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Tips For Perfecting Long-lasting Makeup

The Dilemma: I'm 35 years old and new to makeup. I enjoy my natural look and only wear eye shadow, but my skin seems to soak up the color by the end of the day. I also have sensitive skin, which is why I'm not interested in putting too much makeup on my face. Still, I want to spice up my routine. Do you have any suggestions?

-Pamela J., 35

Mikki's Solution: Before you hit the makeup counter, it's important to address your skincare needs. Women in their 30s often experience hormonal changes leading to breakouts and acne. My first recommendation is to see a dermatologist to calm the sensitivity, address the acne and establish a regimen that keeps your skin healthy.

Because you're just beginning to experiment with makeup, take it slow. Start with neutrals, picking what I call "next of skin" shades that are close to your own coloring. This will keep your look fresh as opposed to overdone. On the eyes, look to matte powder shadows. Stick to a single hue instead of buying eyeshadow palettes or quads, until you're sure of the look and the shades you like best.

To keep shadow in place from morning to night, apply a primer like Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. I'd also consider a thin sweep of black or brown eyeliner, close to the base of your lashes—it can go a long way in defining your look. Try a water-resistant pencil like Lancôme 'Le Stylo Waterproof' Long Lasting Eyeliner. A lash-boosting mascara like CoverGirl Lashblast Mascara is the perfect finishing touch.

On your lips, gloss will keep your look soft and fresh. I love nude colors and have a stash of faves that include Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Nude Lustre and Estée Lauder Lipgloss in Tempting Tearose. I also switch it up by wearing nude lipsticks over a hydrating lip balm, which gives them a semi-sheer appearance and keeps them protected. Balms like Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF15 or Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick SPF15 do the trick.

At the end of the day, makeup should be fun. It's all about self-expression. So enjoy the process— play up the glamour quotient on "makeup days," but be sure to embrace those fresh-face days, and work your natural beauty. Because nothing can top that!

Mikki Taylor is a veteran style and beauty authority and author of "Commander in Chic: Every Woman's Guide to Managing Her Style Like a First Lady."

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  • "Embrace the possibilities of make-up," says Taylor. Whether you opt for a shimmering eye shadow or a deep-red lip, have fun playing dress up.

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