Post # 1
Without posting a picture, just believe me that I look old for my age. I don’t smoke or do drugs, or drink heavily, or tan. I don’t do anything that woud make me look old. In fact, I barely even wear much makeup because it makes me look like I’m 40, when I’m in my early 20s (all I wear is foundation, blush/bronzer. No heavy eye stuff/lipstick). I’m so tired of telling people my age, and having them GASP and say “Oh no! I thought you were SO much older!” Then, moronically, they always try to back-track and say it was because of my “maturity”. I’m not mature at all!
I know people pretend that the reverse is a problem but it’s just not. Being ugly is always worse than being pretty, and if I keep going at this rate, I’m going to look 50 when I’m 30. I just don’t know what would make this happen. My dad and mom both look great for their ages!
I’ve heard from people that I don’t have wrinkles, I just have a “mature look” (yeah ok) and other people say they only assumed I was 30 because that’s the age of all my friends (this makes more sense, but I’m still not totally buying it). My SO also looks old (but its’ mostly due to his style) and so I guess some people assume we’re the same age. Ugh. I just wish there was some way to get people to recognize me for my actual age. I thought that wearing less makeup woudl fix it but evidently that did nothing. Any tips for looking my actual age? Or at least anyone here who looked older than their age in their 20s, and how did you cope with it?
Post # 3
@anon00: SORRY but you will have to post a picture…very hard to say what you maybe should do or shouldnt do without one…I would say though that heavy makeup can be aging…too little makeup can not be too flattering either ….maybe your fashion style of clothes might have something to do with it…a new wardrobe could help maybe…or your hairstyle…I bet its not your actual face….come on give us a pic and we can suggest a new style:) Also if you are mature by your personality that can make people think you are a little older..and being mature is not a bad thing either:)
Post # 4
@anon00: it’s tough to understand what you mean by you look older than your age.. is it the way you dress? the way you wear your hair? i don’t think make-up is the issue, or lack of make-up. it would be more of the type of or the way you wear make-up.
Either way, tough to understand but you can look younger by changing your style maybe? either way, who cares. as long as you are happy and loved.
Post # 5
You can do a lot with hairstyle and makeup, but the only thing I can recommend without a pic is lots and lots of Hello Kitty.
Post # 6
@MxH13: Well, at work I dress pretty professionally, but just as an example I wore hip-hugger jeans and a freakin’ crop top at a party, and someone thought I was thirty. I don’t know any thirty year olds who dress that way! I’m guessing it could be that I have a strong jaw/narrow face (I don’t look like a total man or anything, but my face is more angular than most women’s). But there isn’t really much I can do about that other than gain weight and I’m not going there lol
Post # 7
I will say that I came into the thread expecting a pic and then posters saying you dont look old, etc.
@EffieTrinket: your suggestion made me LOL!
Post # 8
@gelaine22: Lol, no, i’m phobic about posting my pics online and I know that would just come off as fishing for compliments.
Post # 9
I have dark under eye circles and bags. i’m 26 and i think i am too young for that! so i sympathize. certain things you just can’t change. we are all different and beautiful in our own way.
Post # 10
New haircut? Maybe ask some chic looking friends where they get their hair cut and try something totally different from a new stylist.
Other than that, I don’t have a lot of ideas, but make sure you wear suncreen every day! Nothing makes you look older than sun damage!
Post # 11
I can name a thousand women with strong jawlines that are gorgeous, just look at Angelina Jolie or J.LO.. I wish I had a more angular face! 🙂 Is your hair short/long? What color is it? Sometimes the wrong color hair can make you look washed out.. Maybe you are wearing the wrong colors of makeup? Pic please! No one will think you are fishing for compliments I promise!
Post # 12
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Well if it’s not wrinkles, it’s probably something that will get better in time. I usually find that women who look older than their age when they are younger end up looking younger than their age when they are older. Maybe try dressing younger and wearing makeup that is considered to be more youthful like colored eyeliners? Even trying a different hairstyle may make a big difference.
Post # 13
Having bangs can take years off of you, I have found. Some people also have a lot of forehead wrinkles and bangs will hide that. You could go into a stylist and say you’re looking for a new, youthful hair cut. If wearing foundation and bronzer adds 15-20 years to your appearance, I might want to invest in some new makeup. If you’re wearing something from the drugstore, especially without a primer, it can settle into creases in your skin and accentuate any flaws you have, making you look older. A tined moisturizer or BB cream can give your skin the moisture it needs without being oily, and give you a little coverage. I think if you had damaged skin you’d know it, so I can’t be sure what the problem is without a picture. All the young women around here either dress like they are a celebrity going for a run, or super skinny jeans, cute shoes and hair in a top knot.
Post # 14
Use day and night moisterizer. Stop wearing makeup all together.
Post # 15
So hard to tell without a picture. I understand that you don’t want to post pictures, but maybe you can show us your problem areas? Like your mouth or eyes, something that you thinks makes you look older.
What kind of makeup/clothes do you wear? Clothing can really set the tone for your age.. I mean.. more often than not the younger generations are wearing what’s trendy, while the older generation stays with items that are somewhat trendy, but more “old fashioned”.
As pp’s said, makeup can seriously change how you look.
That being said, I can somewhat understand how you feel, although I feel the exact opposite. I just turned 25, and I still get mistaked for a highschool student. People assume I’m 16, 17 at the most. I’ve looked the same since I was that age! I don’t dress overly trendy, just jeans & blouses kind of girl.
I recently got carded at a sex shop where you had to be 18 to enter. eight freaking teen! The lady was like, “Wow! Babyface!”.
Everyone tells me, oh, be glad, blah blah. But for now, it seriously blows. Many people don’t take me seriously right off the bat [espcially wedding related vendors!], same thing with my job and other things.
Once they get to KNOW me, it’s a differant story.
Post # 16
Have you had your doctor check your thyroid? What about your hormones? Those two can can create havoc on your looks.