by Aarti Kapur Singh
Now winter-proof your makeup with an ease! Read on to know how
Winters are all about loud and bright makeup – dark lips, smoky eyes, Gothic hues and so on – and that also means there can be no mistakes as errors will be as amplified as the highly pigmented colors of the makeup are. Winter makeup can be challenging because the skin behaves differently in the season. The cold weather makes the skin dry – so too much makeup can make it look patchy and dull.
Here are 7 ways in which you can winter-proof your makeup:
Make sure your skin is receptive to makeup and not covered by layers of dead cells. Make exfoliation a habit – do it at least twice or even thrice a week. In order to not injure your skin and yet keep it supple, use an oil-based scrub. Do remember to moisturize daily with a moisturizer or a body milk with SPF, cocoa butter, or glycerin in it. The best time to apply lotions is when the skin is still damp. And most importantly, stay hydrated from within. Drink lots of water. Don’t neglect your lips since they do get chapped really fast too. Use a lip scrubber (or mix a teaspoon of sugar with an equal amount of malai (full-cream) to make one at home) because lips tend to dry out quickly in winters. Always apply a lip balm before applying a lipstick or a gloss.
Get rid of dry, flaky skin overnight by applying a creamy, hydrating mask (or a rich night cream) to your face for 5 to 15 minutes. Press a facial tissue on your face to absorb any excess, and then head to bed.
We need to change our products according to seasons, and our skin’s reaction to them. In winters, we all tend to have dry and flaky skin, so it’s suggested not to use face washes and cleansers that rip oil off your face. That would make your skin look more dull and dry. If you want to have a well moisturized, soft and supple skin this winter, shift to hydrating products. If your face feels taut and parched when the weather turns cold, switch up your cleansing routine. Instead of using a foaming, gel-based cleanser, use milky or creamy cleansers since they have fewer skin-stripping detergents. And also if you have super dry skin, it’s suggested to use cream based primers instead of gel based ones. Get into the habit of using BB creams as they can moisturize your skin as well as add nice tint with SPF. If you cannot do without foundation, mix the foundation with a moisturizer so your skin won’t look chalky.
If you have cracked, flaky winter lips, stick with a tinted lip balm that contains sunscreen. If your lips are in good shape you can opt for moisturizing lipstick, but avoid matte or long-wearing lipstick formulas as they can be drying.
3. Bronze that glow:
Bronzers are one of my fav makeup products as they make the face look thinner and nicely shaped. Bronzers work really well particularly in winters because they add that subtle glow. But do take care to use lighter shades of bronzers for winters – the shade should be just one notch darker than your skin tone. Use a little bronzer on the apples of your cheeks and then apply your favorite blush. This tip makes your blush stay on for longer and also hides dry patches.
4. Heavy makeup season:
5. Reduce redness:
The most irritating thing about winters is how some parts of your skin – especially the tip of your nose turn red! It just looks like you’ve been boiled! This can be corrected by regular moisturization or application of a cold cream. For those who suffer from this problem consistently, use a color correcting concealer on the red spots of your face. Look for moisturizers with calming ingredients and treat truly painful areas with a 1% hydro-cortisone cream.
6. Prevent makeup smudges:
Wintry winds, sleet, and snow can cause makeup meltdowns. Fight off sooty smudges and smears by applying waterproof mascara, and use eyeliner and shadow on the upper lids only to reduce the risk of makeup migration and watery eyes on windy days. Does your makeup tend to rub off on your coat, scarf or stole? Keep it in place by applying a layer of translucent pressed powder. It’s less messy than loose powder and can help keep makeup where you want it—on your face.
Blush makes a washed-out face come to life. Sweep a soft, peachy-hued (for fair skin) or warm, terracotta-toned (for darker skin) blush onto the apples of your cheeks and blend towards your cheekbones.
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