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When we think about no makeup-makeup, our minds typically jump to sunny, summer days, wearing our lightest SPF-infused tinted moisturizer and a touch of tinted lip balm — all while embracing sweat as an all-over, glowy look. But something we ought to collectively learn is that this cool, ‘grammable makeup look is just as achievable (and necessary!) in the winter. Since our skin tends to become dry and patchy due to colder temps, amping up your daily routine is a must — and brightening ingredients and tints will make a big difference this time of year, too.

We reached out to NYC-based celebrity makeup artist Megan Lanoux to walk us through her favorite winter skin tips. Read on for her best tips on caring for your skin and enhancing your natural glow — you may end up skipping makeup entirely.

Hydrate + Exfoliate

“The winter months are so cold and drying on our skin. My key to glowy/healthy looking skin is exfoliation and hydration,” Lanoux explains. “Exfoliating will remove dry or dead skin cells from the surface of your skin and help fight unwanted breakouts. If your skin is nicely exfoliated and hydrated, not only does it look great without makeup, but your makeup application will also look flawless.”


Treat Dry Skin

“Dry skin around your eyes is most common in winter months. This area of your skin is able to retain moisture, leaving it drier than most parts of your body. Applying a good eye cream is crucial. I’ve been raving about O' o Hawaii Birdsong Eye Remedy, I consider it a superfood for your eyes. For a big dose of hydration I stick to the good ol' coconut oil and VMV Hypoallergenics makes a great one!” And if that’s not enough, Lanoux recommends potentially investing in a humidifier to give your skin moisture.


Mix Face Oil + Moisturizer

For a dewy concoction, Lanoux recommends mixing facial oils with your daily moisturizer to help give you that “fresh and dewy look.” One of our favorite pairings is Urban Decay Drop Shot Mix-In Facial Oil and Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream.


Look for Skin Care With Added Glow

If you’re skipping makeup, consider looking for skin care products with illuminating and glow-inducing benefits. A few examples of instant, skin-enhancing products with the reviews to prove it are Lancôme Rosy Tone Reviving Cream, L'Oreal Paris Lumi Glotion and Lilah B. Aglow Face Mist.


Mask Like You Mean It

“I would apply masks as much as possible and use products that make skin glow. Sometimes I even double up on the masks and layer them with Patchology FlashPatch Rejuvenating Eye & Lip Gels.”



Give Your Skin a Break

“Giving your skin a rest from makeup is always a good idea, it allows it to breathe. A lot of makeup is loaded with chemicals so it’s extremely important to let your skin rest sometimes. Focus on skincare that is full of antioxidants and organic ingredients — it’s almost as important as taking your makeup off before you go to bed.”


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