Bye-Bye Botox: No-Needle Tactics for Younger-Looking Skin

You don't have to get injected to look rejuvenated with these painless face-fixing secrets. Plus, how the right hair and makeup can make a big difference.

We've all been there before: You're standing in front of the mirror, obsessing over each line and sun spot and wondering when they all appeared. For some, laser treatments, wrinkle-filling injections, or a mini lift may go right onto the to-do list. But what if you don't want to go down that road? No problem. Read on for the tried-and-tested tips that will take years off your look.

Easy Makeup Tricks

As tempting as it can be to skip the makeup, throw on sunglasses, and hope your lip color makes you Photo Credit: Sean CunninghamPhoto Credit: Sean Cunninghamlook "done," Lancôme makeup artist Sandy Linter warns, "Less is less; less is not more." Linter, who has made up her fair share of celebrities, gives lessons to real women at New York's Rita Hazan Salon and says you don't have to spend hours to look terrific. "But if you're going to do just one thing, do your eyes. Nothing is more aging than wearing just lipstick." More expert tips:

  • "Radiant skin is youthful skin," says Pati Dubroff, a makeup artist for Dior who works with Gwyneth Paltrow and Sharon Stone. Use a luminizing primer like Sephora Base Primer ($18). "And stick to liquid or cream foundation, as powder can be drying," adds makeup artist Sam Fine, whose clients include Iman and Vanessa Williams. He likes Vincent Longo Liquid Canvas ($48.50). "Women can look washed out as they age, so make sure your foundation is not too pale. Lighter is not more natural," says Linter. It's easy to use too much, so pat a damp sponge into skin to pick up any excess, suggests Linter, who loves the sheer coverage of Patricia Wexler M.D. Daily Defense Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 ($29.50). Set with powder only where you are oily.
  • Spend time on your eyes. "Eyes are the area that show your age fastest," says Fine. "A touch of glowing shadow on the center of your lid and inner corner will instantly brighten your eyes," says Dubroff. "But avoid shimmer, which brings out texture like fine lines," notes Fine. Try Laura Mercier Matte Eye Colour shadows ($22 each). And to give your eyes a lift, line the top lash line with a brown pencil or shadow and highlight your brow bone, which adds a beautiful halo around the eye.
  • Cream blush adds an instant glow. "Apply it with a foundation brush so you can control where it goes," says Dubroff. We like Philosophy Healthy Cream Blush in Look on the Bright Side ($22.50). Oily skin or large pores? Use a powder instead. Try CoverGirl TruBlend Blush in Pure Romance ($8.47).

Glowing, Smooth Skin

The pros agree: Must-haves are sunscreen, an exfoliant, and an antioxidant product. "Skin is a renewable organ, and you can definitely slow the aging process," says Tammy Fender, owner of Tammy Fender Holistic Skin Care in West Palm Beach, Florida. "With a regimen, you can see a 30 to 40 percent improvement in two to three weeks," adds Neal Schultz, a New York dermatologist. More tips:

  • Use SPF 30. It not only protects, it makes skin look younger. "The skin has an incredible ability to heal itself once you start blocking UVA and UVB rays. You'll see an improvement in both texture and tone," notes Chanel Jenae, co-owner of Arcona Studio in Los Angeles, where Scarlett Johansson and Michelle Pfeiffer get treatments. Try Olay Pro-X Age Repair Lotion with SPF 30 ($42).
  • "Exfoliation is pivotal to facial rejuvenation," explains Schultz. "Ultimately, it increases dermal volume, making skin look less wrinkly." It will also help brown spots. You can use a physical exfoliant, like a scrub, or a chemical exfoliant, such as a glycolic peel. Your dermatologist or facialist can advise which is best for you. We like Rodial Glamtox Peel ($90).
  • Eat a healthy diet. "Your skin reflects what you eat. Chemicals and processed foods are toxic to your cells and cause degeneration, making you look older. Your skin is an eliminating organ, and if you've got a poor diet, your complexion will show it," says Fender, who recommends plenty of fresh fruit and veggies to help alleviate dull skin.

Gorgeous, Bouncy Hair

"I don't believe that you have to cut your hair at a certain age. You just have to keep it flattering to your face," says Mark Townsend, Matrix celebrity stylist and Reese Witherspoon's mane man. More expert tips:

  • Consider face-framing layers, which will give you a lift and "emphasize your bone structure," explains New York stylist Oscar Blandi, who works with Jennifer Garner. "And adding bangs can distract from forehead lines."
  • A bob is a flattering look, and you can adjust the length depending on your hair type.

Shiny, Luminous Hair Color

"Your color needs to be simple but current," explains Amanda George, colorist and co-owner of L.A.'s Neil George Salon, where Cameron Diaz is often spotted. To look younger, "never go too dark around the hairline," advises colorist Sharon Dorram, co-owner of her own New York salon and color guru to Kate Hudson and Linda Evangelista. "You need softness around your face or you'll look severe." More expert tips:

  • Gray can be fabulous. Got salt and pepper? "Bring out the salt and make it sparkle so it looks glamorous," says Dorram. Adds George, "Gray hair can get dehydrated. I recommend Rene Furterer Okara Silver Shampoo [$23]."
  • The right highlights can light up your face. "For a quick boost, we do T-zone highlighting, which highlights along the hairline and the part, then follow it with a high-shine gloss," says George. "It adds instant brightness."
Do you have any great tips for keeping your face youthful looking?

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