People Staff
November 26, 2008 12:00 PM

Your How-To Guide!

20s

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EXPERIMENT WITH COLOR

“Crazy yellow eye shadow? You can pull it off!” at this age, says Linter, Lancôme’s Beauty at Every Age expert. “Break all the rules.”

PLAY UP YOUR LIPS

Later in life, lips lose volume—so get your fill of dark lipstick and shiny gloss while you still can.

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SKIP FOUNDATION

“Even beautiful skin can benefit from it,” says Linter. “It’s corrective.”

USE ANY OLD PRODUCT

Know your skin type (dry? oily?) so you don’t end up with blemishes.

Find your signature look!

30s

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COMMIT TO A COLOR PALETTE

“You should be certain about what shades flatter you at this point,” says Linter. “You’ll know whether or not purple eye shadow works!”

BRIGHTEN YOUR LIPSTICK

You can still rock a red mouth—but stick to sheerer shades, because “a deep tone can be aging” as lips lose fullness, Linter says.

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OVER-TWEEZE YOUR EYEBROWS

“As you age, the hair gets thinner and finer,” says Linter. “If you over-tweeze or wax it all the time, it will never grow back.”

IGNORE YOUR SKIN

The area under the eye gets thinner over time, so start using eye cream. Also, keep foundation light by applying with a brush; otherwise, it can crack and look aging.

40s

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GO FOR DRAMA

“At night, play yourself up to the hilt,” says Linter. “Clusters of lashes, black mascara. You still look young—and beautiful.”

STICK TO A NEUTRAL PALETTE

A woman in her 20s might try colorful eye shadows, but at this age, says Linter, “a sultry, neutral palette works best.”

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USE COLORED LIP GLOSS

“It won’t run on a 20-year-old,” says Lintner, “but in your 40s, your lips don’t hold color the same way.”

BE SEDUCED BY FADS

Yves Saint Laurent’s black lip gloss may be sold out, but that doesn’t mean you should try it. At this age, “you know if something doesn’t work for you.”

50s

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GO FOR THE GLOW

A deeper foundation color and blush will “warm up the skin and make you look younger,” Lintner says.

WEAR NATURAL EYE MAKEUP

Keep eyes fresh-looking with brown eyeliner instead of black—and stick to no more than one coat of mascara.

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STOP WEARING MAKEUP

“A lot of women have it drilled into them that less is more, but no! You still need makeup, just with a lighter touch.”

POWDER YOUR CHEEKS

“It makes you look like you’re wearing a mask,” says Linter.

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