15 Tips For a Younger Look

By on May 28, 2013

When it comes to looking younger, there are so many rules. Do this, don’t do that. Wear this, don’t wear that. It can be so confusing! And doing the wrong thing just may give you the opposite effect of what you hoped–meaning you’ll look older instead of younger.

To give you some help, we talked to a variety of beauty experts who offered up their best hair and makeup tips to keep you looking beautiful and younger! Here are the 15 tiips:

1. “Moisturized lips are youthful.

Sheer lip glosses, lip pencils and stains are great for older lips. Lipsticks are more pigmented and can make your lips look dry. If they are not applied well, they can look uneven and obviously unflattering. Also, darker colors, if not in a good shade for your skin tone or teeth, will stand out and be harsh. If you pick colors that are as close to your lip color as possible you cannot go wrong.” Diana Tenes, Makeup artist and esthetician www.dianatenes.com

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2. “Earlobes can show your age!

It’s a tiny little body part that many women never think of and neglect, but just as your hands can show age, so can your earlobes. Whatever moisturizers you use on your face, you should extend to your earlobes, too. Also, avoid wearing heavy earrings, and extend your sunscreen to include earlobes.” Jackie Silver, founder and president of AgingBackwards.com www.agingbackwards.com

3. “Most women who want to appear younger equate long hair with youth.

For most women, though, this does not work well. As women age the quality and amount of hair they have diminishes. Long, thin hair looks drab and adds nothing to a woman’s beauty. It is advised to go shorter and add some flair with texture.” Mike Van Den Abbeel, stylist and owner of Mosaic Hair Studio www.mosaichairstudio.com.

4. “Makeup is a great way to help you look younger, but technique is everything!

The main rule is to blend out everything so there are no sharp lines of color around the eye. Harsh lines on the face accentuate wrinkles.” Kristen Arnett, makeup artist and founder of GreenBeautyTeam.com www.GreenBeautyTeam.com.

5. “Too much blush in too dark a shade makes the more mature woman look like a clown.

Choose a shade that blends into your skin color and doesn’t look like it’s “sitting on top” of the skin. Look at your face; if you are starting to have “jowls”(sagging cheeks that pull the face downward), put your blush a bit higher on the cheekbone and away from your nose. If your face is “flat” and has lost its youthful plumpness, place the blush on the apples of your cheeks to create roundness.” Jennifer Charm, owner of “Make You Beautiful” Carabella Beauty Services www.saloncarabella.com.

6. If you have curls, work with them rather than straighten them.

As we age, our hair gets drier and straightening it on a regular basis can further damage it. Curls can also provide a fresher, younger look while stick-straight hair can look too severe.”
Michelle Breyer, president and co-founder of NaturallyCurly.com.

7. Miscalculating the moisture required by your skin

“One of the most common mistakes women over fifty make when trying to look younger is miscalculating the amount of moisture needed for skin as we age. Older skin retains less moisture, and the dryness leads to an increased appearance of wrinkling and sagging. The light facial moisturizers that worked when you were younger are not enough when over age 50. Adding a rich night cream to the face (and neck!) is vital, too.” Jessica Krant, M.D., board-certified dermatologist in Manhattan.

8. “Wear less makeup than you did when they were younger.

We wore lots to look older when we were teens, and now as a woman over 50, if you continue to wear a lot, you actually make yourself look older than you really are.” Scarlett De Bease, makeup artist and image consultant.

9. “A quick way to add youth is to add bangs.

Bangs will cover wrinkles on the forehead or hide any sun damage or other imperfections in this area of the face. If your eyebrows are thinning, bangs can camouflage that too.” Joey Noufal, owner and founder of Noufal Hair Color Studio.

10. Beware of extending eyeshadow too far

“Extending eyeshadow out past the corner of the eye looks fine with your eye closed, but as a rule, it will cause a shadow that drags down the edge of the eye, looking droopy.” Alan Eschenburg, makeup artist and owner of Belegenza.

11. Don’t forget about the eyes

“A lot of women tend to ignore the eye area when it comes to moisturizers, but it must be part of your regimen. The skin around the eye area is ten times thinner than the face so it is essential to take care of it by keeping it moisturized. If a woman doesn’t moisturize the eye area, I can guarantee the area will not look as vibrant and youthful.” Josephine Fusco, makeup artist and owner of Makeup By Josephine.

12. “If you choose to wear bangs, avoid short bangs or severe, cut straight-across, heavy bangs.

Opt for slightly longer, wispy bangs. Or, longer bangs swept to the side, which is not only a softer look, but a sexier look.” Edward Blum, stylist and owner of Makeovers Salon + Spa.

13. “Use a Vitamin C serum.

As women age the skin loses elasticity. Hyaluronic acid provides that support that gives the skin firmness and elasticity as you get older. Vitamin C supports collagen production and will make the skin look more youthful” Tony Silla, aesthetician and co-owner of Face Place.

14. Applying eyeliner for shape

“As we age, the need to apply eyeliner becomes more important as our eye area starts to change with gravity, so what you use and where you put your liner needs to change accordingly. Start using eye shadow to line your eyes instead of eye pencils. Use colors that are medium brown and lighter, staying away from darker browns and blacks. Apply with a flat angled brush, placing it as if you’re trying to color your lashes at their base while making a soft line on your skin. Between the colors and the softer application you will get just enough definition to complement your eyes.” JoAnn Kohut, makeup artist and hairstylist.

15. “Gray gives everything away!

Women can dye the hair on their heads, but eyebrows gray too and dying them yourself is typically a no-no. If there are only a few grays, a brow marker or tinted brow gel can be used to cover them. If most of the brow is grey, ask your hair stylist to dye them when you get your hair done so it will match. The darker color will add an important definition.”
Rima Khan, founder of s.h.a.p.e.s Brow Bar.

Tamekia Reece is a Houston-based health writer. She’s written for Woman’s Day, Oxygen and Parents, among others.

About Tamekia Reece

Tamekia Reece is a health writer living in Houston, TX. She’s written for Woman’s Day, Parents and Oxygen, among others. See her website at www.tamekiareece.com.


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15 Tips For a Younger Look