The day after Thanksgiving only means one thing: The official countdown to the holiday season is on. Not only am I referring to shopping like a mad person and drinking peppermint mochas on an hourly basis, but also the fact that winter is f*cking coming. Like, real Game of Thrones type sh*t. The first thing we think of is the transition our wardrobe has to go through, and just like how people tend to forget about Karen because she’s such a slut, you also tend to forget to transition your beauty routine for winter, too. This time of year is really crucial to get your sh*t together and start treating your precious skin like the diamond it is. You can say goodbye to stocking up on bronzers and cooling products, and instead look forward to hydrating moisturizers, vampy lipstick shades, and dozens of lip balms. Here’s how to transition your beauty routine for winter and the perfect swaps to do it with.
1. Creamy Facial Cleanser
To start with the perfect clean slate, you’ll want to begin by changing your face wash. I know this can be super hard for a lot of people, especially those with sensitive skin types, because a change in routine can cause major breakouts. However, opting for one with a creamy texture can go a long way. It will bring all of the hydration you need to start fighting harsh winds on day one.
CeraVe Hydrating Face Cleanser Face Wash for Normal to Dry Skin
2. Overnight Facial Oil
Regardless of your skin type, you can always benefit from a facial oil. I know, it sounds bizarre, especially if you already feel like a grease ball. Trust me, though. Adding one more step in your routine will work wonders. I prefer to stick to an overnight facial oil (versus one you can add in the morning or throughout the day) because I like to wake up and see the results first thing. This relaxing cleanser works as both a stellar makeup remover and the nourishing hydration you need for the entire next day.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil
3. Hydrating Moisturizer
The more natural ingredients, the better a product is for your face. This one is apparently 98.6% natural, so I’d say it’s close enough. Using a moisturizing cream prior to setting your makeup is the key to keeping your skin’s natural glow and hydration. This anti-aging, non-greasy lotion feels super lightweight and fast-absorbing as it diminishes wrinkles, cleans, and retains natural moisture for intense hydration that lasts.
Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Day Lotion
4. Illuminating Foundation
A few months ago, you were probs looking all over for a cooling foundation with a matte finish. Well, come winter, you’ll want to toss that aside for a dewy liquid foundation that brightens up and radiates your skin, since the cold tends to dull skin tones.
5. Brightening Highlighter & Blush
Skip the bronzer this upcoming season and instead, emphasize your cheekbones with blinding highlighters and rosy blushes. You’ll want to enhance your natural beauty with flushed cheeks and metallic hues for the perfect wintry glow.
Huda Beauty Highlighter Palette – Winter Solstice Palette
6. Vampy Lipsticks & Tinted Lip Balms
Ditching bright shades such as bubblegum pinks is obvious af. To get a lip tool that hydrates and colors, you’ll want a tinted lip balm. The darker, the better. F*cking duh.
Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Richer Raisin
7. Dewy Finishing Spray
I love a setting spray this time of year *I say in Pauly D’s voice*. Don’t worry, I hate myself also. Anyway, I seriously love setting sprays, but I really love setting sprays when temperatures drop and New York winds wreak havoc on my face. To top off your look and really ensure your skin has the most necessary hydration this winter, get yourself a dewy, hydrating setting spray to keep your glowing look locked in and looking fresh all day long.
COVER FX Dewy Finish Setting Spray
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