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Give Your Winter Makeup Routine a Makeover

If your winter makeup is basically the same as your makeup is the rest of the year, let’s face it: Your routine could probably use a reboot. From October through March, your complexion can lose its sun-kissed warmth and radiance, especially if you live in a seasonal climate. In cold-weather months, your skin constantly fights dehydration from both chilly outside air and dry air from indoor heating systems.

To look your best and feel fabulous this time of year, check out these cool winter makeup tricks and product picks.

Give Yourself an A.M. Advantage

Using sunscreen or a day moisturizer with sunscreen every morning under your makeup is one of the most important things you can do to keep your skin healthy all year round. Even in winter, the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays can damage collagen, weakening your skin’s elastic fibers and causing damage that could lead to sunspots and skin cancer.

The winter months often call for a good moisturizer.

A good moisturizer can help keep your skin from drying up come winter.

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Change Up Your Nighttime Moisturizer

In the winter months, it’s a good idea to switch from a lotion to a cream facial moisturizer, especially for the moisturizer you use at bed time. A thick cream moisturizer is better at trapping your skin’s natural moisture to keep it looking vibrant.

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery recommends seeking a winter moisturizer that contains an oil, such as olive oil or jojoba oil, shea butter, and other soothing ingredients, such as hylauronic acid, dimethicone, glycerin, lanolin, and mineral oil.

A little bit of moisture seeps into the skin when you wash your face or take a shower. A timing trick? Applying moisturizer within three minutes of washing your face or drying off after a shower helps trap that moisture in.

Seek Out a Serum

In addition to a cream nighttime moisturizer, consider adding a serum to your day and nighttime winter makeup skincare routine. A serum with hyaluronic acid delivers moisture to your skin without clogging pores, plumping your skin’s appearance. Apply a serum after cleaning your face but before applying your day or nighttime moisturizer.

Lighten Up Your Foundation

If your skin tone is lighter in the winter, make sure your foundation is the same color. The best foundation—in cream or liquid—is incognito. It matches your complexion exactly and blends in with your neck to minimize and mask imperfections.

Applying Bold Makeup Colors

Bolder colors can liven up your winter makeup routine.

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Brave the Elements With Bolder Colors

Deeper shades of eye color, such as chestnut and dark violet, can warm up your overall look for day and evening. Similarly, so can richer shapes of lipstick, such as wine, crimson, and medium berry. But go for a balanced look. If you try a more dramatic shade of eye shadow, such as a deep chocolate with a hint of shimmer, complement it with lighter lip color, and vice versa. If you wear a rich lip color, such as berry or jewel-toned lipstick, wear a softer shade of eye shadow, such as earth tones. In any event, winter is a good time to experiment and break out of neutral territory.

Give Your Makeup Stash a Makeover

While you’re getting creative with new eye and lip color, take stock of your old stuff. When did you buy your mascara and liquid foundation? If it was more than three months ago, it’s time to toss it. Likewise, eyeliner and eye shadow should be replaced every six to 12 months. Although makeup doesn’t come with an expiration date, Baylor Scott & White Health explains, the timer starts when you open the package. Old makeup can harbor bacteria that can contribute to acne and conditions such as conjunctivitis (pink eye), the American Academy of Opthalmology points out.

Even though snow may be piling up in the driveway (again), don’t despair. These winter makeup tweaks can help you achieve the season’s hottest looks.

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