Depending on where you live, the winter months can be really rough on the skin. The air is dry, the weather is cold, and immune systems tend to not be that great. It can be difficult to wear any kind of makeup during the winter when your skin is extremely dry and flakey. If you find yourself struggling to maintain your makeup routine during these months because of the changing season list of makeup tips is for you. Below are a few different makeup tips to follow during the next few months. These tips and tricks will ensure you’ll able to keep wearing makeup without making your face look like a complete catastrophe.
1. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
Maintaining soft, moisturized, glowing skin during the winter isn’t easy. The combination of indoor heat inside and bitter air outside can wreak havoc on your skin, especially the skin on your face. That’s why it’s important to stay on top of moisturizing. This is one of those obvious makeup tips but it’s one that many people overlook and is probably the most important one. The first step is making sure you’re using the proper moisturizer, sometimes the lotion used during the summer just won’t cut it during the winter months. After finding a product suitable for the climate you live in and your skin type be sure to moisturize immediately after getting bathing and washing your face. Moisturizer has an easier time seeping into damp skin compared to dry skin.
2. Use Toner
Before touching makeup, it’s also important to make sure you’re taking off any dead skin lingering on your face that could clump up under your makeup. The toner of yesterday used to be harsh and irritating to skins but not anymore. Now it is designed to do the exact opposite. If your skin is extra sensitive during the winter be sure to do your research on which one will make your skin radiate for the holidays.
3. Find A Hydrating Primer
To continue on the train of moisturizing, this winter search for a primer that has hydrating properties. This will create another added layer of moisture on your skin before putting on foundation. Plus a more radiating primer will help make your skin look more natural and less flakey compared to one that is designed to make your skin matte, like the one you might use during the summer.
4. Avoid Powder
Powder is not your friend during the winter months. One major makeup tip is to avoid powder products at all costs. While it might be okay to use setting powder sparingly it’s best to avoid powder in any other form if you have excessively dry skin during the winter months. Powder will cling to dry patches on your skin and your makeup will separate on your face. Plus depending on where you live you might not be getting that much sun anymore, meaning your skin could look a bit duller during the winter. Powder will only emphasize that.
5. Liquid And Cream Makeup
Instead, consider investing in liquid and cream makeup. Just make sure that it’s more lightweight, buildable coverage. Less is more when it comes to foundation during the winter. You can always add makeup but nothing is worse than having to wash your face and start all over again because you’ve applied too much foundation. For the winter months also consider finding a luminance, more radiant formula. Foundation isn’t the only product that comes in liquid or cream form anymore either. There are plenty of liquid highlighters, bronzers, blushes, and even eyeshadows.
6. Mix Oil With Your Foundation
If your foundation is still giving your grief, consider combining it with some oil. Oil might sound like an awful idea if you have acne. Most oils nowadays are made with sensitive, acne, prone skin in mind but it’s always smart to spot check before covering your entire face in a product. If oil doesn’t irritate your skin, then definitely try adding it to your foundation. In a way, you’ll be creating your own one-of-a-kind moisturizing foundation. Pay attention to the ingredients in your foundation though, some foundations will separate on your face when combined with oils.
8. Prime Your Eyes
A huge makeup tip is avoiding powder products, but that can be hard to do when it comes to eyes. Most eyeshadows come in powder form and the ones that don’t are typically sold individually, making it not that cost-effective to buy a bunch of liquid eyeshadows. Since that’s the case, the best thing to do here is to prime your eyes. After wearing eyeshadow for many, many hours, odds are it’s going to crease. But eye primer will put off that creasing for a long time.
9. Lip Scrubs
Make sure you give your lips some love this winter. This is one of those makeup tips that won’t even cost money either, there are plenty of DIY lip scrub recipes to follow. Exfoliating your lips will ensure your lipstick or lipgloss won’t clump or cling to dead skin on your mouth. Even if you don’t wear that many lip products there’s nothing cute about dry, chapped lips. Depending on the recipe or the product you purchase, you could easily do this every night, if possible.
10. Carry A Face Mist With You
Some makeup tips are hard to follow through when functioning in the real world, like moisturizing throughout the day. If you don’t have the time or means to keep fixing your face there’s still a way to stick to that makeup tip. Carry a face mist with you. After going outside or even after just a few hours in the office, spritz your face with a few sprays and it will instantly bring your face back to life. There are plenty of travel-sized face mists that are the perfect size for purses or backpacks.
11. Drink Plenty Of Water
While this technically isn’t a makeup tip it’s still very important. It might be easy to forget to drink the recommended eight glasses of water a day during the winter because it isn’t overwhelmingly hot anymore. Even though the weather isn’t inducing intense thirst that doesn’t mean it’s okay to skimp on water. In fact, it’s very easy to become dehydrated in the winter months because our bodies aren’t constantly telling us how thirsty we are, resulting in overall bad health including dry skin. Plus if you’re outside participating in winter activities the cold air will evaporate your sweater quicker making it easier to lose dehydration. Moisturizers and oils can only do so much. Make sure you’re keeping your skin healthy by drinking a lot of water all winter long.