Halloween has come and gone and we are officially headed in to the winter season. And much like one would winterize their home, when the seasons change it is also time to change up one’s makeup routine. In the summer I like to wear light BB creams or tinted moisturizers as I use self tanner during the warmer months and do not require as much coverage. But once the cooler temps arrive and my skin loses it’s “natural” glow I am all about a matte finish and more coverage. For years I used Jane Ireale’s mineral foundation but I was shopping in Birch Box the other day when I decided to try Derma Blend. I tested it in the store and I liked how it covered up my “rosy” cheeks without looking chalky. I had even applied it mid day well after I had put on moisturizer and it still did not look dry. Another thing I like about it is that it has build-able coverage and can go from medium coverage to full coverage and it can also be used to cover up things like dark spots and rosacea. So if you like mineral foundations I would certainly recommend this formula and I love how it helps to balance out my pink toned skin.
Even with the pink tones in my skin during the summer I can get away with using eye shadows that are warmer thanks to self tanner, but in the winter months I need to switch to shadows that are cooler with neutral or blue-pink undertones. I love Urban Decay’s Naked Basics palette and use it all summer long, so of course it was was a no brainer to switch to the Naked2 Basics palette for the winter. This palette is very similar to Urban Decay’s original line up but with cooler under tones and has six taupe-hued shades. I love the taupe colors and how they look natural but still make an impact. I also like to dial back my how much makeup I wear when it is hot, but when it is cold and I am pale I like to play up my eyes a bit more and this season I decided to try using a liquid liner. I generally use powder and an angled brush as it is softer and more natural looking but I have seen so many people doing liquid liner and it is super glam looking that I am going to give it whirl.
I hate clumping and will not purchase any mascara that even remotely clumps, I would rather go sans mascara
As I had not purchased liquid liner in quite some time I was not quite sure where to start, but when I was in Arrojo getting my hair cut I noticed my stylist was wearing liquid liner and I thought it looked great on her. I asked her what she was using and she told me it was Stila’s “Stay All Day” waterproof liquid liner. She said it was super easy to apply and guess what? It is. Some reviewers on Sephora say it dries out quickly but I have not had it that long so I can not say. But so far it is holding up and the ease of application makes this a keeper for sure. And speaking of glam, another trend is natural eyelashes that look like you are wearing falsies, but in a good way. I had not switched up my mascara since the beginning of summer so I knew it was time to pick up some new mascara along with the liner and Laura Geller’s GlamLash does just what it says—it makes you eye lashes look dramatically fuller without clumping. I hate clumping and will not purchase any mascara that even remotely clumps, I would rather go sans mascara. So the fact that I found a mascara that really makes my eyelashes pop without looking like an extra in horror movie is all good by me.
Finally I was pleasantly surprised when I approached the Birch Box counter and found that I was entitled to a free lash curler! How cool is that? I love this Black Magic Lash Curler from EyeKo. The black velvet handles make it easy to hold and control and it does not pinch or cramp. It also comes with two extra pads that should be replaced every three months. I love this curler and it has restored my faith in eyelash curlers. I use to use them religiously but after they kept breaking and the pads would not stay I gave up the good fight. But now I am back on track!
So how do you change up your makeup routine for winter? Did you make any major purchases?