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TO CUT OR NOT TO CUT?
Stars like are defying the convention that women over 40 should cut their long hair. “Adventure at every age is important, and getting good hair is an easy step,” says Marco Santini, co-owner and stylist at ION Studio in Manhattan. “If you have beautiful and shiny hair as you age, keep it at a length that keeps it looking healthy.” Or if you feel like a change, cut away. “At every age,” he says, “it’s good to have a strong hairstylist to help you take an adventure into transformation that’s appropriate for you.”
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SCRUB AWAY THE YEARS
Showing skin on the red carpet is incentive enough for stars to give their bodies the same care that they give to their faces, and celebs like make the process a one-step affair with Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish, a Hollywood favorite that sloughs off the old to unveil skin’s newest layer while locking in moisture with softening oils.
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RAY OF LIGHT
Eternal youth might not come in a bottle, but there is one product that’s guaranteed to slow down the hands of time. “Not wearing sunscreen is the worst thing you can do for your skin,” says Dr. Fredric Brandt, who counts superstars like as clients. “The most important thing is to apply sunscreen every day – minimum SPF 30, rain or shine.” You can even fake a glow while you protect skin using a tinted product like dr brandt UV SPF 30 face tinted.
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Featuring must-have ingredients like hyaluronic acid that were previously reserved for skincare, star-loved brand Kérastase’s newest haircare system, Age Premium, helps women over 50 keep their locks as gorgeous as ever by battling fragility and porosity. And while stars like Goldie Hawn are already fans of Kérastase, 70% of women who tried out the new line, which includes a rejuvenating shampoo and masque rich with essential fatty acids and antioxidant, noticed visible improvement in hair density, volume and strength.
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“Bring attention to features by lightening them instead of darkening them,” suggests celebrity makeup artist, and Vanitymark founder Brett Freedman, who works with celebs like , Patricia Heaton and . “It’s really nice and younger looking.” Brett suggests trying a champagne shimmer shadow confined just above the lash line. “It just gives the vibe that’s open and fresh – not dark.”
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With stars like seeking out her services for red carpet events like the Golden Globes, celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann knows how to keep hands in flawlessly ageless condition. Her favorite tip to pass along to star clients? End your morning and night beauty regimens by rubbing the remaining anti-aging facial moisturizer that s left on fingers onto the backs of hands, finishing with cuticles.
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LOVE YOUR LAYERS
Want a hairstyle that plays up your assets while stealthily hiding flaws? “Keep layers long and soft falling around collarbone,” suggests hairstylist Patrick Melville of the namesake salon, who works with stars such as Molly Sims. “I call it my ‘short-long haircut,’ which allows you to wear the hair up as well as down. It’s great for a woman who wants to make a dramatic change without losing all the hair. If your forehead’s a problem area, try a shag do: “Fringes work fantastic for hiding a numerous amount of flaws, such as sagging skin and wrinkles.” he says.
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PLAY UP YOUR ASSETS
Still have a great complexion like Joan Allen? Take a cue from her glamorous look at the SAG Awards created by Tarte celebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbow, who played up the star’s gorgeous skin. I wanted to create a soft, bronzed complexion with a hint of flush, says Tina who suggests starting with a natural cheek stain like the Tarte Flower Child that she used on the star, followed by a dusting of Mineral Powder Bronzer in shimmery gold Park Ave Princess.
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PRIME & PROPER
Stars like Beyoncé might not yet have wrinkles, but women of every age can keep their complexions flawless with one simple, instantly skin-smoothing product, says makeup artist, Jackie Gomez. “Before applying makeup, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by using a primer, she says. “It fills in the fine lines, wrinkles and pores, leaving your skin amazingly smooth.”
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GET SERIOUS WITH YOUR SERUM
Keeping skin starved for vitamins is a recipe for premature aging. SkinCeuticals’ famed products, whose celebrity devotees include , build up skin’s barriers with cutting-edge anti-free-radical fighting science. Applying the brand’s CE Ferulic before your moisturizer provides skin with eight times its natural protection against environmental damage with superpower ferulic acid, which doubles their potency of antioxidants C and E.
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PLUMP UP THE VOLUME
“Hydration must come from both within and from the surface,” says dermatologist Dr. Hadley King of the key to keeping skin supple. She recommends a dual line-of-attack, which involves drinking eight to 10 glasses of water per day, and creating a shield that locks in that H2O with regular applications of moisturizer.
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LET YOUR MOISTURIZER DO THE WORK
Stars like Felicity Huffman know French women are onto something special when they use Darphin’s luxe beauty must-haves – including the brand’s Stimulskin Plus Divine Lifting. While the super-luxe cream comes with a superstar price tag to match, the product tackles aging’s tell-tale with an all-in-one formula that promises to lift, lighten and hydrate in one jar.
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CREATE A BASE
Foundation might give skin an even finish, but as women with lines know, it can also have age-enhancing drawbacks. “I recommend using a powder foundation with matte finish rather than liquid foundation,” says makeup artist Jackie Gomez, whose top choice is Elizabeth Arden Pure Mineral Powder Foundation. Why powder? “The reason [is] that liquid foundations tend to settle and crease when applied over wrinkles.”
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ENERGIZE YOUR EYES
“An eye cream should do more than moisturize,” says dermatologist Dr. Fredric Brandt. “It should protect the delicate skin from free radical damage, treat fine lines, dark circles and reduce puffiness.” And composition is key: “Check the ingredients in your eye cream to make sure that it contains caffeine – this ingredient helps constrict blood vessels and reduces the appearance of dark circles.” Celebs like are already fans of the doctor’s own skincare lines, and we love his triple-peptide flaws no more r3p eye.