If you live in a climate where winters are cold, cloudy and snowy, you probably already know that the type of makeup you use during the warmer months isn’t going to cut it in during the dreary days of winter.
While you don’t necessarily need a whole new look for winter — that is, unless you want one — you can use a few simple makeup tricks that will leave you looking your best and brightest regardless of what the weather’s like outside.
Winterizing Your Look
Here, then, are the top 5 makeup tips for looking your best during the dreary days of winter:
- Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize! — While technically this is a skin care tip rather than a makeup tip, it’s useful to think of moisturizing as part of your regular makeup routine because its the best way to give your skin that bright, healthy glow before you even think about putting on the rest of your makeup. Winter weather tends to have very low humidity, which can cause your skin to dry out and even flake. To counteract these effects, spend extra time massaging moisturizer into your skin so that you can boost your skin’s natural glow. Be generous. In winter, there’s no such thing as too much moisturizer. And don’t forget to do you neck as well!
- Take a Powder on the Powder — Adding a coat of powder to your skin in warmer months will improve your look, but it’s actually a winter no-go. Powder makes dry skin look duller. In winter, you want to give your skin a warm glow, not flatten out the way it looks. Instead of going with powder, consider using a moisturizing cream that is one shade warmer than your natural skin tone. There are a lot of color-controlled moisturizers available right now that have a subtle reflective pigment that can give your skin a healthy glow.
- Switch to a Liquid Highlighter — You want your look to be natural all year round, but especially in during the dry winter months. That’s why you should switch to applying a liquid highlighter that can be applied with a damp sponge.
- Keep It Clean — During winter, many people’s skin starts to feel taut and parched. If this describes you, switch up your cleansing routine. Rather than using a foaming, gel-based cleanser, switch to a milky or creamy cleanser because they contain fewer detergents that can strip the skin. Simply massage these cleansers onto your dry skin, then gently remove them using a facial tissue or cotton pads. If your skin still feels dry, you might consider investing in a humidifier to defeat dryness in the air.
- Don’t Forget the Sunscreen — Just because the sun isn’t warm doesn’t mean its UV rays aren’t still ravaging your skin during the winter months. In fact, because it is at a lower angle, the effects of the sun can be even worse during the winter, especially when you consider the sun-reflecting properties of snow. Continue following your SPF routine in the winter, making sure you wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30.