Skincare, Makeup and Haircare Tips for the Winter Months
After the holidays and new year pass, it can seem like an eternity before warmer days and the excitement of summer is upon us. When there isn’t the spirit of the holidays to keep cold weather bearable, it can be kind of a drag. If you live in a state that gets frigid this time of the year, then you know the toll it can take on your skin and hair. Through trial and error, I have found a routine that really works to banish dryness and give that beautiful glowing look.
To get your skin feeling smooth, hydrated, and ready for makeup application, it is always a good idea to prep the night before.
The Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask relieves dry skin just overnight and leaves your skin feeling replenished and soft. This hydrating mask has been a staple of mine for when my skin desperately needs a pick-me-up.
Once the mask is removed, it is time to moisturize the skin and prepare for primer.
The Neutrogena Hydro Boost gel-cream moisturizer for extra-dry skin has been my go-to for years. It intensely hydrates the skin without causing breakouts or leaving a residue.
The next step of hydration I like to do is apply a face oil. This step is optional and only necessary if you have VERY dry skin like mine.
The Olay Regenerist Luminous Facial Oil is a light-weight oil that adds that extra bit of hydration and dewiness your skin needs before applying primer and foundation. Apply sparingly though as too much can cause oiliness. I have found that applying this product before makeup allows foundation to glide on the skin easier and leaves the skin looking natural, not cakey.
The last step of the Prep routine is primer! I think primer is always a must if you are wearing foundation. Not only will your base makeup look smoother and more natural, but it will last longer too.
The Tatcha Silk Canvas primer is a new discovery of mine, but it has quickly become a favorite. This primer truly does exactly what it says and leaves your skin feeling like a silk canvas. It blurs any texture and large pores without clogging them and causing breakouts.
Once the skincare preparation is done, it is finally time for foundation!
The It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream is the best foundation I have found for everyday use. It feels lightweight on the skin but gives amazing full coverage. This foundation is ideal for any time of the year, but especially winter because of its non-drying, hydrating formula.
Next, it is time to conceal! Concealer helps to brighten up the face and get rid of redness and dark spots.
The Jouer Cosmetics Essential High Coverage Liquid Concealer is formulated with hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E, which makes it extra hydrating for the dry winter months.
After the concealer is blended, you can apply cream contour! This next step is optional, and only necessary if you want your contour to last longer. Dry skin often responds better to cream products than powders.
The Fenty Beauty MATCH STIX are light-weight, easy to blend, and add the perfect amount of depth to your contour.
Next, it is important to lightly set the concealer and cream contour to prevent creasing and smudging.
The RCMA No-Color Powder has been my staple setting powder for years. It sets your makeup completely seamlessly, doesn’t dry out the skin, and has no flashback.
For setting contour, I love using the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer because of the beautiful glow it gives.
After applying bronzer, you can sharpen up the contour by applying the RCMA No-Color Powder to lighten the area.
To finish the base, apply some blush, highlight and setting spray.
The Milani Baked Blushes are some of my favorite from the drugstore because of their pigment and glow.
The Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter in the shade “Lunch Money” is a gorgeous, creamy, and blinding highlight. It is an ideal product to use for achieving that dewy look.
The Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist is the PERFECT setting spray for dry skin. It is very hydrating and brings so much life to the skin. It takes away the cakiness of foundation and powders which gives a flawless look.
Eyes & Brows & Lips
To finish the look, I think that adding a bit of dimension to the eye is necessary.
To create a soft smokey eye look for every day, I used the Morphe 25B Bronzed Mocha Eyeshadow Palette. I used the light peachy shades in the crease for a transition, deepened the look with the cool toned browns, and then finished it off with a light shimmer on the lid. I also put a light brown on the lower lash line to tie in the look and added mascara.
For brows, the Anastasia Brow Definer is always a fan favorite. It makes it easy to fill in the brows and create your desired shape.
For the final touch of the makeup look, I used the Jouer Cosmetics High Pigment Lip Gloss in the shade “Park Ave.” The Jouer glosses are creamy and give a beautiful, pigmented shine.
If you are working with hair that isn’t freshly washed, you can start by spraying a dry shampoo to your roots. This will bring life back to your hair and give it some volume.
The Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo is one of the best dry shampoos I have tried. It takes away oil, doesn’t leave a white cast, and has the best scent.
Next, if your hair is feeling dry and brittle, try a dry oil mist.
The Caviar Anti-Aging Omega+ Anti-Frizz Dry Oil Mist works wonders for dry hair. It immediately makes your hair feel smoother and adds shine.
Then, you can begin heat styling.
When curing hair, I always like to leave the ends out. It prevents breakage but also creates that loose, beachy look.
Finally, the last step of the entire routine, hairspray!
I love the OUAI Texturizing Hair Spray because it keeps your hair in place while also adding texture and grit.
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