Looking older than your age can be a good thing. It means that you have been taking care of yourself and living a healthy lifestyle. However, if you are trying to look older than you really are, there are certain things that you should do to make sure that people do not guess your actual age.
How to Look Older: 21 Tips and Tricks
Take care of your skin
Your face is the first thing people see, so it’s important to take care of it. Don’t use harsh chemicals or products on your skin. Choose gentle cleansers, moisturizers, and sunscreens that are suitable for your skin type.
Don’t play up your youth
You don’t want to look like you’re trying to be younger than you are, but you also don’t want to look older than you are, either.
Think about your skin tone
If you have fair skin, avoid strong colors like red and orange; instead, choose silver-colored jewelry and accessories that match your complexion. If you have tanned skin, wear bold colors such as black or yellow; keep your hair color in a similar range.
Use the right makeup colors for your skin type and age group
Use light shades of foundation for young women and medium shades for mature women; avoid dark foundations, especially if they’re too thick or cakey looking. For eye makeup, use light brown or gray eyeliner pencils rather than black ones, if necessary, apply brown or gray mascara instead of black mascara.
Wear clothing that is not too tight or revealing
You should always wear clothes that fit properly and aren’t too revealing. This will help you look younger by making it so people don’t stare at parts of your body they shouldn’t be staring at anyway.
Make sure your hair is always clean and brushed out well so it doesn’t look messy or unkempt when it’s down around your shoulders or in a ponytail with lots of flyaways sticking out all over the place.
Build a professional wardrobe
When people think “professional,” they tend to think boring, but there are ways to make yourself seem like an important person without sacrificing style. Invest in pieces that fit well and flatter your body types, like tailored trousers or pencil skirts.
Pair them with simple tops in neutral colors like gray or white for an understated look that says “I’m here for business.”
Curl your hair
If you have curly hair, you can easily add a few years to your appearance by letting it down and curling the ends. Straight hair is associated with youth, so adding a little curl with a curling wand will help you look more mature. You can also use shampoo and conditione to boost your natural volume.
Start using a steamer
A good steamer can help remove wrinkles from clothes without ironing them — which is especially helpful when traveling or on business trips. It also helps keep your clothes looking fresh between washings by taking care of lint buildup and removing odors that tend to accumulate over time.
Sit up straight
Sit up straight and tall, as this will make you look more confident, and will actually make your body appear longer. When sitting, keep your feet flat on the floor or crossed at the ankles. Avoid crossing your legs at all times, as this can make you appear shorter and more feminine.
Get a pair of professional trendy glasses
Glasses can be used to hide a double chin, thin out the face, and give the illusion of bigger eyes. A pair of glasses that is too small for your face will make you look older than you actually are.
Get yourself a bold lip
Lips are one of the most important features on our face because they’re what help us speak and express ourselves (along with our facial expressions).
A bold lip color will distract from an otherwise plain outfit or dull skin tone by bringing attention to your mouth area. It also helps create definition around your lips which makes them look fuller than they really are.
Invest in a great pair of heels
A great pair of heels can make you feel more confident and therefore more mature. But be careful: If they’re too high, they can actually make you look younger by elongating your legs and exaggerating their thinness.
Stick with two-inch heels or lower if possible; anything more than that could make you look like an overgrown child playing dress up in mommy’s closet (and nobody wants that).
A good coat
A good coat is essential for looking older, it’s something that I recommend everyone gets before they turn 30. It adds structure and shape to your upper body and it helps define your shoulders (which is where most people start to lose muscle mass).
A good coat can take years off your appearance, so don’t skimp on this.
Wearing a monochromatic outfit — all one color — is considered chic and sophisticated, whether it’s black or navy blue. It also makes a statement: “I’m not here to play around.”
Ditch “umm” and, “I think.”
Say what you mean, and say it with confidence. If you’re trying to convey expertise, don’t use fillers like “um” or “like.” The same goes for qualifiers like “I think” and “maybe.” If you want to sound young, use them all the time. If not, ditch them altogether.
Lower your voice
If you want to look older, don’t speak in a high-pitched voice with an overemphasis on every word, especially when speaking with authority figures such as doctors, lawyers, or bosses. Instead, speak in a low-pitched voice with a more relaxed tone that doesn’t sound rushed or stressed out.
This will give off an air of confidence and maturity that will help others perceive you as older than your actual years, even if they don’t know exactly how old they think you are.
A morning bra check is a must
You probably don’t want to hear this, but you should do a bra check every morning before leaving the house. If you’re wearing a bra that isn’t fitting properly, it can make you appear more youthful and less mature.
To avoid this problem, make sure your bra fits correctly and covers your breasts completely when you put it on.
Find a good tailor
You’ve probably heard this one before but it’s true – clothes do make the man/woman! When it comes to dressing older, finding a great tailor that knows how to take in trousers or add darts properly will do wonders for your appearance and confidence levels.
Wear slim-fit jeans that sit comfortably around the hips rather than hanging off them like baggy trousers or shorts. Also, opt for blazers rather than cardigans or sweaters – they’re more modern and stylish (and they look great with skinny jeans).
Get a gym membership
The gym is your number one ally when it comes to looking older. It’s more than just about getting fit and staying in shape, it’s about feeling confident and strong. If you’re looking for ways to age gracefully, then fitness is the best place to start.
Strong minds and strong bodies go hand-in-hand, so if you want to look mature, then get moving! The sooner you start exercising regularly, the better.
Lastly, actively listening is one of the most important skills in life, because it shows that you care about what someone else has to say, even if they don’t have anything important to say at all.
It’s A Wrap!
improving your appearance can be one of the best things you can do to feel better about yourself. Everyone is unique. Remember these tips the next time you buy clothes or prepare for a night out, and you’ll be glad that you did.