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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 Ruby Member on Apr. 21, 2012 at 6:58 PM

 nope, it happens to everyone & apparently i'm aging well.  not many believe i am 37.  most think i'm still in my mid 20's.  it's funny because when i was in high school i rarely got carded, people thinking that i was in my early 20's.  when i was in my early 20's people thought i was in my teens.  now in my late 30's i get told i look like i'm in my mid/late 20's.  can't wait to see what people think when i'm in my 50's! ;o)

by on Apr. 21, 2012 at 8:29 PM

I'm not worried about aging yet

by Carissa on Apr. 21, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Not worried at all. It's part of life.
by CeeCee on Apr. 22, 2012 at 10:14 AM

I keep the gray covered!

by on Apr. 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM

 I am not worried yet =)

by on Apr. 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM
I have been getting more grey hair but don't color it yet. I've been holding out.
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by on Apr. 22, 2012 at 2:51 PM

I am, I try not to think about it

by on Apr. 22, 2012 at 4:39 PM

not worried i embrace

by on Apr. 22, 2012 at 6:36 PM
I am so not worried about aging yet. Its funny...I have a hard time accepting that I am 27...just do nto feel it.
by on Apr. 22, 2012 at 7:08 PM

good tips

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