This Is What 30, 40, 50, 60 Looks Like

Meet 16 women ages 34 to 67 who have never looked or felt better than they do right now. Here, we spill their look-better-with-age secrets (and 36 must-have products!) to glowing skin, enviable hair, a great sense of style and strong, healthy bodies

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Dawn Shapiro, 39, Vice President and Group Partner at Universal McCann, a Global Advertising Agency

On how her job has benefited her face “One of my clients is a big skin-care company, so I’ve had exposure to research and development and have gained an understanding of what makes a good product. Happily, I’ve learned that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to get effective skin-care products.”

 

On why she is aging well “I started taking care of my skin, seeing a dermatologist regularly and staying out of the sun earlier than most. I had my first basal cell carcinoma at 19, which was a wake-up call.”

 

On her at-home routine “I use Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Cleanser in the morning and Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleansing Oil at night. During the day I apply Neova DNA Total Repair, followed by Neutrogena Pure and Free Liquid SPF 50. About three nights a week, I use Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer. Other nights I just fall into bed after washing my face.”

 

On prevention “Sunscreen is the number-one way I stave off damage.”

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Dawn's Skin Saver 1

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleansing Oil ($25; philosophy.com)

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Dawn's Skin Saver 2

Neova DNA Total Repair ($99; neova.com)

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Dawn's Skin Saver 3

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night ($20; drugtores)

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Mara Brock Akil, 42, Writer and Producer for TV shows such as "Cougar Town" and "Being Mary Jane"

On embracing her imperfections “I have stretch marks on my body from having two kids, and I’ve gotten some skin tags on my face. But I am loved by a good man, and he makes me feel good—so I’m not as hard on myself anymore. I aim to love all aspects of my skin.”

 

On skin care you can’t bottle “I think the way I live affects the way I look. I’ve been cutting toxic people out of my life, and I’ve stopped being such a people pleaser. I feel better, and my skin shows it.”

 

On being efficient “I get facials twice a year at the Kinara Spa in Los Angeles and get a new skin-care prescription then. That way I’m certain what I’m doing is best for my skin right now rather than guessing and buying products I don’t need.”

 

On taking care of her skin below the neck “I apply body lotion diligently every morning. My staple is Kiehl’s Creme de Corps, and when I want to indulge, I add in a little Santa Maria Novella Jojoba Oil.”

 

On the sleep-skin connection “I prioritize sleep, and nothing makes skin look better than being well rested. I strive for eight hours a night, I sleep in on the weekends, and I take naps. I would rather sleep than eat something sweet; to me, sleep is delicious.”

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Mara Skin Saver 1

Kiehl’s Creme De Corps ($11–$75; kiehls.com)

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Mara Skin Saver 2

Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream ($37; dermstore.com)

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Mara Skin Saver 3

Kinara Purifying Cleansing Gel ($42; kinaraspa.com)

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Yasmina Rossi, 51

Photographer

 

On being 51:

"I feel more at peace than I did 10 years ago. I’ve realized that everything around me is a source of teaching. This is aging, and I enjoy it."

 

On gray hair:

"My hair started turning gray when I was 12 and was salt-and-pepper by the time I hit 20. I never colored it, because I knew it was my best asset."

 

On creativity:

"When I work with my hands, I feel in touch with my soul. I started making jewelry two years ago. My designs are very ethnic, with turquoise, coral and shells reminiscent of my childhood on Corsica."

 

On eating well:

"I’m drawn to colorful foods like tomatoes, pink grapefruits and spinach. I like putting beauty and life into my body-I feel it shows on the outside."

 

On photography:

"I love being behind the camera. I did my first self-portrait in the Texas desert. When I’m in huge surroundings, I feel huge inside."

