Sunday 18 February 2018

The Knowledge: Advice on beauty for young skin

Lily Collins

Lilly Collins attends the Lacome pre BAFTA party on February 14, 2014. Photo: Nick Harvey/WireImage.
Lilly Collins attends the Lacome pre BAFTA party on February 14, 2014. Photo: Nick Harvey/WireImage.

Advice and invaluable tips on how to keep your skin looking young.

Put the tweezers down

I've heard make-up artists say that to make an older person look younger, you should fill in their brows.

Eyebrows are a defining feature: mine in particular, because they are so big – they have their own Twitter feed, apparently. I didn't tell Mum when I plucked my brows for the first time; I thought I looked great. She saw me later and was horrified – worried that they wouldn't grow back. Luckily, they did, but, from then on, I've only let one person touch them, who has been shaping them ever since. Recently, a make-up artist used a glue stick, applied with a finger, to set my brows. Unlike eyebrow gel, it doesn't flake off. It does work, and washes off easily with warm water.

Use protection

Don't forget that, even when the sun is not shining, UV rays can affect skin, causing wrinkles and sun damage. Choosing products that contain SPF is a simple rule to follow. Lancome's UV Expert SPF 50 is awesome, because it's a moisturiser with a high SPF. In the summer, I slather on sun cream – the higher the SPF, the better. My fair English skin tends to burn fast.

Get some moisture

Hydration is the key to fresh-looking skin. I learnt that from working with Julia Roberts – whose skin is radiant – on the set of Mirror Mirror. Drink a lot of water and try to use hydrating face masks regularly. I like shu uemura's depsea hydrability intense moisture filling mask, and use the moisturising gel cream daily. Hydration is just as important for youthful-looking hands, lips and hair. I went through a big crimping phase around the time of Hermione in the Harry Potter films – I would clamp the crimpers to my hair until I smelled burning. Now I let my hair dry naturally when I am not filming, to keep moisture locked in. I am also big on hand cream: I use Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve.

Suds up

My mum always stressed how important it is to clean your face before going to bed, to remove dirt and unclog pores. If you want to keep your skin healthy and youthful-looking, you have to keep it clean. Even if you get home late and the last thing you want to do is to take off your make-up, use a make-up remover, followed by a cream cleanser, to wake up in the morning feeling refreshed.

Keep make-up fresh

As long as you look after your skin, experiment with brightly coloured make-up when you are young. I love to focus on bold, shiny lips for evenings out. Lancome's Lip Lover glosses stay put for a long while, and I own a rainbow collection of nail polishes. For my last film, Love, Rosie, I had to age by 10 years. There was no prosthetic work, so the make-up artists used contouring tricks. The more make-up and contouring they applied, the older I looked, so now I know to keep my make-up base light. I don't use foundation, just concealer and a reflective blusher for glowing cheeks.

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