Our makeup routines should not stay stagnant throughout the seasons. The skin is affected by many various factors including: humidity, dryness, cold and hot weather, toxins in the air and environment. My particular skin-type is combination so I particularly notice a change in my skin’s chemistry when the weather gets warmer and the air has more humidity.
I wear a liquid foundation in winter because where I live, the climate gets very dry and cold in the blustery months. I need a more moisturizing base during these months, as mineral foundation tends to make my skin look older and drier. If I were to stick with a moisturizing liquid foundation in the summertime, my face would be an oil slick and my makeup would not last more than a couple of hours. Not only that, but too much oil on acne prone skin is a acne flare-up just waiting to happen.
I love the longevity of mineral foundation and how it melds overtime with the oils of my skin (actually looking better as time goes by! The only downside to switching to to mineral foundation is that it places limitations on the products I use. I adore cream blushes and the bright, yet natural finish they impart. If you apply cream blushes on top of mineral foundation, however, the affect is patchy and very hard to blend out.
Step One: I only wash my face once a day, at nighttime when I remove my makeup. I find my skin is more balanced and and has a nicer glow when I don’t strip my skin of natural oils. I swear by prepping the skin for makeup and moisturizer with Thayer’s Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner. Then, I apply my eye treatment (I enjoy using Andalou Naturals Eye Brightening Serum) and my daytime moisturizer (Devita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30).
Step Two: Once skin is prepped, I apply a cream concealer (Beauty Without Cruelty Super Cover Cream Concealer Fair) to any acne scars, under-eyes, active breakouts, around the nose, and any other discolorations. I use the Everyday Minerals Eye Kabuki brush and pat in the concealer until its well blended. This gives me great coverage, but still allows my skin to breathe.
Step Three: I apply my cream blush heavily with a stippling brush above my cheekbones (I used Pumpkin and Poppy Incognito Cream Blush from the Little Black Dress Collection). It may look scary at this point, but its better to over-apply than under-apply with this technique.
Step Four: Next, I use a synthetic flat topped powder brush to lightly apply my mineral foundation (I use Emani Minerals Perfecting Crushed Foundation Ivory 270). Make sure to tap off excess powder and build up your coverage gradually as you need it. This will even out your skintone and tone down the cream blush you applied. You will have a natural, flush of color this way…no scary clown makeup!
Step Five: I finish up my face routine by applying bronzer. I don’t use the same bronzer all of the time, I change it up depending on what kind of look I want to wear. I have neutral undertones in my skin, so I can play up my cool or warm undertones. In this photo, I used Pumpkin and Poppy Tara Moisturizing Bronzer which is a warmer, semi matte shade. I applied it lightly underneath my blush to accentuate my cheekbones. I also applied it to my temples, nose, and my jawline. I really like using the ELF Complexion Brush for this, as it doesn’t apply too much products and it blends out easily.