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How to keep your natural beauty just like the stunning new wife of Darren Clarke

Model agency boss and Miss NI founder, Alison Campbell looked simply sensational in a strapless, above-the-knee wedding dress when she wed Open champion Darren Clarke.

Her skin glowed under the Bahamas sun at her destination wedding earlier this month.

Ahead of the Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland 2012 final on May 14, Alison is proving that you can be 50 and look fantastic with ease. As she is also a natural beauty, this week I am going to show you how to stay youthful and feel fabulous without the needle marks.

FACE

Deep lines, wrinkles, age and sun spots are just some of the concerns we have when entering our 50s. A good skincare regime is essential to managing what goes on beneath and above the skin. New to the beauty market, Rodial’s Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel is a non-surgical alternative to celebrity favourite injectable Restylane. Dubbed the ‘Liquid Facelift’, this gel works by adding essential volume to hollow skin in order to plump, sculpt and lift sagging skin. It also protects against ageing by forming a skin-like film around the face for a dramatically more youthful complexion — without the needles! Dragon’s Blood is especially good for firming up skin around the jaw line and cheek bones.

Next up is wonder cream Freeze 24.7 Instant Targeted Wrinkle Treatment which already counts Halle Berry, Penelope Cruz and Marcia Cross among its celebrity fan base. Signs of ageing are reversed within minutes of one application of this wonder product, plus it also offers long-term benefits.

This fast-action treatment cream reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and avoids the pain of injections by using topical muscle relaxers to penetrate the skin. Its particularly great for crow’s feet, forehead furrows, droopy brows, stretch marks and sun-damaged skin. Use morning and evening underneath your daily moisturiser.

As skin ages, it loses its ability to retain moisture and becomes naturally drier. A serious moisturising treatment foundation that combines nourishing skincare, daily sun protection and skin tone correcting coverage is Bobbi Brown’s EXTRA Repair Foundation SPF 25.

Super emollient and luxurious, this collagen boosting fluid instantly gives skin a fresh, dewy and healthy looking radiance. Over time, this foundation also helps undo the visible signs of ageing, smoothing out lines while firming and lifting the skin’s appearance. Treated pigments deliver a natural-looking, medium to full coverage and the stay-true colour lasts all day without settling into lines or pores. Apply with fingertips, brush or sponge and, depending on your skin type, you may or may not need a moisturiser.

EYES

Eve Lom’s Eye Lift is a powerful fragrance-free anti-wrinkle eye cream which lifts, firms, repairs and smoothes the delicate eye contour area. Containing Oat Kernel Extract, a sugar based vegetable alternative to collagen, this helps reduce the depth of lines and wrinkles. The results are a more radiant and hydrated eye area with reduced imperfections. Apply morning and evening with light tapping motions.

To open the eyes and define lashes, Maybelline’s Volume Express The Colossal Waterproof Mascara in Glam Black is a real must-have. The wand instantly creates mega volume with just one collagen-enriched coat. Lashes are lush, gorgeous and smudge-proof. For best results, sweep the brush from root to tip to plump lashes. Do not let dry between coats.

HAIR

Your hair care regime should match the level you invest in your skincare. Hair also becomes drier as you age, losing its lustre and vitality. To restore your tresses back to their silky smooth selves, try Frederic Fekkai’s Ageless Rejuvenating Shampoo. Luxurious and beautifully scented, this shampoo cleans and primes the cuticle to ensure absorption of vital nutrients and anti-oxidants to the hair. It combats damage caused by free radicals, hormonal changes and other age-accelerators.

BODY

To keep the body just as youthful as your face, a touch of Tantastic Self Tanning Mousse will keep you naturally glowing and glamorous. A soft, easy to apply foam, this light, velvety mousse bronzes the skin instantly so you know exactly which areas have been covered. This gives a rich, golden finish, is suitable for all skin types and lasts up to five days with even wear off. Plus it’s fragrance-free, with none of the overpowering scent often associated with tanning products. It also dries within minutes so you can dress immediately — making it ideal for last minute tanning!

FINAL TOUCH

For an ultra-feminine and flirty feel, Opium Vapeurs de Parfum Eau de Toilette spray is a surefire winner. A delicate and lighter reinterpretation of the original Opium fragrance, Opium Vapeurs de Parfum boosts a blend of Mandarin Orange zest, Pink Peppercorn and Sambac Jasmine. This is summer sensuality in a bottle.

To book Paddy for your own make-up consultation call Fashion Pharmacy, tel: 028 9032 4437 or email style@fashionpharmacy.com

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