By now, most of us have probably heard that “Your thirties are the new twenties!” and (those of us who are 30 and upwards) have nodded along in fervent agreement with this life philosophy. As you enter a new and different age bracket, it’s vital that you take stock of where you are and that you hit the ‘refresh’ button. Undoubtedly there are certain cringeworthy things from your past that you should bid farewell to as you approach the new golden decade (take anything glittery for example). To help you approach this fabulous new decade with style and grace, here is a list of eight beauty products that are best left behind to the blunders, er, learning period of your 20’s.
Fruity Body Sprays
Perhaps you loved smelling like the contents of a sweet and fruity punch bowl back in the day? Let’s leave these fruit sprays behind, along with the days when we wore blue eye shadow. Instead, try picking a signature scent. Can’t limit it to just one? Pick 3 or 4!
Over-The-Top False Eyelashes
As much as we love long, thick, fluttery lashes, if you overdo it, they can look très fake. Instead, opt for eyelash extensions or individual lashes that are natural-looking and lengthening!
Sparkly Lip Gloss
Nothing screams “juvenile” more than giant specks of glitter on your lips. Leave the sparkle to the teens, and save your lips for something a bit more polished. There are a whole host of more flattering glosses out there that will give you either a sheer conditioned look like Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector, a glossy stain for staying-power deluxe like YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres or a bright, opaque non-sticky gloss, like L’Oreál Colour Riche L’Extraordinare to give you sleek shine with a punch of colour. With your thirties comes the confidence to wear bolder shades, so you’ll be able to rock the red lip.
Perfect for the glitzy makeup looks of your 20’s, glitter eyeliner looks out of place when there isn’t a disco ball in sight. Instead, reach for a creamy eyeliner with a barely-there glint of metal. Lancôme’s Artliner 24 Hour Liquid Eyeliner in either Jade or Copper are beautiful alternatives.
Milky Bubblegum Pink Lipstick
Bubblegum lipstick looks great throughout your 20’s, but when you get older, it just doesn’t look right. Petal pink lipstick is not only more flattering than bubblegum pink, but more age appropriate. Dolce & Gabbana’s Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipstick delivers color with just a hint of shine.
Harsh Hair Colours
Contrary to what you think, your pitch black hair is completely unbelievable and we all know that it isn’t your natural hair colour. Whilst your twenties were a good time for experimenting with harsh colours (perfect, glowing complexions and all that), your thirties are all about subtle gorgeousness. Opt for understated, sun kissed highlights or a subtle ombré. Hair Waves in Rivonia is the BEST at doing the perfect ombré. Call them on 011 234 1587.
Shimmery, Glittery Bronzer
A little shimmer may have made you look sparkly and sun-kissed back in your 20’s, but in your 30’s it’s not such a good idea. Instead, try a silky matte bronzer (with a hint of shimmer) in the form of Clarins Bronzing Duo. It gets the job done right!
Too Much Fake Tan
As your skin ages it gets dryer so layers of fake tan can look…well… fake (Gayle from Jerseylicious, I’m talking to you!). Once again subtlety is key. Opt for Dove’s Gradual Tanning Lotion to build a believable colour and if you do go the whole self-tan route, make sure you exfoliate beforehand to allow the skin to soak up the self-tanner evenly. Because self-tanners are extremely drying, be sure to slather on some moisturiser every day to keep your skin looking supple and hydrated.