There are times when we might want to look older than we are, and those times are typically set aside for Oct. 31. But when it comes to everyday life, could you be aging yourself unintentionally with the wrong shade choices and techniques?

Most of us, if not all of us, want to maintain an age-appropriate appearance. (Note that I didn't say younger — just looking your freshest no matter your age.) That's why over the past few days, I've been exploring ways to keep your eye makeup and complexion looking sensational, not sallow. For my final bit in this series, let's explore lipsticks and hair tones. Go on,


  • Flatter your face: If your hair color isn't giving your skin a glow, it's time to switch it up. Hair that's too dark or too light hair can wash out your complexion, giving a less-than-optimal appearance. Not sure what color to pick? Get thee to a salon to seek professional advice. Perhaps you just need some face-framing highlights or lowlights to break up a too-severe shade.
  • Pucker up: Lipstick that is too dark and/or bright has its place in this world, but unfortunately, these choices can both be aging. Anything that's metallic or iridescent in nature can also create an unflattering effect. Not sure what to pick? Choose a lipstick or gloss that's about one to two shades darker than your natural pucker. Of course, you probably can't go wrong with a nice mauve-pink tone.