How you dress conveys just as much about your age as it does about your personality. The wrong outfit, makeup or hairstyle can easily reveal your real age, or worse, make you seem older than you actually are. The following is a list of fashion mistakes to avoid if you wish to look younger.
1. Wearing too Much Black
There’s no doubt that the color black is both slimming and sophisticated. However, as we age, our skin tends to become thinner and paler. Wearing black can drain the color from your face, accentuating wrinkles and dark circles. Adding a pop of color in the form of a necklace or scarf, or switching to more earthy tones; such as brown, grey and rust, can liven up your look without detracting from its sophistication.
2. Wearing Dark Red Lipstick
Lips lose their definition and fullness over time. Dark lipsticks, especially those with matte finish or heavy textures can make lips less plump and draw attention to laugh lines. Try using mauve or pink shades, with glossy or shimmery finish, for a softer, more youthful look.
3. Keeping Your Hair Too Long or Too Short
Over time, we lose the fullness in our cheeks. Thus, hair that is too long or too short can emphasize this and make you look drawn. To look younger, go for a medium length haircut with layers that frame your face. Frequent trimming can also help get rid of split ends and maintain a glossy shine.
4. Using Thick Black Eyeliner, Especially on the Lower Eyelid
Doing this can draw attention to dark circles and wrinkles around the eyes, and make your eyes look smaller. Top-liner, however, can brighten up your face and make your eyes look larger when applied correctly.
5. Wearing Ill-fitting Clothing
Clothes that are too tight can draw attention to body fat and sagging skin. On the other hand, clothes that are too loose, while concealing some parts of the body, can make you look heavier overall. When you shop, pay more attention to fitting. Opt for clothes that are flattering and don’t make you feel self-conscious.
6. Applying Too Much, or Using the Wrong Color of Foundation
Skin color changes with age. Many of us fail to take this into account when buying foundation. Foundation that is too light can make your skin look lifeless and make it look as though you are wearing a mask. Foundation that is too dark can make your features seem dull and heavy. Too much of any foundation highlights wrinkles and creases by sinking in to them. Try applying something lighter, such as a tinted moisturizer or BB cream. Adding a little bit of bronzer on top can provide a little extra youthful glow.
7. Wearing Glasses that are too Large and Thick
Glasses are currently considered to be one of the most fashionable accessories out there. The right pair can brighten your face and draw attention away from wrinkles and dark circles, whereas the wrong pair will emphasize them. With such an abundance of shapes and patterns available in the market, make sure you choose a frame that suits you well. Steer clear of glasses with thick, dark frames as these tend to have to most aging effects.
8. Sporting the Wrong Type of Shoes
It’s understandable that, as we age, we pay more attention to comfort than style when shopping for shoes. It’s too easy to ignore the importance of shoes in pulling together, or sabotaging a perfectly nice outfit. Nothing is more revealing of age than a pair of clunky comfort shoes. If you want to look younger, it’s worth the extra effort and money to buy a pair of shoes that are both comfortable and stylish.
9. Dressing Too Young for Your Age
If you think your teenage daughter could be found wearing the same thing, you probably shouldn’t wear it. Dressing too young for your age can make you seem bizarre and appear older by contrast. Exercise caution when you experiment with new trends. Instead of going all-out, try to maintain a classic style that incorporates some aspect of the trend.
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