Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Prepping Skin For Makeup During The Winter

Prepping Skin For Makeup During Winter

| Prepping Skin For Makeup During The Winter! |

The winter months are spectacular in so many ways but my skin would most certainly disagree. Whilst the festive cheer is in full swing, people are happy and singing carols, my skin is crying out for hydration and a bit of TLC. Skin prep is always an important step to ensure my makeup looks its best but it is especially important in the Winter when our skin is at its driest state. With that in mind, I'll be sharing the products that help me create a smooth, flawless and most importantly a hydrated base so my makeup applies well....

Exfoliate:
Exfoliating is a fundamental step in my skincare routine throughout the year because my skin tends to get flaky anyway, even in the warmer months. In the Summer I can get away with only exfoliating once a week but in the Winter twice a week is necessary for me. I usually opt for manual exfoliators as I find they work best to get rid of flaky skin. The Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator is my product of choice because as the name suggests it's very gentle to my skin. Some manual exfoliators can be harsh causing redness but this one has minute beads so they don't feel rough against the skin.

Hydrating Heroes:
Hydration is key in the Winter whether you have dry skin or not, because the icy weather and central heating can have harsh effects on your skin so nourishing and replenishing the skin is vital. 

I had been slathering on the Origins GinZing Moisturiser {Review} until a new moisturiser landed on my desk - more on that soon! This isn't the most hydrating moisturiser I've ever used but what keeps me coming back to it is that it brightens the skin, banishing my dull Winter complexion. It also has a gel formula which is very cooling on the skin so it's amazing if my skin is feeling a little raw from the harsh weather conditions. And of course, let's not forget about that famous Jaffa-esque scent, a Christmas classic if you ask me!

Under my eyes also get considerably dry at this time of year so I've been using an eye cream to hydrate the area. The Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream is perfect for me as its primary function is to brighten and depuff. Most eye creams are designed for anti-aging so this one is perfect for my 19-year-old skin. 

Prime:
I have combination skin but it's always leant more on the dry side so I've never really needed a primer. Most of them are at aimed at prolonging makeup but my makeup breaks down very minutely at the end of the day so I've never needed a product to prolong it. I didn't bother with hydrating primers either because I thought my moisturiser would be fine on its own but oh man, was I wrong. I discovered that hydrating primers actually do work wonders for dry/dehydrated skin and I've been obsessed with them ever since! 

Mac Strobe Cream isn't a typical primer but that's what most of the Mac makeup artists use it as and if it's good enough for them then it's certainly good enough for me! I love using it as a primer because it's incredibly hydrating and it provides a dewy look to your base, perfect to combat dull Winter skin! 

Another hydrating favourite is the Too Faced Hangover primer which contains skin-loving ingredients to help nourish the skin. Since I bought it it's become an imperative product in my makeup routine to create a smooth flawless base for makeup application. 

Another primer favourite is a silicone based one and it's The Body Shop Instablur Primer. I usually use this when I have ecezema or a severley dry patch on my skin as it smooths over the area helping foundation to apply better and it prevents foundation from clinging to the area. 

Don't Forget About The Lips!
It's quite ironic that burgundy/berry and red lipstick is associated with Winter because they're most likely to accentuate dry flaky lips. That's why taking care of the lips is even more important for the colder months. I've gone into full detail on how I prepare my lips for a red lipstick in a recent blog post and it's pretty much the exact same steps. 

I like to exfoliate my lips using the Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub {review} to remove those dreaded flaky patches and to create a smooth base for my dark or matte lipstick. The sweet scent of this scrub smells good enough to eat, oh wait, you can eat it *insert winking emoji* Well, eat isn't quite the right word but you can lick it off, making it quick and easy to use.

After exfoliating, I always go in with a bit of lip balm and my favourite for the chilly season is the Nuxe Reve De Miel lip balm. This is the thickest lip balm I've ever come across and it feels like a lip mask. It feels like it penetrates the lips, providing lasting nourishment and the honey scent smells good enough to eat!

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