The beauty products used for Judi Dench’s historic Vogue shoot cost under £20 each

Judi Dench, 85, pictured during the 14th Zurich Film Festival in 2018, has become the oldest person to be on the cover of Vogue. (Getty Images)
Judi Dench, 85, pictured during the 14th Zurich Film Festival in 2018, has become the oldest person to be on the cover of Vogue. (Getty Images)

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On Monday, Dame Judi Dench was revealed as the cover star of the June 2020 issue of British Vogue.

At 85-years-old, Dench is the oldest person ever to grace the cover of Vogue - making her appearance a historic one.

The British actor was photographed by Nick Knight for the cover wearing a vibrant floral Dolce & Gabbana ensemble with fresh, minimal make-up.

The understated beauty look was created by renowned make-up artist Val Garland, who has since outlined the products and techniques she used.

Unsurprisingly, there were no £200 anti-aging lotions or luxury full-coverage foundation included in the regime.

Instead, Garland opted for a more affordable approach, using several products that cost under £20.

Proving that you don’t need to break to the bank to look great at any age, here’s a rundown of every product that was used to create the cover-ready complexion.

Step 1: The plumping serum

To prep the skin, Garland started by massaging Dench’s skin, applying L’Oreal’s Revitalift Filler Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum.

Garland explains that massaging “is a great way of waking up your face and bringing blood to the surface.”

The affordable skin plumping serum includes 1.5% pure hyaluronic acid, which helps to re-plump wrinkles, as well as hydrate and smooth the skin.

Buy it: L'Oreal Paris Hyaluronic Acid Serum Revitalift Filler | £16.59 from Amazon

Step 2: the foundation alternative

In order to create the natural look Garland ditched foundation in favour of two products: Dr Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Colour Correcting Treatment and L’Oreal’s Infallible More Than Concealer.

The Dr Jart+ colour corrector uses advanced Korean skin care technology to remove redness and rosacea.

Meanwhile, Garland is a big fan of the affordable concealer, saying: “What’s nice about this concealer is that you just spot it where you need it and, because it’s a long-lasting product, it just stays put.”

Buy it: Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment | £12 from Cult Beauty

Buy it: L'Oréal Paris Infallible More Than Concealer | £9.99 from Lookfantastic

Step 3: The subtle blush

To give Dench a healthy rosy complexion Garland used a cream blush from Florence By Mills, the beauty brand created by Stranger Things star, Millie Bobby Brown.

The hue was also used on Dench’s lips, Garland explaining: “I used an apricot shade to bring a hint of colour to [Judi’s] lips and cheeks.”

Buy it: Cheek Me Later Cream Blush by Florence and Mills | £14 from Beauty Bay

Step 4: The hypoallergenic mascara

Did you know Dench is allergic to mascara? Us either.

Garland reveals: “She is very allergic to mascara – but she likes mascara – so I was a little bit scared because I didn’t want to be giving any sort of irritation to Dame Judi Dench!”

Due to Dench being sensitive to irritation Garland used La Roche-Posay’s hypoallergenic mascara, which she applied with a small fan brush. So if you have sensitive eyes, this gentle mascara could be the solution.

Buy it: La Roche-Posay’s Hypoallergenic Toleriane Volume Mascara | £12.35 from Lookfantastic