The difference between looking fresh and youthful or older than you are can be as simple as the state of your bangs or the shade of your highlights. Don't believe it? Check out this celebrity proof—and pick up a few tricks, too.
Older (left): Sometimes curls signify youth—Shirley Temple, Honey Boo Boo—but too much volume on top with subtle curls at the ends is a bit more Golden Girls than Goldilocks.
Younger: By maintaining the volume up top yet making hair sleek, Kidman's look is still sophisticated without the country-club effect. Fekkai Glossing Cream depuffs hair and leaves it insanely glossy.
Older (left): Over-lightening hair, especially to an ashy blonde, can make you look a bit drawn.
Younger: The rich chocolate brown is vibrant, fresh, and warms up her milky complexion. Keep your color vibrant with Garnier Fructis Color Shield Fortifying Shampoo.
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Older (left): Granted, growing out short hair is hard. But still, the harsh geometric lines emphasized by the volume are aging.
Younger: Hathaway's gamine crop—and long false lashes—look stunning, feminine, and young. Add texture and definition with Aveda Control Paste.
Older (left): Long, stick-straight hair is severe and looks overworked.
Younger: Loosening things up with a gentle wave and adding some body at the roots makes hair look natural and softens the face. We love the Tigi Bed Head Curlipops 1" Tourmaline Ceramic Hourglass Styling Iron.
Older (left): Even the prettiest so-blonde-it's-almost-gray hair can be aging.
Younger: A simple single process can resuscitate hair, reflect light, and look really pretty.
Older (left): An allover-volume, sister-wife bouffant just doesn't work on anyone.
Younger: For a flattering updo that's young and feminine, keep the part undefined, the volume under control and focused in the back, and the pieces loose and random.
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