How to Get Carded: 5 Fast Ways to Look Under 21

Anni (Marilyn) photographed by Ben Rosenzweig for BlackBook in 2014. Styled by Alyssa Shapiro.

Is there any greater confidence boost than being carded at the bar? (That is, if you’re over 25 — if you’re younger, bookmark this post for a later date.) Just because you’ve passed the mark of 21 doesn’t mean your youthful glow should be even slightly diminished — we’ve got access to the best dermatologists, treatments and products out there, and we fully intend to stay looking young forever. Here are five relaxing, uplifting, moisturizing and fun ways to look younger fast. When the younger love interests start to court, just don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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What it is: For 30 minutes, a Ling esthetician uses a tourmaline gemstone device to deliver far-infrared energy to your skin. First, beneficial serums are patted onto your skin, then the warmed-up device goes into action. It is heavenly and very relaxing. Just note that for the express treatment you’ll be at the front of the store and not in a treatment room, but you’ll be so zonked out, it won’t bother you.

Why you want it: Reduces pores, plumps up the skin (think instant face lift and contour), helps to drain your lymphatic system, and induces major relaxation — those far-infrared rays are like whoah. For the skeptics out there: have your facialist do one side of your face first and then show you the glowing results before moving on. Seeing is believing, and your spirit and your face will be lifted — you will look five years younger, no joke.

How much it costs: $40 for first timers, $50 after that. (And there will be “after that”.) Book it by calling 212-989-8833.




What it is: Celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas’s gentle resurfacing treatment that gives you a glow — at home and overnight. It has volcanic ash to draw out impurities, fruit enzymes to brighten the skin and boost cell turnover, acids to target dead skin cells, bacteria and age spots, and a few other goodies, all working to make you look radiantly younger.

Why you want it: Celebs use it the night before big red carpet events for a reason. Vargas says, “It’s awesome for bringing that glow back to the skin, and it will really flatten any breakouts that you might have. For me, I also love that it events out pigment in the skin so you look even and fresh in the a.m.”

How much it costs: $75. Buy it here.




What it is: A book by Mathilde Thomas, founder of French skincare brand Caudalie, complete with dermatologist interviews, info on determining your skin type, an aristocratic 3-day grape cleanse (fancy!), and recipes (four ingredients max) for skincare you can whip up at home, like an oil and honey face wash (really).

Why you want it: Because French women enjoy caring for their skin, and you can too. Plus: DIY is fun, and fun keeps you young.

How much it costs: $26.95 for the book. (Ingredients extra). Buy it here.




What it is: A pack of sheet masks made with lots of good stuff, like the antioxidant given to astronauts in space to protect their skin against the harshest elements. On earth, it’s brightening, tightening, and moisturizing (read: it’s a youth serum). Plus, it’s paraben, sulphate and paraffin free.

Why you want it: These rejuvenating sheet masks are full of potent antioxidants, like Escin (which promotes collagen production and increases blood circulation), Vitamin C and NAC. This mask puts a pause on aging, and stimulates the repair system already present in the body. One use and you’ll see a hydrated, glowing difference.

How much it costs: $160 for a pack of five. Buy it here.




What it is: Hydration is he fastest way to keep skin plump, firm and youthful. Ling’s emulsion has hyaluronic acid and squalene oil. Massage it into skin at night for improved circulation, too. Erno Laszlo’s serum plumps and smooths with bioactive nutrients, probiotic complexes, rose oil and more.

Why you want it: Because moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty.

How much it costs: $68 for Ling Dual Moisture Emulsion (buy it here) and $100 for Erno Laszlo Hydra-Therapy Refresh Infusion (buy it here).


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