Things that make you look older than you really look
Style and beauty experts reveal the hidden ways you’re aging yourself – and their sneaky tricks for turning back the clock.
“Fuller brows are universally more youthful,” says brow artist Sania Vucetaj, who counts Sarah Jessica Parker and Olivia Culpo among her clients. “They take you back to your pre-waxing days and your youth before overdoing anything.” Don’t despair if you have over-plucked in the past, though. Simply fill in sparse areas with a brow pencil. The slanted tip and blending brush of Sania’s Angled Mechanical Brow Pencil ($30; saniasbrowbar.com) make it easy to create an arch with natural-looking fullness. Also avoid putting creams, moisturizers or other lotions on your brow area. “They impede hair growth by clogging the follicle,” notes Vucetaj.
2;Your Allegiance to Bootcut Jeans
When it comes down to it, you can wear anything you want at any age, says celebrity stylist Kemal Harris. There’s just one caveat: “I like to think of it more in terms of being modern or current,” says Harris, who styles Robin Wright and her House of Cards alter ego, Claire Underwood. Toss the stuff in your closet that was trendy once upon a recent time. “If you’re wearing a silhouette like bootcut jeans that have a dated look, you won’t appear as modern,” says Harris.
3:Matching All Your Accessories
The bag, the shoes, the belt: If they’re all the same color, your whole look will come across as dated, says New York City-based stylist Hannah Deely. Same goes for the print-du-jour: “Wearing a head-to-toe trend can make it look like you’re trying too hard to be young, which can actually make you look older,” she notes. Focus instead on adding one trendy item, like a statement purse, or opt for a neutral bag paired with printed or striped pumps. A monochromatic scheme with varying shades in the same color family like reds and pinks should also do the trick
4;Hyper-Cleansing Your Skin
In the quest for a clear complexion, “oil” sounds like a dirty word. But cleansing with conventional, harsh products can dry out facial skin. Translation: It’ll age you. (Worse, it can make skin over-produce oil. Teenage acne with middle-age crow’s feet? No thanks.) When it comes to facial cleansers, those with fewer ingredients – and those that contain so-called “good” oils, such as S.W. Basics Cleanser ($22.49; target.com) – often get the job done better and keep skin plump and hydrated.
5;Covering Your Flaws With Foundation
Sure, you want to even out your skin tone. But slathering your face with heavy makeup will make wrinkles more prominent and skin appear dull. Instead, just add highlighter to cheek and brow bones.
6;Applying Blush Too Low
If you’ve seen even one blush tutorial, you know to apply the color to the apple of your cheeks, i.e., the roundest, fleshiest part. There’s just one problem: “As we age, those apples head south – and become more like pears,” says Genevieve Monsma, founder of MediumBlonde.com. A more flattering strategy? “Brush on color about an inch under the eye at the top of your cheekbone, or where the stems of your pears are,” she says. “This provides a subtle illusion of lift.”
7;Lining From Corner to Corner
After one gloriously smoky hour, lower lid eyeliner and mascara starts to slide – sultry at 25, disastrous post-35, says Monsma. “Dark, runny makeup emphasizes circles and shadowing,” she notes, adding that it also creeps into enemy No. 1, fine lines. If you’re loading up on eye cream, the effect happens even faster. A better bet: “Keep the undereye light and bright with concealer, perhaps a luminizing cream, tapped in your eyes’ inner corners,” advises Monsma. She likes Algenist Reveal Luminizing Drops ($38; sephora.com). Then add a white or nude eyeliner, such as L’Oreal’s Infallible Mechanical Eyeliner in White ($6.40; amazon.com), for instant brightening. And if you can’t bear to give up lower liner and mascara, at least go easy, says the makeup pro: “Try to limit application to the outer third of your lower lash line – and choose waterproof formulas.
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