• Nicole McKane

Dewy Foundation Routine For The Dry Winter Season

It’s that time of year again where you find yourself staring into your beauty mirror wondering when your skin got so dry. But don’t worry - you’re not alone. Between the freezing, harsh winds of winter and the dry heat blasting from the heating vents in your house, your skin is dying for some moisture.

During the severe winter season, it is extremely important to tweak your skincare and makeup routine to jive with the new season. Taking time to consciously weed out products that worked for summer but may not work for winter is the best way to combat looking dry and flaky all winter long.

1. Start With An Extra Hydrating Base

I have found that keeping your base more hydrated than usual every day has long-lasting results. When I first tried using an oil in my routine, I was definitely intimidated by adding more oil to my already oily skin. After a few weeks, my skin started getting used to the extra hydration and became naturally less oily. It almost felt like I was training my face for a marathon. The first few days of buttery, shiny skin was rough, but the end product of balanced skin was worth it in the long run.

Luckily, finding an oil that suits your skin won’t be entirely too expensive. I actually found my go-to oil at Marshalls, and it’s been apart of my winter foundation routine for about two years. The great thing about facial oils is that you only need a little drop each day, so your supply won’t run dry.

2. Find Your Go-To Luminous Foundation

Nothing is more important than finding a solid foundation to hold up against the harsh winter cold. Tailoring my everyday foundation routine has helped me feel confident about my skin, even when it’s at its worst. My personal go-to foundation is the L’Oreal True Match Foundation. For me personally, this foundation gives me the perfect amount of hydration without slipping and sliding off my skin. True Match also gives you that SPF that is extremely necessary, especially in the winter!

3. Go Crazy With Blush And Highlight

Think about what your skin looks like after a long day at the beach (protected with SPF, of course)! This is the exact look you want to achieve during the winter. Beautiful, dewy skin, blushed cheeks and nose, looking sunkissed and natural. The best time to get a little ~extra~ with your blush and highlighter is in the winter when your skin is usually looking a little dull. The best way to incorporate a beautiful summer flush is by adding a cream blush to the apples of your cheeks. For a little extra flair - try adding blush to the center bridge of your nose.

My favorite cream blush is the Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek in shade “Dusty Rose”. Application is subjective to personal opinion, but I really enjoy using a makeup sponge to bounce in the cream blush. Using a damp sponge really sets the product into the skin, leaving a healthy and natural-looking glow.

Adding highlighter to your face is like adding the icing to a cupcake - it’s the finishing touch! Don’t be afraid to go crazy with highlight this winter season. My favorite product to add to my routine is the wet n wild “MegaGlo” Highlighting Powder. Even though this is a powder formula, it still blends and melts into your skin giving you a much-needed glow.

Nicole McKane