In case you're not sick of me complaining about winter yet, here's the one where I moan over what it's doing to my skin. If I'm not on it, my face turns into a grey, flaky mess that's hard not to recoil from. So while skincare and water guzzling are high on my priority list these days (check out this guide for helping your skin survive the holidays, and by extension, winter), we can't forget about the majesty that is makeup. While it can't perform miracles, it can certainly go a long way towards helping you get your glow on, windchill notwithstanding. Read on for a few products I'm loving at the moment, as well as how I use them to make myself look halfway human again.
No word of a lie, the Marc Jacobs' Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer has been a godsend this winter. It's deeply hydrating and helps my makeup glide onto my skin, smoothing over dry patches and making everything stay in place throughout the day. It's a bit on the pricy side though at $55 CAD, but man is it worth it. Make Up For Ever makes another great hydrating primer, but for my money, it's MJ all the way. It almost feels more like a skincare product than anything because of how moisturizing it is, but somehow it primes too... basically it's good stuff. If dryness isn't your issue, however, a great illuminating primer will be your new best friend this winter. Laura Mercier's Radiance Primer is an amazing option for injecting a little life into your skin pre-foundation, and it also helps keep your makeup in check throughout the day (only not quite as well as the MJ one, in my opinion). For a more affordable option, check out Glowtion Day Dew from PIXI — same results, just possibly a little harder to get a hold of depending on where you live (but hey, that's what online shopping is for, right?). I personally like to double up on these, applying the MJ primer all over my face while concentrating the Radiance Primer on my cheeks alone.
COVER UP + HIGHLIGHT
Whatever your foundation of choice is, just make sure it's on the hydrating side. Heavier, matte-finish foundations can appear drying on the skin this time of year, and in my experience, can cling to dry patches for dear life, so opt for something dewy and winter-friendly. For me, Bobbi Brown's Skin Foundation SPF 15 is the ultimate, but use whatever floats your boat. Set with a translucent powder if you must, but don't forget one very important step in the trickery that is glowing winter skin — a good highlighter. Becca's Champagne Pop is a wicked-awesome option for mega shine (use sparingly, it's intense), but there are so many great options out there to choose from. Prior to trying this one, I swore by The Balm's Mary Lou Manizer, and have been known to even use eyeshadow in lieu of a highlighter during times of desperation. Basically, grab whatever you can get your hands on and apply it to the tops of your cheeks and down the bridge of your nose — you'll look dewy and healthy in no time.
Photos by Adventures in Fashion