Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Winter Makeup Do's

I got a daily tip from "Self" magazine today in my e-mail and was reminded of the fact that winter really does wreak havoc on our delicate facial skin.  The tip was this:

Rubbing foundation onto parched skin can result in a dry, cakey face. Instead, opt for a hydrating foundation or a tinted moisturizer. Pat on color with your fingertip to avoid exacerbating flakes and go light on powder, which can suck up moisture that your skin needs.

This is so true...I was talking to a friend last week about this very thing.  Her complaint was that her powder foundation is very apparent on her face, as though it's sort of just sitting on top of her skin.  My recommendation to her was this:  try a little exfoliation to smooth the surface and make sure her face is well moisturized.  In addition, this switch can make a huge difference: replacing powder with a tinted moisturizer, a la the Self tip.  I always use a primer, which also helps to smooth the surface of your skin, and lately I've been using Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer.  It's a fluffy textured, highly blendable formula that evens out skin tone and moisturizes in an instant.  This has been exactly what my skin has needed this winter.  It's a tad on the pricey side ($42), but a little does go a looooong way. 

Check it out here.


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