Beauty tips for 40-year-old women

Updated April 17, 2017

When you're turning 40, you want to look the best you can without trying too hard to relive younger days as a teen or young adult. One of the most important things you can do to stay beautiful is maintain a healthy lifestyle. You want to be sure that you're taking the vitamins you need, exercising as often as possible, eating healthier foods and eliminating bad habits such as smoking or excessive alcohol consumption.

Avoid Heavy Amounts of Makeup

One thing you don't want to do at this age is put excessive amounts of make-up on your face because this doesn't give you the mature look you're looking for. Instead, choose a nice mineral face powder that will match your skin tone. You can also wear cream blushes and softer-coloured lip glosses, which will soften the fine lines and wrinkles on your face.

Maintain Your Facial Beauty

Another beauty tip is to maintain proper facial skin care. You can do this by going to bed at an earlier time (before 9 p.m.) and putting on facial scrubs, masks or face creams. Visit your department store's beauty counter to get recommendations on products that can reduce dark circles or baggy skin under the eyes. You can also put some petroleum jelly around your eyes before bed to make your skin firm.

Dress Sexy and Classy But Age-Appropriate

When looking for clothes, stay away from outfits that are overly trendy, with excessive bright or loud colours, or too small for your body type. Instead, choose everyday outfits with soft and neutral colours such as khaki, grey, navy blue, dark green or white. You also shouldn't wear perfectly matched clothing because this is outdated. When wearing dresses that might show too much cleavage, wear a camisole underneath.

Wear Age-Appropriate Hairstyles

You should wear a hairstyle that's suited to your personality but still age-appropriate. For those who want a shorter look, you can wear the classic bob cut. Another good idea is to pixie cut, which is a layered hairstyle that's cut very short.

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Thea Theresa English is a freelance writer who lives in New Orleans. She has written articles on career development, maintaining healthy relationships, politics and cultural issues. She is currently a graduate student at Tulane University where she will receive her Master of Liberal Arts degree.