Simple steps to looking younger and feeling confident
While it is biologically impossible to be 20-something our entire lives, with a few little tips and the proper cosmetics, we can retain youthful skin and look younger for longer.
The other day I met a woman in her fifties, although she looked much younger. When I asked her secret to her youthful skin, she said she does what she can to remain calm and happy. However, while it is true that happiness is the best cosmetic, we can’t all be calm and happy all the time.
So, while maintaining a skin care routine is a must, here are some tips to keep in mind so that no matter what your age, you look younger and graceful.
- Go easy on the cake
If you are using make up, keep it as subtle as possible. Use water based moisturiser and foundation so that it blends into the skin. Using a cream based foundation can give your skin a caked-up look and instead of hiding the fine lines, highlight them. Always use a shade closest to your skin tone and blend it evenly so that it doesn’t show. Remember, the aim of a foundation is to give your skin an even look no matter what your age.
- Keep brows thick
Keeping your eyebrows thin and with a high arch is going to make you look much older. So let them grow out a bit, and keep your eyebrows thicker. In other words, no thin pencil line like eyebrows. If you have a scanty growth of hair on your brows, use a filler pencil to give them shape and a thicker look. This will also keep attention away from crow’s feet, bags or lines under the eyes.
- Use subtle colours
While choosing colours for lipstick, blush or eyeshadow, keep it as muted as possible. Unless it is a very formal occasion, go for grace and dignity over bling and bright colours. Not only will you carry off your outfit well, you won’t come across as someone trying to compete with her daughter in the glamour quotient. Besides, when you are older, less is more – a look that helps you come across as someone younger. If you wear too much bright coloured makeup, you will look like you are trying too hard to retain your youth and that actually works against you.
- Avoid dark lips
Even if the outfit you are wearing is a dark colour, go with shades of nude, browns and peach for lip colour. You can use an underlying dark colour to give a dash of colour but as far as possible, use shades that are very understated. If you must highlight anything about your look, make sure it is your outfit. A classy gown, a modern saree that drapes well or a salwar kameez in a colour that suits you can do all the talking for you.
- Highlight your best feature
If your eyes are your best feature, use eyeliner and mascara [not too many coats] to give them the attention they deserve. Keep the eyeshadow subtle and muted. If you have classic high cheekbones, use blush to enhance their shape and not horizontal blotches of pink or orange which will only make you look overly done up.
If you are really tall, wear outfits that enhance your height. If you happen to be short, stay away from the Anarkali kurtas and tent shaped tunic tops, which will only make you look shorter. Wear something that makes you look taller as it will also make you look younger. If your makeup is muted, your lack of height is the last thing anyone will notice about you.
At any age, it is important to remember that being comfortable is what works best. And if you can combine style with comfort, you’ve hit the jackpot. Just bear in mind that overtly trying to hide your age only makes matters worse. It is best to keep the look classic and understated at all times, especially with makeup and the colours you choose, for both your wardrobe and your face.