In a month, I’ll be 30, so time to prepare for the skin-aging process. There’s no one better to ask than Peggy Timmermans (46), who besides a fulltime make-up artist is also a true expert in beauty for mature skin.

Peggy, please tell me all about your favorite products and why they suit a mature or aging skin!

Clinique – Take The Day Off Eye Makeup Remover (€19,55)“My favorite for ages. Over the years, I’ve used a lot of different eye make-up removers, but somehow, I always return to this one. It’s a bi-phase product intended for removing waterproof make-up, but it’s also perfect for the sensitive, thinning skin around the eyes.”

DHC – Deep Cleansing Oil (€17,50) “One of the better oil-based cleansers that I’ve tested. DHC’s formula contains olive oil and can be used for cleansing the face and the area around the eyes. A very gentle way to remove make-up.”

Estée Lauder – Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm(€33,50)“This cleansing balm transforms into a milky oil once it comes in contact with water. It does not only remove make-up but also impurities and traces of pollution. My go-to cleanser when I really want to deep cleanse.”

Rituals – The Ritual of Hammam Body Cream (€17,50) “To be honest, it doesn’t really matter which Rituals body cream I use, I like them all. Using a Rituals product always feels like a true pamper session. Their body creams do not only smell great, they also hydrate the skin very well.

Caudalie Premier Cru La Crème Yeux (€56,30) “I’ve been a fan of the entire Premier Cru range for ages. It offers a complete anti-aging skincare routine and only consists of only 4 products, which really makes our lives so much easier. The eye cream is sublime: it hydrates, nourishes and diminishes the appearance of fine lines. What I truly like about this product is that it also has a brightening effect.”

Décléor Aromessence Lavandula Iris (€41,00)“A lovely oil/serum that contains 100% natural ingredients. This product has a firming, brightening effect on the skin and has an ultrafine texture. Very pleasant to use and very gentle on the skin, two things I find really important for skincare products.”

Givenchy Teint Couture Balm (€34,00)“If you have a little more life experience, it’s not a good idea to cover up your skin with a full-coverage foundation, for it will only emphasize the fine lines and wrinkles, which is exactly what we want to avoid. The moment that the Teint Couture Balms was launched, I was sold: a sheer foundation with SPF 15 that gives you a beautiful, radiant complexion without looking cakey.”

Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer (€20,50)“A product I can’t live without. I’ve tested quite a few eyeshadow primers, but this one is the best once as far as I’m concerned. It ensures that your eyeshadow stays put all day (and night) and does not settle into your fine lines. An absolute must-have.

Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara(€33,50) “This mascara makes my lashes look fuller and thicker: perfect for making your eyes look bigger. Only apply a bit of mascara on the bottom lashes if you have them, if not, you’ll only emphasize the fact that you don’t have any bottom lashes.”

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder (€48,00) “The best-selling bronzer for a reason. The result looks beautiful and natural, it exists in different shades and it can be applied on top of foundation as well as on bare skin. I even use this bronzer to shape my face. However, only apply powder where you really need it, preferably on the T-zone, since we want to avoid any shine there. Excessive powdering will emphasize fine lines and wrinkles and will make your foundation look cakey.”

Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick (€39,00) “Avoid matte lipstick when you’re getting older. Go for a lipstick with a creamy texture, which won’t emphasize the fine lines around your lips even more. The Guerlain KissKiss Lipsticks will hydrate and nourish your lips, and they exist in a lot of different shades. You can also use a gloss to make your lips look fuller. Always go for a fresh bright color: dark shades will easily make you look older.”

Jane Iredale Pommistt Hydration Spray(€28,90) “This hydrating spray will set your make-up and will conceal fine lines and pores. Its formula contains pomegranate, a powerful antioxidant that also protects against UV radiation.”

Photographer: Jana Germanus

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