We bid adieu to dewy, sun-kissed makeup in tandem with our fading tan lines at summer's end and have been holding on to the last bit of naturally hydrated skin and fuss-free beauty this fall. But now that winter has arrived with a vengeance (we're looking at you, recent east coast nor'easter), dry flaky skin is popping up beneath our foundation, tarnishing the supple skin we worked so hard for over the past few months. Our noses are turning red, our eyes are watering and smearing our carefully-applied makeup—winter, you're a cold soul.
While all hope may seem like it's lost, never fear. You can achieve a beautiful glow, nix dry patches, and make everyone around you wonder if you got the winter skin memo. (You did, but you're not accepting it). Below, discover some foolproof ways to winter-proof your makeup and help it look fresh and glowy despite the plummeting temperatures.
The base of your makeup is the most important thing to focus on. Without well-hydrated skin, your products won't lay correctly. Just remember this tip: When applying skincare, go from thinnest to thickest. That means toner, followed by serum, followed by moisturizer. We recommend this ultra-nourishing cream from RéVive as a final step to ward off winter skin woes.
Waterproof Your Makeup
With chilly winds whipping at high speeds, your eyes are bound to water. Prevent runny liner and mascara à la LC from The Hills and grab some trusty waterproof formulas. Just remember to use a gentle remover like Bioderma Hydrabio H2O ($17) and resist the urge to rub—doing so causes dark circles and premature aging.
Make a Bespoke Foundation
Tuck your summer foundation away and aim for thinner formulas this winter. They lay much better on drier skin and won't slide around provided your skin isn't as oily in the colder months. Take a note from Cate Blanchett (as we did) and create your own blend by mixing foundation with serum or moisturizer to dilute the makeup. This way, you can formulate your own bespoke product that includes both your perfect shade of foundation and your favorite hydrator.
Carry Heavy Artillery
If you notice dry patches appearing beneath your makeup midday, Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi suggests pressing a bit of hyaluronic acid serum onto the area to bind the dead skin cells and plump them with moisture.
If your nose is red from constantly blowing it or if your cheeks are flushed from wind burn, consider applying some soothing cream prior to foundation to help settle inflamed skin. You'll also want to skip using retinols or any irritating ingredients at night while the skin calms down. If redness is still showing through your makeup, camouflage it with a budge-proof concealer like Maybelline Master Conceal ($7).
Perfect Your Pout
Gigi Hadid told us exclusively that she's a huge fan of this lip balm to keep her lips hydrated in the winter. Even if you don't wear lipstick, it's important to moisturize your lips just as you would your skin. But lipstick over flaky lips? No bueno.
Swap Powder With Cream
Powder formulas don't sit well on dry skin—in fact, they tend to settle and look a bit cakey. Instead, swap in cream formulas (Tom Ford's Shimmer shot, pictured above, is a perfect winter liquid highlight). Take a look at these great cream replacements for powder products if you're thinking of making the switch.
Do you have any other products you swear by during the cold winter months? Let us know your favorites in the comments below!