Ari Michelson

Yasmina Skin Saver 1

May Lindstrom the Youth Dew Serum ($120; maylindstrom.com)

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Yasmina Skin Saver 2

L’Occitane Divine Cream ($102; usa.loccitane.com)

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Yasmina Skin Saver 3

Aethic Sôvée Sunscreen SPF 15($62; aethic.com)

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Laura Forman, 60, Sculptor, Painter and Illustrator

On her simple approach “I probably shouldn’t admit it, but for years I used just soap and water on my face. After I turned 50, I finally upgraded. Now I use CeraVe cleanser and a washcloth, and in the morning I follow it with a sunscreen with SPF 60. At night I use La Roche–Posay Nutritic Cream for Dry Skin.”

 

On her natural, fresh face “I am a minimalist in all aspects of my beauty routine. I really don’t wear much makeup. In fact, until about a year ago, I didn’t even own mascara. I’ve only very recently become aware of any signs of aging on my face or felt incentivized to do much more than wash and go.”

 

On her (shh!) skin-care secret “I have been studying mindfulness meditation for some time, and it has been remarkable. Perhaps that’s why I’ve been lucky with my skin. The meditation has been scientifically shown to shrink the amygdala, the fight-or-flight part of the brain. This allows you to stay calmer, even in stressful situations—and they do say stress is aging.”

 

On when her skin looks best “When I am happy and at peace—and this most reliably happens when I’ve just spent time outdoors, connecting with nature. It’s my mother’s legacy to me: As a young child, I was taught to love and find solace in the natural world, and I find that as I age, I am returning more and more to that quiet, simple way of being.”

Ari Michelson

Laura's Skin Saver 1

CeraVe hydrating cleanser ($11; drugstores)

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Laura's Skin Saver 2

La Roche–Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid ($30; drugstores)

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Laura's Skin Saver 3

La Roche–Posay Nutritic Cream for Dry Skin  ($26; drugstores)

 

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Ellen Nguyen, 34, Senior Art Director of Global Branding at Smashbox Cosmetics

On her defining tress trait “I’ve never not had bangs. I got them cut when I was five and have had them ever since. Without bangs, I don’t look like myself.”

 

On her hair hurdle “My hair is thick and gets puffy unless I use leave-in conditioner.”

 

On her mane mistake “In junior high, I got a perm because my older sister had one. My hair was short at the time, so it shrank up, and I looked like an Oompa Loompa.”

 

On her bad-hair-day antidote “When my hair’s listless and just hanging there, I put it up in a high ballerina bun. I’m so glad this look is in style.”

 

On her desert-island must-have “My T3 Veloce dryer; my hair has some wave, and if I don’t blow-dry the front, my bangs won’t lie flat.”

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Ellen's Mane Must-Have 1

Bumble and Bumble leave in conditioner ($24; bumbleandbumble.com)

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Ellen's Mane Must-Have 2

T3 Veloce Dryer ($99; sephora.com)

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Ellen's Mane Must-Have 3

Bumble and Bumble seaweed shampoo and conditioner( $21 and up; bumbleandbumble.com)

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Esi Eggleston Bracy, 42, Vice President and General Manager of Global Cosmetics at Procter & Gamble

On being a style chameleon “What has changed most about my looks over the years has been my hair. It’s been brown, blonde, long—and nearly shaved off. I’ve had my current look, blonde with tiny twists, for about three and a half years.”

 

On mane maintenance “I get my hair done once a month; my stylist trims it, colors it and twists it, which takes up to three hours. But my daily routine is simple. I just wrap a scarf around my hair before I sleep, then take it off and fluff in the morning.”

 

On her hair mantra “Work your hair; don’t let it work you. This is why I’ve settled on a style that’s so easy to do. My life is crazy busy.” On sudsing up “African-American girls are taught not to shampoo every day. Once a week is the maximum. I still adhere to this.”

 

On a scary-hair-day solution “I pray. Then I rewet my hair a bit and scrunch in a little of Miss Jessie’s Curly Buttercreme.”

Ari Michelson

Esi's Mane Must-Have 1

Pantene Truly Relaxed intense Moisturizing Shampoo ($5; drugstores)

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Esi's Mane Must-Have 2

Miss Jessie’s Curly Buttercreme ($32; missjessies.com)

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Esi's Mane Must-Have 3

 

3 Pantene truly Relaxed moisturizing Conditioner ($5; drugstores)

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Gillean McLeod, 57, Fashion Stylist and Designer

On why she doesn’t dye “In my forties, my hair started to become whiter and whiter—and better and better. I actually can’t believe how lucky I am. The silvery color is so much chicer than the strawberry blonde I had all through my twenties and thirties.”

