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40-something skin

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-image-travel-photographer-digital-camera-image24390766Let us introduce you to our new columnista world-class travel and beauty journalist who writes under the name of Rosie McKechnie.

Rosie, who has worked all over the world, likes to be behind the lens sometimes too and enjoys keeping an air of mystery about her. Read her tips for all of you in your forties. We also have a new columnist Louise Scott, who will be writing for 30-something skin next month too.

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I seem to be eternally on the hunt for the ideal foundation and as I get older the perfect formulation gets ever more elusive. If it’s not too matt, it’s too dewy, coverage is too light or way too heavy. Why is it so tricky, I can’t be that picky, can I?

Of course as summer comes around it’s time to change again. At the moment I’ve really been enjoying using Lancome’s Teint Visionnaire. Light and dewy, it leaves my skin fresh and glowing. Two products in one, the vitamin-packed foundation immediately evens out skin tone and over time fades dark spots, reduces the size of pores and smoothes lines. I’ve been applying with a foundation brush for a polished finish that is easily buildable depending on how much coverage I need.

The top of the bottle is a concealer – genius because it matches perfectly the foundation colour and is detachable, so you can pop it in your make-up bag if you need to touch up on the go. It even has a mirror inside the lid. With an SPF 20 there’s decent coverage from the sun. What more do you need to face summer? Lancome Teint Visionnaire Skin Reflecting Make Up Duo, priced £36, from www.lancome.co.uk

You don’t have to be heading off on holiday this summer to indulge in the beautiful new make-up collection from Clarins. Inspired by the bold colours of South America , the products will bring some sunshine into your life even if you’re only going on a staycation. I love the Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Gel in crystal plum, uber-glossy and not at all sticky. This particular shade will look great with a tan. I have to admit I cheated and used it with the Summer Bronzing Compact and looked and, more importantly, felt as if I’d just come back after a week in the Med.

The stand out product in the Clarins Splendours collection has to be the Colour Quartet and Eye Liner Palette. As well as being something lovely to have in your make-up bag – the lid has an Aztec design that shimmers when it catches the light – the compact has everything you need for summer eyes. There are four very wearable colours in copper, pale golds and pink golds with a beautiful and very easy to apply plum eyeliner. If, like me, you’re not the best at eye shadow application, the handy card enclosed offers suggestions on colourways for a daytime look and a more smoky-eyed evening look using the compact and enclosed applicators. Clarins Splendours make-up collection, prices from £16, from www.clarins.co.uk. Call 0800 036 3558 for stockists. For great-looking skin, nothing beats a good night’s sleep. Eight hours of uninterrupted zzzzs might be ideal but the reality is very different if you have young kids who get up with the larks, a partner who works erratic shift patterns or you toss and turn because there’s too much on your mind.

Enter the multi-award-winning Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex: a good night’s sleep in a bottle. When it comes to serums, this is the original and best. It first appeared 30 years ago and has recently been reformulated to work even harder to help skin renew overnight.

A few drops at night, after cleaning and before moisturising, will feed the skin with all the essential nutrients. After a month I could see my skin tone evened out, lines were less visible and my face was super-hydrated. For my sensitive skin, it’s light enough to layer with night cream and I haven’t been getting any pesky spots and dry, flaky patches disappeared in no time at all. In fact, despite the name, I know many people use this morning and night. Perfect if you need an extra boost when you need it.

I’ve been using the serum with Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Eye Recovery Complex. A gel-like serum for the delicate area around those peepers, it does have a positive effect on fine lines and dark circles and that horrible crepey thing that happens to skin around the eyes when you hit your 40s.

The hard-working ingredient is that old favourite hyaluronic acid and it won’t let you down by strengthening moisture levels and leaving the skin plumper and healthier looking. The bottle comes with a handy applicator with a ball on the end. Put three tiny dots around the eye and pat in. Easily absorbed, it’s not heavy and, like the Recovery Complex, I’ve been using it morning and night. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Recovery Complex, priced £44, and Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Eye Recovery Complex, priced £37, from www.esteelauder.co.uk.

With an SPF30, the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Premiere Intense Moisture and Renewal is great for anyone who spends a lot of time outside. The daily moisturiser is specifically blended to meet the needs of women over the age of 45. As well as offering all-important sun protection, specific ingredients help maintain moisture levels all day long. Skin-replenishing ceramides, nutrient-rich sea minerals, and high-performance retinols hydrate, soothe and boost the skin. They get to work on fine lines, dull skin, age spots and uneven pigmentation.

It’s certainly not the cheapest moisturiser around but the consistency is fairly thick so I found it best to use a tiny pea-sized amount at a time, smooth over the skin and then add more where needed. Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Premiere Intense Moisture Renewal, priced £68, from Boots and Elizabeth Arden counters.