Hello hello! I have been feeling so bad about neglecting my blog the last couple of weeks, but I don’t want to bore you with the details of my busy life, Instead, for today’s post I wanted to talk to you about my ideal complexion routine for the winter. Now of course I can’t speak for ALL skin types, but in my case, winter definitely takes a toll on my cutis. And I while I do adapt my skin care for the season, I also try to do the same for my complexion makeup products.Before I get into the actual topic of this post, I should share the list of products I used (other than the complexion ones):
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Dark Brown
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Rust
Zoeva Blanc Fusion palette (shades Conched, Last Bite and Joy in a Box)
NYX Double Stacked mascara base & top coat
NYX Lip Liner in Black Berry
Gerard Cosmetics Supreme Lip Creme
Let me also say this is a lonnnng one, so if you don’t have time, I highly suggest you save it for reading later 😉 The products mentioned below are in the exact order I use them.
Step One: Prep and Prime
Maybelline Baby Skin Pore-Minimizer
Dry winter skin for me also means texture. Dry patches, bumps, lines, the works. I fight all of that with a lot of moisturiser, but my favourite primer this time of year is the Maybelline Baby Skin Pore-Minimizer. It is a silicone based primer so I know it won’t clog my pores and cause breakouts. However, I only use it on my t-zone and on the top of my cheeks.
Essence Keep it Perfect and Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day Setting Sprays
I discovered both setting sprays fairly recently (a few months), but this part is more about the technique than the products themselves. I prefer applying/blending my foundation and concealer with a Beauty Blender, but instead of saturating it with water to wet it, I just spray a little bit of either setting sprays before blending. This is a time saver because even if I forget to apply primer (happens all the time), I know that the setting spray on my BB will help set my foundation. Not to mention, on extra dry days, I can just skip the setting powder. And not to state the obvious, but I also use these for setting my makeup.
Step Two: Even out the Skin Tone
Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation
First let me start by saying that today’s post was purely inspired by the look I did on Sunday. My skin tone is becoming lighter thanks to the rare sun we get in this part of the world, so I decided to reach for one of my all time favorite foundations, the Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow in the shade Honey. (Full review here). It’s a hydrating foundation, perfect for dry skin, and blends so seamlessly, even on the toughest dry patches. Ilove the light to medium coverage that I can build to my liking, makings it perfect for daily use, as well as a for special occasions. And the cherry on top is the SPF 15 which is just what the doctor ordered, literally.
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
I don’t have any serious darkness under my eyes, so the medium coverage works fine for me. But the main reason I like to use is is because it’s not as drying as most undereye concealers are. I apply just a light layer that covers my problem areas, then let it dry up a bit before I blend it out. This helps me keep the level of coverage that I like, and at the same time I only need the tiniest bit of powder to set it.
I use the shade 20 on most days, but if I had a short night’s sleep or feel my dark circles are a bit darker, I will use the shade 25. I also use the shade 20 to highlight during the day, applying it everywhere where I highlight as well as right under where my cheek contour would be, for that more defined look. I do this on work days because the shade is lighter than my skin, so I can use it alone without contouring.
Step Three: Sculpt
Maybelline Fit Me Compact Powder
Literally the only powder I can use on my entire face without being afraid it will accentuate texture on my skin, but I would highly recommend using the tiniest bit just to be on the safe side. I like that it is slightly pigmented (I use the shade 120 Classic ivory), which saves the day whenever I feel like I blended away too much of my concealer.
NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette
This palette is my contouring and highlighting holy grail. The matte powders are so buttery and blend nicely, highly pigmented, so a little goes a very long way! For my current skin tone I like to use the shade HCP S07. It has just the right undertone for a subtle contour, not too cool and not too warm either. If however I just want to bronze my skin, I will go for the shade HCP S06.
Step Four: Colour & Finish
NARS Super Orgasm Blush
Anyone who has used the NARS blushes will tell you the same thing; it blends seamlessly and stays on for a long time, but this specific shade (Super Orgasm) is the perfect match for my bronzer and contour. If I want a shiny finish, I take just a bit on my blush brush and apply directly to my cheeks. For a day makeup look, I like to tap the brush a few times before applying. I do this not only to remove excess product, but it also gets rid of the shimmer specks that wouldn’t look so natural for daytime, while the pigment I need will stay on the brush.
Japonesque Color Pixelated Finishing Powder
Finally, and for my favorite part is my most recent discovery in the highlighter department; the Japonesque Color Pixelated Finishing Powder in the shade 01. I can recommend this one for any time of day and night. Despite the powdery texture, it is buttery, easy to blend and buildable, so it’s easy to control intensity. Most importantly, this is one of those highlighting powders that give that “glow from within” finish, thanks to the fine particles.
I was so glad when I stumbled upon this perfect combination of complexion products, and since I do struggle with dry and patchy skin during the winter, probably as many of you, I had to share it! I hope you found this blog somewhat helpful! Let me know in the comments what products are your favorite to use in the winter, I would love to know! And as always, thank you for reading (if you survived this thesis! haha). Until next time, stay safe!
The Foundry girl.