When temps drop and holiday decorations go up (squeal!) our wardrobe is not the only thing that sees some changes. Thanks to the cold, dry weather of the season, we find that our makeup routines are also in need of some slight alterations and substitutions. So bundle up, grab a warm drink, and read our tips on how to cosmetically combat the cold like a seasoned pro.
winter makeup routineGo from Powder to Cream Blush

 With cold weather comes dry skin, so reach for products that will maintain a soft dewy glow. Switching from powder to cream blush is an easy way to nail a soft, youthful look. Use this guide to apply your blush in the right place, and remember that with cream blush, a little goes a long way, so start lightly and build your color. MDC Recommends: Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush; Yves Saint Laurent Crème de Blush  

Don’t Skip the Primer

If priming your skin is a step you sometimes skip, winter is a time to change your ways. Priming your skin before foundation will keep it moisturized longer, which is key for flawless and glowing skin. MDC Recommends: Lancôme La Base Pro; Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion  

Choose a More Moisturizing Foundation

If you’re noticing a theme here it’s that moisturized, dewy skin is the ultimate objective during colder months. To help you in your noble quest, switch out your powder or mineral foundation for a more hydrating option. Also, even though the sun might not be visible, don’t forget the SPF—protecting yourself from sun damage and aging is a year round commitment. MDC Recommends: Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation; L’Oréal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous  

Consider Cream Eyeshadow

Continuing with our recommendation of swapping powders for cream, we suggest you give cream eyeshadows a whirl. If you’re normally scared they’ll crease or smudge on your lid, the dry months of winter are the perfect time to give it a go as the decrease in moisture will keep your shadow in place. Try one of your favorite hues close to the lash line and build slowly for a subtle look. MDC Recommends: Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24Hr Cream Gel Shadow; Benefit Cosmetics Creaseless Cream Shadow  

Swap Your Lip Stain for a More Hydrating Formula  

The final step on the road to more hydrating makeup is swapping your lip stains for more hydrating lip formulas. It’s the easiest way to combat those perennially chapped winter lips, but enjoy the color you love. MDC Recommends: Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy; Josie Maran Argan Love Your Lips Hydrating Lipstick

Do you change your makeup routine seasonally?
Give us the scoop on your favorite winter products below!

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