40 Easy Ways to Look and Feel Younger
Fashion can be a tricky thing. The clothes you wear can easily make you look older without meaning to, and it can be tough avoiding unflattering fashion without having a personal stylist. Who has money for that?! Some fashion trends can date you back to a specific date or even make it look like you’re trying too hard. It can be frustrating as you age to keep up with what’s “in.” Well, the good news is that what’s “in” doesn’t really matter if your goal is to shave off a few years from your appearance.
What's "in" is pretty arbitrary and changes on a regular basis, so it's all about what flatters you and your body. While fashion can make you look older, styling your clothing properly can also make you look younger. Does this sound tough? Don't worry! Chances are, you still have some stuff in your closet that’ll work, especially when paired with something modern. It’s just about balancing what you love to wear and general fashion trends.
Along with that, your makeup can also make you look a little older. Makeup has changed so much in the last decade to flatter people of nearly any age. Instead of bright, flashy colors, it’s all about the natural or “nude” look. You may be making makeup mistakes that are adding to your age rather than taking away any flaws you want to cover up!
Naturally, our tips are just that—tips. If you love your style, don't worry about what you wear. If you're happy, then that's all that matters in the end. But if you're looking for a little advice, we have your back. We’ve found 40 fashion tips that will help you update your closet and make you look youthful for years to come!
Wear New Colors
As a fan of black, it can be hard to don some color, but it’s the perfect way to look younger. If you’re not comfortable wearing a ton of color, a statement piece like a jacket, dress, or top can look great when paired with other black or neutral-colored pieces.
You could also let your accessories do all the talking. Choosing a colored heel or bold bracelet could make all the difference.
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Whiten Your Smile
Years and years of coffee and tea has left your teeth looking a little darker than they should. Whitening your teeth is easy and inexpensive. You can mix your own with baking soda and water, or you could just purchase any of the whitening products on the market.
Once whitened, you’ll look and feel younger. And you won’t be afraid to smile and laugh when out with friends and family!
Buy Hyaluronic Acid Products
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that’s popping up in skin products for one reason: it makes your skin look amazing. It replenishes skin, revitalizes the outer layer, and makes you look refreshed. It comes in cleansers, lotions, and even toners.
Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost products are to die for. They make a variety of skincare products that will keep your skin looking plump and hydrated.
Wear Statement Belts
The leather belt is out of style. Nowadays, people wear a range of thick and skinny belts around the waist to accentuate your figure. If you’re wearing jeans, a skinny belt works well as a contrasting color.
If you’re wearing an oversized dress, a thin or thick belt will give your body more shape. Don’t be afraid to at least try pairing belts with your outfits before you run out the door.
Avoid Clunky Shoes
Wearing clunky boots or shoes isn't the most flattering look. It makes you appear older and heavier at the bottom, which is the opposite of what you want.
We recommend wearing delicate shoes like mules, heels, or fitted ankle boots. You’ll be surprised how different you look when you actually pay attention to your footwear.
When you’re going out on a date or a night on the town, you may want to only wear elegant jewelry. But don’t be afraid to mix and match!
You can pair chunkier jewelry with thin jewelry. And you can absolutely pair your jewelry with other accessories—like purses, clutches, neckties, etc. There are no rules when it comes to accessorizing!
Buy a Good Bra
We all have a tendency of keeping our bras way too long – it’s not like they’re cheap! Instead of sticking with the one you’ve had for years, go to a professional fitter and find one that fits right.
Rather than getting hung up on the sizes you typically buy, try on what the professionals suggest. Bras are a lot like styles of denim—different brands fit differently.
Wear Natural Makeup
The biggest way we show our age is through our makeup style because styles have changed so much over the decades. Brush up on the natural makeup look rather than wearing bright colored eyeshadow or lip products.
Not only will this save you time in the mornings, but it will also save you money. Once you adjust to wearing less, you won’t need to purchase it as often. It’s a win-win.
Keep Your Hair Color Simple
Lightening your hair can be the perfect way to brighten up your face, but avoid going too light. This goes double if you dye your hair too dark. It’s best to leave hair extremes to pop stars.
Neutral shades of blonde, brunette, and red are really all you need. If you’re wanting more of a drastic look, add a few highlights or lowlights.
Visit a Tailor
Frumpy makes you look older – it’s a fact. Visiting at tailor can shave years off your look by giving you clothes that fit and accentuate your figure. This tip is especially important for power outfits or your classy clothing. A dress or blazer looks better when it doesn’t hang on you like a hanger.
Dresses, blazers, and trousers look 10x better if they’re tailored to fit correctly. So, if you have the extra funds to take your clothes to a tailor, do it! You’ll notice a major difference in the way your clothes look and feel.
Choose Fitted Jeans
Bootcut jeans are everywhere, but skinny jeans are the trend. Frumpy denim has a way of aging a person. Unlike the 90s, jeans have had a huge update. Skinny jeans are tight on your figure, but stretchy in all the places you need.
If you’re still hesitant of the skinny jeans trend, there’s another style of fitted denim that everyone’s loving right now—straight-leg jeans. These are fitted at the waist and thighs and then loosen up at the knees!
Pamper Your Feet
Believe it or not, your feet can show your age. If you’re going to step out in sandals, try to get a pedicure once a month. If you can’t do this, exfoliate weekly for smooth, luscious skin.
The more inexpensive option is to lather your feet in lotion every night before bed. This will keep them looking hydrated and healthy. In addition, take the time to trim and repaint your own nails every two to three weeks.
Even someone in their 20s uses concealer on a regular basis, so why not pick up a tube? You can use concealer to hide under eye circles, highlight the inner corners of your eyes, and reshape your nose. Your friends may wonder if you had some work done, but it’s all makeup!
Your local beauty supplier will have tons of options to choose from. Once you decide what brand you want, make sure to choose a shade that’s one shade lighter than your foundation. This will brighten your features!
Shorten Your Hems
Wearing long skirts can quickly look dowdy if they aren’t flowy enough. For dresses and skirts that don’t move with you, it’s best to shorten the hems. We’re not saying you have to start wearing mini-skirts, but bringing it just above your knee can look stunning and youthful.
If that’s still a little too short for your liking, try a midi skirt or dress. This length hits right at the calf. These are a little lengthier and look just as chic!
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Stick to Light Lipsticks
As we age, our lips lose volume, and dark lipstick only brings attention to that fact. Instead, nude and lighter colors can be your best friend. Don’t be afraid to try out gloss! New glosses aren’t like the gooey, sticky mess from the '90s.
Another alternative is to use a tinted lip balm. These balms keep both the color and texture light while simultaneously hydrating your lips. What’s not to love?
Don’t Use Powder Makeup
Makeup has improved quite a bit over the years, and there are plenty of formulas that can hydrate your skin while giving it a little plump. Powder makeup tends to look cakey and doesn't look flattering on older faces. Consider switching to a lightweight tinted moisturizer, and your face will thank you.
Tinted moisturizers will become your new BFF. You apply them as you would a daily moisturizer. Afterward, add a touch of highlighter and cream blush and you’re ready to go!
Show Some Shoulder
Don’t be afraid to wear an off the shoulder top or dress. Showing a little shoulder can look amazing at any age, and definitely makes you look younger. It can also look elegant depending on the outfit!
Strapless tops are always fun and bold! But if that isn’t your style, try a one-shouldered top or a top with shoulder cutouts.
Buy Statement Shoes
Shoes are a dead giveaway of our age. If you’ll look at younger generations, they may wear completely different shoes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pick yourself up a statement shoe. Sassy, stomp-able boots stand out and can play up your personality in the best ways.
Just like bold, colorful heels will totally transform your neutral outfits. Statement shoes are everything!
Consider Shorter Hair
Maybe not a pixie cut, but a bob cut can look great as a woman ages. Shorter hair can also give body to thinner locks.
