Tips for Winterizing Your Makeup Routine

Written by Kathryn Zeuthen

When the temperature starts to drop, it is time to think about winterizing your makeup routine. Here are a few tips and product recommendations for looking fabulous even in freezing weather!

1. Adjust your skin prep.

With colder weather comes drier skin. We are going in and out of dry heat to cold dry windy weather and our skin takes a beating. So, hydration is the name of the game to prevent that dry flaky skin. First, I would add a hydrating toner to quench your thirsty skin. Next consider adding a skin oil like squalane or rose hip oil before you put on your moisturizer. And also make sure your moisturizer is giving you enough protection from the elements. You might change up and use a thicker and more emollient moisturizer.

Biossance Sugarcane Squalane Oil

The Ordinary Squalane Oil

2. Use a luminizing/hydrating primer.

I love using a primer before I put on my makeup to help the staying power but sometimes you need a layer of luminosity before you add your foundation. Try adding an illuminating primer to your base before applying your foundation. This will give you a lit up from within look which combat any dryness that you may be experiencing. I also enjoy adding some of these primers directly to my foundation and then applying.

Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Primer- Illuminating

Flower Beauty In Your Prime Hydrating Primer

3. Choose a dewy/radiant/luminous foundation.

These are your key words for a winter foundation: dewy, radiant, glow, luminous. This will give you a youthful glow as well as keeping your skin hydrated. Most of these foundations include skincare ingredients to combat the drying effects of age and weather.

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

L’oreal Infallible Pro Glow

4. Choose cream over powder when possible.

This is a great time to pull out your cream blushes, bronzers and even eyeshadows. You don’t have to worry about hot weather making your creamy makeup run off your face. These cream products are glowy and so healthy looking at this time of year. And a cream bronzer is more sheer and gives you a touch of warmth without looking “tanned”.

Nars Liquid Blush

Flower Beauty Blush Bomb

5. Use powder sparingly only where needed.

It is a hard habit to not use powder all over your face to set your makeup, but powder is your enemy when it is dry, and your skin feels dry. Instead only use translucent powder where you will need it, in our oilier areas like the t-zone or lightly to set your concealer in place. Less is more! Here are a few good translucent powders:

Fenty Pro Filt’r Setting Powder

E.L.F Halo Glow Setting Powder

6. Take care of your lips!

Our lips get so dry and chapped in the winter and that is not great to show off your favorite lipstick. So, make sure you are exfoliating and hydrating your lips every day. There are tubs and sticks of lip exfoliants and then you want to top it with a thick hydrating balm. Here are some of my favorites:
Fenty Pro Filt’r Lip Loving Scrub Stick

E.L.F. Lip Exfoliator

With these tips and products, you and your skin will look gorgeous all winter!

Here Are Some Budget Friendly Options from Ulta


The Ordinary Squalane Oil
Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel


Flower Beauty In Your Prime Hydrating Primer  $10.99
Milani Prime Perfection Hydrating Primer  $9.99
NYX High Glass Face Primer $17.00


L’oreal Infallible Pro0Glow  $12.99
NYX Born to Glow! Naturally Radiant Foundation $10.00
Maybelline Dream Radiant Liquid Foundation $12.99

Cream Products:

E.L.F Cream Contour Palette  $8.00
Physicians Formula Sculpting Bronzer  $11.99
NYX Sweet Cheeks Soft Cheek Tint $9.00
Flower Beauty Blush Bomb  $9.99

Translucent Powder:

Maybelline Fit Me Loose Powder  $7.99
Wet n Wild Photo Focus Powder $5.99
E.L.F Halo Glow Setting Powder $8.00

Lip Scrubs/Balms:

E.L.F. Lip Exfoliator  $4.00
L’oreal Pure Sugar Smooth and Glow Grapeseed Lip Scrub  $7.00
Dr. PawPaw Multipurpose Soothing Balm  $8.00
E.L.F. Ride or Die Lip Balm $5.00


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