Photos by Kiera Franks
The snow is wet but our lips are dry. It’s just that time
of year, queens. Flakes are everywhere this January, and we don’t just mean on your face. We can’t do anything about you flaking on your plans when it’s 30 degrees outside, but we can help with how good you’ll look sitting at home. Follow this advice to keep your skin hydrated and highlighted even in these trying times!
This step is really about skin care generally, but in the winter time we want to especially emphasize moisturizing. The right moisturizer for you depends on your skin type, so before you buy a general face cream, figure out what your skin needs.
If you usually have dry skin, the winter is going to be extra rough for you. Try to find a moisturizer that is long-wearing and hydrating. Drunk Elephant’s Lala Retro Whipped Cream is a rich moisturizer full of glycerin to help penetrate your skin and keep it feeling hydrated and soft all day.
If you have oily skin, you’re going to want a light-weight moisturizer. You don’t want to over do it with the moisturizer or you could increase break-outs. “Oil-free” and “non- greasy” are some keywords to look for when checking out different products. Hyaluronic acid will help lock in hydration while getting rid of greasiness. Neutrogena has a Hydroboost gel-cream for extra dry skin that can work wonders this winter.
If you have combination skin, the trick to use is to focus your moisturizing in the areas that need it. Oily skin tends to live in the t-zone, so give more hydration to the dryer parts of your face like your cheeks. Cetaphil’s Daily Hydrating Lotion is a reliable and pretty inexpensive solution to dryness.
If you want to have a little extra fun with your winter look, add some highlighter! You just have to find the level of shine that’s right for you. Part of finding the level of shine that you like is simply the amount that you apply. Layering your highlighter will give you a brighter shine while dabbing a little bit where you need it will seem more natural.
The most popular highlighter forms are powder, liquid, and stick highlighters. Liquid is the most versatile and can be used with your fingers, brushes, or sponges. A dabbing technique is the most used with this form. Meanwhile, powder highlighters are more often used with brushes. Depending on how you best like to apply your makeup, you might want to try different highlight formulas.
3. Lip Care
The first step to keeping your lips soft is simply to stay hydrated this winter. Drinking enough water will keep your body healthier overall, so it’s good to make drinking water a habit.
Next, you’re going to want to find lip products that nourish your skin. Beeswax, shea butter, and petroleum jelly are all ingredients that will keep your lips happy and hydrated. Vaseline is popular and for good reasons. It does a fabulous job at keeping hydration locked into delicate skin. Finding your perfect balm can be difficult, but remember to stay away from those with strong flavors like mint and cinnamon; these have a tendency to irritate your lips and lack the proper hydration. We used Glossier’s Balm Dot Calm in ‘Rose’ and ‘Cherry.’ This lip balm provides great hydration, is long-lasting, and (depending on the chosen flavor) can add a touch of color to your lips.
Finally, a good exfoliation every once and a while can do wonders for your skin. A nice lip scrub is super helpful, but you want to find one with natural ingredients. Sugar-based lip scrubs are the best and will help keep hydration while getting rid of your dry skin.