Skin Deep: You’re Getting Better With Age. Your Makeup Should, Too.


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Because certain products really sing on older skin, we asked experts — makeup artists, a dermatologist, an aesthetician and women over 50 — for their go-to makeup.

Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup, $64

“This foundation comes in nice warm colors, but it’s the consistency I love,” Christie Brinkley said. “When you’re older, you want your base to be thinner so it doesn’t cake and emphasize wrinkles. I also like being outside, and this is good in that light.”

Natura Bisse Diamond Mist, $94

Mr. De Leon applies this spray before makeup and moisturizer. “It makes mature skin more plump and hydrated,” he said.

Malin & Goetz Lip Moisturizer, $14

Ms. Dali likes to apply this moisturizer on top of lipstick for an extra moisture boost, which can be especially useful for older clients. “And it doesn’t change the consistency of the lipstick,” she said.

Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation, $66

“When I do anti-aging procedures like microneedling, I’ll offer Oxygenetix because it heals the skin,” said Jeannette Graf, a dermatologist. “Older people with dry, sensitive skin who get redness will also love this. It goes on like a BB cream but with more coverage.”

Perricone MD No Mascara Mascara, $30

This two-in-one formula coats lashes and encourages growth with peptides. “The color is a brown-black, which doesn’t look harsh against older skin,” said Autumn Moultrie, a makeup artist who works with Viola Davis. “I’d go for that color, plum brown for darker skin or brown for fair skin to keep things soft.”

MAC Matte Lipstick in Diva, $17.50

“Lipstick is very much a matter of mood,” said Valerie Von Sobel, an artist and philanthropist. “But I don’t believe in pinks. They are weak — a very anemic look. Personally, I like very strong colors or nothing at all.”

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Universal Tinted Gel, Rosy Cheeks and Lips, $35

This bright pink gel goes on translucent so it works for mature skin and a range of skin tones. “It’s easy to blend and gives the skin a glow,” said Angela Caglia, a facialist in Los Angeles. “I recommend it to my older clients as a foolproof way to get around the unblended blush mistake women sometimes make.”

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