Blunt bobs are one of the most popular hairstyles right now. Layered shag cuts are also very chic. Pair either of these styles with curtain bangs and you’ll look ultra trendy.
Shape Your Brows
Bushy brows aren’t anyone’s best friend. It’s easy to go to a salon and get your brows waxed or threaded. If you don’t want to pay regularly, you can get it done once and pick the hairs that grow back after a week or two.
The only thing you need to watch out for is over-thinning your brows. It can be easy to do if you’re not careful. Just like bushy brows will age you, so will thin brows. Find your happy medium.
Lose the Black Liner
Black eyeliner closes the eyes, especially when it's lined from corner to corner. Instead, using navy eyeliner is the perfect way to open your eyes and brighten the whites without too much effort. Make sure to avoid adding too much on the lower waterline and making your eyes look smaller than they really are.
If you want to make your eyes look bigger and brighter, all you need to do is purchase white eyeliner. Apply it to your lower waterline and you’ll see instant results.
Show a Little Leg
Showing a little bit of leg can make you look super young. It doesn’t have to be much and can even be a slit on the side of your dress. Consider the stars on the red carpet – many of them don a dress that shows off a little leg.
Not only does it make you look younger, it also makes you look taller, and it’s never bad to look tall and lengthy!
No one wants to wear shapewear all the time, but it’s a definite way to lift and tuck without going under the knife. Shapewear is designed to lift your bottom while decreasing the size of your midriff. It also can smooth out lumps in places where lumps don’t need to be.
Most women wear their shapewear underneath dresses and blouses. Although it’s not a must-have, sometimes it’s nice to have that extra layer, especially during the cooler months.
Full, side-swept bangs are an instant way to look five years younger. Not only does it hide wrinkles, but it instantly updates your style to be totally chic.
If you are hesitant, have your go-to hairdresser give you long, layered bangs to start off with. If you like the look, you can be bold and get them chopped to be shorter and blunter!
Learn to Contour
Contouring isn’t the easiest thing to learn, but it can change your face to look more youthful than ever. Stars have been using contouring for ages, and there are tons of tutorials you can follow to get the same look.
The right look can accentuate your cheekbones and nose and highlight your best features so that you look your very best.
Wearing too much jewelry gives away your age. Nowadays, minimalism is in. Instead of wearing a ring with a large stone, wear two or three simple gold or silver bands. Above all, avoid the bubble necklaces and stick to thinner, simpler pieces.
Currently, gold jewelry is in style. Thin, delicate necklaces, bracelets, and rings are everywhere. Pair these jewels with gold hoops and you’re good to go!
Move Your Part
Where you part your hair receives a lot of sun damage, so it can go grey faster than other places. Parting your hair will hide some of the gray without going through the process of dyeing your hair. It’ll give your hair a little bit of lift.
That’s why so many celebrities are constantly shifting their parts. It adds lots of body to your hair and also changes your look. It’s a fun way to experiment with your beauty routine.
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Embrace Silicone Products
Primers and serums with silicone work to fill lines and smooth the skin. Many primers nowadays use silicone to also hide pores – so be on the lookout for these products.
Using these products on a regular basis can really rejuvenate your skin. And who doesn’t love skin that is glowy and poreless?
Years of blow-drying and heating tools take a toll on hair. Over time, our hair dulls and looks lackluster. This can be repaired with conditioning gloss. It’ll bring your hair back to its shiny self and make you look so much younger.
In addition to conditioning gloss, you can also use heat protectants and shine serums to keep your hair looking as healthy as possible.
Sequins are a great thing to wear, especially when you’re going out for a night on the town. Maybe in the past, they were something only teenage girls wore, but recent fashion has brought them from the back of the closet. Whip out your sequins if you’re going somewhere that needs a little flash.
Sequin jackets, tanks, and trousers add a little flare to your everyday ensembles. If you’re not quite ready for that extent of sparkle, let your accessories shine.