 

On her simple regimen “I really don’t do that much day to day. I try to avoid shampoos with sulfates, and since I swim a lot, I use a special swimmer’s shampoo afterward to get rid of the chlorine. I also use coconut oil as a post-swim treatment: I put in about a tablespoon, slick my hair back into a ponytail and rinse the oil out a couple of hours later.”

 

On keeping up with a short length “I’m actually not that good about getting my hair cut. I do it only about every two to three months. So I’ve opted for a style that grows in well.”

 

On frizz fighting “My hair does have a little natural wave and can get fuzzy when it’s humid, so I carry argan oil with me and just tame it with a few drops as needed. I get the oil at a health food store; my hairstylist introduced me to it.”

Ari Michelson

Gillean's Mane Must-Have 1

Mason Pearson Pocket Brush ($88; beauty.com)

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Gillean's Mane Must-Have 2

365 Coconut Oil ($10; Whole Foods stores)

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Gillean's Mane Must-Have 3

Argan Oil, such as John Masters ($38; johnmasters.com)

Sandra Lucas, 67, Actress

On finally taming her tresses “My hair has always been the boss of me. When I was younger, I struggled to style it—it was just so thick, and there was so much of it. But I went through a tough time emotionally about five years ago and lost hair. The happy result of that very unhappy time is that my hair became more manageable.”

 

On her aversion to shampoo “I loathe washing my hair. It looks best with its own oils built up in it. So I shampoo it just once a week or so. In between, I freshen up by spritzing in dry shampoo.”

 

On her multitonal hue “I stopped coloring my hair about 20 years ago when this white streak at the front started growing in. Surprisingly, that is the only place the white ever showed up; the rest of my hair eventually turned a dark gray. Now I also have a golden-blonde streak that runs through the front, thanks to a yellow-tinted oil I applied to my hair and left on overnight. It stained the white, and my colorist says I’ll just have to grow it out. Let that be a lesson to anyone with silver hair: Avoid yellow products!”

 

On when her hair looks best “When I wake up in the morning and it’s all tousled. I run my fingers through it—and often that’s all the styling I’ll do. The truth is, I’ve been blessed with good hair. Thanks, Mom; thanks, Dad.”

Ari Michelson

Sandra's Mane Must-Have 1

 Enjoy hydrating Shampoo and Contitioner ($20 and up; enjoyhaircare.com for salons)

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Sandra's Mane Must-Have 2

Redken Shine Flash Glistening Mist ($18; redken.com for salons)

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Sandra's Mane Must-Have 3

Clairol Shimmer Lights Shampoo ($8; drugstores)

 

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Rachel Roy, 39, Fashion Designer

On her personal style “Classic with a twist. I’m most comfortable in simple, timeless silhouettes, but I like a bit of edginess to make the look unique to me.”

 

On good tailoring “Spend a little extra to get your clothes properly tailored. You will feel more confident in clothes that fit well—and it’s worth the cost. Better to own three amazing pieces that fit perfectly than a closetful of just-OK items.”

 

On her dressing guidelines “I believe in balance. With tight leather pants, I wear an oversize men’s shirt. Baggy pants look best with a tight turtleneck. Even in this outfit [photo above], I chose deep-plum Manolo Blahnik shoes to balance the vivid pink dress.”

 

On what I’m wearing “I picked this bright color because it energizes me and everyone I meet—and I get to carry that good energy with me all day. My necklace is from Jennifer Meyer, and it is engraved with my daughters’ names.”

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Rachel's Top Beauty Buy 1

Estée Lauder nail lacquer in Pure Red ($20; esteelauder.com)

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Rachel's Top Beauty Buy 2

Chanel No. 5 body lotion ($50; chanel.com)

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Rachel's Top Beauty Buy 3

Jo Malone red roses cologne ($55; jomalone.com

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June Ambrose, 41, Stylist to Stars like Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys

On three words that describe her style “Daring. Sassy. Classy.”

