If you live in Melbourne you’ll know winter is often characterised by a dull, grey hue interrupted with patches of dry. And that description applies just as much to our skin as it does to the weather. An unfortunate byproduct of the colder months is washed out, dull, red and patchy skin. And what’s worse is your regular make up products and techniques often don’t give you the right amount of coverage.
Because we know looking glowing on the outside can make you feel warm on the inside, we’re sharing our top winter makeup tips for gorgeous skin this winter.
Prepare your base
The key to smooth, flawless makeup is of course preparation and that starts with your daily skincare routine. Cleanse, moisturise and treat your skin daily and include regular exfoliation to remove dead skin cells.
But be wary of over-exfoliation during winter – this can make the problem worse, especially if you’re using a harsh scrub. Instead, use a chemical exfoliant once or twice a week and dial up the moisture to protect your skin. If you’re really concerned about what products to use, it might be worth a chat with an aesthetician who can recommend a cosmeceutical range. Products like Aspect Dr, Environ and Cosmedix have been clinically formulated to treat specific skin concerns without harsh additives that could stress your skin further.
Get the perfect winter complexion
By this time of the year, your summer tan is but a distant memory and so your skin appears much lighter. In addition, the filtered daylight casts a paler light on your skin, making it look dull and washed out. You can counteract this problem by switching to a lighter shade of foundation or powder and topping it up with a bit of shine.
To combat dry skin, look for a foundation that contains moisturiser. Otherwise, you can mix your regular foundation with a bit of moisturiser for an added boost.
Primer is especially important for winter skin as it will create a solid base for your foundation to sit on – essential if your skin is dry and just wants to suck up everything you apply on top. Apply it after you’ve moisturised and before you apply foundation or powder. Some primers can even be worn on their own if you like the no-makeup-look but want a little coverage on top of your clean skin.
For light colour correction, add a BB cream or CC cream into your makeup bag. These multi-purpose wonders even out your complexion, moisturise, prime and provide some SPF benefits (although we recommend using a separate SPF for maximum coverage).
Colour it in
Avoid the vampire-that’s-spent-too-long-in-the-coffin look by brushing a light bronzer across your cheeks, forehead, nose and chin. If redness is an issue, avoid pink-based bronzers in favour of gold, brown or berry undertones (berry works particular well for dark-skin), but don’t go more than two shades darker than your skin tone.
For cheeks, cream blusher will lift your colour and provide a long-lasting, rosy glow, even when it’s wet and windy outside. Just gently dab colour onto the apple of your cheeks. If you’re not sure where to apply, just smile broadly with your mouth closed and add blusher to the roundest parts.
While we’re talking colour, when it comes to eyes you can go a bit darker and dramatic in winter – browns, taupes, berry shades and a hint of metallic all look gorgeous. Of course, there’s no reason why you can’t incorporate summer shades into your winter look (think orange, blue and pink). It’s all about what you love, after all.
Primp your pout
Winter can be particularly harsh on your lips. Prep them by using an old toothbrush to gently massage away dead skin cells. Then use an ultra-moisturising lip balm to keep them looking lickably-lush.
A dramatically dark lipstick is the perfect complement to fair winter skin. Plums, berry and deep reds will give you an air of elegance and mystique, even when wrapped boot-to-chin in warm winter woolies.
Does your skin need a bit of TLC this winter? Book in for a complimentary consultation with our friendly team to solve those winter woes.