Fake Fuller Lips
Over time, the plumpness of our lips reduces with age. When the thinning becomes more noticeable, you can use filler, but a much better option would be to use a lip liner to overline your lips. Overlining them with a pink or nude pencil will make your lips look fuller without all the needles.
You also might want to give your lips the TLC they need. Although this doesn’t make them look fuller, it will make them look healthier. If you don’t regularly moisturize and exfoliate your lips, you should.
Get an Acid Peel
Consistent use of a good acid peel will work wonders. Try to use one that has both salicylic and glycolic acid. The masks will make your skin plump up and look healthier longer. Plus, doing it regularly helps rebuild collagen, which can decrease fine lines and pigmentation.
Most acid peels should only be used once or twice a week because they’re so strong. But if you continue to use them, you’ll notice a difference in the long run. Your skin will quite literally peel off so a fresher, more beautiful layer of skin can be revealed.
Match Some Pieces
Not your whole outfit but matching two or three items can make a huge difference. We suggest matching your top with your shoes, but you can also match your bottoms with an accessory. Matching a couple of items will help elongate your body and make you appear thinner.
And this is the perfect time to start matching because matching sets are super trendy at the moment. Whether you wear a matching blazer and short set or a matching sweatsuit set, you’ll look so good.
Add a Modern Spin
We’re not telling you to toss out your old clothing – that would be ridiculous. Instead, we suggest that you should update it with a little modern spin. Even if you’re wearing something dated, pairing it with a modern piece can make you look a lot younger!
This means that you absolutely should be saving clothing pieces that are considered “vintage.” They will look trendy if styled correctly. So yes, that ‘80s concert tee will pair perfectly with your new denim jacket!
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Wear Ankle Boots
Get yourself a nice pair of ankle boots. They don’t have to be too high, and thankfully, there are plenty of high-quality ankle boots that are comfortable for the feet. Plain back goes with nearly everything, but a statement ankle boot is always an option.
Some of the trendiest ankle boots are fitted at the ankle. Not only is this a comfortable style, but it’s also a style that’s extra flattering. It slims and extends the look of your legs.
Opt for Light Reflecting Earrings
No matter your age, you want to draw attention to your face. We suggest you let your earrings do the talking. The right pair of light-reflecting earrings can give you a youthful glow while simultaneously drawing the eye away from problem areas.
Any earring with a glistening stone will do. And you can decide if you want the base of your earring to be silver or gold. Both are flattering.
Avoid Anything Too Trendy
We all know that fashion changes all the time. It seems like something new comes out every month! Experts suggest that you avoid anything too trendy. Not only is it unnecessarily expensive, but trendy clothes have a way of aging the wearer whether they’re 20 or 50.
This means you should wait a few weeks or months before following the latest trend. Wait and see if it’s really a trend you like and then try it on and make sure it’s a trend you like on your own figure.
Emphasize Your Style
Don’t give up your style! If you love chunky necklaces, there’s a way to incorporate them into a youthful outfit, especially when it’s the highlight of your outfit. Trying to stifle your style will make you feel uncomfortable, and the best way to stay young is through confidence.
That’s the best part about getting older. You know exactly what you like and exactly what you don’t like. Don’t be afraid to wear the clothing pieces that you love most.
Illuminate Your Face
The brighter your face looks, the younger you’ll appear. Dark clothing can dampen the brightness of your skin, but you can get it back by adding a white collar. We especially love Peter Pan collars because they can layer under dresses and blouses.
While your clothing options can illuminate your face, so can your makeup choices. Make sure to always dab a little concealer underneath your eyes to look bright and effortlessly beautiful.
One of the best tips we can give anyone is to smile. It really does make a difference. Even though it may give you a few more wrinkles in the long run, smiling makes you appear younger and healthier. Researchers studied how people perceive others who smiled, and they found that those who smiled were even more attractive!
So don’t be afraid to laugh and smile every single day. To feel even more lovely, always carry your favorite shade of lipstick with you so you can accentuate your smile.