Has your makeup routine changed for winter?

Not yet! My skin has been annoyingly flaky (but doesn’t seem that dry) in places for the last few months, so it’s less of a winter thing as more of a new, fun experience in general. I’ve been opting for dewier foundations since, and sometimes I do not set them if they aren’t SUPER dewy in finish. Other than complexion products, I don’t adjust products based on it being winter… possibly because winter is mild here in Arizona.

— Christine


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Lydia Avatar

I live in the southeast US where it is super humid in the summer and dry and cold in the winter, so I change a lot! Much thicker moisturizers and lots of lip masks and lip balm. I find myself wearing more highlighter and blush and less eyeshadow, for the most part. Even though there are still restrictions places I’ve been enjoying lipstick more as I wear less bold eyeshadow.

Arena Avatar

Slightly less sunscreen (3/4 tsp vs 1 1/2 tsp; because I never see the sun!!)
Significantly more moisture (lots o’layers)
Last year (sans mask) I went for a dewy foundation and silica powder (Beauty Pie One Powder Wonder), matte lip and gloss.
This year (w/mask) I am about the gentle matte foundation (Chanel Velvet) and then a good touch up powder that doesn’t irritate my skin, matte lip, no gloss. Also a skin mist (Caudalie Grape Water is really nice).

Lesley Avatar

In winter, I switch to KGD Maifanshi Moisture Foundation and cream blush and I often need a green color corrector because I get red patches. This year I will be using the KGD foundation but so long as I am not going anywhere and then wearing a mask when I do, I won’t bother with the green corrector. I have been skipping blush these days.

TropicalCowgirl Avatar

I actually pull out my palettes with cooler colors so they can come out to play. I usually NEVER touch gray toned colors until Winter. I usually go for a less sparkly eye than I do in the summer.

I prep my skin with oils after moisturizer to keep my skin from drying out. I rarely use powder as it is except for very light dusting and the Hourglass powder I use is not drying. I also opt more for creme blushes vs powder. And most of the time, I avoid any sparkly highlighters on my face. For lips, more balms for sure. And darker lips are a must.

Gilad Avatar

I go a bit darker/more saturated lip & cheek / sometimes more dramatic eyeliner in colder months, and lean more satin-matte instead of glowy.

Jen Avatar

The change in seasons doesn’t influence much of a change in makeup for me; that’s more likely to be my mood, plans for the day or what I’m wearing. My skincare is more dependent on the state of my skin so seasons may play a part there but I focus on keeping things steady and taking issues as they come rather than having a set regimen that I move in to automatically.

rickyrebarco Avatar

I’m using a lot more oils and moisturizers! I have dry skin anyway and winter can be killer if I’m not very assiduous in using lots of moisturizers.

BrandiD Avatar

I usually don’t change much for winter per se — I go for more earthy, muted colors in the switch from summer to fall, then back to brighter shades when winter rolls into spring. My skin has been temperamental lately though, so I’m wearing more gentle moisturizer and hydrating foundation. Unfortunately, that means everything comes off on masks but I’m going so few places these days that….*shrugs*

ShariP Avatar

I pretty much stay to the same routine year round. Color products vary by how I feel, not too much on the season. My skin stays pretty much the same year round, so not much of a change in skin care. The only thing I’ve added this year has been a cream for blemishes. Wearing a mask too much has resulted in some breakouts along the mask areas. Normally I don’t have this problem.

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