7 easy ways to look younger now
We're only as old as we feel, right? Now, if someone could just send that memo to our skin and hair, please. When it comes to looking younger, there are plenty of things you can do, including old favorites like always wearing sunscreen and washing your face nightly. But if you're looking for some fresh ideas, you've come to the right place. These actions aren't meant to replace your current anti-aging regimen, just enhance it -- or, in some cases, correct it.
1. Get a Youthful Glow With Facial Oil
The simple act of washing your face (especially with hot water!) can strip your skin of natural oils -- the ones that make it look soft and dewy. Add a facial oil into your routine, and apply it directly after cleansing, to help your skin retain that youthful suppleness much longer.
2. Watch Celebs Your Age to Identify Appropriate Beauty Trends
The latest tween pop star might be rocking some enviable beauty looks, but once you hit 40, glitter shadow starts to lose its charm. Get inspired by celebrities you can relate to by following their social media feeds. And, although it helps, you don't have to be on Twitter or Instagram to get the latest alerts. Your favorite sites (wink, wink) and magazines are always on the pulse of new celebrity hairstyles, trending hair colors and emerging makeup trends.
3. Use Makeup Techniques (Like Contouring) to Enhance Your Natural Beauty
If you haven't heard about contouring, here's the scoop: It's a shading/highlighting makeup application that creates definition in your face. Contouring is all about making your flaws disappear and accentuating your best features. Plus, it can help your face look slimmer -- it's the ultimate weapon for making your cheekbones look higher, and our secret for disguising a waddle (aka that annoying skin that begins to sag under your chin). Click here for the absolute easiest how-to ever!
4. Fake a Brow-Lift With Highlighter Pencil
Using a highlighter (or cream-colored liner) under the arch of your brows will create an instant eye-lift effect. Simply draw a line by following your brows' natural arches and, in a windshield-wiper motion, blend with a brush.
5. Use Anti-Aging Serum to Speed the Clock on Cell Renewal
There are some shortcuts that don't make sense, like going to bed with your makeup on to minimize your morning routine! Seriously ... don't do that. But when there's a special serum that can help your skin cells regenerate faster and make your skin feel firmer and visibly re-plumped -- go for it!
6. Revive an Outdated Hairstyle by Adding Texture
Shellacked updos, pageant-style curls and helmet-hair bobs can add years to anyone -- even young 20-somethings. Avoid a super-polished finish and instead opt for a slightly undone texture for a fresh take on your current style. Bonus: A tousled look is especially great for thinning strands. Don't forget to update your wardrobe, as well. With hipper hair, your allover style should give off a cool, downtown vibe. Otherwise, it looks like you just rolled out of bed.
7. Create the Illusion of Brighter Skin by Lightening Your Hair Color
Sure, tinting your hair a dark-brown hue can help make dry strands look rich and lively, but sometimes lightening your locks (just a tone or two brighter than your natural shade) can help create dimension and bring a glow to your skin -- the lighter colors will pick up the brighter pigments in your skin tone. If you're looking for a quick fix, try just touching up the area around your hairline with an at-home color kit.