Top 10 Skin Care and Make-up Tips For Winter

Winter is here! I absolutely love watching the snow and sipping my coffee…and by sipping, I mean chugging the whole pot. Yes, I love my coffee. And winter. When winter arrives, it’s also a great reminder to change-up your skin care and make-up routine and products to protect your skin as much as possible. I have comprised a list of what I believe to be the best make-up tips for winter.

1.  MOISTURIZE. Your skin will naturally become dry during this time of year, so use a light moisturizer (or heavy depending on your level of dryness) at night and under your make-up in the morning. Your make-up will go on smoothly and you won’t get those flakes around your dryer areas, which can make the process of applying foundation a nightmare.

2. I have normal/combination skin. If you have oily skin or dry patches, don’t be afraid to exfoliate (follow with a moisturizer). It will help to get the dry skin off of your face. I personally recommend St. Ives Blemish Control face wash. It helps my occasional breakouts and isn’t too harsh on my skin. If you are sensitive to an exfoliant, I would recommend using a cream cleanser like Noxema.

3.  Even though winter is here, using less foundation is still ok! A light layer of a good foundation will go a long way. Loreal’s True Match is amazing and it has an SPF. Coverage is light to medium, but buildable, and the only foundation I’ve found that matches my skin perfectly. Also, it doesn’t cause breakouts…so that’s great!

4.  A good powder is a must. I use Loreal’s True Match powder as well. It blends very well and helps with the coverage. Typically, if I use a light layer of foundation, I use a little more powder to achieve the amount of coverage I need. Plus, it helps to set your foundation and gives a good base for color.

5.  Don’t be afraid of COLOR!!! Now is the perfect time to try out those reds that have been sitting in your cosmetics case! Red lips never hurt anyone! Deep browns/blues for the eyes. I do recommend if you are going for a bold look on the lips, go neutral on the eyes. Gold, silver, white, etc. You don’t want to overdo it!

6.  Take care of those chapped lips. Chapstick works great, but it’s important to exfoliate and moisturize your lips too! Mary Kay has an awesome satin lips set that I’m sure anyone would fall in love with.

7.  Be bold with the eyes. I love the sultry look on eyes. Deep browns and navy blues, and sparkling charcoal add a little extra oomph for the eyes! Just like I recommended with the lips…if you are going with a bold eye, do a nude-ish lip color.

8.  Stay hydrated. Your skin (and your body) will thank you for it. Plain ‘ol water does the body good.

9.  Take your make-up off EVERY night. Use a good eye makeup remover first. I actually found an inexpensive one that I adore. It is the family dollar version of Neutrogena’s eye makeup remover. It is amazing and takes off every last stitch of mascara…AND is super gentle. Use your face wash of choice and follow it up with a moisturizer. Have I emphasized enough how important a moisturizer is this time of year?

10.  Eat healthy foods. Just do it. What we eat can affect how our skin looks, which ultimately is the base for our makeup altogether. I know with Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners coming up, it will be hard; but try out some healthy options. You won’t be sorry!

I hope these tips help you make it through winter! I’d love to hear from you…things you’ve tried and what worked or didn’t! Stay warm and keep you and your skin healthy!