In her 74 years, Sandy Linter has lived many lives as a make-up artist.
In 1969, the Brooklyn-born, Staten Island–bred visionary started her profession working for famed movie star hairdresser Mr. Kenneth Battelle in New York Metropolis, his shoppers Jackie Onassis and Barbara Walters serendipitously ending up in her make-up chair. Within the ’70s, she struck out on her personal, touchdown high-profile editorial work with photographers akin to Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, and Arthur Elgort whereas embodying the period’s work-hard-play-hard mentality and changing into a stunning fixture at Studio 54. And by the ’80s, she was usually portray the faces of supermodels Iman, Cindy Crawford, and Patti Hansen for main campaigns and within the pages of Vogue. Since then, Linter hasn’t slowed down. In reality, with age, her skillset has grown, as she’s continued to work with a laundry checklist of well-known faces together with Christie Brinkley, Elizabeth Hurley, Debbie Harry, and Rita Wilson.
“I can keep in mind being ‘younger Sandy the make-up artist’ after which middle-aged after which additional on than middle-aged…” she laughs, in reference to her private evolution over her decades-long profession. At a time when the style trade is, in the end, celebrating ladies above a sure age, Linter believes there’s no time like the current for older ladies to not simply embrace make-up, however have enjoyable with it. “There aren’t any guidelines!” she insists, with only one addendum: “Put on the make-up, don’t have it put on you. As a substitute of making an attempt to cover flaws, improve what you’ve bought.” From natural-looking protection to refined tips that make the eyes pop, right here is Linter’s information to make-up for girls over 50.
Create a Glowing Base
Evidently, following a devoted skin-care routine—cleaning, moisturizing, and exfoliating—is a necessary technique for reaching a wholesome complexion, particularly over time. Earlier than making use of make-up, unfold on a veil of a hydrating but weightless moisturizer on clear pores and skin. “Heavy moisturizers are simply not appropriate with make-up,” says Linter. Based on the professional, La Mer Moisturizing Cream strikes the correct stability between nourishing the pores and skin for a dewy end, with out compromising the layers that comply with. After the moisturizer sinks in, you’ll be able to goal areas with effective strains or dry patches with a quick-absorbing primer, like Dermablend Insta-Grip Jelly Face Primer with its smoothing gel texture, as desired.
Cowl Up Conservatively
“You may’t conceal wrinkles, so don’t attempt to, since you’re solely going to attract extra consideration to them,” says Linter. To even out pores and skin tone, she suggests utilizing a moist sponge or basis brush to use a sheer, hydrating basis, like Kevyn Aucion The Etherealist method, in order that it “doesn’t look plastered to the face.” Then, use a sturdy but light-weight creamy concealer that blends simply—Giorgio Armani Excessive-Precision Retouch Concealer is her go-to—on the extra ruddy or hyper-pigmented areas. For the eyes, think about the underneath eyes and internal corners to successfully counteract darkish circles. “Most ladies get darkest on the internal nook of their eye versus the outer corners the place you smile and have the giggle strains,” she explains.
Heat Up the Pores and skin
When selecting a basis or concealer shade, one could be inclined to hunt out an actual match, however Linter suggests going a shade or two hotter to make sure you don’t look washed out. “If it’s too matchy-matchy, it might probably age you,” she says. And in that case, it’s particularly necessary to increase protection past the visage. “After the face, take a basis brush and mix very barely across the neck so it doesn’t look apparent,” instructs Linter. Then comes bronzer—and never only for the cheeks. “I apply it to everybody over 50 as a result of it warms up the pores and skin in a pure means,” she explains, including that she’ll sweep underneath the cheekbone, down the perimeters of the nostril, throughout the brow, and underneath the jawline for a chiseled glow.
Sculpt and Carry Subtly
Smiling whilst you apply blush has lengthy been cited as a common, tried-and-true approach, however it’s one which’s not as efficient as you age, says Linter. “As a substitute of on the apples of the cheeks, I like to use blush on the high of the cheekbone after which mix inward,” she explains of the most effective sculpting make-up for girls over 50. “You need to level the eye up to reinforce.” As for shades, she prefers muted rosy shades like MAC Powder Blush in Prism. “I’ve been utilizing it for the reason that ’90s!” she says. For additional impression, Linter will layer—first with a cream method, like Stila Convertible Coloration, after which end it off with a powder. “Typically simply the cream is sufficient,” she says. As for setting powder, it’s a step Linter often skips, however seems to be to Dermablend Banana Powder if mandatory.
Play Up the Eyes
“You need to open up the eyes and make them look as large as attainable as a result of it’s younger,” explains Linter. Step one? Curl the lashes with an eyelash roller, beginning proper on the root. Subsequent, it’s a must to choose the correct mascara, which requires a good mount of trial and error. “There are very thickening formulation that don’t work on older ladies whose lashes have grow to be thinner and extra brittle,” she explains. “After they don’t work, the lashes begin to clump and there’s nothing extra getting old than clumpy lashes on a lady over 50.” Presently, Chanel’s long-wearing Inimitable Mascara, which boasts a versatile pronged brush and provitamin B5-laced jet-black method that nourishes the hairs whereas offering pure definition, is her favourite when working with comparatively older shoppers. As for liner, Linter makes a degree of debunking a long-held fable. “Within the previous days, they used to say solely use brown, however it’s a falsehood that ladies over 50 can’t use black,” she insists. “It is advisable to create a distinction between the attention colour and liner. Brown could make you look drained if it’s not the correct brown.” Shade-wise, no girl can go improper with Lancôme’s Le Crayon Khôl in Black Espresso. “Completely anybody can use it!” she insists. Whereas mascara and eyeliner are primary steps, eyeshadow is extra of an adjunct that performs up your private model if you need it to. However proceed thoughtfully “Don’t take a shadow and simply plop it on the middle of the lid,” she instructs. “Utilizing a small eye brush, begin from the outer nook of the eyes and work inwards, in order that the colour will get step by step lighter. It’ll offer you an even bigger, wide-eyed look.”
Take It Simple on the Brows
First, deal with conserving the brows full naturally. “You need to save each eyebrow hair you will have, so as an alternative of tweezing, trim them,” says Linter, including that Revitabrow and Revitalash are unbelievable progress formulation she makes use of on herself. To fill in arches, Linter is keen on featherlight hair-like strokes of Troy Suratt Expressioniste Forehead Pencil. “It’s skinny sufficient for drawing on a hair right here and there with out wanting too synthetic,” she says. “[The shades] are so natural-looking.”
Stability Out the Lips
“As you grow old, the lips can grow to be asymmetrical and it may be getting old,” says Linter. You may stability out the mouth by utilizing a lip pencil in a your-lips-but-better shade, however the method will need to have the correct amount of slip. “You need it to be so comfortable that the minute it touches the pores and skin, it glides on,” she explains, including that NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils are the most effective on this regard. To create symmetry, Linter recommends drawing on 4 separate strokes, at all times ranging from every of the 4 outer corners and drawing in the direction of the Cupid’s bow or to the middle of the underside lips. “That means your lip goes to be extra balanced,” she says. Apply lipstick in the identical vogue, then use a lip brush to barely diffuse the sides for a softer look. After portray on a matte lip, Linter will typically add a gloss on high so as to add shine and definition, however by no means one which’s too heavy or sticky. This a part of the method is as much as the wearer, Linter emphasizes; “the end is solely style.”