20s: Skin and Makeup
Lucky for us, just because summer is over doesn't mean you have to retire your favorite vibrant shades for the season. "Color is still in!" says Makeup Forever West Coast educator David Hernandez. Just be careful what you do with that color: Pick an area you want to punch up and mute the rest. Try a bright lip, like Color Burst Lip Butter in Candy Apple. If it's the eyes you're kicking up, go for NARS Palladium Soft Touch Shadow Pencil paired with your favorite sheer gloss like Essence XXXL Shine in Rising Star.
When it comes to your skin, you should be taking preventive measures to ward off aging and spots from sun damage, says celebrity skin-care guru Sonya Dakar. Start early with a two-in-one foundation and SPF like Hissyfit Saving Face.
Revlon Color Burst, $7.49; ulta.com
NARS Pallidum Soft Touch Shadow Pencil, $24; sephora.com
Hissyfit Saving Face, $29; dermstore.com
Essence XXXL Shine in Rising Star, $1.99; ulta.com
If you have long hair, you'll want to pump up the volume this fall, says celebrity hairstylist Jessica Tingley. To do this, blow-dry hair upside down using a root-lifting spray like mark Mega Volume Root Lifting Spray with Geranium. Flip your head back when your hair is dry and tease the base of your hair all over, not just the crown. For those with short hair, take a little more length off for this season's trendiest cut the pixie.
Pantene Pro-V Fine Hair Style Root Lifter Spray Hair Gelm, $3.99; pgestore.com
30s: Skin and Makeup
"Keep this tidbit in mind as you age," says Pur Minerals resident makeup artist Jackie Gomez: "The older you get, the more natural you want to look." Play up a smoky eye by mixing light and dark shades with a palette like Chanel Les 4 Ombres Smoky Eye or L'Oréal Studio Secrets Professional Color Smokes in Blackened Smokes. Top off the look with a classic red lip like Illamasqua's Lipstick in Maneater.
To nip early signs of aging, Hernandez recommends using a hyaluronic acid like Makeup Forever HD Elixr to keep your skin hydrated and radiant. To strip off dead skin, Dakar suggests exfoliating but stay away from invasive ingredients like glycolic acid so you don't cause any added irritation. Try Flash Facial Exfoliating Gel for a gentle peptide treatment three times a week.
Chanel Les 4 Ombres Smoky Eye, $56; chanel.com
L'Oréal Studio Secrets Professional Color Smokes in Blackened Smokes, $7.49; walgreens.com
Illamasqua Lipstick in Maneater, $22; sephora.com
Makeup Forever HD Elixr, $38; sephora.com
Flash Facial Exfoliating Gel, $95; sonyadakarclinic.com
Keeping your look fresh is important, says Tingley. Long hair is still considered sexy, but it's time to give it some movement and volume with layers.
The big updo of the season is a Bridget Bardot-inspired style easy to create at home. Tease your crown and twist your hair into French braid. Secure with bobby pins and pull out some face-framing pieces for a quick, sophisticated look.
40s: Skin and Makeup
This is the period in your life when you should be taking the time out of your day to do your makeup, Hernandez says. In order to create the illusion of depth, it's important to contour and highlight in a soft, subtle way. Use a bronzer-blush duo like Pur Minerals Perfectly Natural Pink Marble Powder. Gomez says to switch it up by keeping the eyes light with a pastel palette, and pairing pink cheeks with a neutral lip. To lighten up, opt for Givenchy Le Prisme Pastel Model paired with Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Blushed Rose.
To counteract gravity when it comes to your skin, Dakar suggests splurging once a month on an LED treatment. For a thriftier option, try CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer before putting on your makeup.
Pur Minerals Perfectly Natural Pink Marble Powder, $23.50; purminerals.com
Givenchy Le Prisme Pastel Model, $53; sephora.com
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks $25; visit bobbibrowncosmetics.com
CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer, $13.99; ulta.com
If you haven't already, it might be time to find yourself a great colorist, says Tingley. With a few face-framing highlights and some layers placed strategically, you won't be forced to resort to the soccer-mom bob. If a salon visit isn't in your busy schedule, try at-home highlights with these tips.
50s and Beyond: Skin and Makeup
This is when you want your makeup to look as natural as possible, says Gomez. Using neutral tones on your eyes will naturally contour your face. Play around with Too Faced Naked Eye Collection to keep a muted look paired with a deep red lip like Mary Kay Crème Lipstick in Boysenberry.
If you see fine lines beginning to set in, use a skin-care formula with vitamin C, like La Roche Posay Derm AOX, which helps slow the aging process, diminishes wrinkles, and firms up skin.
Too Faced Naked Eye Collection, $35; ulta.com
Mary Kay Crème Lipstick in Boysenberry, $13; marykay.com
La Roche Posay Derm AOX, $55; laroche-posay.us
50s and Beyond: Hair
If you've always had long hair, it's perfectly fine to keep it that way. Just make sure you bring the length up somewhere past the shoulders, recommends Tingley. If you want to perk your eyes up, start by getting a few layered pieces above the cheekbone. Once you enter your 60s, you can go for trends but you should also know what classic style looks works for you.