In Your 30s
In Your 30s
Your skin is still radiant and youthful and if you start a smart anti-aging regimen now, you’ll set the course for a lifetime of good skin. Washing thoroughly with warm, not hot water, using retinol products and trading in after-work cocktails for pure spring water and green tea are small daily changes that can keep skin vibrant.
What the Experts Say Dr. Nicholas Perricone says lifestyle and nutritional changes are the fountain of youth for women in their 30s. He advises clients like Eva Mendes to eat high-quality proteins, take Omega-3 fish oil capsules, cut out sugary and starchy foods and coffee and get regular exercise.
You don’t need layers of makeup to make you feel mature (remember those days?) but you’re still young enough to pull off a dramatic eye or lip when the mood strikes. Start shifting foundation from matte to liquid as fine lines begin to appear. A dewy finish will leave you looking fresh and supple but still provide coverage.
The Experts Say “Shimmer is sexy on women in their 30s,” says makeup artist Mai Quynh, who works with Katie Holmes. “It comes in many forms: pencil, liquid, cream and powder.” She suggests trying a sweep of metallic copper liner under the eyes or a highlighter on your cheek or brow bones to bring out your natural features. “Shimmer reflects light and will make your skin look healthy, fresh and young,” says Quynh. We like the Mark. No Place to Run Liner in Solid Gold ($9; meetmark.com).
You’re full steam ahead in your career so it’s time to retire anything that will prevent you from being taken seriously. When deciding what length will suit you take your face shape, take hair texture and personality (are you an endless primper or a wash and go girl?) into account.
The Experts Say “Women in their 30s are ready to grow up with their hairstyles; it’s not about following every trend they see on the runways,” says hair stylist Mark Townsend who works with Reese Witherspoon. His favorite fall hair? “For this age group, I like the length a few inches below the collarbone. Style your hair in hot rollers for 15 minutes, take out and brush!”
30s: Hair Color
You’ve probably been through highlights, lowlights and everything in between and by now you know what’s truly flattering. Fall hair color is on a wild ride-think blue-black, platinum and vampy red-but they share the ticket with natural blends of dark beige, honey blonde, sand and caramel brown. At this age you can go either way!
The Experts Say “In your 30s you can still carry an extreme color but you need to choose either color or cut,” says celebrity colorist Marie Robinson, who works with Michelle Williams. “If you’re going to go platinum blonde, you should have a simple, clean style, and above all keep it healthy with regular trims and conditioning treatments.” If you’re a hair-color chameleon make sure to condition often. We love ColoristCure, ($55; marierobinsonproducts.com).
30s: Trend to Try
“It's all about the eyes! A bright, jewel-toned shadow is a great, dramatic option for women in their 30s,” says Quynh, who created these show-stopping teal lids on Ginnifer Goodwin for the Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.