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9. Learn Your Lines
You notice:
The etchings on and around your mouth grab your lipstick color, turning your smile into an aging hot spot.

Key moves: Matching your liner to your lipstick is the old-school approach — and it can age you. Colored pencils sometimes leave a telltale ring of liner after your lipstick is long gone. A more youthful approach: Define your lips with a clear or nude liner that's the same shade as your lips. Apply it around the perimeter, or over the entire mouth to fill lines. You'll get a slightly fuller effect by carefully placing the liner along the outermost border of your lips. Try Rimmel London Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner Definer in Natural ($6, drugstores).

10. Cue in to Color
You notice:
Dark lipstick looks too severe because it emphasizes less-than-full lips.

Key moves: If you still crave color, bright lipsticks are a better option than dark ones, which can spotlight thinning lips. "A rose-colored lipstick is flattering for women over 40," says Dempsey. Dab shimmer on top for a fuller look. You also can't go wrong with natural pinks and berries; they mimic the color of your lips when you were younger. Choose shiny or satiny finishes instead of mattes, which sink into lines. Try Clinique Vitamin C Lip Smoothie Antioxidant Lip Colour in Pink Me Up, Mango-thon, or Raisin the Bar ($17.50, department stores).

Makeup by the Decades

Makeup in Your 40s
Beauty icon:
Brooke Shields
Toss: Anything with chunky glitter
Keep: Lengthening mascara
Try: Boots Soothing & Calming Eye Base ($9, Target)

Makeup in Your 50s
Beauty icon:
Kim Cattrall
Toss: Harsh eye and lip liners
Keep: Rosy blush
Try: Victoria's Secret VS Makeup Soft Focus Liquid Foundation SPF 20 ($16, Victoria's Secret)

Makeup in Your 60s (and Up)
Beauty icon:
Lauren Hutton
Toss: Chalky, drying face powder
Keep: Shimmery eye shadow
Try: L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Anti-Aging Serum Lipcolour in Spicy Pink ($10, drugstores)

 

Originally published on November 13, 2009

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