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?

Makeup Monday: Linda

Pr-samples & *Adlinks in the post

It’s been a while since my latest makeup transformation post. As I promised, I will do these types of posts every once in a while. Today’s post features one of my dearest friends, Linda. It was actually her birthday on the day we collaborated, so I made sure to glam her up really well!

Makeup Monday: Linda

Linda’s personality comes through these photos. She’s fun, lively and a very trustworthy friend. We’ve actually known each other since kindergarten. Nowadays we rarely play with barbies, but I’d say one of the perks of being a grown up is that instead you can chill with your pajamas on and drink wine together. We literally have this tradition of hanging out in our pajamas (but only on Christmas).

I love doing Linda’s makeup. She has big round eyes, which are perfect for any type of look. She also has beautiful ivory skin, which really benefits from warm bronze colors.

Makeup for atopic skin

Linda has atopic skin, which tends to be dry. I chose products that suit dry skin and are more on the creamy side. Moisturizing primers, BB and CC creams instead of foundations are a safe choice. Mineral makeup is another good choice – I highly recommend Lily Lolo.  I didn’t use powder and if your skin is dry you can totally skip that.

I prepped Linda’s skin with a hydrating primer, that I love to use in Winter. *Too Faced’s Hangover primer is silicone-free, which makes it a perfect base for any foundation. As a foundation I used *Erborian BB-cream, which I’ve been using quite a lot lately. It offers medium coverage and since it’s a cream, it’s more forgiving to any dry spots. I could have also used *Madara City CC which Linda owns herself as well. It’s even more creamier and with a lighter coverage.

I also used a cream blush and a liquid highlighter. With these I created a glowy skin.

If your looking for skincare products, I have recommendations for dry skin in this post.

For Linda’s eyes I used *Morphe 3205 palette. I’ve talked about that palette before and I still love it. It has great colors and the pigment is really good. Bare in mind the palette is huge. As for the glitter lids, I used Smashit glitter palette and the best glitter glue from NYX. The glitter stayed on the whole day (I know, because we had a dinner date later that evening!) and looked beautiful.

For her lips I used *Elizabeth Arden’s Honeysuckle lipstick, which is a very unique nude brown with shimmer. I topped it off with a gloss.

All in all I love this look and I’m very happy with how it turned out. What do you think?


UD PP Eden
*Morphe 3502 palette
*Smashit Glitter Palette 
*NYX glitter glue
Mellow Cosmetics Eyeliner

*Elizabeth Arden Honeysuckle Lipstick
Clarins Natural Lip Perfector, 19

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