During the winter months, skin is at the driest. Regardless of where you live, there’s less moisture in the air during the winter, which means drier skin. Applying makeup to dry skin can make your skin look worse. Fine lines will be more prominent, dry patches will poke through your foundation, and your skin can look aged. The best thing you can do is
get a great moisturizer. A good moisturizer can hydrate those dry patches on the face and smooth the skin. A great base will make the rest of your makeup routine just that much better. If one layer looks dry, they’ll all look dry. I recommend the Too Faced Hangover primer and the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. Both of these products hydrate the skin and look great under foundation. For those of you with oily and combination skin, don’t skip out on this step, you still need to hydrate your skin. I recommend the Make Up Forever Smoothing Primer.
In addition to a good moisturizer, applicators can make a difference. If you usually apply foundation and concealer with a brush, try a beauty sponge instead. The beauty sponge will bring in more moisture and give your foundation a soft glow. Blend out your concealer with a sponge and even try applying your blush and highlighter with a sponge. I recommend the beauty blender or real techniques miracle complexion sponge. This will make your skin appear smoother and softer. To add more of a glow, apply a liquid highlighter to the tops of the cheekbones, chin, and brow bone. Press it in with your beauty sponge for the best application. This will make your skin look like it just drank a tall glass of water. I recommend the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in opal. For those with dry to normal skin, try lightening the amount of powder you use on your face this month; these can dry your skin out. Since its so cold outside, your makeup doesn’t need to be set with as much powder, so use a light hand. For the lips, instead of grabbing the liquid lipstick try a formula that isn’t as drying. Lips are already seeking moisture in the winter, so no need to dry them out even further. If you still want that matte look, opt for a whipped matte formula like the NYX soft matte lip cream, colorpop ultra satin lip, or a traditional lipstick. The ones from Maybelline are amazing.