Has Amanda Holden succumbed to 'too far face'?
If your face is the big talking point, for all the wrong reasons, it’s obvious your treatments have gone ‘too far’, says Maria Lally
Morning television is supposed to spark debate among its viewers. But when Amanda Holden covered for her colleague Lorraine Kelly on her daily chat show last week, the presenter herself became the biggest talking point.
Or rather, her face did.
Fast forward a few days and social media sites went into a meltdown as Britain’s Got Talent kicked off and her face became the star of the show.
“She looks like a waxwork,” was the typical comment. “Amanda Holden could barely move her face/mouth on TV this morning,” remarked another.
Those watching ITV’s highly rated new detective drama Marcella, which started this week, also found themselves distracted by the remarkably smooth face of its star, Anna Friel.
“Gorgeous woman, but WHY do that to her face?’ summed up the verdict of many.
Friel has spoken in the past about dabbling with ‘vampire’ facials and laser treatments but being too ‘scared’ to try Botox.
Holden, meanwhile, has put her youthful complexion down to “yoga and a bit of running”.
But many commented on the almost wax-like shine to her face, which looked plumper and smoother than ever.
To put it another way, she could have fallen victim to the ‘Too Far Face’, a term used to describe people whose cosmetic work has accumulated to such a point that they no longer look natural.
“Every now and then a celebrity will pass the tipping point,” says Dr Michael Prager, a cosmetic doctor. “Some of it is down to their practitioner, who may be a little heavy handed, filling in every single line rather than thinking aesthetically.
“Some of it is down to the person themselves. Celebrities can go into overdrive and request too much work and their doctors can’t say no to them. That’s why stars tend to fall victim to the Too Far Face more than most. But it doesn’t make them look younger, they just look weirder.”
Dr Prager says one of the telltale signs that Holden’s appearance is down to more than “a bit of running” include so-called ‘bunny lines’ at the top of her nose. This is caused by Botox-paralysed muscles in the face trying to make an expression; when they fail, other facial muscles, often at the top of the nose, are recruited to do so.
Nicole Kidman and Friends star Courteney Cox have them and both have admitted to using Botox. Amanda also has an unusually smooth forehead and
exaggerated nose to mouth lines which can form as a result of too much filler, says Dr Prager.
Cosmetic surgeon Alex Karidis says the Too Far Face is often down to practitioners using too many ‘ingredients’.
“Treatments like Botox, filler, lasers, heat treatments and so on, are great ingredients that can make a great face. But similar to cooking, if you overuse them you ruin things. That’s how you can end up with those weird faces that look completely overdone.”
He adds: “The treatments used are the same used on all those 50-something models and actresses who look fantastic for their age. They’re just having them in a more subtle way.”
Dr Karidis also says the Too Far Face can be a result of strange happenings within the face after surgery: “If you inject too much, or inject in the wrong place, you can get this weird tug of war going on with your facial muscles. A patient gets odd expressions when they talk or laugh, or their eyebrows arch a little too high which can make them look sinister or startled.”
However, Dr Prager says that in some cases stars consciously opt for this look.
“I’ve heard of something in LA called the ‘Lancer Look’,” he says.
The term refers to Dr Harold Lancer, a Beverly Hills skin doctor who has worked with Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry and Beyonce. “As well as Botox and similar treatments, he also uses treatments that take off the superficial layers of skin. The result is no pores, no cracks and no wrinkles. The patient basically ends up with a blank canvas for make-up artists and while this type of face can look great in selfies or on screen, it’s a different story in real life.
“I’ve heard that Kylie Minogue [who isn’t a client of Dr Lancer] is a fan of this particular look, and that she prefers looking like ‘Stage Kylie’ rather than real Kylie.
“As I always say, to look good on camera stars sometimes have to look a little weird in real life.”
Not everybody is fan of this look though. Actress Cameron Diaz recently shared a make-up free selfie with her 2.3 million followers on Instagram to promote her new book on female ageing, The Longevity Book.
In a recent interview, the 43-year-old said: “One of the parts of research [from the book] that I thought was really interesting is that people who accept ageing actually age better.”
Something many could do well to remember.