Stop Taking Your Beauty So Seriously. Do This Instead.

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Aging is a process that happens and I do not fear it. (This is disgustingly easy for a 21 year old to say, I know.)

Using chemicals and needles and spending lots of money is one of the ways women are advised to deal with their inevitable decline into decrepitating. But I have to proposition for another way.

If the saying goes “You’re only as old as you feel,” then surely it follows that beauty products that make you feel less mature will have a regressive effect. Right?

There are two main facets to my approach here: Makeup that accentuates “youthful” features; and makeup that is so garish as to be inherently reminiscent of one’s childhood, a time when you rummaged through your mom’s cosmetics, lacquering up in every color you could get your mitts on.

Two characteristically youthful features are a wide, bright eye and a lusciously full eyebrow. The big eye says, “I have not yet seen too much.” The eyebrow says, “I am full of life and youthful vitality! Look how thick the hair grows above my big eyes!”

Fake a brighter version of yourself by coloring the inside of your waterline a lighter color than it naturally is. The Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencils work really well for this purpose. I like Cottage Cheese, a name that makes me nauseous but with an iridescent ice-white shade that’s great for light skin tones. Lavender, a shimmering pale purple, also cancels out redness in your peepers, which are probably exhausted from looking at very grown-up things like tax forms and gas prices.

To give the appearance of a bushier eyebrow, any sort of brown mascara will work to fluff ‘em up. L’oreal Brow Stylist Plumper’s petite wand is easy to maneuver. Apply liberally to take your eyebrows back to their virgin, pre-plucked—and therefore obviously—youthful state.

Finally, is there any makeup product that suggests a playful mind-set better than glitter? I love Wet n Wild Color Icon Glitter Singles in Bleached and Brass. A dab of these in place of a highlighter on your inner corner and brow bone take your eye makeup back to the disco days. If you’re stuck in a makeup rut, I guarantee spending 99 cents on glitter and applying liberally will revitalize your sense of fun in beauty—which, after all, is the whole point of it.

I can’t guarantee that by using these products you will necessarily see empirical evidence of results. What I can guarantee is that, amid a sea of information explaining to us why taking care of our appearance is all very serious, picking up something frilly and applying with abandon is cathartic and invigorating.