With New York Fashion Week now behind us, let’s turn to beauty with a discussion on the very best winter foundations – that your makeup collection needs, pronto.
Hello and a very happy Friday to you, dreamer! I hope you’re all bundled up somewhere warm and safe, looking forward to a great weekend. Talk about a whirlwind week, right? Amidst all the New York Fashion Week madness and everything in the news, it was like woah woah woah at every turn. Today, I wanted to break away from gushing for my favorite Fall 2017 runway collections to discuss something that truly applies to all of us: beauty. More specifically? The best winter foundations.
Foundation, with Added Oomph
Don’t know about you, but winter has been a bit mia in my neck of the woods this year – but make no mistake, I’ve discovered some real gems in the winter foundation world. Foundation is one of those makeup products that I like to mix up through the seasons. In the summer, I’ll gravitate towards more dewy finishes with lighter coverage. In the winter? I’m reaching for a more natural matte look that gives amplified coverage, to cover the amplified redness and dark circles my skin seems to take on during the winter months.
There’s definitely something about colder air that exaggerates any unevenness in my skin coloring, making a good winter foundation an absolute must!
My Top Picks for the Best Winter Foundations
While winter temperatures have been warmer this year and both snow and ice missing in action, it seems easy to think maybe winter is behind us. But, as that kooky groundhog did tell us on February 2, we are still in the winter months. Meaning? You still have time to enjoy your favorite winter foundations before casting them aside for something more fresh in the springtime.
And so, today I’ve rounded up for you five of my very favorite winter foundations – once that I reach for literally every single day. I’m someone who really doesn’t like to wear the same products day in and day out, but when it comes to foundation this winter – I choose one of the following virtually every day.
Some of these you may have heard of before – some perhaps might be new. Grab a pen, because you might wanna jot these down! xo
If you have combination or oily skin, I wager you will absolutely LOVE Clinique’s Superbalanced foundation. The formula puts up a strong defense, virtually combating oil build up all day long. The finish is a demi-matte and the coverage medium, but very buildable. I apply this in the morning and can make it through the workday without any need of touch-ups. It also doesn’t settle into any dry spots or pores. That seems to become a bit of a problem in the winter months, but not with this guy! You can read my full review on this foundation, here.
If I could give a foundation a standing ovation, DG’s Perfect Matte foundation would absolutely get me on my feet. There are many many things I adore about this foundation, but probably my favorite feature is how I virtually have no idea that I have it on. It is so extremely lightweight and feels virtually nonexistant on the skin. It also gives your skin what I would call a “radiant matte” finish. As in, it’s matte – but your skin has a lit-from-within effect to it. So, no need to worry about looking like a flat pancake. Last month, I shared a full review on this foundation and I suggest you give it a read, here.
Talk about a rediscovered gem! Estee Lauder’s Perfectionist is absolutely among the very best winter foundations out there. For starters, it’s infused with Estee Lauder’s famous Advanced Night Repair serum – making this foundation not just makeup, but skincare as well. Don’t know about you, but my skin gets pretty dry in the winter time and I really adore how much this keeps my skin feeling replenished all day long. When I first tried this a while back, I thought having a skincare/serum aspect would make it oily and not very long-lasting, but somehow the Gods at Estee Lauder have managed to deliver a product that absolutely does withstand wear and tear throughout the day. Read more about it, here.
Ah, Dior. Who doesn’t love Dior? Currently, Dior is celebrating their 70th anniversary and so it seems kind of fitting to sing praise of their fabulous Star foundation – and declare it one of the best winter foundations out there. If you like looking ‘positively glowing’, you’ll like this foundation. If you dream of having perfect skin? You’ll love this foundation. It’s so smooth and flattering on the skin, that you’ll catch yourself checking your own face out in the mirror. If I had to award a foundation on being my absolute favorite for events, it would be Dior Star. I also happen to a more in-depth review about it, here.
If you’re looking for a foundation that will last you a solid 24 hours, I’d like to formally introduce you to Marc Jacobs truly remarkable ‘Remarcable’ foundation. This product truly puts the pedal to the metal, bringing a beautiful satin matte finish to your complexion that is virtually flawless and lasts all day. Know, if you have one of those super long days that seemingly never ends – at the very least, your skin will be on point. Who doesn’t want that? Winning! Read my full review, here.
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As always, stay stylish and keep chasing your dreams!