How I’ve changed my makeup routine for winter

Ah, winter. What can I say? You’re making me tired and my skin dry. My hands and feet are cold all the time and your colors are a bit miserable. Except when it snows. Please do that more.

Okay I’m exaggerating a bit. Winter is not that bad. But to get back to the dry skin part – winter is obviously changing my skin and I always adjust my beauty routine. My makeup game changes. Here’s what I do different now.

How I’ve changed my makeup routine for Winter

I’ve changed my foundation to a more high-coverage one

In winter I need more coverage, because my skin gets red thanks to the cold air and wind (you know, when air hurts your face?). I also want a slightly thicker foundation, because it physically protects my skin. I still don’t want full-coverage or a totally matte finish – so these are the products I use.

I like to mix Madara City CC-Cream in the shade Medium Beige with Clarins Everlasting Foundation in the shade Sand. That Clarins foundation is a long time favorite of mine, it’s just an amazing foundation. Great coverage, great lasting power and a beautiful finish. When I mix it with the Madara CC-cream I get more glow and the texture turns creamier. I’m wearing this mix in the pictures.

*Madara City CC-Cream, Medium Beige
*Clarins Everlasting Foundation in the shade Sand

Madara City CC Medium Beige Before After On Face
Madara’s City CC Cream before and after. My Summer go-to base.

Read my review on Clarins Everlasting Foundation
Read my review on Madara City CC

I know mixing foundations is not everyone’s cup of tea and sometimes I feel too lazy to do that. That’s when I use either Erborian BB-cream or Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclat foundation. Erborian BB-creme is creamy, lasts pretty well and gives a nice natural semi-matte finish. It works on dry skintypes and even on atopic skin (like on Linda in the photo below).

*Erborian BB Creme, Nude

YSL Touche Eclat foundation is another winter favorite of mine. Though it only works, when my skin is nice and hydrated. Its texture is pretty thin and the finish it gives is very glowy. I’ve used it quite a lot lately. I like the shade BD30, which gives some warmth to my skin.

*Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat BD30

Did Linda’s makeup and used Erborian BB creme as a base.

I apply my powder with a damp beautyblender (or skip it altogether)

Applying powder with a damp beautyblender has improved my makeup game a lot. I need powder to set my foundation, since I do have some oiliness in my skin, but at the same time powder can make my skin look dry. This is the perfect in-between. It sets my foundation so it lasts, but it leaves my skin radiant, not totally matte. Obviously there is also a difference in powders. Laura Mercier’s iconic powder is awesome and a little goes a long way with it.

powdering trick for dry skin

*Laura Mercier Transluscent Powder
*the beautyblender

grey turquoise makeup simple tutorial
Tutorial to this cool toned smokey eye is here:

I’m into cool colors

Somehow cool colors really inspire me at the moment. I’m usually really all about those warm colors, but now a pale pink or a nice blue really speak to me. My favorite lip color right now is a bright cool pink.

I’m wearing *Too Faced Melted Matte, It’s Happening in the photos.

Hair & photos of me in Winter Garden Susanna / Healthyhairfinland

Have your beauty routines changed at all, thanks to winter?

YSL Sequin Crush Eyeshadows & 3 sparkly tutorials

YSl Sequin Crush makeup


Do you have a moment to talk about glittery eyeshadows? I had a phase where I didn’t like single eyeshadows, but now I’m all about them. They are a great way to expand your collection with unique formulas and shades. Such as these YSL Sequin Crush eyeshadows. They’re super beautiful and add that touch of something to a look. It’s safe to say none of my eyeshadow palettes have shades like these.

YSL Sequin Crush Eyeshadows review, swatches & makeup tutorials

YSL Sequin Crush eyeshadows are basically pressed glitters, but they also have a metallic shift to them and they’re packed with a lot of pigment. In one word, unique. They blend and swatch beautifully just on their own, but for extra lasting power, I would use a glitter primer.

These shadows are very pigmented, especially when you use your finger to apply them and a sticky base. In the swatches I didn’t have any primer under though. I think the swatches speak for themselves.

One useful thing to note about these shadows is that when you blend them, the glitter kind of fades. But you can use it to your advantage, as I did in my 3-color tutorial. You can press them on to your lid, where you usually want the shimmer, and blend them to your crease, where you would typically use matte shades.

I have shades 1 Legendary Gold, 8 Louder Blue and 9 Bold Blue.

ysl sequin crush bold blue
9 – Bold Blue.
ysl sequin crush legendary gold
1 – Legendary Gold.
ysl sequin crush louder blue
8 Louder Blue.
YSL Sequin Crush Eyeshadows Legendary Gold, Bold Blue and Louder Blue swatched.

Now let’s get on to some ideas on how to use these beautiful shadows. I have three tutorials for you.

Gold Glitter Liner using YSL Sequin Crush Eyeshadow 1

This look is very simple, but I wanted to add it here just to show you different ways to use these shadows. A simple glitter liner just as itself looks nice. I somehow felt inspired to go for a wing futuristic kind of look, even though I always say I don’t like wings on me. This color was light enough so that I actually liked it quite a bit.

3 color look using YSL Sequin Crush eyeshadows 1, 8 & 9

This look is way simpler than it looks. I basically applied the three colors all over the lid next to each other and blended very minimally (just on the crease a little). This look was super sparkly and looked amazing in the sun.

Halo eye using YSL Sequin Crush 8 and 1 (and grey eyeshadows)

I love blue and gold together. This look requires a bit more steps.

  1. Add a light grey all over the ‘crease’, but leave the center of the lid bare.
  2. Add a darker grey in the inner and outer corner, making your eye look rounder and creating a halo effect. Blend well. Add some grey to your lower lashline as well.
  3. Add YSL Sequin Crush 8 (blue) in the outer and inner corners by tapping it on. Don’t blend it or bring it quite as high as the grey shadows.
  4. Add YSL Sequin Crush 1 (gold) in the center of the lid and in the inner corners. In halo eye you would also bring the gold to the center of your lower lashline, but I didn’t want to do that in this look.
  5. Add liner and mascara and you’re done.

Shop the YSL Sequin Crush Eyeshadows

on *Lookfantastic UK
on *Lookfantastic EU

What look was your favorite? Mine is obviously the one which I got the best pics of, heh, because of a sudden sunlight. Gotta love winter in Finland. 

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