 

On why she’s not the uniform type “Never! I always prefer to be unpredictable and uncontrived.”

 

On my big spring project “I created a shoe collection for HSN that will inject energy into a closetful of classic clothes. The shoes are all wearable and versatile, but each pair has been designed with an unexpected twist to liven up your look.” [In the photo above, June is wearing Onassis wedges, $90 from her HSN collection.]

 

On her one conservative concession “When it comes to jewelry, I like timeless pieces such as my diamond studs. I collect cuffs. I might wear chandelier earrings to the opera, but in general I prefer simple jewelry. I make style punctuations in other places.”

 

On her signature accessory “I am known for wearing a super-high heel. I am vertically challenged, so I love a six-inch shoe from designer Charlotte Olympia. It gives me confidence.”

 

On her beauty routine “I’m somewhat makeup illiterate, but I’ve learned. My everyday staples are false lashes, tinted moisturizer and a little bronzer. And I’m big on what I call glama-flage: hat, big sunglasses and turbans. They hide a whole host of sins.”

Ari Michelson

June's Top Beauty Buy 1

 

1  False lashes, custom cut by her makeup artist

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June's Top Beauty Buy 2

Urban Decay naked skin foundation ($39; sephora.com

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June's Top Beauty Buy 3

Nars bronzing powder in casino($36; sephora.com)

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Angelina Chen, 52, Senior Director of Circa in New York and Hong Kong

On her style mantra “Aim to look simple, elegant and effortless.”

 

On her favorite labels “Calvin Klein, Prada, Céline—and Zara.” On what she’s never without “I have four watches, and I rotate them to match the jewelry I’m wearing.”

 

On outfit selection “I look at my calendar to select what to wear. For example, if I will be running between appointments, I favor my Valentino shoes [in photo above] because they have a low heel and I can get around without pain.”

 

On what you wear now that you couldn’t at 25 “I wear more fine jewelry than I did then. And serious pieces look more appropriate at this age.”

 

On her favorite recent purchase “I splurged on a pair of diamond drop earrings [in photo above], and I wear them during the day, which is unexpected.”

 

On how her style has changed “When I reached 40, all the clutter of youth had to go. My look has been simplified ever since. I gravitate toward investment pieces now—things to last me at least three seasons.”

Ari Michelson

Angelina's Top Beauty Buy 1

Shiseido accentuating cream eyeliner in black ($26; shiseido.com)

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Angelina's Top Beauty Buy 2

Chantecaille lipstick in trillium($34; chantecaille.com)

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Angelina's Top Beauty Buy 3

Bulgari jasmin noir($98; sephora.com)

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Jaclyn Smith, 67, Actress and Fashion and Beauty Entrepreneur

On not messing with a good thing “I have always been into classic, comfortable clothes. If it doesn’t feel good, I’m not going to wear it.”

 

On her signature outfit “I am a Texas girl, and I feel most comfortable in jeans or leggings paired with a sweater or T-shirt. I have dozens of pairs of jeans—from my own line and also Current/Elliott, J Brand, Rag and Bone. And I love Balenciaga leggings.”

 

On one fashion mistake she’s made “When my kids were small, we were always racing around, running late. And I never took the time to change my purse. I carried the same bag, jammed full of kid stuff, around with me every day. I’m sure I ruined many an outfit that way.”

 

On meaningful baubles “Most of my jewelry was given to me by loved ones, and it tells the story of my life. My mother gave me a necklace with two diamonds to represent my two kids, and I wear it almost daily.”

 

On what she’s retired—and revived “My tank-tops-and-short-shorts days are over. But I do think I look better in leggings now than I did in my twenties; I fill them out better.”

 

On her biggest indulgence “Handbags. Perhaps because I once didn’t appreciate purses enough, I now love them. I have some beautiful Céline bags, I adore the Hermès Kelly, and I just got a tiny cream-colored Chanel.”

