My Tips For Battling Dull/Dry Winter Skin

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Winter time can have a big affect on the skin leaving it more on the drier side. When the seasons change, I always end up swapping up my skincare and makeup routines to suite my skin, I'm currently in serious moisturising mode! As annoying as dry skin is, it can also end up making the skin appear slightly dull or flat looking so today I thought I'd share some of my tips and tricks with you!

Skincare is key!

Starting off with the base, skincare is really important in helping create the perfect base prior to makeup application. Following a good skincare routine is going to help clear, hydrate and maintain your skin creating the perfect canvas, I always say you can have the most expensive raved about foundation but if your skin isn't preped then it's not going to work as well on your skin.

When the winters here it's important to exfoliate your skin to remove the pesky dry skin that makeup likes to grip onto and emphasise. I'm currently loving the LUSH Cup O' Coffee mask which exfoliates the skin beautifully without drying it out or leaving it feeling tight. As well as using a hydrating moisturiser, I like to use an oil on my drier areas, my current favourite to use is the Trilogy Rosehip Oil.

Hydrating primers are a must

Priming is the next step for makeup wearers, and there's a certain type of primer thats going to really help conquer that dull Winter skin! Anything hydrating/radiance giving/dewy/glowy is going to save your skin helping to create a smooth, hydrated and plump base for your makeup. My favourites have to be MAC Strobe Cream or the Soap & Glory Hocus Focus which is a great drugstore option.

Opt for radiant dewy foundations and concealers

As much as I like my base to be more on the matte side, during the winter that isn't always the best idea as matte products can really emphasise dry areas. Although I have combination skin, I find I can work with a dewy foundation as long as I set my more oilier areas with a good powder. My favourite foundations to use are the YSL Touche Eclat or the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum which is another great option and its certainly more purse friendly coming from the drugstore.

Same as the primers and foundation, hydrating concealers are also a great choice - especially under the eyes! My favourites are the YSL Touche Eclat, and if you're looking for a drugstore alternative then the L'Oreal Lumi Magique Concealer is also a great option. I also like to opt for a damp sponge over a brush to apply my base as brushes can move the dry areas around making them more visible.

Use blushes with subtle shimmer to add that pop of colour

Blush is one of my favourite makeup items and I love that subtle pop of colour they give. At the moment I've been skipping the matte blushes and opting for something with a subtle amount of shimmer (when I say subtle, I mean it - I don't want to look like an oily discoball).  The ones I've been wearing the most lately are Milani Dolce Pink and Soap & Glory Love At First Blush, both of which are beautiful shades of pink.

Highlighting will bring back that needed glow

Highlighting is an important part of my everyday makeup routine and when my skins looking a bit dull then it's extra important to use a highlighter to bring back that glow. For some people highlighting can seem a bit harsh for everyday wear but I think it's down to finding the right highlighter and application method to work for you.

When I highlight I like to apply it to the high points of my face, such as the cheekbones, brow bone, cupids bow and the tip of my nose. My current favourite is MAC Soft and Gentle, but I also love the Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette as you've got the choice of 4 different shades, 3 being powder and one being a cream.

So those are my top tips for tackling dry/dull Winter skin, I could have included lots more but I didn't want to make this post longer than it already is, maybe I'll get round to sharing a part 2 soon. Hopefully some of these tips will be helpful for you! Do you have any tips for tackling Winter skin?





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  1. I have dehydrated skin and this are great steps! I love the YSL and healthy mix foundation for giving my skin life! I love using cream highlighters and cheek products to make sure my skin doesn't dry out throughout the day! xx

  2. I love the lush face masks but haven't tried the cup o'coffee one, I like something that gives a good exfoliation so will pick this up next time I am in lush. Sophie xx

  3. Thank you, they're great foundations! Cream highlighters are my saviour! xo

  4. It's a lovely mask, well worth a try if you already love Lush masks! xo