How to make yourself look older or younger with photos

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How to make yourself look older or younger with photos
Use a digital camera for the fastest and easiest photo editing process. (film-camera on camera-bag image by Andrii Oleksiienko from

In an age of digital photography, editing photographs is quick and simple. There are myriad options for buying digital photo editing software, as well as many free options online. You'll want to research software based on your needs. No matter how much you alter a digital image, though, you'll still be working with your original photograph. For best results, make yourself look older or younger before you take the photo.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Digital camera
  • Digital photography editing software
  • Age-appropriate clothing
  • Grey eyeliner
  • Baby powder
  • Lavender or jojoba oil

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    Shooting and Editing Your Digital Photograph

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    Apply make-up before taking the picture. To look younger, use a very small amount of lavender or jojoba oil, or your preferred cosmetic product, along the top ridge of your cheekbones, on your forehead and on your decolletage area if you are a woman. The oil will give your skin a dewy, youthful shine. Use foundation to even out your skin tone, since uneven skin tone is a characteristic of older skin. To age yourself, apply baby powder to your hair, either along the sideburn area or across your entire head. Shake or brush the baby powder through your hair and it will appear grey. To age yourself dramatically, apply grey eyeliner along any wrinkle lines on your face and additional lines horizontally on your forehead. Smudge the eyeliner in the creases, producing a shadow quality that visibly deepens the age lines on your face. (Note that this tip does not work for close-ups.)

    How to make yourself look older or younger with photos
    Exaggerating forehead wrinkles and laugh lines are an excellent way to appear older in a photograph. (make up image by Mat Hayward from
  2. 2

    Dress for the age you want to convey in your photograph. Remember that the entire image conveys age and personality, so choose clothing that represents the age group you want to appear in your photograph.

  3. 3

    Pose in your photograph to indicate your desired age. To look younger, stand in a way that communicates youth and energy. To age yourself, use the body language of an older person. For example, sit instead of standing and use a cane as a prop.

  4. 4

    Use digital photography software to edit your photographs. To make a subject appear younger, use the "retouch" tool to blend facial wrinkles. Remove age spots and dark under-eye circles until they're no longer visible. To age someone in a photograph, lower the "contrast" point to blur the photograph slightly. Adjust the "saturation" and "exposure" settings until you're satisfied with the ageing effects.

  5. 5

    Apply an overlay, or effect, to your photograph. Use sepia or black-and-white photographs to appear older. Use sharp images with saturated colours for a more vibrant, youthful image.

Tips and warnings

  • Study professional photography websites for excellent examples of portrait photography. Notice the impact of light on the subject's face. Look for sample photos that replicate the age you want in your photograph.
  • Search online for image retouching websites for ideas on how to alter your image. Check out the "before and after" images to get an idea of what you can do with photo editing.

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