How to look younger than your age
We're all on the quest to look and feel fresh and youthful, and thanks to the world of beauty, there are plenty of creams and treatments to aid us on our mission. But did you know that something as simple as changing the way you part your hair could have a big impact on how young (or old) you look?
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With these simple at-home beauty tips and tweaks, you can turn back the clock, for good!
#1 KEEP YOUR LENGTH LONG
With time our hair loses pigment, changes texture and becomes thinner - which is probably why, presumably, so many women tend to lop it all off. But, consider this: while hair that is older is more coarse, the easier it is to style. So embrace a subtle revamp or snip for a quick age-defying boost and look to these down hairstyles for fresh inspiration. Unlike a style that is all one length - which can often look outdated - incorporate layers into your length to give your hair a bit of bounce and life. A wispy fringe is also an easy way to give your face a more youthful appearance, as it delivers a fresh edge and style without being too heavy or imposing.
#2: HIGHLIGHT RIGHT
If you're concered about your complexion looking dull, restore some of that youthful colour, pronto! Bring your skin back to life with the help of some face-framing highlights or personalised hair contouring based on your face shape. Both are great ways to add depth your colour, while maintaing the overall health of your locks. Avoid dramatically changing your hair shade - a whole colour change is risky business, and pesky grey hairs and regrowth will only appear more noticeable. If you'd prefer to lighten up yourself at home, start small - you can always add more depth and colour gradually.
bh recommends: Schwarzkopf Brilliance Fashion Lights, L'Oréal Paris Perfect Blonde Highlight Kit
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#3: GET STYLE SAVVY
Fine, limp, lacklustre hair is a pretty big indication that your hair isn't as fun and fabulous as it could be. If your hair is lacking in the volume department, there are plenty of options and ways to make it look luscious again. For an instant volume boost, styling powders, texturising sprays and other various hair thickening products will help improve the density and thinkness of your hair when you come to styling it. A little product placement can go a long way in improving the overall appearance of your hair. Another way to keep the volume - change up your hair part. Side parts automatically give your hair more lift, so alternate between side and middle now and then. It's an instant refresher for your daily 'do that'll get people noticing!
#4: LIGHTEN UP
As we age, fine lines and wrinkles become increasingly inevitable. The best way to conceal them is cleverly. Instead of ‘caking’ your foundation in an attempt to disguise wrinkles, opt for something light and nourishing that contains skin-evening technology. We love La Mav Organic BB Crème as it’s suitable to use on all skin types, provides an even finish and contains SPF 15.
#5: KEEP YOUR BROWS FULL
While you don’t have to attempt to rock Cara Delevingne-style face framers, a few feathered strokes of pencil through your brows can create a natural-looking fullness that'll makes the world of difference when it comes to looking more youthful. Hot tip: opt for a brow pencil in a shade that's slightly deeper than your natural colour.
bh recommends: L’Oreal Paris Super Liner Brow Artist Shaper
#6: GO SHEER AND GLOSSY
If possible, stay away from lip colours that are heavy or matte. Instead, opt for a sheer wash of colour that won’t weigh down your complexion. If you do wish to go deeper, reach for a lip stain that won’t make you look too ‘made up’.
bh recommends: Avon Lip Stain Marker
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What are your tips for looking younger?