IN YOUR 20s
Unless you're an SPF slacker, your skin doesn't need much help - yet. "You're nestled between baby fat and fine lines," says Debra Jaliman, M.D., a New York City dermatologist. "Typically, acne is the only thing to plague a 20-something. If this is the case, see a dermatologist to avoid scarring." Makeup-wise, go wild: Your creaseless skin can pull off frosts and bright hues with abandon.
SUNSCREEN: Ward off sun damage now with a minimum of SPF 30, says Jali man.
MC RECOMMENDS: Prescribed Solutions Up the Anti SPF 30, $50.
CLEANSER: Wash twice a day for at least 30 seconds.
MC RECOMMENDS: Aveeno Clear Complexion Cleaner, $7.69.
DEFENSE AGAINST DISCOLORATION: A niacin cream will ease acne-induced blotchiness.
MC RECOMMENDS: Olay Definity Foaming Moisturizer, $27.99.
EXFOLIATOR: "Exfoliate once a day if youre prone to clogged pores," suggests Jaliman.
MC RECOMMENDS: Biore Pore Minimizing Exfoliator, $12.99.
MINERAL MAKEUP: "A light dusting of mineral makeup is all you need," says Kate Somerville, a Los Angelesbased celebrity facialist.
MC RECOMMENDS: Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup, $31.
HIGHLIGHTER: Play up your youthful, smooth skin with a dab of shimmer cream on your brow- and cheekbones, says Shalini Vadhera, founder of GlobalGoddess Beauty.
MC RECOMMENDS: Lola SkinLuminous Cream, $35.
BRIGHT PALETTES: "Smooth skin is the ideal canvas for brights," says Sonia Kashuk, who perfected Porizkovas make up for this story.
MC RECOMMENDS: Hard Candy Shadow Palette in Party Mix, $15; Maybelline Shiny-Licious Gloss, $5.99.