Cold weather can wreak havoc on your complexion, leaving skin feeling tight, flaky and just downright uncomfortable. But with the right winter makeup routine, a dull, lackluster complexion can look radiant and feel hydrated (yes, even when it’s in the negatives outside). We’re talking about swapping out powders for hydrating liquid products and adding in anything that promises a luminous matte complexion. Ahead, we break down the best cold weather makeup routine for winter.
STEP #1: Glowing and Hydrated Complexion
Set your loose powders and mineral makeup aside until summer because right now, your skin needs all of the moisture it can get. That means reaching for a hydrating primer to start, and following up with a foundation or CC cream that will give your skin an instant pearly glow. We like the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ and Maybelline New York Dream Urban Cover Flawless Coverage Foundation.
STEP #2: Sparkly Eye Makeup
If summer is all about a bare face and enhancing your natural beauty, then cold winter weather is the perfect opportunity to experiment with shimmery eye makeup. This can mean neutral or bright colors, cream or powder shadows — the choices are endless. For cream eyeshadow, we prefer Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Liquid Eyeshadow; for powder we like the Lancôme Hypnôse 5-Color Eyeshadow Palette.
STEP #3: Hydrated and Tinted Lips
Dry lips are one of the worst parts of winter. To help keep them hydrated and smooth, you want balms, glosses, lip oils and other moisturizing formulas as opposed to more drying matte lippies (even though we must admit we love them). Two hydrating lipsticks that we love are the Kosas Rosewater Lipstick and L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick.