In Your 20s
In Your 20s
You’re blessed with effortlessly glowing, supple skin so preservation is the name of the game. Sun protection is more important now than at any other time of your life so use a good sunscreen, preferably with zinc. Don’t rely on the SPF in your cosmetics-those are chemical sunscreens that don’t offer enough photostability.
What the Experts SayFreida Pinto’s skincare expert, Sunday Riley, says it’s critical to wash your face before bed, especially if you struggle with acne. “Leaving makeup, sweat and pollution on the skin overnight leads to breakouts and dirty skin build-up,” explains Riley. “It’s common to want to dry acne out, but excessive drying leads to inflammation and ultimately more breakouts. Try a lightweight lactic acid moisturizer to rid the skin of excess debris and regulate oil production,” she says. We like Riley's Good Genes treatment ($105; sundayriley.com).
This is the last stop on the train for the fun stuff, so don’t be afraid to experiment with glitter-within reason! Glide a sparkly pencil across your lower lash line, try pops of neon and highlight-don’t hide-your flawless skin by using a lightweight, tinted moisturizer instead of foundation.
The Experts Say “This is the time to learn the true undertone of your skin,” says makeup artist Amy Nadine, who works with Lauren Conrad. It’s all in the wrist! If your veins are blue or blue-purple, you have cool undertones. If they’re yellow or olive, you’re warm. If you have both blue and green veins, you’re neutral. “If you’re warm, you’ll look best in an orange-based red lip, if you’re cool like Bosworth a blue-based pink will be most flattering,” says Nadine.
Luscious locks are your calling card and the options are endless. With the recent trend of celebrity shock chops, you might be considering an ultra-edgy style. There’s no time like the present. From a waist-grazing bohemian look to a super short crop, seize the moment.
The Experts Say “Girls in their 20s can get away with almost everything. They can still rock the sexy, unkempt, bedhead hair and it works for them. After this, it just looks messy,” says hair stylist Tommy Buckett, who works with Sienna Miller and Rachel McAdams. “This is the time to experience all things new, so your hair should be constantly evolving. It will help you to learn what works on you and what you should stay away from,” he adds. Currently, Buckett is loving brushed out curls like Jennifer Lawrence's: “Soft, touchable hair will be major this season.”
20s: Hair Color
Wild hair color isn’t just for punk rockers anymore. Neon dipped tips like Jordin Sparks's have rocked the runway and the red carpet. This isn’t a trend for the shy or the old. If you’re in your 20s, pretty pastels might just be calling your name.
The Experts Say “Everyone in their 20s is beautiful and can afford to experiment a little,” says celebrity colorist Marie Robinson. “Ombre highlights are still a hit but pastel tones in mid length and ends in silver, lavender and mint are the new trend,” she adds. “In your 20s I believe both color and cut can be experimental. An edgy pixie cut with stop sign red color would be fabulous!”
20s: Trend to Try
Reds and strawberry blondes are the colors of the moment according to Robinson. “It’s a very sexy color and if you’re in your 20s with fair skin and light eyes I would go for it!” she explains. If you’re brave enough to try it at home Robinson suggests the shade Honey Be Quick from the Clairol Perfect 10 line ($12; drugstore.com).