Makeup-Bag Must-Haves in Your 50s

“In your fifties, most women are in some stage of peri- [or plain old] menopause. And because fewer are using hormone replacement therapy, the side effects can be pretty dramatic,” says Amy Wechsler, MD, a consulting dermatologist for Chanel Skincare. “Two things that may affect your makeup: Your skin tends to be chronically dry, and it can heat up rapidly when you’re having a hot flash.” Your goal is to use products that won’t melt and smudge when your temperature spikes but that are still emollient enough to look and feel good on your parched complexion.

By Genevieve Monsma
Photograph: Todd Huffman

8. Creamy Lip Color Plus a Pencil 
Like the rest of your face, your lips need to be treated with products that are extra emollient. However, glosses and slick lipsticks are apt to bleed into the little lines around your mouth. To derail that, trace your mouth with a nude or rose lip liner, color in your lips, then top them off with a sheer, bright and creamy lip color. One dynamic duo: Chanel Le Crayon Lèvres in Beige No. 36 ($29; topped with Bobbi Brown Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15 ($23;, which comes in an array of candy colors.


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