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The New Age Is No Age: 4 Make-Up Looks That Look Epic Whoever You Are

Unretouched and honest, these pictures show the power of beauty for EVERY woman.

These days it goes without saying that when you turn the page of your fave fashion magazine you expect to see photoshopped models airbrushed to perfection and all looking closer in age to your graduation photo than your badass self rocking it in the present. You'd be surprised if you saw otherwise, right?

Well not anymore.

We want every woman to feel their best and most confident, regardless of age, skin tone, hair type and everything in between. Which is why we've edited the beauty tools you need to boost your natural beauty, rather than mask it, whoever you are. And we've got the un-retouched images so you can see what really works IRL, so you can have a realistic shot at recreating the look minus your go-to Insta filter.

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Because real women are always the most beautiful. Photoshop, who?

The Power Of... Bright Red Lipstick

Cashmere roll neck, £380, Max Mara

This simple complexion boost is a fail-safe route to make-up induced confidence -but you need to do it properly. Consider your lip shape and use a lip liner to even out irregularities. Blend with your fingertip to soften harsh edges- if your lips are thin, avoid dark shades. Fill the centre with creamy, sheeny, or demi-matte textures that don't bleed into fine lines you may have around your mouth. And if a lipstick washes you out in natural light, move on – it's not the one.

If a lipstick washes you out in natural light, move on- it's not the one.

Get your power:

Maybelline Color Show Intense Velvet Lip Crayon in Light It Up, £4.99

Charlotte Tilbury KISSING Lipstick in So Marilyn, £23

Bourjois Contour Edition Lip Liner in Tout Rouge, £4.99

Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Jungle Queen, £22

The Power Of... Thick And Bold Brows

Maddy wears: wool-mix dress, £1,215, Stella McCartney
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When they're shaped correctly, big brows bring everything together by adding structure. If you focus on elevating the arch, they instantly lift your features. This makes eyebrow enhancers the easiest face-transforming tools your make-up bag has to offer. Don't be afraid of a proper brow-boost: follow the natural shape of the top of your brow and define the outlines, concentrating the colour at the arch. Then fill out the rest and always buff through with a spoolie to let them 'settle in'.

Eyebrow enhancers are the easiest face-transforming tools your make-up bag has to offer

Get your power:

Sisley Paris Phyto-Sourcils Design 3-in-1 Architect, £40

Benefit KA-Brow! Eyebrow Cream-Gel Colour in Medium 4, £20

Benefit Foolproof Brow Powder in 5, £20

Blink Brow Bar Brow Pen in Cinnamon Spice, £18

Georgina wears: wool-mix coat, £1,740, Max Mara. Wool top, £79, Guess

The Power Of... The Dark And Smoky Eye

Leather beret, £610, Dior. Cashmere Sweater, £535, Michael Kors Collection. Leather and gold-plated stainless steel watch, £74,99,Accurist.

The true strength of the smoke doesn't lie in recreating that perfect precision you've seen on Instagram. All eyes are different, so get to understand yours and adapt your technique accordingly- think about colour, texture and shape. If black feels too harsh, opt for mocha, chestnut or concrete tones. If you're worrying about creasing, use an eye primer to smooth out lines and stick to long-wear powders and creams.

Shape is key: look straight ahead in the mirror – the top of your smoke should sit just above the crease of your eyelid, but not too close to the brow, and should frame and define your natural socket line. Remember: diffused edges are more flattering, and a wing shape is lifting, too.

Remember, diffused edges are more flattering

Get your power:

By Terry Ombre Blackstar Color Fix Cream Eye Shadow in Black Pearl, £29

L'Oreal Paris Paradise Kajal Exatic 3-in-1 Superliner in Black, £7.99

Benefit They're real! Duo Eyeshadow Blender in Sexy Smokin', £19.50

Bourjois Khol & Contour Extra-Long Wear Eye Pencil, £4.99

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro in Auburn, £28

Wool jacket, £1,830, Ralph Lauren Collection. Wool sweater, £670, Jil Sander. Cotton and leather bag, £895, Mulberry

The Power Of... Healthy Looking Skin

Wool sweater, £585, Stella McCartney

It (almost) goes without saying: clean and clear skin starts with hydration, which is the groundwork of great make-up. Spend time on this, even if it's only a minute or two. Don't put your skin under unnecessary stress by quickly slapping on cream.

Instead, work slowly, gently massaging your face to remove toxins, focusing on your eye area, between your brows and around your lip line (where dry make-up shows first). Soothing, almost slippery formulas make great bases, too.

Get your power:

CHANEL Hydra Beauty Micro Crème, £66

Olay Regenerist Luminous Moisturiser, £44.99

Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream, £33

Glamglow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturiser, £36

By Terry Baume de Rose Face Cream, £55

Nirvana wears: Lurex jacket, £620, and cotton shirt, £240, both Emporio Armani. Maddy wears: wool-mix dress, £1,215, Stella McCartney
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