November 15, 2012

How to apply foundation during fall and winter

Did you notice that even if you still keep your beauty routine, your skin doesn’t look the same in the cold season? Your face loses its glow, gets dry and dewy. Foundation can really help make it brightening again and it also protects your face from the low temperatures. But even so, you need to make some changes in the way you apply it, so that your skin gets all the benefits that the foundation can offer.

In the summer you can use a light foundation or even a tinted moisturizer, but for fall and winter you may need to switch to a medium or full coverage. Jodi Risley, education and artistry executive at Make Up For Ever, says this will “help diffuse any damage that may have occurred to your skin during the warmer-weather months, but in addition, these richer bases pair well with Fall’s headier, more rustic tones.”

Moisturizing your face is also a must. Celebrity makeup artist Lusine Galadjian says: “Even if you’ve had moisturizer on all day, once you’re ready to put on your foundation, I suggest putting on more moisturizer and waiting three to five minutes for that to set in. Then the foundation goes on a lot smoother and blends in with your skin. If you don’t do that, it can look blotchy like it’s sitting on top of the skin instead of blending with the skin.”

Due to the cold temperatures, your skin might look ashy. If this is the case, Galadjian recommends using less foundation, and mixing it with a moisturizer. You can also apply it just in the T-zone, because if you put it all over, it might look chalky. To warm up your complexion, you can also add some bronzer in your moisturizer, or apply a bronzing powder on your cheekbones and along the sides of the face. Just make sure you don’t leave your neck in a different color: blend foundation down the neck, and then apply bronzer to contour.