I don’t know about you but it’s starting to feel incredibly wintery round here. The roll necks are officially out in force (not that I’m complaining – I love a good bit of layering!) Whilst most of us switch up our clothing with the seasons how many of us are guilty of not doing the same with our makeup and skincare? I’m going to give you the low down on some perfect swaps to make for the colder months.

Let’s start with your skincare routine, because after all – your makeup will only look as good as the skin it sits on!
In the colder months it’s particularly important to exfoliate. Not only will you get rid of dry, flaky skin which will give your skin a dull appearance, but any products you do use will be able to do their job properly and really get down to the lower levels of your skin. If you have dry and sensitive skin there can be a tendency to skip exfoliating for fear of it drying the skin more, but there are plenty around that won’t amplify the problem – my favourite is Espa Pro Cleanser  for an all in one product that’s not too harsh on the skin and is suitable for daily use as a cleanser.

I’ve also been having regular microdermabrasion facials throughout summer (if you don’t know about microdermabrasion firstly, you need to! Secondly, it’s essentially a pain free, intensive exfoliation which smooths out fine lines, dark spots, acne scars etc. and gives you a damn good glow!) I’m so excited to see the difference they’re going to make to my skin this winter and I’m hoping this added exfoliation will stop the dreaded grey skin (and yes that is a Game of Thrones reference…!)

The mad dash from the bitterly cold outside to a toasty warm house can cause havoc on our skin. I always switch my moisturiser to something with a bit more oomph and Keihl’s Ultra Moisturiser is a firm favourite of mine. I’ll also add in a hydrating mask once a week to try and keep hold of some glow. It might be a bit of a splurge but I adore Oskia’s Renaissance Mask for it’s hydrating powers.

When it comes to makeup I love the fact that I can reflect the seasons in my look and I welcome the change it brings. Summer sees a wash of bronzed and highlighted skin but I love nothing more than embracing a bit of porcelain skin in the winter – pale most definitely IS interesting!

I also tend to opt for a slightly heavier foundation in winter because whilst I love a pale skin tone, it can make hard work of covering dark spots etc. My favourite at the moment is Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation, for the perfect buildable coverage. There’s a big difference between thicker coverage and having a totally flat looking base. This ticks the boxes, covering imperfections whilst still maintaing the look of skin.

For lips and cheeks I’ll tend to opt for shades of pink and dusty rose as apposed to anything with an orange undertone. It’s far more flattering with a paler skin tone and it’ll give you a gorgeous ‘i’ve had a really long walk in the fresh air’ without having to actually brave the cold – clever thinking you see! I am in love with this image from Terry Barber, taking inspiration from The Famous Five. Who else is ready to ditch the bronzer?!

There’s absolutely nothing worse than spending ages on the perfect smokey eye, only to be greeted by a huge gust of wind the moment you step outside. You can’t get away from the inevitable streaming eyes and instantly regret the amount of time you just spent ensuring everything was blended to perfection. We’ve all been there, right? I tend to keep things super simple in winter and don’t do anything to my eye area (most of the time, I won’t even use mascara but when I do, it’s ALWAYS waterproof) and focus my attention on my lips. Take your inspiration from the seasons and use deep berry and burnt orange, perfect teamed with a pink cheek. Feeling brave? Greys and mauvey, lilacs are the perfect shade for winter.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the switches I make for winter. I’d love to know what you guys do to switch up your look for winter, or do you keep the same look all year?

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