BY: LBL Team

10 Dos and Don’ts of Winter Makeup

The best winter makeup tips

Winter is here, and it’s time to change your makeup routine. Why? Because dermatologists agree that you should adjust your skincare and beauty regimen to accommodate the dry, cold air. Here are our essential dos and don’ts of winter makeup:

1. Prep correctly

This is the best way to achieve a dewy, glowing complexion. You’ll want to exfoliate with a skincare product like LaserAway Beauty Polished Microdermabrasion Face and Body Scrub to sweep away flaky skin. Then, spend extra time massaging moisturizer into your face to boost your skin’s natural glow. You may also want to switch to a more hydrating moisturizer, like LaserAway Beauty Drenched Peptide Enriched Moisturizer, packed with ceramides to restore your natural skin barrier. And don’t forget the SPF!

2. Use a luminous primer

Mattifying primers are great for summer and hiding shine, but in winter months, it’s all about a luminous base. Apply a pearlescent primer to add life back into the skin, giving you a beautiful glow as it provides extra hydration.

3. Choose a hydrating foundation

Powder can make your skin look dull, and matte foundations can settle into flakes and dry skin, making your complexion look patchy. Instead, reach for a moisturizing BB or CC cream with reflective pigment, or choose a foundation with a creamier base that glides smoothly over the skin.

4. Achieve rosy cheeks with cream blush

You can create flushed, rosy skin by generously swirling on pink blush. But instead of picking up your tried-and-true powder blush, again, choose a more hydrating formula. A cream blush or multi-stick is perfect for adding color to the skin, and a liquid highlighter is the perfect finishing touch.

5. Don’t be afraid to bronze

Your natural tan may have faded after months of cool weather and sunless skies. While you may want to swap your bronzer for a lighter shade, don’t be afraid to add warmth to your complexion.

6. Exfoliate your lips

The cold winter air can quickly dry out your lips. But you can keep them silky soft by exfoliating them with a DIY sugar lip scrub, brushing them with a toothbrush, and sleeping in an overnight lip mask. When you’re out and about, touch up your lipstick with a tinted lip balm so it stays nice and soft.

7. Waterproof all makeup

Winter means dealing with all kinds of inclement weather, such as snow, hail, sleet, and rain. Ensure your product lineup is waterproof — that means waterproof mascara, eyebrow pencil, lip color, and eyeliner!

8. Experiment with intense colors

Don’t feel as though you’re limited to a cool palette — whites, pale blues, silvers, and purples — during winter. Instead, add emphasis to your winter look by embracing bold eyeliners and dramatic lip colors. Let your makeup make the outfit when you’re stuck in coats, scarves, and hats! Focus on a single feature to ensure everything is balanced.

9. Embrace a rich moisturizing lip color

Winter is the perfect time to ditch those matte lipsticks that can further dry out your lips. Instead, opt for richly pigmented lip colors with a moisturizing base. Look for lipsticks that contain hydrating ingredients like shea butter, vitamin E, or hyaluronic acid. These add a pop of color to your winter look and keep your lips from chapping. You can go bold with deep reds and purples or keep it subtle with soft pinks and nudes, depending on your preference.

10. Focus on eye makeup

With winter hats and scarves covering most of your face, your eyes become the focal point. Don’t shy away from experimenting with your eye makeup. Use this season to try out different eyeshadow textures – from creamy shimmers to glittery finishes. Play with colors that complement the winter season, like icy blues, frosty silvers, or even warm browns and golds. Remember to use an eye primer to prevent your eyeshadow from creasing due to the dry winter air.

Look gorgeous no matter the season

Doing your makeup during the winter can be challenging. But to achieve radiant, hydrated, and glowing skin, all you need to do is use more moisturizing formulas and reach for waterproof cosmetics. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different color palettes, either. Follow these tips, and you’ll look gorgeous even when the weather’s trying to keep you down!

Don’t forget that all these winter beauty tips should complement a solid skincare routine that consists of high-quality sunscreengentle cleanser, and moisturizer that’s formulated with peptides and ceramides. Check out LaserAway Beauty to learn more about dermatologist-tested and developed top-of-the-line skincare products.

  1. “12 Do’s and Don’ts of Fall and Winter Makeup,” Reader’s Digest, n.d.
  2. “8 Winter Weather Tips for When Your Skin is Super Dry,” Teen Vogue, November 16, 2015.
  3. “The Best Winter Makeup Tips for Glowing Skin, According to Experts,” Allure, December 6, 2018.
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