Avoid These 10 Style Mistakes That Make You Look Older
No one wants to look older than they actually are. However, many women make common hair, beauty and style mistakes that age them without even realizing it. If you want to look effortlessly youthful, then take note of these ten style mistakes that will inadvertently age you and take note of how to avoid them.
Mistake One: Bad Skincare
Skincare – or a lack of proper skincare – is the easiest way to age yourself prematurely. If you’re using harsh cleansers or neglecting to wear SPF protection when you head outdoors, you could be setting yourself up for dry and aged skin. Instead, use a gentle cleanser and a hydrating moisturizer each night and always wear UV protection when you head outside.
Mistake Two: Too Much Black
Most women turn to black clothing and accessories because it is a slimming and universally flattering color. However, too much black can give you a dowdy, matronly appearance. To avoid this, always add a splash of color to black ensembles, either with a fun purse or scarf.
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Mistake Three: Tightly Pulled-Back Hair
A tight bun or ponytail gives women an older appearance; there’s something very “headmistress” about a tight bun. To avoid this mistake, never wear your hair entirely pulled back. Instead, allow some wispy pieces to fall loose, framing your face and softening your appearance.
Mistake Four: Avoiding Statement Pieces
Many women avoid “statement pieces” as they age, such as loud patterns or eye-catching jewelry. While it’s true that you shouldn’t overdo these pieces as you get older, avoiding them altogether can age your overall look. Instead, incorporate small glitzy, patterned or fun items to keep your look young.
Mistake Five: Eschewing Current Trends
Older women oftentimes avoid the current trends, for fear that they will appear as if they’re trying to look like teenage girls instead of the mature women that they are. Sure, it’s true that some trends and styles aren’t appropriate for women of a certain age. However, other styles and trends are universal. Peruse fashion magazines and incorporate the trends that you’re comfortable with.
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Mistake Six: Matte Makeup
Many women associate dewy skin with youth and matte skin with maturity. While this is somewhat true, don’t let this be a steadfast rule that you abide by when you do your makeup. A completely matte face can actually make wrinkles and fine lines appear harsher. Instead, use a glitter-free highlighter to add a dewy finish to your look.
Mistake Seven: Sticking To “Grandma” Perfumes
As you get older, you might feel obliged to leave sugary and sweet fragrances behind completely. While some perfumes may feel too “young” for you, you don’t have to stick to the “granny” perfumes. Instead, find a mature scent that has notes of floral or sugary scents that will make you feel mature without feeling dowdy.
There’s a fine line between aging gracefully and simply giving up. If you follow these tips, you’ll look like a mature and yet playful and youthful woman. Remember, there’s no age where you have to turn your back on great style.