Virtually altering your appearance is very tempting for many people, but be warned — it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Unless you’re experienced in Photoshop, using these tools can often have an adverse effect and make you look that much older and unnaturally proportioned — kind of like what happens when you use too much filler in real life.
Airbrush filters can make you look like you’re trying to hide your natural features, which just makes people think your photos are fake. So even if your pictures look younger, your real face will look even older in comparison.
We have no idea why this is a thing. Big names like Doja Cat and Kendall Jenner have exhibited this look, and the result is that they look double their ages. If that's going to be the case for Kendall Jenner, one of the world's highest-paid supermodels, we aren't holding out much hope for regular folk.
Eyebrow trends come and go, and this one is a pretty extreme investment for not a lot of payoff. The only people we can think of that would benefit from having shaved eyebrows are full-time drag queens. Except Doja Cat and Kendall Jenner are not drag queens so we're still stumped.
Too Much Filler
The irony of this one is that people usually get filler to look plumper and younger. In reality, it's a very thin and shaky line between filler achieving a youthful look, and having the reverse effect and aging you. The reason for this is that filler, when overdone, distorts your features too much and makes you look unnatural.
Given that youthful beauty is centered around proportions and symmetry, overdoing it on the filler defeats this purpose. The cheeks look unnaturally elevated, the lips look disproportionate to the face, and the forehead, while smooth, looks expressionless. The overall effect ends up looking like a wax doll.
Kimonos as Outerwear
Kimonos and robes can make you look relaxed, fancy, and rich when worn correctly. However, they often end up looking like pajamas. Kimonos need to be paired with a figure-hugging outfit underneath to balance out the flowy-ness of the garment.
If your whole outfit is too loose-fitting, throwing a kimono on top will just make you look like you're in the middle of a stroll in your nursing home. That being said, if you ARE about to take a stroll in your nursing home, a kimono will be just the right thing to do it in. Get yourself a whole collection!
Platform sandals have been making a comeback recently — and, on paper, they sound like a good idea. They're comfy, give you some added height, and, depending on who you ask, are quite stylish. The problem is, they have a certain juvenile look about them, which can make the wearer look older.
They were also big in the early 2000s, and, like with any past trend, it's tough to try out something retro without looking twice your age for it. If you are looking to add yourself a few centimeters, we would recommend high heels, heel wedges, or wearing a pair of form-fitting pants.