Everything you need to look luminous in the chill
Just because there’s a chill in the air, it doesn’t mean you have to settle for dull, lifeless-looking skin. The winter season is not just about combating dryness and flaky skin but also the time to flaunt a healthy glow. However, a glowing complexion starts with healthy nourished skin. Luckily there’s no dearth of illuminating vitamin and nutrient rich creams and serums to nourish your skin from within.
Blogger Ankita Chaturvedi shares her tried and tested winter makeup tricks to keep your skin glowing this season.
- Always cleanse and moisturize your skin before applying any makeup. This not only ensures a fresh base for makeup but also prevents the foundation from caking due to dryness. Allow the moisturizer to sink in for about three to four minutes before moving on to the next step.
Avene Gentle Milk Cleanser, Vichy Purete Thermale 3 in 1 One Step Cleanser, Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturiser SPF15, and Lakme Absolute Skin Gloss Reflection Serum
- Even out your skin tone by using a dewy light to medium coverage foundation or BB Cream. Go for a formula that feels dewy and moisturizing; avoid very dry, matte products if you have dry skin. You can also mix in a little bit moisturizer with your regular foundation to sheer it out a little and add some more moisture to skin.
Maybelline Clear Glow Bright Benefit Stick, Za True White Liquid Foundation, Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Foundation and Revlon Colorstay Whipped Crème Make Up.
- Use a liquid, hydrating concealer in the under eye area to brighten up your eyes. Opt for a creamy formula to prevent it from caking and getting into lines. A concealer is a MUST if you want to look fresh as under-eye bags are a sure fire way of making you look older and tired.
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer, Rimmel Stay Matte Dual Action Concealer and L'Oreal Paris True Match Concealer.
- Now using a light fluffy powder brush, apply a dusting of compact powder lightly in the under eye area to set the concealer (and prevent creasing). You can also dab the product on the T-zone to avoid oiliness in these areas. Don’t powder the rest of the face because that can make your complexion look powdery and dry.
Max Factor Creme Puff Pressed Powder, L'Oreal Paris True Match Press Powder and Revlon Touch & Glow Moisturising Powder.
- Pink tones are the best way to brighten and lift your face. A dewy cream blush is the perfect way to add a soft glow to your cheeks. Choose a color based on your skin tone. Baby pinks work for lighter complexions, rose tones for medium tones and deeper berry hues flatter darker complexions. Dab the cream blush on your cheeks using your finger and blend it out to get a sheer hint of color on the cheeks.
- For the eyes, use a brown pencil along the lash lines and smudge with a cotton bud to get instant definition with a soft, smoky effect. Browns tend to soften the eyes to keep your overall look dewy. However, if you can’t do without your black liner or kohl, use that instead. Remember to keep the look simple though. Harsh lines can make you look older. Finish up by curling lashes and applying a coat of mascara.
NYX Slim Eye Pencil in Copper, SEP904, and Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil in Sable Brown; Lakme Eyeconic Curling Mascara and Maybelline Volum Express Hyper Curl Mascara.
- Coloring up your lips is the finishing touches to your makeup. Opt for creamy lipsticks and glosses in winter to keep your lips hydrated and smooth. Avoid matte finish products as they can further dry out lips. Tinted lip balms are another great option! Once again, pick a color that looks flattering on your skin tone and coordinate it with the blush shade you chose. I recommend sheer berry and rose tones for Indian complexions.
L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Nutri Shine Lipsticks, Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipstick, Lakme Absolute Gloss Addict, Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss and Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm.
By Ankita Chaturvedi, beauty blogger and author of Corallista.com, a one stop destination for beauty reviews, looks and tutorials.
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