Skin can look dull and drab during the winter months. Weather conditions can cause skin to develop breakouts, while also becoming flaky and dehydrated. The products you use and the way you apply your makeup can make a drastic difference in your complexion. Here are some long lasting makeup tips to keep your face looking fresh and vibrant!
1) Use an appropriate moisturizer to combat winter dryness.
The cold winter weather, combined with brisk wind and indoor heating can do a number on your skin’s moisture level – even if you normally suffer from oily skin.
Products to try:
Astrida Naturals Tea Tree & Clary Sage Green Tea Moisturizer ($24). A balanced light weight moisturizer that’s great for combination or slightly oily skin. It has soothing properties, won’t irritate acne prone skin, feels light weight, and smells absolutely amazing.
Makeup Artist’s Choice Aloe & Lavender Gel ($9). This is your best bet for those with very oily skin. It absorbs almost immediately and leaves no greasy residue to disrupt the application of makeup. Unlike most other moisturizers, it doesn’t encourage the skin to produce even more oil, AND it doesn’t smother pores.
Nivea Crème ($10). This is an excellent moisturizer for areas with incredibly dry flaky skin, such as elbows, knees, feet, edges of nose, and even lips. It feels absolutely luxurious and provides instant moisture. Its perfect to use on the side of nostrils after you’ve been sick – totally relieves the dryness caused by using a few too many rough tissues! Unless you have exceedingly dry skin, I wouldn’t recommend using for a whole face application.
2) Strategically use highlighter to create a glowing, vibrant look.
Place a shimmery highlighter on the bridge of nose, at inner & outer corner of eyes, and above the cupid’s bow of your lips.
Products to try:
Benefit Watts Up Cream Highlighter ($30). This one provides a minimal shimmer effect, and is good to use on dry skin, on top of liquid foundation. Apply with finger tips, or using a small concealer brush. DO NOT use it on top of powder foundation. It turns into an odd paste-like consistency…I had to learn this one the hard way ladies!
Mattify Cosmetics Body Shimmer ($7): This is a powder shimmer, which is a pick better if you have oily skin. The product blends very well on top of either liquid or powder foundation. Apply with a small concealer brush & blend.
Benefit High Beam Highlighter ($26). This is a more shimmery version of the Benefit Cream Highlighter, and can be applied over any type of makeup. It provides a beautiful glow, but might be a bit too moisturizing for super oily skin types.
3) Don’t be afraid of bronzer.
Just because its winter doesn’t mean you can’t have a summer glow!
Plenty of women fake & bake at tanning salons all winter. For those of us who would like to avoid dying of skin cancer by age 30, you can fake it with bronzer. This item is also good for slimming a round face or wide nose.
Products to try:
Cargo Bronzer ($29). This is a matte pressed powder bronzer, perfect if you don’t like much shimmer. It that works well on any skin type and is super blendable. They offer a Medium and Dark shade. Apply with a small powder puff or angled powder brush.
Mattify Cosmetics Loose Powder Bronzer ($7). This bronzer has some shimmer to it, but the more you blend, the less visible the shimmer becomes. It only comes in one shade, which is great for medium or olive skin tones. Apply with an angled powder brush.
Benefit Sun Beam Liquid Bronzer ($26). This one has about as much shimmer as the Mattify Powder, but in liquid form. As for me personally, I prefer powder because it helps tame my oily skin. But this one would probably be good for combo or dry skin. Apply with fingers, makeup sponge, or a concealer brush.
4) Keep your long lasting makeup in place with setting powder.
After all this hard work, you want to make sure your makeup will last for hours! Always use a setting powder to blur pores & fine lines, and give a nice soft-focus finish to your makeup. People with dry skin probably only need to do this once, but those with oily skin might need to reapply the powder every few hours. The good part is, as long as you go with a translucent powder, you won’t need to be worried about caking. Just make sure to blend well!
Products to try:
NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Powder ($34). This is a clear pressed powder that will set makeup, while also diffusing light – which helps deflect the focus off of flaws. Since this product contains a few moisturizing elements, it is best for dry to combination skin.
Mattify Cosmetics ULTRA Powder for Oily Skin ($14). This is also a clear powder, but in loose powder form. It is a super oil absorber that double tasks, because you can use it as primer before your foundation, and also after your makeup to set everything in place. If you have oily skin, you need this product! It will keep the oiliness at bay for several hours, while giving you a long lasting makeup finish.
With these few simple steps, you can have long lasting makeup – whether you’re hitting the town for a holiday party, or hitting the slopes for a day of play in the snow!
Check out these links for more articles on makeup for oily skin!
Perfect Eyebrows – Long Lasting Eyebrow Pencil & Sealer: http://punkmarkgirl.hubpages.com/hub/3-Steps-to-Perfect-Eyebrows-Long-Lasting-Waterproof-Color
Top 5 Best Products for Oily Skin: http://punkmarkgirl.hubpages.com/hub/Top-5-Products-for-Oily-Skin
Best Face Primer for Oily Skin – Powder Primer: http://makeupguru4u.hubpages.com/hub/-Best-Face-Primer-for-Oily-Skin-The-Secret-to-Long-Lasting-Makeup