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Smarter Style: Sneaky Style Slips That Make You Look Old
April 20, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Remember when you were in high school and loved it if someone thought you were in college, or even older? Yeah, those days are gone. Now, I've practically kissed cashiers at Trader Joe's for asking to see ID when I buy my bottle of Three-Buck Chuck.

Surprisingly, there are lots of little things we may not even know we're doing that makes us look older than we are. 

Makeup: You might think spackling on the foundation is going to cover over all those lines and imperfections and make you look younger....add some sexy dark lipstick, some black eyeliner, and voila....hottie! Wrong. Heavy makeup is going to make you look worse while a natural, light touch with foundation is going to make you look younger. I personally have to give mineral makeup a shout-out. It doesn't make you look like you're wearing makeup, it makes you look like you have great skin...and great, glowing, young skin at that. Dark lipstick can bleed into those little cracks around your lips we all get as we age, giving you the dread old-lady clown mouth. Go with a light, pinkish gloss on your lips, use a light hand with the liner, and use a primer under your mineral powder, which smooths your skin and makes the makeup last longer.

Hair: Thinning hair is an instant ager, as are gray roots (which, if you're pale like me, LOOK like thinning hair from a distance). Keep up with your root touch-ups (those $5 kits they sell in stores are miraculous) and ask your doctor if you find your ponytail is thinner or your part is getting wider. It could be a sign of an easily corrected hormone imbalance.

Clothes: It's all about balance....not trying too hard or trying too little. Don't shop in the juniors department, but don't be afraid to try trends, accessorize, and use color. Go too far in one direction, you look pathetic, if you go too far in the other, you look frumpy. And no matter what, make sure whatever you're wearing fits really well. 

Are you worried about aging? What are your main concerns?


  • LifeCafe42
    April 20, 2012 at 12:18 AM
    I'm not worried not yet at least!
  • Mrs.Pool2Be
    April 20, 2012 at 6:11 AM

    I'm not worried!!!  It's going to happen whether you want it to or not.

  • brownhoney21
    April 20, 2012 at 7:06 AM

    Quoting Mrs.Pool2Be:

    I'm not worried!!!  It's going to happen whether you want it to or not.

  • mrswillie
    April 20, 2012 at 7:19 AM

    I don't wear much makeup.

  • amy7243
    by amy7243
    April 20, 2012 at 7:23 AM

     I dont wear make up anyhow but I am not to worried it happens.

  • jendawn1
    April 20, 2012 at 7:57 AM
    These are great tips thanks. I worry about it a lot since having my dd I just feel so OLD. I have a hard time with make up and clothing. I never know what looks good.
  • mommyprice09
    April 20, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    wrinkles...i dont want them

  • nana9106
    April 20, 2012 at 8:44 AM

     At 45 I still feel young....and that balance is really hard to achieve. I wear a little makeup now, color my hair often (to hide the gray). AND I am forever in search of that perfect anti-wrinkle know...the one that makes you look 20 again LOL

  • Bluetick
    April 20, 2012 at 9:42 AM
    Worry #1 my dh wont find me attractive! I'm really worried about my wardrobe looking like I'm 60 my dh made a comment about a sweather the other day he said his grandma use to have 1 just like that.... she's been dead 12 yrs :( plus she was 79 when she passed! Oh yeah that made me feel sexy lol
  • mamamiajk
    April 20, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    At 57 I still feel pretty good...people guess at 40

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