My Current Winter Makeup Essentials
I consider myself really lucky that my skin doesn’t change too much throughout the seasons. I don’t suffer from dry skin in the Winter, but it can become slightly more oily during the summer months so a little extra powder helps, especially around my T-zone. The only thing that really changes is my shade of foundation; lighter for winter (unless I’ve tanned, which is more often these days!) darker for summer.
I do switch up my moisturiser, but at the moment I’m using Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel. I used it absolutely years ago and it did wonders for my skin. I don’t really know why I stopped, I think I just liked trying out something new. It’s not cheap, but good skin care is really important. I really like that it absorbs really quickly into my skin so I’m not hanging around for it to dry before I apply my makeup. It doesn’t smell of anything either which I like. There is a ‘Lotion’ version but this one seems to work better for my skin type.
Next, I use a primer to help whatever products I put on top, adhere too. I’ve been reaching for NYX Angel Veil more so lately and it works well on my skin; it makes my skin feel really smooth and silky. I do like to change my primer depending on my makeup look. Some are illuminating so if I want a really glowy look I’ll use one like that.
I’ve been loving a full coverage foundation the past few weeks. So I’ve been wearing Mac Studio Fix Fluid- NC40. I bought this foundation ages ago but I was matched with a pink undertone rather than yellow, although I loved the formula, it just made me look flushed all the time (pure and simply it was the wrong shade!) I recently picked up the ‘right’ shade and now reach for it most days. The coverage is amazing yet feels so lightweight. For the best results, I apply it with a brush then go over with a damp beauty sponge.
My favourite affordable concealer is still Maybelline Fit Me. It sinks into the skin, blends out flawlessly and doesn’t emphasise my pores and wrinkles like a lot of others do. It’s by far the best drugstore concealer. Great for everyday use. I wear shade 15.
For bronze/contour, I’ve been using Barry M Contour Stick or Soleil Tan De Chanel (featured in my January Favourites) These are quick and easy to blend out as they are creams. I prefer creams as they work into your skin, whereas I find powders sit on my skin. I find I get more of a ‘natural’ look with creams. A duo fibre brush like this Morphe M436 gives the best finish.
To set my face and under eyes, I use my trusted RCMA No Colour Powder. I’ve yet to find a better one. Is so finely milled that you can’t even notice it. For convenience, I transfer some of the powder into a travel size pot so then I can tip some into the lid and I don’t have to get out this big pot. You don’t get a flashback with this powder either.
I don’t always wear blush, but if I do it would more than likely be a coral shade. I love NXY Coraline. It’s really pigmented so go in with a light hand! It gives me a warm peachy flush to my cheeks. It’s matte as well, which I prefer. If you don’t have it I’d highly recommend trying it.
For brows, I love my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade. It’s so easy to apply and can look natural if you are careful. It’s taken me years to master an ‘instabrow’. I apply it with my Mac 266 brush.
I keep my eyes simple on an average day so I usually just pop any warm brown shadow on to deepen up my crease. I love L’Oreal Super Liner for doing a small wing, It’s easy to apply and stays put without fading or transferring. I also love L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara. I used to hate this mascara because it would transfer and take so long to dry. Since I’ve been priming and setting my eyelids properly I no longer get this problem. It does still take ages to dry but I just use my paddle mirror to speed it up! It’s such a great mascara that I can live with looking like a tit waving a mirror in front of my face!
I have a draw of highlighters; a girl can never have enough! I chose the one depending on how much I want to blind people on that day. Spraying your skin after you’ve applied highlighter with Mac Fix Plus really intensifies it. Also using a liquid highlighter then a powder highlighter on top also makes it ‘pop’. They’ll see you from space! Mac Fix Plus is a makeup kit essential, It’s so versatile. As you can see I’m almost out of it!
A nude lip is pretty much what I opt for probably 4 days of the week. My go-to nude lip would be Mac Stripdown or Mac Spice Lip Liner with Mac Peachstock Lipstick. If I’m wanting something bolder, I grab Kylie Cosmetics ‘Pumpkin’ or Sleek Matte Lipstick in ‘Plum’. I’m obsessed with these two.
Finishing the look I use NXY Dewy Finish Setting Spray. It helps all your products melt together to create a flawless finish. I definitely notice when I haven’t put this on!
I’m really looking forward to Spring when all the peachy shades hit the shelves. Also, I’m excited to see what trends will be new this year!
What’s your most used makeup product that you simply couldn’t live without?