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How to Look Ten Years Younger: Simple Tips

Updated on January 16, 2011

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Interested in anti aging tips? Remember how when you were a teenager, you were always trying to look older? Now that you’re over forty, you want to look younger. Women across the globe spend millions of dollars every year trying to shave a few years off their looks. Many take extreme measures and undergo painful and expensive surgeries. By tweaking just a few areas and making some small changes, however, you can appear at least ten years younger by following just a few of the following anti aging guidelines:

Foundation: Studies show that facial skin discolorations make us appear older than wrinkles do. With that in mind, the importance of blending and evening facial tones is clear. Of course, wrinkles play a big part in the age factor, too. Start with a primer to fill in lines. Then use a moisturizing foundation that matches your skin tone. Blend, blend, blend for a natural look. Stay away from powders as much as possible – they tend to accentuate lines and wrinkles and make your skin appear too dry. You might want just a smidge of translucent powder to set your foundation. Using foundation correctly can be a great anti aging strategy!

Eyes: Use eyeliner and mascara in shades of dark browns and other colors instead of blacks. True black looks harsh against older skin. Use cream eye shadows in soft, shimmering shades. The cream won’t settle into creases and lines the way powdered eye shadow can, and it will give your eyes a little more sparkle.

For an instant “eye lift,” use a light shimmering shade of eye shadow like off white or cream to highlight the brow bone.

Older eyes are often tired eyes, and tired eyes are often red. To neutralize the red, stay away from shadows and mascaras in any shade containing red. These include rusts, pinks, violets, and purples. Instead, use pale blues, aquas, and greys. Using a cobalt or blue mascara and eyeliner will also help negate the redness.

For great lashes, use a base coat of volumizing mascara to make your lashes thicker. When that dries, use a lengthening mascara to make your lashes longer. After putting on your second coat of mascara, let it dry completely. Then curl your lashes.

Another thing: Don’t get your eyebrows too thin! Use an eyebrow pencil LIGHTLY to fill in any gaps.

Under eyes: to get rid of puffiness under your eyes, place a spoon in the freezer for a few minutes. Once it’s good and cold, hold it to the puffy area. This will temporarily reduce the swelling by restricting the capillaries.

Dark circles under the eyes are a common problem and one that can make you look tired and old. For anti aging effects, hide them. You must first decide what color they are, then use a concealer in an opposite color. For example, if your circles appear to be bluish, use a yellow concealer. If the circles have a sallow, yellowish brown shade, use a bluish concealer. Red circles require a green concealer. Dab the concealer on lightly and blend lightly – don’t overdo the blending, as the action can make the circles more noticeable and damage the fragile under-eye skin. Next, use a concealer the same shade as your foundation.

Hair: Medium-length haircuts can take a few years off your age and can be anti aging. Choose a cut that falls just above your shoulders. An off-center side part with some wispy bangs can do wonders. Of course, you should use hair color to cover any gray, but don’t go too dark – or too light. Stay away from harsh shades like platinum blonde, black, and bright red. Also, a few subtle highlights or multi-dimensional color will make your hair appear more youthful and healthy.

Teeth: Stained or yellow teeth are one of the most aging elements of all! For anti aging, have them whitened professionally or save some money and do it yourself. There are numerous over-the-counter products for this, ranging in price and effectiveness. Read about the specifics by clicking the link below this article.

Chin and neck: Define your chin by placing a dab of lighter makeup on it and blending. To help conceal a double chin or “waddles,” use a darker shade of makeup on your neck, starting at your jaw line to define your jaw. You can also use a brush-on bronzer for this.

Blush: Use cream blushes instead of powdered blushes. They’ll help brighten your skin. Also, instead of contouring your face to highlight and define your cheekbones, you might want to plump up your cheeks, instead, by focusing on the apples.

Lips: Stay away from shades of orange, brown, rust, and orangey reds. Not only will they make your teeth look yellow, they’ll also age you. Try one of the pinks a couple of shades lighter than your natural lip color. Use one of the new non-bleeding lipsticks to keep the color from feathering into the “pucker wrinkles” around your mouth. Add a little gloss to the inside area of your lips to make them appear fuller – especially the bottom lip. Using plumping lipsticks will help achieve this goal, also, and will be a quick anti aging device.

Glasses: Trade the glasses in for contact lenses to subtract a few years. You can always keep the glasses for wearing around the house and save the contacts for when you go out. Experiment with colored contacts for the color that looks best on you. The opaque colored lenses can turn even the brownest eyes blue, green, aqua, grey, or violet. Click the link at the bottom of this article to see how I changed my almost-black eyes to baby blue!

Clothing: Unless you’re a mortician, don’t go around in black all the time! Some clothing designers swear that wearing pink tops makes you looks younger by reflecting the soft shades onto your face. You might want to stay away from neon colors, however.

If you really want to hide loose neck skin, wear a scarf. They’re hot this year!

If you just can’t get away from your dull, tradition, conservative wardrobe, at least add an accessory that’s in the latest style. This might be a purse, a trendy pair of shoes, or one of those scarves mentioned above.

Try to dress a little younger, but don’t go overboard. Trying to fit in with the teen crowd will make your age even more evident.

Jewelry: Wear small pieces of tasteful jewelry. You want to look younger but still look classy – not like a teeny bopper!

