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Smarter Style: Sneaky Style Slips That Make You Look Old

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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?

by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 9:44 AM
Where is the sexy mom clothing section at? I would shop there if I had a big sign pointing me to it
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by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 10:01 AM

i suppose just wrinkles, that make me look aged.. but we all grow old.. i'm trying to do it

by Michelle on Apr. 20, 2012 at 10:20 AM

 I think in the clothes section of this list....the hardest thing for me is to find clothes that fit really well. LOL !

by Michelle on Apr. 20, 2012 at 10:34 AM

 I think I am more concerned about sagging in my face more than anything with age. My family doesnt age well at all.

by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 10:45 AM

it is not something I worry about yet, but the day is fast approaching

by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM
To be honest, I'm not all that worried. I like receiving compliments if someone thinks I'm younger than I am, but I don't mind aging... It's inevitable for all of us.
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by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Old age has already hit here, nothing you can do about it. I tried the mineral makeup, and dh, who NEVER makes uncomplimentary remarks, told me it made me look older. I think because my skin is so dry. I let my hair go gray, and it is very thin, but color doesn't help. I wear a bob, not an old lady perm and tease look, so I guess I'm doing the best I can, and I wear what is comfortable. Luckily I have a man who still sees me as the 23 year old he met over 40 years ago.

by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 3:54 PM

 Not worried.

by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Not yet.

by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 4:35 PM

This is me too!

Quoting Mrs.Pool2Be:

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

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