If you’re like us, you hate winter for more than the brisk wind and unexpected inches of snow. Any beauty lover knows the real downside of winter happens to be what it does to your makeup. If you spend anytime at all outside during the cooler months, you’re likely to fall victim to one of the following: a runny, red nose, watery eyes, dehydrated skin, and don’t even get us started with the chapped lips situation. To solve all these winter makeup woes, we chatted to two top makeup artists to learn exactly how to fix your makeup after a winter walk and what products you need to arm yourself with ASAP.
For watery eyes
“During winter months I relay on smudge-proof mascara and liner, in case snowflakes get in my eyes or watery eyes [start] tearing up,” says Makeup Artist Azra Red. But if you happen to forget your favorite waterproof tools, don’t despair. Red suggests carrying makeup remover-soaked cotton swabs in a small baggie (or even purchasing pre-made ones) so you’re always able to make touch-ups on the fly.
For flushed cheeks
If you’re like us, there’s nothing worse than unintentionally red cheeks. According to Makeup Artist and founder of the Beauty Blender, Rea Ann Silva, keeping a matte bronzer handy to quickly neutralize flushed cheeks is a great option. We’re partial to Lune+Aster’s Baked Bronzer ($32, bluemercury.com), which offers a slight luminous touch while maintaining a matte finish. Another option for calming flushed cheeks—besides the typical concealer—comes in an ingestible form. Red says taking a Tumeric supplement daily will help ease inflammation. “Tumeric is my go-to in the winter months, as it helps body to reduce inflammation and keeps me healthy during flu and cold season,” she adds. Who knew?!
For a runny, red nose
OK, this is a big one. How do you banish redness without completely wiping off your makeup with a tissue? According to the pros, concealer actually is your best bet. Red suggests applying a dab of healing ointment and then going over it with a touch of concealer. (Check out some of our favorites here!) This will help treat and cover the area.