Winterize Your Make-up
Watery eyes, dry flaky lips, red runny noses…oh my! The winter months are the cruelest. Suddenly, the cold dry air wreaks havoc on the same make-up that worked well for you in warmer weather. But I want to make it all up to you with a few winterizing tips and techniques designed to keep your eyeliner in line, the flakes on the ski slope where they belong, and banish all thoughts of red-nosed reindeer.
Problem: Wet, runny eyes. Cold, dry air makes sensitive eyes tear up. How to avoid crying a river of mascara and liner?
Solution: Trade your wax-based eyeliner for a silicone-based one. Silicone liners repel water and won’t run. That makes them ideal for lining the tear rim and smudging along the lash line for a smokey look. Before the liner sets, dust on some talc-free eye shadow for added color and staying power. Finish with waterproof mascara. For added insurance against the whims of the weather, apply an all over silicone-based eye primer before you apply liner and shadow.
I suggest: Smudge Sticks Waterproof Eye & Lip Pencil and Luxe Premier Talc-Free Shadow.
Problem: Cracked, flaky lips. Try as you might to cover them up with lipstick, that only makes the flakes more obvious.
Solution: First prime your palette by exfoliating lips with a toothbrush and a little coconut oil, usually available in health food stores. Then use a silicone-based lip liner in a shade close to your natural lip color (bonus: they’re waterproof) to lightly outline just the bow of the upper lips and the center of the lower lip. Smudge the line inward to blend. Finish with a clear lip gloss to moisturize and conceal remaining flakes. Avoid a sparkly or pearlized gloss as they tend to accentuate flakes. And be sure and look for a lip gloss that contains no drying petrolatum.
I suggest: Smudge Sticks Waterproof Eye & Lip Pencil and Sheer Effects Smile Gloss.
Problem: A nose so red it could stop traffic
Solution: Don’t try to cover up with foundation. It will wipe right off the next time you take tissue to nose, making the red glow even brighter. Instead, try a light dusting of finely milled, yellow toned face powder. The yellow hue neutralizes redness, and the powder won’t look cake-y if applied sparingly. Blot a runny nose – inside and out. Don’t wipe.
I suggest: Youth Veil Airbrush FX.
Have a Beautiful Day,
Together we can defeat Old Man Winter!
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