Earlier this week we talked about aging skin, and now application techniques that worked for years start to fair as one’s skin changes. Longtime favorites begin to detract, not enhance. Mature skin is typically drier, and those mattifying, pore-shrinking products don’t deliver like their hydrating and illuminating counterparts.
The New York Times asked the makeup artist Carolina Dali, whose clients include Ali McGraw and Sharon Stone, to illustrate the best techniques for mature skin. We discussed techniques for daytime application, but what about nighttime?
Tips for Nighttime
The nighttime face simply builds on the daytime basics. “You can afford to do much more blush at night,” Ms. Dali said. She likes cream blush, which gives the skin a natural flush. Stila Convertible Color goes on transparent but is easily buildable. “Start with two layers for night,” she said. Use your fingers to tap on a thin layer, then repeat.
Ms. Dali applied a dark coat of black eyeshadow on the last line. If the skin on the upper lid is loose, a heavy line can make the eye look tired, so keep the line light. “Make sure the line is super-thin in the inner corner, slightly thicker as it comes on the lower lash line because they emphasize dark circles. Use champagne or bronze, instead.
On the lips, Ms. Dali used Lorac Alter Ego lipstick in Pin Up, a moisturizing matte formula. “Use an angled brush to apply lipstick,” she said. “It really allows you to get into the small folds and to be precise, which is important as lips get fine wrinkles along the edges.”