Gwyneth Paltrow's Makeup Artist Walks Into Sephora—Here's What She Buys for Her


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Here’s the tea: Navigating the bamboozling beauty product aisles of Sephora is no easy task, especially if you’re not in your 20s anymore. When your skin hasn’t weathered all that many wisdom-inducing decades, you can more easily get away with buying skincare and makeup products that might not be quite perfect for your face; but when you get older, your skin has different, more specific needs, and that requires some judiciousness.

To put together a little Sephora shopping list for our readers over 40, we tapped a celebrity makeup artist who specializes in celebrities of a certain age: Jamie Greenberg. Jamie’s creative touch has graced the faces of Gwyneth Paltrow, Maya Rudolph, Rashida Jones, Chelsea Handler, Lauren Graham, Julie Bowen, Busy Philipps, and tons of other beautiful women who aren't, you know, like 12 years old.

Jamie isn't just a makeup artist, though. She's a true beauty-product fiend (and, side note, has one of the sparkliest, most hilarious personalities in the business). Her obsession with products is part of the reason she created Jamie’s Swag Bag, a curated monthly package of at least five of her favorite full-size makeup and skincare products. (The next Swag Bag launches on June 14.)

So we asked this trusty beauty guru if she were to enter a Sephora and buy makeup and skincare for one of her 40-and-over clients, Gwyneth Paltrow let's say, what would she buy? The following 10 products would be on Jamie's shopping list.

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Amanda Montell
Features Editor
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