How to Look Younger – 36 Ways to Look Younger, According to Experts
When it comes to preserving your youthful good looks, at it’s most basic, you’d be prescribed a skincare routine. It would include various lotions, potions, and serums–but really everything from your nail care to your hair color can impact your appearance. For the best ways to capture a youthful glow, we’ve asked leading industry experts–from red carpet makeup artists to facialists to the stars– for their tried and true techniques. Here’s what the beauty industry’s leading experts recommend to help take years off your face.
Incorporate facial massage.
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“Whether you are worried about tightening your jawline, lifting and sculpting your cheekbones or preventing aging around the eye area, facial massage should be incorporated into your regular routine. Massage creates blood flow and brings more oxygen to the tissue. The jawline is really a cumulative loss of elasticity and it does not age more quickly. In order to effect change in this area, I recommend daily massage. Concentrate on the cheek muscles which when can help lift the jawline.”—Joanna Czech, celebrity skincare expert and aesthetician
Don’t neglect your neck.
“The lipidic layer is reduced 30-40% on the neck and décolleté, so it shows age faster. Our jawline creates the perfect borderline between the sebaceous glands. The most important thing to do is treat your neck and décolleté as part of your face and part of your body, so that it gets double treatment. Also, massage these areas. They will help support lift in the face as well. You really don’t need special creams and serums for these areas—your regular moisturizer will do. Focus on them day and night.”—Joanna Czech, celebrity skincare expert and aesthetician
Add vitamin C to your routine.
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“Vitamin C is a great supporter for production of collagen and elastin. I prefer stable forms of Vitamin C as they do not create sun sensitivity and are less irritating for the skin. I recommend using them day and night. Serums are the most potent form after cleansing and toning and before moisturizer.”—Joanna Czech, celebrity skincare expert and aesthetician
Be sparing with foundation.
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“The trick with foundation is to not use more than you need to. If you have large areas of skin which is clear, such as your cheeks and forehead, you should leave it with just a little coverage or just skincare. Then, spot correct in the areas where you have discoloration or redness.”—Monika Blunder, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Monika Blunder Beauty
Switch to a lip tint.
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“I am all about staining lips with a lipstick or a tint and then adding fullness and sheen with a gloss. Natural tones are always my preference for this.”—Jillian Dempsey, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Jillian Dempsey
Use lipsticks with hydrating formulas.
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“As lips age, lines become more prominent. Dark shades can ‘bleed’ and exaggerate lines around the lips. Avoid these shades and look for formulas that have moisturizing ingredients to hydrate and condition lips, instead of dry them out. Go with nudes, pinks, peachy-nudes, rose, and even light berry tones for a softer look.”—Jillian Dempsey, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Jillian Dempsey Beauty
Place highlighter in very specific areas.
“Warmer tones of highlighter with sheen and light reflection generally work better as we age. Apply it to you upper cheek bones and the décolletage area, not you whole face.”—Jillian Dempsey, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Jillian Dempsey.
Avoid matte formula foundations.
“The goal for youthful skin is to mimic healthy, hydrated and radiant skin—so finding a foundation and concealer that has that finish will look more natural, rather than matte, is ideal. You can totally sheer down and dew out a matte foundation with moisturizer, though. If you do so, be sure to use a water based moisturizer if your foundation is water based, or an oil as a base if your foundation is oil based.”—Monika Blunder, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Monika Blunder Beauty.
Swap out your liquid liner and jet black eye pencils.
“Soft kohl liners are your best bet for framing the eyes, as opposed to liquid and black liners which can be severe. I love a smudgey liner just that reason alone. If you use, say Rich Brown from my line, it has soft, warm hues, that pop your eyes and looks natural with just the right amount of shading for a mature lid.”—Jillian Dempsey, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Jillian Dempsey
Do a subtle flick for some lift.
“It can vary a bit depending on your eye shape, but a little flick that pulls your eye up and out is always beautiful. For more mature skin, I like to use something soft, like kohl, for the flick as opposed to a liquid liner.” Monika Blunder, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Monika Blunder Beauty
When applying blush be mindful of placement.
“Where you place your blush varies based on the shape of your face, but placing pigment on the apples of the cheek and blending outward, as opposed to up, can look very youthful and fresh. The goal is to pull the color and shape of your cheeks out slightly, which makes the face look fuller in areas that typically thin out as we age.”—Monika Blunder, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Monika Blunder Beauty
Use flesh-toned liner on your water line.
“There are many brightening eyeliners out there, but I always suggest and prefer creamier warm tones over stark white. It’s more flattering.”—Jillian Dempsey, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Jillian Dempsey
Choose a warmer color palette with blush
“For instant youth, pick warmer more natural shades like corals and pinky nudes. They work with the skintone. Steer clear of harsher hues.”—Jillian Dempsey, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Jillian Dempsey
Wear more ponytails.
