Winter never bodes well for those with alabaster skin. Case in point: Beautiful ivory and delicate porcelain complexions can veer into pasty territory in the face of freezing temps and limited sunshine. Foundation can help, or it can exacerbate the problem (think heavy, cake-y, or mask-like finishes). To make sure that even the palest girls can still give off a healthy winter glow, we asked celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose (his clients include Hailee Steinfeld and Kate Mara) to share his best glow-giving tips for those with milky complexions. From the types of foundations you should look for to his top five favorites, keep scrolling to see what he said!
“Fair, alabaster skin is beautiful and there is no need to make it look tan,” Barose says. “The key is to look for a foundation that warms up your skin a bit more and gives it a radiant glow in the winter.” He says the first step is to avoid any foundations that are too thick (“It can turn mask-like in an instant!”) and to opt for sheer, liquid formulas or even tinted moisturizer.
Ideally, the perfect winter foundation would melt into your skin like a second skin, but also have enough coverage to mask redness. “Most fair skin tones have a bit of redness that needs to be toned down,” Barose says. Color-wise, he says it’s actually okay if your foundation doesn’t match your skin tone perfectly, especially if you’re using a sheer, liquid formula. “Opt for ones that are a bit warmer then your skin tone, and blend them out with a dampened BeautyBlender ($20),” he says.
Keep scrolling for Barose’s top five winter foundation picks for fair-skinned girls!