The Best Skincare and Beauty Experts Over 40 to Follow on Instagram

From makeup connoisseurs to dermatologists, here's who to add to your friends list.

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If you always assumed that Instagram was a beauty resource for the millennial generation, it's time to think again—there are so many experts over 40 across the medical, skincare, and makeup spheres that are active (and boast impressive followings!) on everyone's favorite app. Following them gives you an inside look into everything anti-aging related, from makeup application tips to the products to know about right now. Ahead, discover seven experts that deserve a spot in your feed.

Dr. Hope Mitchell

Based in Ohio, board-certified dermatologist Hope Mitchell, MD, FAAD—the founder and CEO of Mitchell Dermatology—is your one-stop resource for all things skin and hair. She regularly shares her professional insight on everything from hair loss and thinning to ultra-dry complexions and offers up plenty of over-the-counter products to help you combat whatever ails you—no prescription necessary.

Lisa Eldridge

Celebrity makeup artist Lisa Eldridge is a Hollywood legend, but don't let her star-studded clientele list (she works with Kiera Knightley, Lily Collins, and Rosie Huntington Wiley regularly) fool you. Her Instagram feed and YouTube channel, in particular, is a treasure trove of makeup advice; learn how to create seamless everyday looks or styles for special occasions with the incredibly thorough Eldridge as your guide.

Dr. Sandra Lee

You might know her better as Dr. Pimple Popper, but there's a lot more to Sandra Lee, MD, FAAD, FAACS, than worst-case-scenario skin disasters. Via her Instagram grid, the adult acne expert has helped guide her followers through everything from age-old hormonal breakouts to newer ailments like "maskne"—and has established an impactful, science-backed skincare line to treat a broad range of issues, including those pesky zits and eczema, too.

Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton

Here's another dermatologist to follow, stat: Rosemarie Ingleton, MD, the founder of her eponymous skincare range, walks her followers through the broad strokes of skincare (she's a great resource for beginners!). She's vocal about the anti-aging power of sunscreen and offers informative details on in-office procedures you might be interested in—like Botox.

Carola Gonzalez

Carola Gonzalez, a celebrity makeup artist, has been operating in this space since 1997. Today, she's responsible for a myriad of leading ladies' looks—her grid is punctuated by photos of Mindy Kaling, America Ferrara, and Kerry Washington—but has set aside some time to educate the masses, too. She posts quick, accessible tutorials on basic skills (think mascara and concealer application and five-minute makeup) with steps that are easy to recreate at home.

Shani Darden

Esthetician and skin expert Shani Darden is another Hollywood favorite, but her Instagram feed is for absolutely everyone, as is her lauded product line. She's a champion of simple, streamlined skincare routines and is a retinol enthusiast; her miniature tutorials help her followers use mainstream products with active ingredients safely, and in the correct order.

Caroline Hirons

If you're looking for brutally honest brand and product reviews, look no further than Caroline Hirons, an industry expert and esthetician who has truly tried (and shared her thoughts about) it all. Her videos are equal parts informative and funny—and her blog is the definition of comprehensive. You'll find routine cheat sheets, double cleansing tips, and more, and walk away knowing exactly what you do (and, more important, don't!) need in your regimen.

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