How to Achieve a Winter Glow with Dry Skin |12 Days of Christmas


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As the temperature decreases, the dullness of our skin increases and many of us are left to embark on a never-ending quest to attain oh-so-coveted luminosity. Despite how it may seems, achieving the perfect glow that everyone dreams of is not impossible — not even with the driest of skin or in the harshest of Winters. Just follow these five simple steps and you will completely forget that your complexion was once anything but luminous!

~A Sheer Dewy Base~

The first, and possibly most essential, step in achieving that gorgeous glow we all strive for is to ensure that our skin looks fresh and natural. I love using the COOLA Rōsilliance Organic BB+ Cream SPF 30* (review here) because it has a very sheer coverage that allows your skin to shine through, and an extremely dewy and youthful finish! Opting for a more lightweight formula as opposed to a more full-coverage foundation means that your base will not emphasize any dry patches; If you struggle to find a product that actually makes your dry skin look truly glowy, then I highly recommend this one.

~A Natural-Looking Concealer~

Next, I like to apply additional coverage where needed using concealer; the key is to  choose one with a lightweight yet buildable formula and a natural finish. My favorite — as you may have guessed — is the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, which can be layered to camouflage blemishes and discoloration, or to highlight the center areas of the face for more dimension. Unlike other concealers I have tried, this is very compatible with dry skin types because its blendability and luminosity truly help it look like skin.

~A Glowy Liquid Highlighter~

Now that our skin is even and radiant, we can move on to the fun part — highlighter! Liquid highlighters like the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector are a great option because they are easy and versatile. You can mix it in with your base product for a more subtle glow or you can apply it on the high points of you face after your base is complete to make your features pop. Pat a small, pea-sized amount on the tops of your cheekbones the apples of your cheeks, the bridge and tip of your nose, cupid’s bow, brow bone, and the inner corners of your eyes. Liquid formulas are ideal for dry Winter skin because they glide over dry patches and provide a dewy, wet-looking finish that looks stunning in person and in photos.

~A Luminous Powder Highlighter~

For an even glowier visage, I enjoy using the Hard Candy Baked Highlighter in ‘Tiki’, a truly unique powder that has a lovely, natural sheen without even a trace of shimmer! It can be layered over the previous liquid highlighter for more intensity or it can be combined with a translucent powder of your choice to set the t-zone and brighten the under-eye area. It makes your skin look so luminous and healthy without any sparkly lines of demarcation left behind by those ever-so-popular blinding highlighters. This is definitely a must-have for individuals with mature or dry skin and for the price, it is a steal.

~A Hydrating Facial Mist~

Products like the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb, and Rosewater that revive dehydrated skin with one simple spritz are absolute must-haves for colder weather. This facial mist is wonderful for refreshing bare skin after you wake up, priming dry skin before makeup, melting powder products into your skin while boosting your glowy complexion once your makeup is complete, and drenching your face with before you go to bed to soothe dry skin!

Now that you know my top tips for glowing all year long, I would love to learn yours! What is your favorite way to achieve a Winter glow?


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