Do you know the Chinese actress in the photos below? If you don’t, can you guess how old she is? Can you believe she turned 40 this year?
In case you don’t already know, her name is Zhou Xun (Zhou is her family name, as the Chinese name order puts the surname first). The photos came from the production of her latest TV drama, a period piece set in the 1930s, in which her character first appears as a 19-year-old and then grows older.
Chinese media are all saying Ms. Zhou looked convincing when she played that 19-year-old. Her baby face certainly should take credit for that. Actually, if you look closely, you’ll see some fine lines around her eyes, and her cheeks are slightly sunken, but her childlike facial features make these initial signs of aging less noticeable. Besides, since the TV drama character is a village girl constantly exposed to the sun, it is conceivable for her to show some slight pre-mature aging signs at age 19. That’s another reason why Ms. Zhou got to pull it off — by a city girl’s standards, she looks mid to late 20s, not 19, but still a lot younger than her age. For everyone of you over 35, wouldn’t it be nice to look so much younger, too?
You may not have Ms. Zhou’s baby face, but by wisely choosing what you wear, you can look younger, too. As a matter of fact, you can learn from Ms. Zhou’s costumes about how to dress young by taking the following steps:
Go for the Mandarin Collar
Ms. Zhou’s costumes all come with a Mandarin collar for the historical period the TV drama is set in, but Mandarin dresses are still in vogue right now. The Mandarin collar can cover all the aging signs on the neck, which usually come out a lot earlier than those on the face — even teenagers may have horizontal lines on the neck due to lowering the head to look at the computer screen too much!
After age 30, those horizontal lines will become more apparent. Very skinny women over 30 or 35 may also get bulging veins on the neck. Just compare Ms. Zhou in a modern suit in the photo with her costume pictures above, and then you will agree that neck coverage really makes her look younger. It will do the same for you, too!
Choose Flattering Orange Tones
Somehow colors with a little orange tone can give you a peachy look. These colors include apricot, peach, coral, and brick red.
Among the three Mandarin dresses shown below, the coral one will definitely flatter your skin tone.
Use the Rejuvenating Power of Little White Flowers
Little white flowers on a dark background compose a girlie floral print, which will make you look younger, but given its subtlety, it won’t seem like trying too hard, exactly what you need if you want to take 10 to 12 years off your age.
Pick Lovely Light Blue
No matter it’s icy blue, sky blue, or slate blue, light blue tones can make your skin look more moist, perhaps because they resemble the color of streams and lakes.
Here are some great choices of light blue dresses.
Select Soft Lip Colors
In addition to color choices of your outfit, you also need to pay attention to your lipstick. See the light peach or shell pink lip colors on Ms. Zhou? You should follow her example if you are over a certain age and want to look younger. Bright lip colors must go with very youthful skin. In case your face is no longer dewy, scarlet red or hot pink lips will make your complexion look duller by contrast. Dark lip colors like burgundy or deep purple also won’t work because they will make the vertical fine lines on the lower lip (which appear on most women over 25) look more obvious. Sorry that your lip color choices are now limited, but there’s no better solution!
If you apply all the tips provided above, you will definitely like your image in the mirror more than you ever did in the past few years. Just try them out and you will see!