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Gorgeous At Any Age

Experts evaluate the best makeup and skincare strategies for you — decade by decade.

In Your 40s

Your Skin:
Your tennis game may be better than ever, but your skin is losing its "bounce." Blame hormones and the beginning of collagen degradation. Loading up on peptide-rich creams is essential — as is using hydrating cleansers. You may even want to take the plunge with Botox or injectable fillers. Makeup artists suggest shifting into neutrals (as bright colors call attention to wrinkles) and plumping up lips and brows with nonsurgical tricks.

Your Maintenance:
Luxurious treatment creams: Splurge on vitamin-rich moisturizers.
MC recommends: Dove Pro-Age Neck and Chest Serum, $9.19; Clinique All About Eyes Rich, $27.50; L'Oréal Advanced Revita lift Lotion, $16.59.

Creamy cleanser: It's important to remove grime, of course, but opt for a hydrating cleanser to avoid stripping oils.
MC recommends: Dermalogica Essential Cleansing Solution, $28.50.

Your Makeup:
Hydrating facial blend: Creamy blushes and foundations soften lines and plump skin.
MC recommends: Sonia Kashuk Crème Blush Duo, $8.99; CoverGirl Advanced Radiance Foundation (it contains Olay lotion), $9.99.

Brow pencil and mascara: Both brows and lashes lose fullness after 40. Fatten them up with a chunky brow pencil and volumizing mascara.
MC recommends: Eliza's Eyes Brow Pencil, $20; CoverGirl VolumeExact Mascara, $6.99.

Lip plumper: Gravity is no friend to upper lips — they literally begin to invert in your 40s! Add definition with a nude pencil, then fill out the silhouette with a plumping gloss.
MC recommends: DuWop Lip Venom, $16; Revlon Color- Stay Lipliner, $7.49.

Light-reflecting makeup: "Just a little sheer, shimmery lotion mixed with foundation can restore luminosity," says Laura Geller, a New York City makeup artist.
MC recommends: Laura Geller Candlelight, $22.50.

Paulina: America's Ex-Top Model!

When Paulina Porizkova moans, "No one flirts with me anymore," photographer Alexei Hay smiles, knowing everyone in his studio has flirted with her all day, and the beauty icon is just being her ballsy old self. "Paulina's better than ever; if anything, you can appreciate her bone structure more now." says Hay, an industry veteran.

The famous bones and big hair, Porizkova's stock in trade for 27 years, are both still present. But, at 41, the first Eastern European supermodel and last "face" to be handpicked by the late Estée Lauder (in 1988) is no longer in the limelight, choosing instead the "normal" life of a rock-star wife (she's Mrs. Ric Ocasek, of The Cars), mother of two, and author.

Maybe spending the past five years writing her first novel, A Model Summer , about the good, bad, and ugly bits in her profession, was the catalyst for her frankness about aging. "I'm not terrified of it, but I'm not exactly pleased," she says. "At 16, I'd fly 36 hours to Tokyo for a job and look fine; today, if I sleep more than eight hours, my eyes are puffed out to here." She frets a bit about wrinkles and weight gain, all while helping herself to mashed potatoes and dismissing all exercise — beyond walking the dogs — as "boring." She's only a self-described control freak about SPF, and she's loyal to Patricia Wexler M.D. Daily Moisturizer and StriVectin. "Makeup reminds me of work, so I wear very little. I just try to use it effectively." Neutral shadow, hydrating foundation, moist lipcolor, nude lip liner — and a youthful glow is (nearly) restored.

Ah, youth. "I hope I'll always see beauty as a gift," Porizkova says. "It was given to me as a little girl, then snatched away as a teen when I was tall and flat-chested with glasses. Now, I feel it's being taken away again, bit by bit. And that's why I'm writing. I'm working on my other gifts now."

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