Ari Michelson

Jaclyn's Top Beauty Buy 1

Giorgio Armani luminous silk foundation ($60; giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com)

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Jaclyn's Top Beauty Buy 2

OPI Nail lacquer In Don’t Burst My Bubble($9; ulta.com)

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Jaclyn's Top Beauty Buy 3

Guerlain L’art et La Matiére, cuir beluga eau de parfum ($250; nordstrom.com

 

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Angela Davis, 37, Soulcyle Instructor and Former Professional Runner

On growing up an athlete “I ran track in college, then professionally. I was on the 2000 U.S. world-championship team.”

 

On her weight wake-up “My first year in college, I was still training, but I went from 117 pounds to 140. This taught me being lean was not a given; I had to watch what I ate as well.”

 

On weight loss 2.0 “In 2004 I stopped competing, then I got married and had two kids. When my second son turned one, I was carrying 40 extra pounds. It was then that I committed to exercising an hour a day and having lots of veggies and protein, plus a gallon of water daily. It took me six months to get it all off.”

 

On her regimen now “Each week I teach 12 Spin classes at SoulCycle, and I take yoga once or twice. I also eat only lean protein, plus raw veggies three times a day. When I do fall off the wagon, I just remind myself of the direct link between what I eat and how my body responds.”

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Mary Strong, 40, Sports Broadcaster and Owner of the Green Yogi Studio

On the fun side of fitness “I’ve played beach volleyball all my life—I was even a professional player for a while—and still enjoy it. For me it’s not about getting a hard body; it’s fun and makes me happy.”

 

On making time for exercise “Each week I look at my calendar and write in when I will exercise. Making time to work out gives you more energy, so you can get everything else on your calendar done.”

 

On finding yoga “I took a yoga class in college, and it changed my life. I became committed to the practice and opened my own studio three years ago.”

 

On fitness now “I think it ages you to overdo it. Now I only do workouts that bring me joy, like yoga or volleyball, and my body has actually become slimmer.”

 

On her eating philosophy “I am moving toward a more vegan diet, and I lost 10 pounds. My skin looks better, too!”

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Sandy Hill, 58, Mountaineer and author of "Mountain: Portraits of High Places"

On the myth of Gidget “I grew up in Northern California in the 1960s, when surfer girls were the girlfriends of surfer boys; they didn’t get on boards themselves. So I climbed mountains instead. The peaks were accessible, and girls were allowed.”

 

On surfing at last “I moved to Southern California a couple of years ago, and now I surf often. Even losing the tip of my finger in a surfing accident last year hasn’t diminished my enthusiasm.”

 

On aging well “Two years ago, I started working out at a CrossFit gym, and now I’m stronger and have more endurance than I did in my thirties.”

 

On making like a cavewoman “I follow the Paleolithic diet, which says not to eat anything we wouldn’t have [been able to find] 10,000 years ago. So I subsist on seeds, nuts, veggies, fruit and game meat. I rarely stray, though I do allow myself tequila and Mast Brothers Chocolate.”

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Joan Siffert, 67, Nonprofit Fund Raiser, Gym Regular

On consistency “I do anaerobic strength training—kettlebell swings, squats, the plank position—three days a week with trainer Ed Cashin at Exceed Physical Culture, a gym he co-owns in Manhattan. I’ve worked out with Ed for 20 years and some years saw him more than others. But I never stopped altogether, which has made all the difference.”

 

On staying strong “Working out with Ed helps me maintain muscle mass as I age, which I believe keeps my metabolism efficient.”

 

On self-love “When I was younger, I wasn’t grateful for what I had, but today I am. Meditation and kundalini yoga helped me view my body in a new way.”

 

On eating well “I am mostly a vegetarian; I do eat some fish and chicken. I went vegan a few years back at my daughter’s suggestion, but I gained weight. When I asked my daughter how she was avoiding that, she said, ‘Oh, Mom, I gave up veganism months ago.’ So that was the end of that.”

 

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