“Nothing says young and chic like a messy pony, so embrace it if you can. Always use lots of dry shampoo or texture spray to create grit and texture.”—Matt Fugate, Kerastase celebrity hairstylist
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Ask your colorist for warm tones.
“I recommend selecting golden and warm tones with varying shades. Avoid ash tones, which can closely resemble grey.” —Frederic Moine, celebrity hairstylist
Fake fuller lips.
“Find a lip liner that matches your natural lip tone. Gently over draw the bottom lip line and cupid’s bow for a fuller pout. Top the liner with a lip gloss for hydration and a little glimmer.”—Ashlee Glazer, makeup artist and artistic director for Laura Geller Beauty
Wear sunscreen on your face and neck.
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“Many people forget the neck, although it’s one of the first places (along with your under eye area) to show aging. I recommend SPF 25 or above, broad spectrum (UVA and UVB), unperfumed sunscreen. My favorite is Elta MD oil-free formulation SPF 40.” —Dr. Lamees Hamdan, Founder and CEO of Shiffa
Consider long bangs.
“Longer bangs are ideal to help mask the aging process since it softens the facial features, emphasizes the eyes and also can discreetly hide fine lines and wrinkles. It’s best to add layers so that there is movement and texture, rather than having stiff, coiffed hair that looks like a helmet.”—Frederic Moine, celebrity hairstylist
Use an acid peel 1-2 times a week.
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“Consistent use of a good acid peel—one that has both salicylic and glycolic acid—will have cumulative benefits: the longer you use them, the better your skin will look. I always recommend once a week for dry skin and no more than twice a week for combination/normal skin. Following this regimen will help build collagen, erase fine lines and pigmentation, and generally help thicken your skin. Remember: your skin gets thinner with age.”—Dr. Lamees Hamdan, founder and CEO of Shiffa
Embrace thick brows.
“Bolder, defined brows give the illusion of a younger face, so definitely invest in a product to helps fill in any gaps along your brow. Look for a formula that’s a cross between a pencil and powder, so you get the soft and natural texture of a powder with the precision of a pencil.” —Huda Kattan, founder of Huda Beauty
Use castor oil on your brows.
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“It stimulates hair growth to create thicker and fuller brows —I swear by it!”—Huda Kattan, founder of Huda Beauty
Use vitamin A on your skin.
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“Vitamin A derivatives—such as retinols and retinoids—are one of the most important anti-aging ingredients to emerge in the last few decades. Everyone should be using some sort of Vitamin A derivative every night, and I firmly believe it should be a nighttime application, rather than daytime. They encourage healthy skin cell production and help unclog pores, speed cell turnover, even out discoloration, and smooth skin.”—Dr. Lamees Hamdan, founder and CEO of Shiffa
Use products that color correct.
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“Green helps areas with redness such as cheeks, under eyes, and nasal folds. Apricot cancels the blue-ish color found within the dark circles underneath eye areas.”—Orlando Santiago, national artistry executive for Guerlain
Keep cuticles hydrated and go for neutral nails.
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“Hydrating with oil is extremely important because dry skin—even young, dry skin—tends to look older. A clean nude nail polish gives a more youthful appearance and is appropriate for any age. I love Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Ghost Edit.” —Sarah Bland, celebrity nail artist
Rinse your hair with cold water.
“I recommend that clients always finish with a cold rinse. This will lock in a good conditioning and help infuse shine.” —Paul Labrecque, celebrity hairstylist
Change your mindset about aging.
“Aging gracefully is a mentality—it’s acknowledging there are things you can’t change, but accepting that there are things you can do to improve the effects of intrinsic aging and deter extrinsic aging.” —Dr. Dendy Engelman, celebrity dermatologist
Take collagen supplements.
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“Our collagen production decreases by 1% each year after the age of 20, which essentially means your skin is getting thinner and more fragile. Oral supplements can help to support the body’s natural collagen production. My favorite one that I recommend daily to my patients is Reserveage Collagen Replenish powder. It has verisol collagen which is only one of two types of collagen that shows scientific results in 2 weeks. It’s an odorless, tasteless powder that can easily be mixed into any beverage.” —Dr. Dendy Engelman, celebrity dermatologist
Prep undereyes before applying concealer.
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“Leaving the undereye area untreated can cause puffiness and darkness. Use Erno Laszlo’s Mutli-Task Eye Serum Mask to smooth texture and add radiance, then target the darkness with an illuminating concealer, like Maybelline Age Rewind.” —Kelli J Barlett, director of artistry for Glamsquad
Hate your hands? Try a laser treatment.
