Do You Have To Change Your Makeup In Winter?

Your clothes change with the season, but what about your makeup game? In preparation for the impending frigid months, it's time to take a moment and ponder whether you should change your makeup routine in the winter. The answer is a firm and loud yes! When it comes to maintaining flawless skin year-round and making sure you don't have the dreaded line of demarcation under your chin, it's a good idea to change things up.

If you've ever lived through a cold, bleak winter, you're well aware that dry, patchy skin is basically inevitable, and when you're facing the dreaded flakes that seem to have appeared overnight, keeping your makeup looking gorgeous — especially your foundation — can be exceedingly difficult. That's why it's essential that you take a long hard look at the products you're applying to your skin before heading out into the windy, snowy air.

While summer is often the time of year where you're searching for foundations that will give you more of a matte appearance, in winter, moisture is key when keeping your skin hydrated and ultimately preventing excessive drying and flaky patches from appearing.

Your summertime foundation routine is no longer going to be your best bet for getting a spot-free face and even tone. Look for a moisturizing foundation, one that will give you a luminous glow, but that's also great for your skin. What foundations could be a good call for the colder months? Here are my top picks.

Best Foundations For Winter

1. Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Compact

Cream Compact, $38.50, Sephora

The Moisture Surge CC Cream Compact is a hydrating formula that will help to combat dry skin. Unlike it's tinted moisturizer cousin — which is also an amazing product — the CC cream will offer you more coverage.

2. L'Oreal True Match Lumi

L'Oreal True Match Lumi, $9, Amazon

This moisturizer foundation will give you a dewy finish and hydrate your skin. It's also a drugstore steal!

3. M.A.C Face and Body Foundation

Face and Body Foundation, $29, Nordstrom

M.A.C's face and body foundation is perfect for winter as it's a water based formulation. The finish will give you a slight satin look, and despite being water based, it's also long wearing.

While foundations are a great way to camouflage the flaky skin you may experience this winter, making sure your skin if prepared for cosmetics is equally as important. Foundation primers can play an important role in making sure that your skin is protected from the element. Some can even give you an extra bit of moisture. There are a couple of things you should look for in a primer when switching up your makeup for winter, but there are great products available for when winter's got you down.

Best Primers For Winter

1. Smashbox PhotoFinish Hydrating Primer

Hydrating Primer, $42, Sephora

Smashbox is queen when it comes to gorgeous primers. This product will lock in moisture and help keep your foundation in place all day.

2. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Protect Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Foundation Primer, $38, Sephora

Even though it's no longer summer, that doesn't mean that you should forget the sunscreen. Protecting your skin is just as important in the winter. This gel formula primer has SPF 30 and the formulation will help moisture your skin.

3. BareMinerals PrimeTime Foundation Primer

Prime Time Foundation Primer, $25, Sephora

If you're already suffering from patchy skin, this perfect spray primer will smooth all of that away for you in a flash!

At this point, you know that your skin is the largest factor in your winter makeup change, but I'd be remiss if I didn't discuss the color palette changes. Winter is the perfect time to rock deep warm colors, and whether it's your eyes or lips, there is no shortage of stunning colors for winter wear.

Best Colors To Wear For Winter

1. Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella

Matte Lip Pencil, $27, Sephora

This stunning deep red is perfect for a night out during the winter and is a gorgeous change up from the coral-based reds of the summer.

2. Morphe Brushes 35N Matte Palette

Matte Palette, $20, Morphe Brushes

While many people know Morphe from their popularity with YouTube gurus, their brushes aren't the only great product they offer. This matte palette full or warm neutral tones and purple are perfect for creating a gorgeous warm smokey eye this winter.

3. Burberry Lip Cover in Oxblood

Velvet Lipstick, $35, Sephora

If you're willing to splurge a little, there's no better way to do so than on a great lippie. Oxblood is a must have for the winter months, and it's hard to beat Burberry's lip cover.

Now that you've got the down low on what products to look into as winter approaches, it's definitely time to head to your local Sephora or Ulta for major shopping. Winter may not be your favorite season, but winter makeup changes come with gorgeous new products, and who doesn't love that?

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