There are some things in life that get better with age (wine, cheese, and George Clooney, to name a few). Generally speaking, however, we’d like our skin and hair to look as young as possible—or at least be an accurate reflection of how we feel on the inside. In our neverending quest for the fountain of youth, we spoke with makeup artist Fiona Stiles (she’s worked with everyone from Jessica Alba to Madonna) and Joico celebrity colourist Denis de Souza (Kate Mara and Mila Kunis are his clients) and asked for their expert tips on how to fake a younger appearance. Lucky for us, they were more than happy to spill their secrets—take that, gravity.
Click through the slideshow above for eight makeup and hair tips to look younger, instantly!
“When it comes to skin, luminosity and dewiness signify youth,” Stiles says. She recommends employing a creamy luminiser or highlighter, like RMS Living Luminizer (£30) to the bridge of your nose and tops of the cheekbones for fresh, dewy skin.
RMS Beauty Living Luminizer (£30)
Stiles recommends choosing brown instead of black when it comes to your eye makeup. “Generally, black makes your eyes look smaller,” she says. “Plums are also really pretty colors for any eye color—they’re very warm.” Instead of harsh lines, she suggests using a chocolate brown eyeliner with “a little twinkle.” Try MAC’s Eye Kohl (£14) in Teddy.
“In Asia, straight brows are a huge trend right now,” Stiles says. “After all, when you’re born, you have no arch.” She says that in the U.S., people like their arches high and dramatic—unfortunately, this can start to look cartoonish and severe once you get older. The solution? Soften your arch and fill your brows in lightly with a brow pencil that’s lighter than your hair color. If you have very light hair, Stiles says to use a tinted brow gel like Anastasia’s Tinted Brow Gel (£17).
When it comes to blush, choose cream formulas over powder—they blend seamlessly and settle into the skin without appearing caked on. Surprisingly, Stiles says to avoid gel formulas if you have mature skin: “They look better on younger skin because they can be difficult to blend,” she explains. Her favorite blush? Shiseido’s Luminizing Satin Face Color (£34).
Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color (£34)
Stiles advises that you avoid anything frosty or sparkly in the quest to look younger, because it can accentuate fine lines. Instead, opt for satin, dewy, or even matte finishes—they leave a chic, polished final effect.
When it comes to your hair, there’s one general rule of thumb in terms of looking younger: Go lighter instead of darker. “The darker your hair, the harsher it will look against your skin,” de Souza says. “It will show all of your wrinkles and lines, especially anywhere near your face line or eye area, [since] this [area] always becomes a focal point with any hair color or cut.” Instead, he suggests going lighter to soften your face and make it appear more youthful. But don’t get carried away—he says to go no more than two shades lighter than your natural hair color to keep things looking natural.
De Souza recommends getting warm highlights around your face or a warmer base to promote a younger appearance. Choose honey, golden tones—he says they’ll complement your complexion and soften the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
One easy way to reverse time on your ageing hair is a quick salon gloss. “It’s a great option when you’re looking to amp up the shine factor,” de Souza says. “It also keeps your color vibrant so that it doesn’t lose luster.” Between trips, keep your hair shiny and healthy by applying a hair mask at least once a week—he suggests Joico’s KPAK Intense Hydrator (£17).
One last tip: Keep an eye on your roots. De Souza says that it’s important for his clients to get their roots touched up every four weeks: “Once the greys start showing, it will definitely age you and [draw attention away] from the great color you once had.” Use John Frieda Root Blur (£15) to banish greys between salon visits.
What are your tips to looking young? Let us know in the comments!