Greeting H-Metro readers and beauty enthusiasts…
It’s always a pleasure having you on this column.
I do hope I find you well and looking perfect as always.
I couldn’t wait for this week where I need to tackle the use of foundations this winter.
It’s an issue many take lightly yet it requires attention.
I know most people just use the same foundation throughout the year whether its summer, winter or rainy season which is way out of it.
There are however rules that comes with makeup and looking good with each season.
🔵Foundation and winter
So for those of us whose idea of a winter glow doesn’t involve jetting off to a tropical resort, we have the happy task of adjusting our skin care and makeup instead to accommodate for the dry, cold, sharp air and punishing, even more drying indoor heating (fun).
Flaky, dry, irritated skin seems to be the norm every winter and yet, still remains to look cute.
Lucky for us, there’s makeup.
It’s just going to take some tweaking to prevent it from betraying us by drawing attention to just how winter-ravaged our skin is.
Dare we dew? We do. We’ve enlisted the expertise of professional makeup artists to show us how we can use makeup to appear like an ethereal glowing angel in the depths of winter (and none of them involve bronzer).
- Don’t skimp on moisturiser.
OK, this is technically a skin-care tip, but it’s actually helpful to think of it as a step in your makeup routine because it’s the best way to achieve a dewy, glowy complexion before you even think about busting out the highlighter. “Spend extra time massaging [moisturizer] in to boost skin’s natural glow,” says makeup artist says, “Be generous with it, and don’t forget your neck.”
In need of a good moisturizer? We’ve already vetted these Best of Beauty winners, or you can try any one of these favorites.
🔵 Know when to moisturise.
Hydration is clearly crucial, but Washington D.C.-based makeup artist Erwin Gomez shared an extra hack: Be sure to moisturize when your skin is still damp after showering.
“This is the optimal time to give your freshly steamed and washed skin its much-needed hydration,” says Gomez.
He reaches for products such as Fresh’s Vitamin Nectar Glow Juice Antioxidant Face Serum, which features vitamins C and E for added radiance.
🔵Stay away from anything too powdery.
“Powder can make fair skin look duller,” says Barose. Instead, he recommends using a moisturizing CC cream that’s one shade warmer than your skin tone. “I’m a fan of Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminessence CC Color Control Brighten Moisturizer SPF 35 because it has a subtle reflective pigment in it,” he says. Another excellent option that contains sun protection is Supergoop’s CC Cream Daily Correct Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Sunscreen.
🔵Switch up your primer.
We as beauticians recommend using a luminous primer instead of a traditional matte one.
“The subtle shimmer in the primer will help give your skin that amazing glowing-from-within effect,” says beauticians.
With winter winds to worry about, we’ll take any extra boost of glow we can get. (Plus, the primer adds another layer of hydration.) Try the glass skin hero VDL Lumilayer Primer, Flesh Beauty’s Illuminating Primer, or Laura Mercier’s Radiance Foundation Primer.
🔵Stick to liquid and cream foundation…
The only thing worse than flakes is when your foundation actually highlights your flaky skin.
Beauticians recommends a foundation with a creamier base, which glides smoothly over the skin.
We recommend any of these 17 foundations made for dry, thirsty skin.
In contrast, “a matte formula will settle into flakes and dry skin, giving you a patchy and uneven finish.”
If you don’t like your foundation too dewy, you can always set it with powder to dial down shine on your T-zone areas.
🔵 …And liquid highlighter, as well.
For the most natural effect, Beauticians recommend applying a liquid highlighter with a damp Beautyblender sponge.
A drying highlighter can also do the magic.
You can also try all liquid forms makeup and avoid going dry.
🔵Never stop moisturising.
If you notice your skin getting dry (or your makeup getting cakey) throughout the day, keep a facial mist nearby to spray on a dose of hydration. “Spray your face with a light mist of water to help set the makeup and provide a little extra moisture,” says beauticians . Any one of these face mists will do the wonders.
The results of winter mainly is dry skin, the bane of most people’s existence during cold weather months. For beauty lovers, your go-to makeup products may not cut it as biting winds and dry air suck the life out of your face. Switching to one of the many hydrating foundations for dry winter skin may be in order if you hope to keep your makeup looking flawless.
-Several factors from not drinking enough water to skipping out on sunscreen may be what’s causing your dry skin during the winter.
-layering on product in an effort to mask the flaky, itching, red mess is no joke, especially when the products you normally use exacerbate the dryness. You may have to switch up your entire beauty routine when the winter air deprives your body of moisture.
-It may be a pain, but getting rid of dry skin isn’t impossible. Investing in the right serums and moisturizers will kick your makeup routine off to a great start. Once you’ve got your skincare regimen adjusted, going in with a hydro boosting
-foundation will do your skin a load of good.
Let’s all try to be on point this winter, because summer is guaranteed!!
NB: Joey Nyikadzino is a beautician, script-writer, hairstylist and entrepreneur based in the capital.
She also runs a film and theatre school grooming upcoming actresses from less fortunate backgrounds and remote areas.
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