5 simple ways to look younger right now

NancyM on 6 Feb 2009 at 11:24am

Looking younger doesn't have to cost a lot, or even require a trip to the cosmetic counters. Here are 5 ways to lose a few years without much effort.

1. Moisturize.  Many women just don't wear moisturizer. A good moisturizer immediately smoothes out fine lines, particularly if the formula contains a plumping agent like hyaluronic acid. The beauty of it is that a good, basic (read "inexpensive") moisturizer will do the trick. Just don't forget to wear it.

2. Wear Bangs. The eye, eyebrow and forehead areas are some of the first to show signs of aging. The simplest thing you can do to help hide these signs is to wear bangs—particularly if you haven't gone for Botox yet. It's like an instant makeover. Charla Krupp, author of "How Not to Look Old" would also argue letting your hair grow longer—but the beauty of bangs is that you don't have to go to extreme lengths for the look.Use a precision eyelash curler to spot curl eyelashes more easily

3. Curl your Lashes. Try Japonesque's Precision Eyelash Curler, shown at left—it's less wide than traditional curlers so you can easily spot-curl without that yeeeow! of catching your lid in the curler...

4. Use Liquid or Creme Makeup. Or, the reverse of that: lose the powder! Powders have their place, but not as foundation or blush once you reach "that age". Powders have a tendency to "drag" or streak on older, drier skin as well as settling into fine lines and wrinkles thereby making them even more visible.

One newer foundation to try: Cover Girl & Olay's Simply Ageless Foundation (the one touted by Ellen DeGeneres in current ads and shown at right).Cover Girl & Olay's Simply Ageless Foundation works on lines and wrinkles

5. Fill in Brows. Your brows are the picture frame of your face, so to speak. They add definition and help to draw open eyes—but only if you take care of them. Step one is to tame them which is most easily done with an eyebrow gel. Don't have one? Aloe Vera gel can do the trick as well.

Use a clean mascara wand to brush and smooth brow hairs. Then, fill in gray, faded or sparse areas with a brow powder in a shade to match. Avoid pencils here as they can leave a harsh, tugging line that looks "old lady". Powders are easier to blend in. My fave: Anastasia.