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For hair color: "Years of dye jobs and overstyling with heated hair appliances means that your hair shafts get more porous and tend to break more easily in your 50s than they did when you were in your 20s," says colorist Eric Muroski. "This also means that your hair doesn't necessarily hold onto color as well as it used to. Keep your color bright and radiant with gloss treatments and sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners, and keep your hair overall healthy and supple with deep-conditioning treatments."
We recommend: Clairol Nice n' Easy Weekly Color Seal Conditioning Gloss ($2.99, drugstore.com), L'Oréal Everstrong Sulfate-Free Fortify System Reconstruct Shampoo ($5.97, walmart.com), and Alberto VO5 Hot Oil Shower Works Weekly Deep Conditioning Treatment ($5.99, drugstore.com).
For your wardrobe: "The perfect pieces for your closet in your 50s are those that will leave you looking classic, elegant, and yet still modern," said stylist Patrick Fields. "Something that I love for any woman who wishes she had her figure of yesteryear is a control top. [Editors' note: We recommend Hanes Smooth Illusions No Hose Moderate Control Mid-Thigh Smoother, $9.99, onehanesplace.com] It will smooth down any unwanted bulging and areas that aren't as tight as they used to be. Another key piece of fashion advice for women in their 50s is to play up your assets: If you have a small waist, highlight it with a wide belt. If your legs are still fab, work that shorter hemline!"
For makeup: "Streamlining your makeup look is key in your 50s," says makeup artist Landy Dean. "A little can go a long way, so you should be looking to do more with less. You don't need as much makeup as you did when you were 20, and that's a good thing!"