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Step into the make-up time machine

Beauty

London - As any woman knows, a spot of make-up can work wonders by seemingly turning back the clock.

But exactly how many years does that foundation, mascara and blusher knock off?

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Kate Moss, 38, and Carol Vorderman, 51, were shown to have the most age-reducing regimes, with both looking nine years younger after applying make-up.

Now research suggests that when applied well, it can make the wearer look almost a decade younger.

Those who go out in their warpaint appear to be between five and nine years younger than when they are bare-faced.

Kate Moss, 38, and Carol Vorderman, 51, were shown to have the most age-reducing regimes, with both looking nine years younger after applying make-up.

Meanwhile, 57-year-old Madonna managed to shave seven years off her age and Cindy Crawford, 46, took off six.

The research – which you won’t be surprised to hear was conducted for a beauty retailer – involved showing respondents images of well-known women, first bare-faced and then with make-up.

Respondents were asked to identify a “make-up age” and a “bareface age”, with the collective results making an average for each. Britney Spears, 30, managed to look five years younger with make-up on. Demi Moore, 49, was the only woman whose “bareface age” was below her real age at 47 – but with make-up on she looked even younger, at 43.

Respondents were also asked about their own make-up, with 70 percent of over-30s saying it makes them look younger.

Of that, 36 percent thought that make-up made them look one to three years younger, while 29 percent thought it could make them look three to five years younger. An optimistic two percent thought make-up took ten years of their real age while 18 percent thought it took off five to seven years.

Only women under 21 thought that a slick of black kohl and some lipstick actually added a few years.

The survey by Escentual.com showed that the older you are, the more reliant you are on make-up to turn back the clock. Only 60 percent of those aged 30 to 39 thought they looked younger with make-up, compared with 100 percent of those aged 60 to 69. - Daily Mail

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