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We all love to look and feel our best, and makeup can help us achieve that, but unfortunately, wearing (or more accurately, applying) makeup is not always the easiest thing to do. Add winter weather to the mix—think: chapped lips, dull skin, and dry spots—and you've got a big beauty conundrum. We turned to celebrity makeup artist Sir John for tips to help keep your face makeup looking flawless when it’s cold outside. Here are the products, tools, and techniques to add to your makeup and skin care routine when the weather gets cold this winter.
Cold, dry winter air can wreak havoc on your lips. To help prevent them from becoming chapped, Sir John suggests treating chapped lips with the same care you use on your delicate eye area. His recommendation: "Apply a few dabs of nourishing cream on your lips, then layer with lip balm to lock in the moisture." This is also the perfect way to prep your lips before applying a lipstick or stain, so it won’t appear patchy when applied over dry areas.
You might've guessed matte or long-wear lip colors would be a “no” during dry skin season, but Sir John says to go for it. “Matte formulas create a compelling visual against luminous skin—but you have to be more responsible. Regularly scrubbing your lips creates a healthy base for your lip color." If you’re not already regularly using a lip scrub to slough off dead, chapped skin, winter is definitely the time to add this step to your skin care routine. Try a sugar scrub that doubles as both a lip and face scrub, like any of the following options:
L'Oréal Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub: Formulated with coconut oil and cocoa butter, this scrub soothes skin.
L'Oréal Pure-Sugar Resurface & Energize Kona Coffee Scrub: Formulated with Kona coffee grounds, this scrub energizes tired skin.
L'Oréal Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Grapeseed Scrub: Formulated with grapeseed oil, this scrub has a gentle formula.
L'Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Kiwi Scrub: Formulated with real kiwi seeds, this scrub helps reveal smoother skin.
Editor’s note: New to the idea of using a lip scrub? Read our article How to Use a Lip Scrub Before Applying Lipstick to learn more.
Patchy skin is one of the most common winter woes. Sir John explains that it's not an insurmountable issue though. "Dry skin can be exfoliated and doused with moisturizers to maximize luminosity before adding foundation or concealer. If skin is properly moisturized, you can play with so many more products." Indeed, moisturizer is one step in your skin care routine that you should never, ever leave out! Be sure to use a hydrating facial moisturizer every morning and night. If you have mature skin, try the L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Rosy Tone Moisturizer.
You can also use an illuminating foundation to keep your complexion glowing even when it’s cold out. Try the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation, which goes on smooth and light but leaves a glowing finish that lasts all day. According to Sir John, using liquid foundation looks more natural and adjusts to our body chemistry better than most face makeup. Apply in a circular motion for an airbrushed finish and blend everything in using a makeup blender, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender.
For that rosy, skiing-in-the-Alps flush, use a cream blush (it won’t look cakey!) on your cheeks. Not sure where to apply it? Sir John offers this helpful tip, "Make a big, cheesy smile with your mouth closed, then deliver the color to wherever you see the most volume in your cheeks.” Use a cream blush that’s buildable, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Blush Shaping Sticks, so that you can control how much color you want.
When the weather gets colder, both indoor and outdoor air becomes drier, so you’ll want to swap out your regular makeup primer for a luminous, hydrating formula. Use a glow-boosting base, like the L'Oréal Paris True Match™ Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer, which is infused with shea butter.
Whenever you’ve put time and effort into your makeup routine, setting your look with a makeup setting spray is always the perfect note to end on. Try locking in your look with a few spritzes of the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray.
Next up: 5 Must-Know Winter Skin Care Tips