Sporting the season’s “it” polish can be as confidence boosting as a good hair day—and make you feel current at any age. To see for yourself, try of-the-moment teal: Dior Vernis Nail Duo in Samba ($29; macys.com), Essie Nail Polish in Naughty Nautical ($8; essie.com) or YSL Nail Lacquer in Vert D’Orient ($25; nordstrom.com).
Save face (and space) with one product that hydrates, blocks UV rays—and fights fine lines. Got oily or combination skin? Go for Perricone MD Photo Plasma ($69; perriconemd.com). For normal to dry skin, try Algenist UV Defense Fluid ($38; sephora.com).
A fast fix for sallow skin is bronzer—and Almay Smart Shade Bronzer ($12; drugstores) is a universally flattering mix of copper and peach. In your 60s? We lose up to 20 percent of our skin’s pigment each decade, peaking in paleness at about 70. So for you, bronzer may be beneficial year-round.
Less is more in the summer, so BB (short for beauty balm) creams, which provide sheer coverage, treat aging skin and provide SPF, may be preferable to full-coverage foundations. Three we like: Dr. Brandt BB Matte Cream ($39;sephora.com) absorbs excess oil; Diorskin Nude Tan BB Crème ($44;sephora.com) warms pale skin; and Aveeno Clear Complexion BB Cream ($17;drugstores) contains soy to combat sun damage. In your 30s? BB creams work especially well on smooth skin (like yours) that requires minimal camouflage.
Stress jacks up cortisol levels, and cortisol accelerates aging. So while nothing beats an actual vacation, spritzing on these scents should take the edge off your angst. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess ($60;esteelauder.com) is beachy, thanks to jasmine, vanilla and coconut milk. Crabtree & Evelyn Somerset Meadow Perfume Gel ($18; crabtreeevelyn.com) conjures an afternoon in the English countryside. And Armani Acqua di Gioia ($58;sephora.com) is a breezy blend of jasmine and grapefruit. In your 40s? Start spritzing; studies show lifetime stress levels reach their peak at 46.
When you have no time to deal with resurgent grays, Color Wow Root Cover Up ($35; ulta.com) will help you hide them. Comes in four water-resistant shades. In your 60s? Three quarters of you are fighting gray growth, making this miracle powder a must-have.
Woke up at 3 am...again? A coat of blue mascara camouflages chronic fatigue by making the whites of your eyes appear brighter. Chanel Inimitable Mascara in Blue Note ($30;chanel.com) and Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effect Faux Cils Baby Doll in Audacious Blue ($30;yslbeautyus.com) are true blues that work well swiped on over your regular mascara, while Smashbox Photo Op Eye Brightening Mascara ($20; smashbox.com) mixes black and blue pigment for you.
These troubleshooters instantly eliminate age-related issues. Get rid of unwanted facial fuzz (a by-product of hormonal fluctuations) with the Veet Hair Removal Kit ($7; drugstores), a cream hair remover that’s safe for sensi-tive skin. Benefit Gimme Brow ($22; benefitcosmetics.com) makes brows look denser, thanks to tinted thickening fibers, which cling to existing hairs. Add radiance to dull skin with odor-free Jergens Natural Glow Face Moisturizer ($9; drugstores); it will perk up your complexion without that cloying self-tanner smell. And avoid a hot-flash-induced makeup meltdown with Mary Kay Makeup Finishing Spray ($18; marykay.com)—it’s heatproof.
A new, age-appropriate trend: textured lacquer. One of our favorites: OPI’s Bond Girls Liquid Sand Collection, which gives nails a pebbled finish plus a hint of glint. Sparkly white OPI Solitaire is flattering on fair skin, pale-blue OPI Tiffany Case suits all skin tones, and shimmering gold OPI Honey Ryder works well on dark skin ($9 each; ulta.com). In your 50s? Almost all of us battle ridges (the wrinkles of the nail world) during this decade, and these textured polishes conceal them with style.
Summer can wreak havoc on aging strands, so everyone (even the fine haired) needs extra TLC. The best way to prevent seasonal damage? A daily drop of leave-in conditioner. For fine to normal hair, try Nioxin Rejuvenating Elixir ($15; nioxin.com); for dry, thick or coarse hair, try Alterna Caviar CC Cream ($25; sephora.com).
Equal parts sheer tint and moisture, these color-balm hybrids go on smoothly and are a must for dry, flaky lips. Try Clarins Crystal Balm in Mandarin and Berry ($26; clarins.com) or Josie Maran Argan Lipstick in Coral and Fuchsia ($22; sephora.com). In your 30s? Your lips are stillfully pigmented (lucky duck), allowing you to pull off sheer formulas with aplomb.
Turn the clock back on dry, callused soles with Baby Foot ($25; beautysage.com), gel-filled socks infused with exfoliating ingredients. Wear for an hour to start slough-ing that lasts up to two weeks. In your 50s? Your feet deserve the break; at this point in your life, you’ve walked about 75,000 miles.
When your face isn’t cleansed properly, grime stretches pores, inhibits dead-skin-cell shedding and prevents anti-aging treatments from pene-trating. One thorough sudser for dry skin, Murad Renewing Cleansing Oil ($32; murad.com); another for normal to oily skin, Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Exfoliant ($32;fresh.com).
And Oribe Thick Dry Finishing Spray ($37;oribe.com) is like dry shampoo on steroids, inflating limp hair instantly. In your 40s? Stock up. During this decade, most of us see up to a 20 percent decrease in hair’s density.
Sonia Kashuk Kiss on the Cheek Lip and Cheek Palette ($15; target.com) offers four vibrant cream colors that work on cheeks and lips, imparting that natural flush that’s so appealing in healthy, under-20 skin.
Wearing SPF is the most effective anti-aging habit you can cultivate, and Shiseido is here to make it simple. Inspired by the brand’s Sun Oil and Beauty Cake from the 1960s, these cute Shiseido Sun Protection Compact Foundation Cases ($36; shiseido.com) house pressed powder foundations packed with antioxidants and SPF 34.
These lip crayons are nondrying, with a youthful tint that gleams like gloss without being sticky—and won’t budge in steamy weather. Try Clinique Chubby Stick in Oversized Orange ($17; clinique.com), Dior Jelly Lip Pen in Gaia ($26; dior.com) or CoverGirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Ruby Twist ($8; covergirl.com).
Pink gloss is the little black dress of makeup, working well at all ages. It amplifies your lips, brightens your face and, because it’s sheer, doesn’t bleed. Try Lancôme Gloss in Love ($27; lancome-usa.com), Bare Minerals Moxie in Show Off ($18; bareminerals.com) or Jane Iredale PureGloss in Sugar Plum ($24; shop.janeiredale.com).
Black liner can make anyone over 35 look harsh. A better bet for nights out? Swap black liner for deep blue. Try Lorac Pro Metallic Cream Eyeliner in Cobalt ($19;ulta.com), Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow in Blue Bay ($34; chanel.com), Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof Eyeliner in Blue Oasis ($26; lancome-usa.com) or Elizabeth Arden Bold EyePencil in Iridescent Teal ($20; elizabetharden.com)