5 Ways to Look Younger in Under 5 Minutes

February 22, 2017
Angela Melero
By: Angela Melero | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
person wearing messy ponytail and natural makeup

We aren’t afraid of getting older, but we do everything we can (within reason!) to make sure we don’t look older than we are. It’s obvious from all the night creams, under-eye creams and concealers, wrinkle-reducing serums, root coverage products (for those pesky gray hairs), etc., that all of us are doing our best to give the aging process a good fight. We’ve upped the ante and found five ways to look younger in five minutes. Yes, five minutes.

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High Pony

Does this surprise you? Think about it. Pulling the hair upward smooths the lines around the eyes and accentuates your cheekbones. Try it and see if your skin doesn’t look a little tighter! The other bonus to this style is it’s so versatile and can work with multiple outfits. If you struggle with a lifeless pony, try doubling it up or adding a little texturizing powder to it to give it some bounce and really hit that high note!


Along with giving your skin a nice glow, highlighter can be used strategically to lift and contour the face, making it look more youthful. Try a little highlighter on the inner and outer corners of the eyes and along the brow bone to brighten up the eye area. You can also use highlighter to lift the cheeks. Just apply some using your finger for cream-based highlighter or an angled blush brush for powder-based formulas along the upper cheekbones. This will draw your cheeks upward. 

Product Recommendations: Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting ConcealerGiorgio Armani Fluid Sheer,NYX Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

Full Brows

We often think the hair on top of our head is the only thing affected by the aging process. This is not true. As we get older, our eyebrows are also impacted. Brow hair can become sparse and patchy, making our faces look older and more mature (not in the good way). Hold onto your youthful, full brows by equipping yourself with a dynamite brow powder. Make sure to keep an eye on your brow tails as well. If they are too thin, this can make your peepers appear droopy and tired (which also means “looking old”).

Product Recommendations:NYX 3-in-1 Brow Pencil, L’Oreal Paris Brow Stylist Kabuki

Glossy, Neutral-Colored Lips

Many of us view lip gloss as a product of the past and an item we equate with our pre-teen years. We want to shed some light on lip gloss and the stigma attached. A little gloss action on your lips can actually work for you, as it can make your lips appear plumper and give them a youthful fullness. Try dabbing a soft peach or pink gloss in the center of the mouth and we guarantee you’ll be carded at the next rated-R movie you attend!

Product Recommendations: NYX Lip Lingerie,YSL Gloss Volupté, Lancôme Le Metallique

Dewy Skin

While we believe there’s a time and a place for matte skin, we do advise you to use that powder sparingly. Powders can make your skin look dull and give you a cakey finish that accentuates lines and wrinkles. Go for a liquid-based foundation with a dewy finish. The moisture and illuminating properties will minimize those pesky lines and make your skin look fresh and youthful. 

Product Recommendations: Maybelline New York Dream Cushion Fresh Face Liquid Foundation, Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Wear Foundation, NYX Total Control Drop Foundation 

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