Some of us who benefit from “aging privilege” (if anyone’s ever complimented you with “black don’t crack” or “Asian don’t raisin,” you know) have melanin to thank for its relentless grip on elastin — something I resented as a late-blooming teen with baby fat still in my cheeks but now I’m keenly aware is a blessing. It introduces an interesting curveball to aging stigmas because there really isn’t a standard timeline of what aging is “supposed to” look like for everyone, giving us even more reason to stop implicating this time crisis altogether, right? I’m hitting my mid-thirties in stride, having learned the importance of protecting and taking care of my skin now for the future (something my mom and her generation weren’t too bothered with, so she tells me) while we all chip away at beauty conventions, one dumb stigma at a time.
Age should never be a limitation on participating in the beauty world, so consider the below a renewed invitation to the world of beauty that now has a shade and formula to fulfill your most cosmetically-creative ambitions. You certainly do not need our permission, but maybe you’d like some inspiration. We tapped makeup artist, photographer, and Beauty Is Boring founder Robin Black to give you 12 gorgeously colorful, shiny, and vibrant makeup creations on models, all of whom’s careers cumulatively outspan the Hadids, the Jenners, and the Delevingnes combined.
Glossy, Bronze Eyes & Fuchsia Lips
"Glossy eyelids can be challenging, but this bronzed tone makes it a very wearable look," Black says. Matching a nude or a shade similar to your skin tone makes its migration slightly less noticeable when it creases. (Sorry, all gloss creases over time — that's just the way of the gloss.) "All eye glosses move but you can make it last longer by using a good eyelid primer and making sure not to get any of it on your actual lashes."