Life after 40 rules in a lot of ways: You’re no longer humming with the constant insecurity and self-questioning you experienced throughout your 20s; you’re more settled and comfortable in your own skin. But speaking of skin, that’s one thing that isn’t quite as easy now that you’ve got a few decades under your belt. Spots and lines around your mouth, forehead, and eyes that definitely weren’t there in the ’90s—evidence of an expressive life and many hours in the sun—have caused your makeup to sit in, well, not quite the same way it used to. But modifying your makeup products and routine to suit your new skin needs is easier said than done. We’re not all professional makeup artists, after all, and learning what looks and application techniques are most flattering on aging skin can be seriously challenging and time-consuming.
Fortunately, we have the perfect celebrity makeup artist to help navigate. Enter Jamie Greenberg, a Hollywood makeup artist whose handiwork can be found on the likes of age 40–plus icons like Gwyneth Paltrow, Rashida Jones, Chelsea Handler, Maya Rudolph, Lauren Graham, and Julie Bowen. Greenberg is also the creator of Jamie’s Swag Bag, a monthly box of her makeup and skincare finds—the next one launches in a few days on June 14.
We asked Greenberg to share some of the most common makeup mistakes she sees women over 40 making—plus a few tricks that will instantly up your makeup game. Keep scrolling to see her hot tips!