Autumnal/winter makeup can be so different to spring/summer makeup; what do you do differently?
It might be the products you use, you need more moisturising products, or maybe you crave more of a pop of colour! The sun barely wants to be seen in the months we’re in so we almost have to make our own spotlight on our face! We can’t rely on natural sunshine to make us look more radiant so we might apply a bit extra makeup like highlighter or eyeshadow to get that extra oomph.
I have a few extra tips for this season. It’s not more makeup or products as such, it’s just how to use them for the cold weather. Firstly, I moisturise more before any makeup or primer application. Then, after I apply the foundation and concealer, I set with powder. Now in the summer I firstly set with the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Powder then I apply a pretty decent amount of the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder to really set my makeup and lock in into place.
In the winter though I could literally just set it with the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Finish Powder. As it’s so finely milled, it really is a phenomenal lightweight powder. Then I just add a touch of Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder in the areas where I know I’ll get a little oily, just to lock it a bit in place. You don’t need anywhere near as much as you would in the summer. As on the chilly days, the cold almost sets your makeup for you!
On my eyes, when I apply eyeshadow, I add more of a crease shade to really define the eyes. For example, in the summer I might just add a light wash of a medium/dark brown eyeshadow in my crease, in winter I’ll apply that same shade or darker, and I’ll apply a lot more of it. As I like more of an intense colour payoff in the colder months as there’s hardly any natural light. The Nars Skin Deep Palette has an amazing range of autumnal, earthy shades, perfect for this time of year. Beautiful, buttery shades and Nars is one of the best makeup brands out there. The shadows and formula themselves blend like a dream, one of my favourite palettes for a long time.
Next, I apply more bronzer/contour whatever your preference is, to the perimeters of my face, to add more warmth mostly, but also to add a bit of structure to the face. I apply this in the summer also but I apply a bit more in the winter as it won’t seem as strong because again, there isn’t really any strong sunlight if any. So makeup doesn’t seem as strong as you think it would look. Also, applying more warmth (bronzer) to your face in the winter months is so fundamentally important towards completing your makeup as, let’s face it, our complexions gets lighter in the colder months as there’s not much visible sun which means not a sufficient amount of vitamin D either.
IMPORTANT TIP: Health services advice that we ALL take vitamin D supplements, as we all start lacking that vitamin in the winter months. Contact your pharmacist or GP for more advice, and to know what amount of international units you should be taking.
Lastly, I moisturise my lips a LOT more than usual, as the cold dries out our lips like no other, and can even cause the fragile skin on our lips to split and bleed. One more tip I do: apply more highlighter. I don’t like the tin-man look many of us millennials strive for, but I like a little visible dewy glow in the summer. But as soon as the colder more dull months strike, I apply more than usual. Probably about twice the amount than usual. Why? The sun isn’t out as much so you will barely get any glow if you use a very tiny amount. Secondly, it’s almost Christmas! Why not?
What do you think? What changes do you make in your makeup routine? Do you prefer winter or summer makeup? Comment below!