Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My Winter Face

To be honest, my go-to makeup this Winter hasn't been too far off from what I was wearing in my Autumn edit. That said, I've changed up a few bits and pieces to accommodate my severely dehydrated skin and make the whole process a lot more simple and better suited for the weather.

For my base, I start with my new favorite moisturizer, the REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream. I've found that a great Winter moisturizer is so hard to come by...it needs to be hydrating while still sitting well under your makeup, which is hard to accomplish. This stuff immediately sinks into your skin, leaving it hydrated and supple, and works as a beautiful first step in the makeup process.

I usually follow this up with one of two primers, both with similar qualities. I've written before about the By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Primer, a perfecting, hydrating primer that helps bring any foundation to the next level of gorgeous. This guy is my go-to on days when my skin is looking a little lackluster, and for other days I use the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. This primer helps give your skin a sleek, satin finish that I adore, and while it's not hydrating like the Densiliss option it doesn't dry out my skin either.

To finish up my base, I still use my much loved duo of the By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Foundation (in #5 Medium Peach) and By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Concealer (in #1 Fresh Fair). While I've been wearing these for some time now, I've recently found two brushes that make the finish that much better. For the foundation, I use the incredible Hourglass No. 7 Finishing Brush (you can check out my review here) and for the concealer I use the Sephora Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush. Both leave the most beautiful, airbrushed finish to your face, and I find they each work perfectly with my favorite duo.

Out of everything, my eye makeup is the thing that changes most from day to day. I still use my much-loved budget buy of the Maybelline Brow Drama (I have the shade Soft Brown) for my eyebrows - it's a simple brow mascara that gives my unruly brows a more defined look.

I switch my eyeshadow up on the daily, but almost always use shades from Urban Decay - either their Naked2 Palette or the Naked2 Basics (can you tell I favor the Naked2?). Right now I'm loving Half-Baked and Booty Call, two metallic shades from the Naked2 Palette that are subtle enough to wear during the day. Finally, I always finish up my eyes with some mascara, and recently have been adoring the Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara*. It leaves my lashes full, separated and elongated, absolute perfection!

I'm pretty sure you can guess my cheek color of choice before I even write it, but it's hands down been the amazing shade Mood Exposure from Hourglass's Ambient Lighting Blush Palette. This mauve-ish shade is perfect for day to day wear, giving a healthy, natural looking glow to cheeks. While the other two shades in the palette are lovely, this is the one I seem to reach for most frequently. I guess it just works great for the season.

For my lips I've been keeping it very low-key. While my skin gets relatively dry during the Winter, my lips are a different story. They are constantly bone-dry, and I find that no amount of balm application keeps them sufficiently hydrated for long. Because of this, wearing lipstick is kind of a nightmare, so when I want a little color I've been reaching for my By Terry Baume de Rose Nutri-Couleur in Bloom Berry. This balm is a tinted version of By Terry's cult-favorite Baume de Rose, and this particular shade comes out as a sheer berry that provides the most lovely pop of color to your lips. I received this particular product as a gift, otherwise I don't know that I'd be able to justify the price tag (I know, I know, that seems hard to believe with my other purchases). That said, it's a product I very much enjoy that I've definitely found myself reaching for frequently.

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