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When you picture the face of an older man or woman, you probably think of one thing: wrinkles. But according to new research published in PLOS One, the color of your lips and eyebrows plays a role in how old you appear, too. The researchers were studying a concept called facial contrast. "It's the contrast between your facial features – like your eyes, eyebrows, and lips – and the skin that surrounds them," says study coauthor Richard Russell, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at Gettysburg College.
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When Russell and his team manipulated photos of caucasian women so that they had more and less facial contrast, students rated the photos that had more contrast as younger 93 percent of the time.
Russell also noticed that eyebrow contrast and lip redness were most associated with youth. "Brows turn gray and become thinner with age, meaning less contrast," he says. "And lips were less red in the older faces."
Use this research to your advantage: Check out these eyebrow-thickening strategies and the do's and don'ts of red lipstick for simple ways to look younger.
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