Winter is the season that lies in between Fall and Spring. It is a time that usually starts towards the end of the year and lasts into the beginning of the year. Winter is a season that is filled with rapid climate change in temperatures that are generally colder. It is one of my favorite seasons, as it is the season that represents some of the biggest holidays, which are amazing to look forward to. I love Winter, so I have decided to let you in on some of the most important Winter makeup tips.
DO apply moisturizer before applying your foundation. Whether your skin is dry, normal, oily, or combination, the key is moisturizing. Why? Winter is notorious for making ones’ skin much drier. Before applying your foundation or any makeup, you want to moisturize. If you have oily skin and you are worried, you can purchase an oil-free based moisturizer. If your skin is normal, you can purchase a moisturizer that is right for your individual skin type. If you have combination skin, you can purchase a moisturizer created specifically for combination skin. If your skin is dry, you can find a moisturizer that is right for dry skin. There are moisturizers on the marketed produced with everyone’s skin type in mind.
DO NOT use oil-free makeup. Winter is one of the driest seasons. Because it is cold and the temperature generally possesses a rather humid air factor, it is a season that can really make ones’ skin very dry. If you use foundation, a powder, a blush, a bronzer, etc. try something that is oil-free, that possesses a moisturizer. You can find these products anywhere, within any brand. Based on the time of year, your skin is also a part of the environment you live in and as a result of the season, your skin will be dry. Remember, it is Winter, not Summer so the time is now to make that switch.
DO use a foundation primer. No matter what season it is, a foundation primer is a must. It is a well known fact that primer is essential when applying makeup, as it allows your makeup to last longer without fading or making a mess, as a result. It also possesses many benefits that are generally good for your skin. When I wear foundation, I like to wear it because it works as a sealer for my skin, as it doesn’t clog my pores and cause unnecessary breakouts. If you are looking for a great primer, I would definitely advise buying a primer that works for your skin. One of my favorite foundation primers is definitely Elizabeth Arden’s Visible Difference Good Morning Retexturizing Primer.
DO NOT wear only cool colors of blushes. By observation, I have noticed that some women find it a true norm to wear only cool colors during the holiday season. This has to be one of the biggest fallacies in makeup and cosmetics usage. Wear blushes that work well for your skin tone, as well as, actual skin type. If you want to wear a nice, yet subtle warm toned blush, do it. Don’t wear a cool rose because it is expected, wear it because you want to. Just because it is Winter, doesn’t mean there are limits.
DO wear a luminizer. Whether it is early morning or late night, do not be afraid to wear a luminizer. In fact, if you don’t wear one now, the time is now to do so. In case you are wondering what a luminizer actually is, it is a powder that highlights or optics that work to mimic a highlighted kind of effect. It works by lightening and brightening the skin. An amazing luminizing product that I would recommend is definitely OFRA Cosmetics’ Blush Stripes. I love luminizers and would truly recommend them for the Winter season.
DO apply an eye shadow primer. Just because it is Winter and the climate is drier than usual, doesn’t mean you should stop using eye shadow primer. In fact, if you are one that uses it modestly already, you want to continue to do so. Eye shadow primer allows your eye makeup to stay on longer, without creasing or fading. It works as a sealer and allows your makeup to be set for the vast majority of the day. If you are looking for a great eye shadow primer, I would say that one of my favorite eye shadow primers is definitely Too Faced Shadow Insurance.
DO NOT wear only cool based eye shadows. When it comes to Winter, there are no limits on eye shadow. In fact, whether you want to wear a cool tone, warm tone, or neutral tone is entirely up to you. In fact, if you want, you can use all three. This is the only season out of the 4 seasons and 365 days of the year that you can wear any shade of eye shadow. If you are looking for an array of fun looks for the season, stay tuned for my individual makeup tutorials.
DO NOT limit the amount of eye shadow you wear. Although minimal is all you need for this time of year, you should never limit the amount. Why? Because makeup is one of the most universal products on the planet and the Winter season is truly the most universal time of the year, which works out great for those that want to experiment and expand their niche and horizons. Don’t ever limit the amount of eye shadow you wear at all.
DO eye line your eyes after applying eye shadow. Especially if you are wearing darker shades or shades that are more prominent and primary. You want your eye liner to be extremely visible to those that see you, so do apply it after you apply your eye shadow. Whether you use a pencil, a retractable, a liquid, or a gel, applying your eyeliner after your eye shadow is a huge “do”.
DO wear mascara primer. Once you discover primer, you will realize what an amazing product it actually is. There are so many great benefits to this product and one of them is allowing your makeup to last longer without smudging. You can apply as much as you want, however; all you need is a moderate amount and it truly does do the trick, as a result. If you are looking for a great mascara primer, I have to admit that one of my favorite mascara primers is definitely Lancôme’s Cils Booster XL.
DO apply your mascara thick. I don’t know about you, but I love Winter and I love mascara. The good news is, Winter is here. One of the things I love about Winter is the fact you don’t have to be reluctant to take a risk. Most people assume that because it is Winter, you must be natural. How does one define natural? There are many different types of mascara, as there are many different shades of mascara, so don’t be hesitant to use it however you want. When you apply your mascara, don’t be afraid to coat every lash.
DO NOT use any mineral powder to fill in your brows. Nothing can make a face like a beautiful pair of eyebrows. Whether you want to use eyebrow powder or a pencil or even a retractable, the key is staying away from any mineral powder, as it will dry out your skin, including your eyebrow area. The eyebrow area is prone to excessive dryness, especially during the Winter season, so avoid using mineral powder to fill in your brows.
DO NOT use lip primer. Out of all of the seasons, this is probably the only time that I would never recommend lip primer. The skin on our lips is thinner, so as a result it is more prone to dryness. You don’t want to use this product, mainly because despite it’s moisturizing content, it isn’t enough to keep your lips hydrated. Instead, you want to substitute your lip primers for moisturizers.
DO use lip moisturizer. Although most lip glosses possess moisturizing contents, some do not and others not enough. You want to keep your lips nourished and moisturized and the only way to do this is to apply a lip moisturizer prior to using your favorite lip product. One of my favorite lip moisturizing products is definitely Colorscience’s Lip Serum.
DO NOT limit the amount of lip product you wear. You just have to love Winter. One thing I love most of all is the fact, that you don’t have to limit the amount of products you wear. Whether you are a lipstick or lip gloss wearer, never limit the amount you want to apply. There are absolutely no limits on lip products, and that is the beauty of the Winter season.