Slap on the make-up if you want to look young

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Vic­to­ria Allen Sci­ence Cor­re­spon­dent

AP­PLY­ING eye shadow, lip­stick and mas­cara may take up valu­able min­utes every morn­ing. But make-up really does make women look younger, a sci­en­tific study has con­cluded.

Us­ing bold shades of lip­stick and eye shadow, as well as a good eye­brow pen­cil, can roll back the years by mak­ing fa­cial fea­tures more vivid.

Psy­chol­o­gists have dis­cov­ered we judge how youth­ful some­one looks by the ex­tent to which their eyes, eye­brows and mouth stand out against their skin. How­ever, as women age, decades of ex­po­sure to the sun make the skin darker and more red in tone, re­duc­ing that con­trast.

When re­searchers dig­i­tally al­tered women’s faces to lessen the con­trast be­tween skin and fa­cial fea­tures, nearly 80 per cent

‘Mak­ing the lips red­der’

of peo­ple judged those women to be older. The au­thors say us­ing make-up to make the eyes and mouth darker against the skin could there­fore make fe­males look younger.

Co-au­thor Dr Richard Rus­sell, from Get­tys­burg Col­lege in the US, said: ‘In terms of make-up, one thing which could be drawn from this study would be that if you are a woman who is older and de­sir­ing to look younger, dark­en­ing the eye­brows and eyes and mak­ing the lips red­der does have the ef­fect of mak­ing a face ap­pear some­what younger.’

While hair­style and fa­cial shape have been shown to af­fect how old some­one looks, the con­trast be­tween the skin and fa­cial fea­tures is a new dis­cov­ery.

The study, which in­volved women of dif­fer­ent eth­nic­i­ties, is pub­lished in the jour­nal Fron­tiers in Psy­chol­ogy.

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