Winterizing your makeup


Winter can really play havoc on our skin, and our makeup too.

Got pasty, flaky skin? Is your makeup making those fine lines stand out? Does your foundation seem to change colour during the day? We asked Dimitri James, founder of Skinn Cosmetics, what his winter beauty tips are for making our makeup work for, not against our skin.

The problem: Colour won’t stick to pale, dry winter skin. Have your favorite blush and bronzer gone south for the winter, just when you needed an infusion of warmth and colour the most?

The solution: First, exfoliate away those excess dead skin cells that skin produces to protect itself from the cold. Then, try mixing a drop or two of a natural essential oil like neroli oil or rosehip oil with your favorite moisturizer before you apply it to your face. The extra oil will really hydrate the skin and help offset winter dryness, and your bronzer and blush will adhere better and last longer.

Another proven method is to first apply a cream blush or bronzer to your cheeks and face then top with a very light dusting of your favorite powdered blush or bronzer. This layering technique will make your colour cling beautifully all day.

The problem: Foundation takes on an orange cast by the end of the day. There should be an orange “caution” sign for this all too common cosmetic problem.

The solution: In the winter, women tend to wear more foundation and oilier skins tend to produce more oil in response to the dry, cold air. Oils in foundation and oils from your skin oxidize during the day and turn orange. This is why we see that tell-tale orange “line of demarcation” at the jaw line as the day progresses.

The solution is using a purple-toned makeup primer under your foundation. The best ones are silicone based for flawless, smooth make up application. Plus, the purple colour counteracts the orange in the skin caused from oils oxidizing.

The problem: When skin is dry, foundation and powder seem to exacerbate fine lines and wrinkles.

The solution: Keep skin hydrated during the colder months. Here’s a great emergency skin rescue tip Dimitri has shared with his Hollywood clientele: First, thoroughly cleanse and exfoliate skin. Then fill a clean sink or large bowl with hot as you can take it water. Add two tablespoons of sea salt to the water and two tablespoons of glycerin. Then splash the skin with this hot sea bath mixture 30 times and you will see even the driest of winter skin look super hydrated and plumped-up smooth!

Then, add just a drop of rosehip oil to your moisturizer before applying to your face. Adding a drop of essential oil to your moisturizer rather than to your foundation will work better because moisturizer mixed with foundation may conflict with the foundation’s emulsion system and create a less than perfect deposit of pigments on the skin which can create a blotchy look.

The same holds true for concealers – adding a little rosehip oil to your eye cream will soften those little dry lines around the eye and prevent concealer from looking lined. Plus the oil will eventually seep into the concealer and keep it smoother looking all day.

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