“Women’s hands start to age in their late 40s and early 50s, so Fraxel (or fractional laser) can help reduce pigmentation such as sunspots. It also helps even out skin tone.”—Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, celebrity dermatologist and founder of PFRANKMD
Give your hair the same type of care you give to your skin.
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“I love and have seen results on clients with products including , the , and with . Each of these things will enhance hair growth and hair elasticity.” —Paul Labrecque, celebrity hairstylist
Consider undereye filler.
“Filler under the eyes camouflages dark circles and under eye hollows that can make you appear tired. Restylane gives immediate, painless results that can last up to a year. You’ll leave the same day looking like you got 10 hours of sleep.” —Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, celebrity dermatologist and founder of PFRANKMD
Make working out a priority.
“Movement is your magic pill that prolongs youth. After each workout, your skin looks more glowing and toned as a result of sweat! It’s proven that intense workouts speed cellular rejuvenation, metabolism, and slow down aging.” —Sylwia Wiesenberg, founder of DOPE Naturally
Deep condition your strands.
“Things that make hair look older are frizz, breakage, dryness, greying hair, lack of shine and loss of elasticity. Deeply conditioning the hair can have a huge impact on aiding most of these conditions.” —Paul Labrecque, celebrity hairstylist
Start drinking green juice.
“It will literally transform your skin in a matter of days. It helps oxygenate the skin and stimulates lymphatic drainage so it’s de-puffing too.” —Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Skincare
Avoid dark shadows and liquid liners.
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“Choose a longwear cream shadow in a neutral shimmery shade. It creates additional texture on the eye, while also adding a lifting effect. Try Charlotte Tilbury’s formula for a light as air texture.” —Kelli J Barlett, director of artistry for Glamsquad
Layer your mascara.
“Use a volumizing mascara first to create massive volume on both top and bottom lashes. Then apply a lengthening mascara only to the outer corners to create a flirtatious curl that lifts the eye diagonally.”— Orlando Santiago, national artistry executive for Guerlain
Invest in products with hyaluronic acid.
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“Hyaluronic acid [a naturally occurring substance in skin that keeps it hydrated and youthful] absorbs 1,000 times its weight in water and expands, helping to blur fine lines and wrinkles. Short term, any product with medium and low molecular weight hyaluronic acid will help plump your skin.” —Dr. Lamees Hamdan, founder and CEO of Shiffa
…Or try hyaluronic acid fillers.
“They plump the skin and ‘hydrate’ it from within, giving you a more youthful appearance. They also stimulate collagen production, so you can see anti-aging benefits anywhere you inject them. Companies like Allergan make specialized fillers for different parts of the face: Voluma for cheeks, Vollure for nasolabial folds, and Volbella for lips and lines around the mouth.”—Dr. Dendy Engelman, celebrity dermatologist
Get into Gua Sha
“Gua Sha facial massage, with the help of a cooling stone tool, is an easy way to help yourself look a little younger because it stimulates lymphatic drainage and circulation, helping rid the face of puffiness, tighten the skin and promote overall radiance.” — Dr. Nadia Musavvir, naturopathic and functional medicine doctor
Add the self-care practice into your routine twice a day by using the cooling and tension-busting treatment tool while you moisturize and see the benefits almost instantly.
Eat Your Fat
You are what you eat. And while taking care of your skin externally is surely important, if you are not nourishing your body internally, you won’t get results that are as impressive. The key: eating healthy fat from sources like avocados, salmon, seeds, and grass-fed beef. which helps support smoother, plumper skin as well as helping your skin retain moisture.
“Eating a variety of nuts and seeds is important for keeping wrinkles at bay, because they contain essential polyunsaturated fatty acids that your body cannot produce. You can obtain them only through diet. These healthy fats can help decrease your inflammation and protect your skin’s natural lipid barrier. Some of the best nuts and seeds to include in your diet are almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, chia, hemp and flax seeds.” — Naomi Whittel, wellness expert, author of Glow15, and founder of OMI Skin Nutrition.
Embrace High Tech Solutions
Facials are an important part of maintaining skin health, yes, but what’s perhaps just as important is maintaining results. Luckily there are high tech solutions that you can use at home such as microcurrent and LED light to ensure that you skin stays toned, lifted and plump—the hallmark of a youthful appearance.
“I like to think of microcurrent and RED LED as the perfect pair— working from the inside out AND the outside in. Microcurrent works on the facial muscles to lift, tone and contour and RED LED works internally to boost collagen production to give the skin a bounciness and glow.” — Tera Peterson, aesthetician and founder of NuFace
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