Looking younger than your years doesn’t require a big budget, plastic surgeons or even fancy creams. Once you learn these hair and makeup tricks, you can pull off looking five or even ten years younger with minimal effort.
One of the easiest ways to take years off your look is to lighten your hair color. Lighter hair is more youthful for a few reasons:
- As we age, it’s natural for hair to thin a bit. When your hair is lighter, the contrast between your scalp is less noticeable. The coloring process also plumps strands, so your hair will look fuller, important if thinning hair is a concern.
- If you have any gray hairs, going lighter or even adding a few highlights will help the grays to blend as they grow in, so not only will you look younger, you can go longer in between salon appointments or coloring at home.
- Highlights are also beneficial as hair that it multi-tonal looks fuller and thicker than hair that is all one color.
It’s an old wives tale that older women can’t have longer hair. In fact, with the right haircut, it is often more flattering and youthful than a shorter crop could ever hope to be. The key is to keep hair healthy with frequent trims. And while long hair is definitely OK, ultra-long hair isn’t. If it goes past your bra strap, it can start to look unkempt (That’s true no matter what your age.)
Cuts that have layers of any length will add volume to your hair, helping it to look fuller and thicker.
Bangs are smart if you’re concerned about forehead wrinkles and not looking to get Botox or other more invasive procedures.
There’s a reason your grandmother always wore pink lipstick: it’s infinitely more youthful than red, burgundy, plum or other deep colors. Our lips naturally thin and loose volume as we age and these darker colors only emphasize that. Worse, they can bleep and highlight any feathering around your lips. Stay away from matte lipsticks, too, as they can dry out your lips.
A creamy, pink formula, on the other hand, will instantly take the years off. The shine of a creamy formula will instantly make your lips look plumper.
It is often said that you can tell a woman’s true age by looking at her hands. Oftentimes we’re so good about putting SPF lotion on our face, but forget about the back of our hands, where the skin is just as delicate and prone to sun damage. To repair the damage, use a skin brightening hand cream, like Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Correcting Hand Cream.
Long nails with dark polish will also draw attention to your hands. If you are shy about their appearance, keep nails short — no longer than the end of your fingers — and pain them in a nude or pale pink color.
While you don’t have to spend a lot of money on an expensive face cream, you do have to moisturize regularly. Once you are over 40, most dermatologists recommend a face cream that has retinoids (the OTC version of retinols). Retinoids speed the turnover of skin cells, which helps keep skin looking brighter, firmer and more youthful.