You don't have to go under the knife to look more youthful and attractive. True, you won't get the same results from these temporary fixes, but they're a heck of a lot cheaper, and they're painless. You won't even have to use all of the above strategies. Experiment with a few to discover which anti aging makeup tips work best for you!


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      Aisyah 4 years ago

      Hi Terri. Hotel prices in Dubai have droeppd quite a fair bit. What is your budget? If you want to stay near the airport, there is the Premier Inn (~ 250dhs) which provides free shuttle service to the airport and Dubai Metro. If you know where you want to go, the Metro is a cheap way of moving around. You can also search around for hotels which are near the Metro stns. There might be some good deals for 4-star hotels. Dubai is not unlike KL in that the place is quite sprawled out. If you can shortlist some hotels, I can perhaps let you know whether the place is good or not. But I am no expert in Dubai as I hardly stay there. We just do day trips.As for food, whenever we go to Dubai, we usually go for Chinese food. So can't recommend any good Arabian food! Indian food is also quite good here.The Burj Khalifa has just re-opened their observation deck. I think it costs about 120dhs to get there. You also might be interested in the Burj Al Arab as well. I personally have not gone there though.Souq Madinat Jumeirah is quite a lovely mall to visit as it is based on Arab architecture. And of course very touristy..Atlantis Hotel on the Palm Jumeirah could be a worthwhile visit.. just to see this engineering marvel. Though you might a better aerial view from the Burj Khalifa observation deck.The Global Village mentioned by Lianne has closed for the season. They are only open in winter.You can email me for more details.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      I know a niece of mine who really love to apply eyeliner and mascara, these tips will be of great help so i will share it with her. Thanks

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      Joske 6 years ago

      I use a great skincare product too! Thought it was worth sharing it with you guys! I look younger after using it for 3 weeks now!

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      cool chick 6 years ago from Sri-Lanka

      I'm not that old.. but still, great tips ;)

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      janellelk 7 years ago

      Thanks for the great tips! Time to update the wardrobe and incorporate some color.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I appreciate that, Nicky!

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      Nicky Smart 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      great tips... i'll pass this on.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      You go, girl!!

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      Maria Cecilia 7 years ago from Philippines

      habee Thanks a lot for the compliment, hahaha, let me tell my friends what you told me....

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Maria, you don't need tips for looking younger, girlfriend! lol

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      Maria Cecilia 7 years ago from Philippines

      very interesting.. thanks for this

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, renegadetory!

      Ashantina, I use that tip!

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      Ashantina 7 years ago

      I like the eye-liner/mascara tip. Gets the job done!

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      Carolyn Dahl 7 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario

      It's nice to see a hub that doesn't promote a bunch of anti-aging products! I like how you offer simple, realistic ways any women can look younger. I think that's wonderful!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Marcella!

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      marcella 7 years ago

      Nice tips :)

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Wave, attitude is so important!

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      Shari 7 years ago from New York, NY

      All great tips habee. .. we can do whatever to the outside but one thing that I have found always keeps people thinking im younger than the years on my birthday cake . .and that is attitude! Great Hub as always. . rated up and awesome :)

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Funny, 2pats! If only we knew back then! Thanks for the link!

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      2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      We can both remember trying to look older - those were the days.

      This is good advice, and we are adding a link to this from our hub on Benefit Cosmetics.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, Anamika, you're right! Thanks!

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      Anamika S Jain 7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Nice Post Habee! Apart from all these I think one should eat healthy, drink plenty of water through out the day and also indulge in exercise to stay healthy and look good.

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Not if she loves you, Wanluqman!

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      wanluqman 8 years ago from Malaysia

      Will ask my girlfriend to read this page, then she will doubly young, meaning I will be two times old. Wont she leave ..

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      You are a cutie! Thanks for reading!

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      Leelin 8 years ago

      I'm already pretty cute! hehehe

      Nice hub habee

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Harris. You don't look as if you need the tips! lol. Glad you stopped by.

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      hdy 8 years ago from Texas

      great tips... i'll pass this on.

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Maudine. Thanks for visiting!!

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      maudine_05 8 years ago

      I enjoyed this tips and definitely will try these...

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      Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      habee, gee I need alll of the above + more. I keep having a go at my grandaughter she does my hair for me and I tell her she failed because it didn't changed the face at all and that's what I really need. She just laughs

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Wow! You're not wearing makeup? YOu look great!

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      Very good advice, however, the makeup tip is wasted on me. I'm afraid that if I started trying to use makeup at this stage of the game, I'd look like a clown, LOL, because I never wore it in the past, (only lipstick). The clothes and hair tips, I like. Thanks habee, for a very good hub, for us, well seasoned, gals.

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      I need to use more moisturizers. I do tan a lot, but I usually cover my face.

      Thanks so much for visiting!

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      Vanne Way 8 years ago

      One thing I have to say I learned at a very young age is to use good moisturizers and lotions. Eliminating sun damage will help, also. I loved the sun as a young girl but don't wear anything less than 15spf when I am out and about. I really learned a lot from your tips, thank Shannon for me! I a 51 and still have pretty good skin.

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Welcome and welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      These are great tips. Thanks.

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      All very good advice. I took notes. Thanks!


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