There was a snow storm on the East Coast of the U.S. last night, but despite all that, I still am expected to go to work. So here is my everyday skin and makeup routine for harsh, cold conditions. I have very dry skin, so for this type of weather, I need to overcompensate because by mid-day, any moisture I put onto my skin will probably be gone.
- I don’t wash my face in the morning, but I do take showers. I understand that my showers are probably too hot, and I understand that hot showers are probably the worst thing you can do for dry skin, but you can pry my hot showers from my cold, dead hands.
- After my shower, I go in my Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence all over my face and neck. I apply a pretty generous layer of this (2 pumps or so) to my face and neck. I let that sink in for a few minutes, but it doesn’t take long.
- I moisturize my face and neck with my Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+. I prefer this to the Dramatically Different gel for dry skin. I’ve been using this moisturizer for a while, and it’s one of my favorites. It hydrates my skin and sinks in quickly without making my skin feel dry after.
- Now for the oil. Find whatever face oil works for you. Oils are very particular, and people react so differently to ingredients that I have a hard time recommending one over another. I have tried oils that have broken me out that others have loved and vice versa. I am currently using the Josie Maran Argan Oil because I got a free sample, but Physicians Formula makes a great dupe of this that you can find at the drugstore. It’s just as good. I put a few drops of oil all over my face and wait for that to sink in.
- After the oil, I apply sunscreen. This step only works because I wait a while for the oil to sink in. Some sunscreens won’t mix well with oil, so there’s a bit of trial and error involved here. I’m using the Cover FX Clear Cover Invisible Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 because I got a sample (do you see a trend here), and I think it works pretty well. It has a very silicone-y feel because dimethicone is the second ingredient, so this will work best with silicone-based primers. But either way, wait for this to sink in (again).
- Prime time. This morning I used the Glamglow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer (second ingredient: dimethicone), and it worked well with the sunscreen. I have a few other illuminating primers I love for this type of a look, but I got a sample of this in my Sephora Play Box and I like it so far. It’s more of a moisturizer than a primer, but whatever. It works either way.
- For foundation, I just picked up the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+ and have been testing it out. The shade range is ABYSMAL (seriously It Cosmetics, you need to expand that shit like yesterday), but otherwise I like this product.”Fair” is a close match for me. I am more of a neutral with olive undertones, while I would say this foundation runs warmer. I will do a full review of this product after I test it for a while longer, but so far, I love how moisturizing it is and it really does look like skin. It has great coverage for a CC cream, and I do like to apply it most with a damp sponge. The SPF is also awesome. Keep an eye out for my review coming soon.
- I recently got the Glossier Cloud Paint in “Dusk,” and I have been loving it. I have a full review of this product on my blog already, so I won’t go on for too long. But basically, I go for a cream blush because it tends to look less cakey when I’m dry, and it blends well with the hyper-hydrated look I am going for.
- My two favorite highlights to use for this type of a look are the Benefit Watts Up or the Glossier Haloscope in Quartz. Both are beautiful and give a nice “wet” cream highlight look. The Benefit is more gold-toned, while the Glossier is more pearl. I used the Benefit today, but basically pick your poison because they are both really nice.
- Add a quick swipe of Essence Make Me Brow through my brows.
- And as always, Mac Fix+ and Urban Decay All Nighter to set that shit.