Have you found that your makeup just doesn’t perform the same in colder months as it does when it’s warmer out? Does it flake or fade early in the day? Is your skin more sensitive? This is completely normal because our skin actually changes seasonally and has different needs. You may just need to make a few adjustments to help protect your skin and ensure your makeup actually goes on smoothly and lasts. My winter makeup tips for mature skin will help with this.
Even if you live in a mild climate and your skin has not gone through any drastic changes so far, these winter makeup tips for mature skin could still be beneficial if you have issues with makeup not going on smoothly or settling into fine lines.
Winter Makeup Tips for Mature Skin: Prep
Using non-toxic products is key since many skincare and makeup products contain ingredients that cause sensitivity and make winter skin even worse. Be careful with harsh exfoliators as well. Look for a gentle, non-toxic exfoliator like this one versus using one with harsh chemicals or a gritty scrub.
1- Add a face oil to your pre-makeup routine.
Our skin needs lipids. Our skin naturally produces oil (sebum), but as we age or have inflammation our oil and collagen production can decrease, which causes dry skin symptoms. Lack of oil in the skin can lead to dry patches/flaky skin, fine lines, wrinkles, and breakouts (yes, acne from being too dry). I use this oil because it helps calm my redness and plumps up my skin.
2- Use a Moisturizer with SPF or use SPF with your favorite moisturizer.
Moisturizer and SPF should be a part of your daily makeup routine your-round, even in the winter. Many people skip this but it’s important. We are exposed to ultraviolet light and blue light emitted from our electronics everyday.
I use this sunscreen, which blocks UVA, UVB, and blue light. It is also reef-safe. I also like this one from Amazon.
Be sure to choose a moisturizer formulated for your skin type. Here is a one-minute skincare quiz, which will help you figure out your skin type and suggested products for your type.
3- Wear Primer Underneath Your Foundation
The step after your moisturizer will be to use a primer. The primer isn’t mandatory, but it can be very helpful by providing another layer of protection to help skin’s retain it’s natural moisture. I use this Primer from Ilia.
It also helps your foundation and concealer glide on more smoothly, which gives you a more flawless finish, even if you are using a lightweight foundation, which I highly recommend to help prevent makeup from creasing in fine lines. Skin Twin Featherweight Foundation was a game-changer for me. I use so little and it feels like nothing is on my skin, yet it covers my rosacea beautifully. Bonus? It’s full of hyaluronic acid, which plumps the skin. I am all about the skin plump!
This is a quick REEL I made for Instagram. It isn’t formatted for You Tube, but I thought it might be helpful.
4- Make Use of Beauty Blenders and Sponges
The application of your makeup should also change in the winter. I prefer a brush in warmer months, but my makeup goes on much more smoothly with a damp beauty blender in the winter. I use this beauty blender and it is amazing! To use, run the blender under water and squeeze a few times. The blender I use doubles in size! Then wring it out completely. The moisture helps foundation to go on smoothly and creates a beautiful air-brushed effect. https://youtu.be/dNJ_Z1xqnZ4 This is a quick REEL I made for Instagram. It isn’t formatted for You Tube, but I thought it might be helpful.
Product Swaps and Recommendations
5- Skip the Powdered Face Products and choose Creams. Since the winter climate can cause a lot of extra dryness, powders, which absorb oils, can dry skin out even more. Makeup applied to dry skin can look cakey, unnatural, and even draw attention to fine lines. Try to skip over the main powdered cosmetics you would typically use, which might include:setting powder, bronzer, powder blush, and powder highlighter. Most powdered cosmetics come in a cream form, which I actually prefer year round. I use these three cream highlighters. I use the bronze glow as my bronzer. Cream blushes are great because they can also save time by doubling as lipstick in a pinch. This is my go-to cream blush. Lipstick can also work as a cream blush if blended well.
6- Use cream eyeshadows. I don’t know about you but powder shadows accentuate the crepey-ness of my eyelids. I also struggle with application. Cream shadows are forgiving and have better lasting powder. This cream shadow in Glaze is my favorite.
7- Use a hydrating gloss to keep your lips from drying out. Lip products, especially those formulated for long wear can be especially drying. Instead, choose a hydrating gloss or lipstick to improve the condition of your lips while adding a splash of color. I love these glosses and these conditioning lipsticks.
8- Use a mist as a setting spray instead of powder. Setting powders are tricky for dry skin. Powders can actually highlight dry skin and settle into wrinkles and drawing attention to them, which isn’t ideal. This facial mist, which not only sets makeup but actually helps even and brighten skin tone as well, is my favorite so far. Who doesn’t love a product that does double duty?
It is easy to apply these winter makeup tips, just remember the highlights:
- use non-toxic products whenever possible
- up your moisture and hydration game
- skip the powders
- never skin the sunscreen
Keep these tips in mind, and you will have beautiful, glowing skin, perfectly prepped for makeup, all winter long. I hope you found these helpful! I’d love to hear your tips as well, so be sure share in the comments or send me an email.
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