The fall and winter months are a real bittersweet time for those of us who wear makeup.
On one hand, we don’t have to worry about sweating off our lipstick and foundation or having a million different products layered on our faces while the sun is mercilessly blaring on us all day long.
On the other hand, the struggle is real with dry, ashy, and chapped skin. What’s a girl to do?
Well since every season seems to come with its own special flavor of problematic, we do the only thing we know how to do—find a solution!
Try these two tricks to keep your makeup from looking dull and ashy this fall And winter season.
Mix a hydrating primer with your foundation.
You have to find makeup products that won’t dry you out, as well. Since fall and winter tend to be the seasons where you go for more bold, matte looks on your lips and eyes, try to go for a more dewy, skin-like foundation routine to bring more balance to your overall look.
Mix a good hydrating primer with your favorite foundation. Not only will it infuse both your foundation and skin with some much-need hydration, but it will give you a natural, lightweight glow that’ll last all day.
Recommendation: Pat McGrath Labs’ Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Primer
Try a steam + moisturizer combo.
Moisturizing before you apply makeup is a must no matter what season we’re in, but it’s especially important during fall and winter due to dryer and cooler weather conditions.
The quality of your makeup will always come down to how much effort you put into prepping your skin and if you don’t moisturize beforehand, you run the risk of looking dull and lifeless.
To spruce up your regular routine and avoid ashy foundation, try implementing steam in your regimen.
Steam is obviously very hydrating for your skin, but it also helps your skin absorb products much better which means your foundation has a chance to have a smooth, undetectable finish when you add a little steam to the mix. You can do this in two ways:
- Apply moisturizer to your face before you get in the shower and allow it to absorb in your skin.
- Use a facial steamer right before you moisturize and apply makeup.
Recommendation: Buttah Skin’s CocoShea Revitalizing Cream
Finally, focus on your skin
While its always cool to know tips and tricks to ensure that your makeup is always on point, the real key to great-looking makeup is great skin. To prevent and brighten dull skin we recommend the following:
1. Exfoliate Regularly
2. Moisturize Day and Night
3. Apply an Overnight Face Mask
4. Use Brightening Skincare Ingredients
To help brighten dull skin, choose skincare products that contain brightening ingredients. These include:
Alpha-hydroxy acids like glycolic acid for example
5. Wear Sunscreen
6. Invest in Anti-Pollution Skincare Products
7. Do Gentle Face Massages
There are a number of skin tools available that are dedicated to improving your skin’s blood flow to your face. Jade rollers, facial globes are some of our favorites. Use them along with your favorite skin serums for deep penetration and soft skin.
8. Keep Your Skin Hydrated
Drink your water
How do you prevent dry and ashy skin during the colder seasons of the year? Comment below!