How to Adjust Your Makeup Routine for the Winter

Winter’s on the way, and this shift in the seasons is just the right time to take stock of what’s in your makeup bag.

“Colder temperatures, lower humidity and indoor heating all contribute to the loss of natural moisture from the skin’s surface,” says board-certified dermatologist and LovelySkin CEO Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “This is what causes your skin to feel tight, dry or itchy.”

Adjusting your makeup routine can help. Because dry skin feels and acts more sensitive in the winter, using makeup with gentler formulas and hydrating ingredients will help keep your skin feeling and looking good. Read on for six moves that will make your makeup routine work for you this winter.

Start Using a Primer With Sun Protection

When winter weather saps moisture from your skin, your makeup might not go on as smoothly. Begin your makeup routine with a skin-smoothing primer such as La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with Sunscreen. It will help create an even texture so that your makeup easily glides on and stays put all day. This primer also contains micro-particles that reflect the light, obscuring larger pores, fine lines, and dark spots. Because daily sunscreen use is still just as important in the winter, we love that this formula also has broad-spectrum SPF 50.

Switch to a Hydrating Liquid Foundation

If you typically use a cream- or powder-based foundation, you may find it too drying for wintertime. We suggest switching to a liquid foundation to plump skin with much-needed moisture. Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation provides lasting hydration with a formula that still feels lightweight. You can apply it using your fingers or your favorite makeup sponge and easily build up as much coverage as you need.

Shift to a Creamy Concealer

It’s time to swap out your stick-format concealer for a creamy, hydrating formula that will give you the coverage you want while giving skin the moisture it needs. Dermablend Cover Care Full Coverage Concealer covers dark under-eye circles, scars, and other discoloration, while moisturizing ingredients, such as glycerin and sunflower seed oil, keep the skin looking dewy and soft.

Finish With Setting Powder

Set your concealer and foundation to ensure long-lasting wear by dusting on a translucent powder. Vichy Dermafinish Setting Powder is formulated specifically for sensitive skin and will keep your makeup smudge-free without irritating. Use a powder puff to apply, and let set for two minutes before dusting off any excess powder with a makeup brush.

Use a Moisturizing Lip Balm

An intensely moisturizing lip balm should be the cornerstone of your winter makeup routine. FixMySkin 1% Hydrocortisone Healing Lip Balm – Vanilla contains cocoa and shea butter beeswax, and 1% hydrocortisone to help diminish the dry, flaky texture that can keep your favorite lipstick from looking its best. “The hydrocortisone in this balm penetrates deep into the skin to help repair dry, chapped lips,” says Dr. Schlessinger. This formula has a light vanilla flavor, and there’s also an unflavored version.

Remove Makeup With a Moisturizing Cleanser

When the day is done, it’s time to wash with a gentle cleanser that will remove makeup effectively without stripping your skin of moisture. SkinCeuticals Replenishing Cleanser Cream lathers up into a foam, washing away makeup while maintaining balanced oil levels. It also contains ceramides and essential oils to refresh and replenish dehydrated skin.


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