Mean Makeup Magic For Busy Moms

Winter is a wonderful season. We get to wrap ourselves in luxurious scarves, enjoy the first sight of snow, and breathe in the crisp winter air. The only problem with all of this, though, is that it sucks the moisture right out of our skin, leaving us with dry patches, redness, and a general itchiness that makes winter less wonderful than we hoped it would be.

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Luckily, there are a few exceptional makeup-artist moms who have shared their best tips on how to achieve a soft and smooth-looking face even when the temperatures are dropping. It makes it a bit easier to get out the door quickly in the morning, and you can confidently face the cold air outside.

 

Tinted moisturizer

Dry skin is not a fan of powder makeup, so keep it on the low and opt for some tinted moisturizer instead. Use your fingers to apply it so that you’re not using too much, and find one that matches your skin tone perfectly.

You have probably heard this advice many times before, but so many tend to skip it and hope that their regular moisturizer will be enough to keep the dryness at bay. Invest in a good foundation or tinted moisturizer as soon as possible, and you’ll notice the difference immediately. Have a look at the best organic makeup brands here if you’re looking for something new, and scroll down to the Origins foundation to keep your skin hydrated throughout the cold days.

You can still use a regular foundation if you want more coverage, though, just remember to use your fingers to apply it still. The heat from your fingertips will make it melt in and look more natural – and, as mentioned above, you avoid applying too much.

 

Cream cheek stick

Tired of looking tired all the time? You’re not alone. The fresh, crisp air may help put those roses on your cheeks, but it doesn’t really show when you’re using a tinted moisturizer or foundation. Instead of using a regular powder-based blush to look a bit fresher, try to use a cream stick instead and apply it with your fingers to make it look a bit more natural.

Nothing says fresh winter health like blushed cheeks under a cozy beanie, so cover up your skin and head before facing the coldness.

 

Think about your lips

Chapped lips in the middle of December is not as charming as a red and moisturized pout. Get your lips ready for some mistletoe-action by keeping them exfoliated and moisturized before applying any lipstick. You can make an exfoliator yourself, by the way, just mix together a bit of sugar and olive oil and treat them to a pampering session – but try not to eat the exfoliator, though, it may be sweet, but it’s not a snack.


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Matte lipsticks look great but they’re not the best option if your lips are dry. Save your favorite matte for when you’ve exfoliated and moisturized properly and opt for a cream-based one on the days you don’t have time for olive oil and sugar mixtures.

Carry a bit of balm with you when you’re going out and apply it before touching up with more lipstick. Otherwise, you’ll wake up with chapped lips as well as a headache the following morning.

 

Waterproof mascara

If you don’t have a problem with runny eyes in the winter wind, you can safely continue to use your regular mascara. The rest of us, on the other hand, go through our morning makeup routine and think we look wonderfully fresh after a walk in the cold air – just to come into the office, looking like the Joker.

We sweat the mascara off during the summer and cry it away when it’s windy; there’s really just a small window during spring and autumn where regular mascara works well. Find one that feels light when you apply it and that stays put even when you cry bitter tears of wind, and remember to tone down the rest of your makeup if you want to make those eyes pop.

 

Focus on your nails

Treat your nails properly this winter, and you may get away with skimping on the rest of your beauty routine. You can get away with it nonetheless, though, and it’s really just for ourselves that we spend time on trying to look our best – the rest are far too busy thinking about themselves to notice, in any way.

By giving yourself a decent manicure or treating yourself to a professional one, you’ll feel a lot better on the days you’re otherwise sluggish or don’t have time to spend half an hour in front of the mirror. Just put your hair up, slap on some moisturizer, step outside, and let your fantastic nails do the talking instead.

Remember that if you want great-looking nails, you have to take care of your hands in the winter. Wear gloves, first of all, to avoid red and dry skin, and invest in a good hand lotion. Massage your cuticles whenever you apply it, and have a look at this article for some of the funkiest nail shades this winter. Gray is always a good option, though, as well as burgundy – but have fun with it, and choose whatever style you prefer.

 

And remember to hydrate

No skin looks great when it’s dry and dehydrated. Besides from using a quality moisturizer that is oil-based rather than water-based, you also need to think about how much water you drink during the day – and supplement with food that has a high content of water. Your body is much better at absorbing the liquid it gets out of food, in any way, so it won’t keep you in the bathroom all day either.

Food that is high in healthy fats is also an excellent idea, and you should fill your plate with salmon, avocado, and olives this winter. It’s moisture from the inside out, and it’s not like we really need another excuse for eating delicious food when it’s so dark outside.

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