While many people head for the tanning beds in the wintertime to fake a great glow, there are other ways to make your skin look healthy in the cold weather. With the right products and a bit of expert advice, you can achieve a fantastic winter glow without running to the tanning salon.
Before you apply cosmetics, make sure that your skin is well-conditioned. In the colder months, exfoliating and moisturizing are of the utmost importance – the former will remove flaky skin while the latter will provide hydration to keep dryness to a minimum.
According to InStyle, stars like Glee’s Amber Riley and One Tree Hill’s Sophia Bush use heavier moisturizers in cold weather. Women can also use conditioning products such as GloMinerals Hydrating Bath & Body Oil, which will nourish skin and reduce water loss.
While gals often wear heavier foundation in the winter to hide their pale complexions, a thick coat of concealer can often look unnatural.
“To prevent base from looking cakey, mix it with a few drops of moisturizer,” celebrity makeup artist Leslie Lopez told the publication. “It thins the foundation and gives you an extra boost of moisture.”
Don’t rely on foundation to infuse your face with color – a sheer layer will hide minor flaws, and a few spots of concealer can cover darker imperfections. For a flush of realistic color, use a mix of bronzer, blush and highlighter – using just one product can create a one-dimensional look. However, remember to pay close attention to how you apply the makeup.
“Bronzer looks a lot more natural when it’s concentrated on the contours of the face where the sun would hit: less on the forehead than the nose and cheekbones,” Glamour.com reports. “It also helps to add a little bit of blush…a real tan usually involves slightly rosy cheeks, not just browned skin.”
Of course, it takes a little more than color to make skin look truly radiant. Highlighting cream is a great way to make your complexion glow. Apply the shimmery cream in moderation – a little bit will go a long way. Dab some on the inner corners of your eyes, the tops of your cheekbones and your brow bones.
When selecting bronzers and blushes, there are a seemingly limitless amount of hues to choose from. Look for a bronzer just one or two shades darker than your natural coloring. Finding the perfect blush can be a bit trickier, as the pigment meeds to complement your natural coloring.
To find the hues that best fit with your coloring, Leatrice Eiseman, author of More Alive With Color, told InStyle that women should look toward the skies – colors found in the sunsets, such as terra-cottas and oranges, look best on warm complexions, while hues seen in sunrises, like hot pinks and blues, are better suited for fair skin.
According to the magazine, women can easily determine whether they are a “sunrise” or “sunset” by checking their wrists – blue veins indicate sunrise, while green point to sunset.
While gals often wear long layers in the winter, sometimes you step out in a shorter skirt or sleeveless dress that shows a bit of skin. Though many women regularly use body lotions to look great in cold weather, makeup can also be used on your body to further enhance your skin.
“Apply a mix of foundation and shimmer lotion [like GloMinerals Body Glisten] to you legs,” actress Evan Rachel Wood told the news source. “It makes skin look flawless.”