elsa McAlonan explains how to use pressed powder. Beauty expert Tricia Cusden said to use a large brush to lightly apply it after foundation and blusher. (stock image)

RACE YOU THERE

The trend for ‘clean’ beauty continues with the launch on Friday of Avon Distillery colour cosmetics.

As the name suggests, the ingredients are distilled, which increases their concentration and pigments, resulting in clear colours and skin-friendly formulas. The vegan range is free from alcohol, fragrance and artificial dyes.

Highlights include the liquid lip colour Lip Rush (£12), Lash’d Up Mascara (£14) and seven Shadow Shots Eye Shadows (£10, avon.uk.com).

Holly Willoughby, pictured at the Pride of Britain Awards on October 28, used the shadow palette 03 from the Suqqu Designing Color Eyes Range for her look

Holly Willoughby, pictured at the Pride of Britain Awards on October 28, used the shadow palette 03 from the Suqqu Designing Color Eyes Range for her look

Holly Willoughby, pictured at the Pride of Britain Awards on October 28, used the shadow palette 03 from the Suqqu Designing Color Eyes Range for her look

HOLLY’S EYE-OPENER

Holly Willoughby looked her usual stunning self at the recent Pride Of Britain Awards (pictured), with her eye make-up especially lovely.

For her eyelids, her make-up artist Patsy O’Neill chose shadow palette 03 from the Suqqu Designing Color Eyes range (£46, harrods.com), while for her brows, she used the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Platinum Blonde (£31, johnlewis.com).

THIS WORKS

Ole Henriksen has super-powered the benefits of its original C‑Rush Brightening Gel Crème with the new C-Rush Brightening Double Crème (£36, Boots), an intensely hydrating formula with three high-potency sources of vitamin C. The peachy tint means it can be worn alone, or as a base for foundation. 

CAN I PUT BODY LOTION ON MY FACE?

No, this is not a good idea (although I’ve done it myself by mistake when not wearing my glasses!).

Skin expert Dr Hilary Allan, medical director at Woodford Medical, explains: ‘There are several differences between the skin on the body and on the face.

‘Facial skin is much thinner, especially around the eyes, compared with that on the body. Most body creams will be formulated to deal with thicker skin needing more robust hydration, which, if used on the face, may lead to acne.’

However, some products are designed for face and body, such as Epionce Facial Renewal Lotion (pictured, £81.50, epionce. co.uk). It is fast-absorbing and — despite its name — can also be used on your body.

 THREE OF THE BEST: CREAMBLUSHERS

IN YOUR 50s: B. Liquid Blush

B. Liquid Blush (£6.99, Superdrug) gives cheeks a natural flush. Its creamy formula comes in six sheer shades. Apply with your fingers, then blend in with a brush. 

£6.99 Shop

IN YOUR 70s: Iconic London Sheer Blush

ICONIC London Sheer Blush (£18, iconic londoninc.com) is easily absorbed and gives a soft-focus, healthy glow. It comes in six dewy colours, which can be worn on their own or mixed to achieve your perfect shade. 

£18.00 Shop

SHAMELESS INDULGENCE

You can never have too many lipsticks, and the limited-edition Estee Lauder 5 Of A Kind Pure Color Envy Lipstick Collection (£54, esteelauder.co.uk) is the ultimate ‘wardrobe’ for lips.

The gift set (which has a playing card theme designed by illustrator Megan Hess) contains five full-size lipsticks in statement shades: Emotional (a warm red); Insatiable Ivory (a pale-pink nude); Powerful (a deep pink); Carnai (an orange red); and Insolent Plum (a purple berry tone).

To buy all five lipsticks at their usual price of £27 each would cost £135. So, at £54, this set is irresistible.