Winter Beauty Essentials for Glowing Skin

Hello my loves! I don't know about you, but my makeup and skincare collection changes season by season, especially for summer and winter. For summer my skin is one slick rick (see what I did there?)- no seriously, meaning it's basically and oil spill on my face that needs constant blotting so I steer more toward matte foundations and gel moisturizers. Although my skin is still a little oily during winter, I do tend to have dry patches and my skin can look dull from the harsh temps and cold wind. My skincare/makeup for the winter includes a light moisturizer, a toning spritz and a couple of illuminating products.

First things first- after cleansing my face and applying my acne products, I like to use a toner to purify my skin and balance my pH levels. I prefer Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz because it adds that extra moisture your skin needs during the winter. It's also 100% organic so it's great for those of us who have sensitive skin. The smell is also amazing and it helps wake me up! Which, if you're like me and need coffee every morning but still feel like a bear who was woken during their hibernation, then you'll love it.

After cleansing my face and applying my acne products, I moisturize with a lightweight SPF (which you still need to use in the winter). Of course with my sensitive skin I have to use something hypoallergenic and have been loving Simple's Protecting Light Moisturizer. It keeps my skin hydrated but doesn't over-moisturize.

One of my favorite and newer additions to my winter beauty routine is to add an illuminator to my current foundation (which is Estee Lauder's Double Wear). It gives that natural "glow" to my face that I'm clearly lacking during the winter months. The Bare Light Illuminator by Revlon is my favorite because #1 it's affordable, and #2 it matches perfectly to my fair skin foundation.

I have a few eye shadow palettes, but Maybelline's The Nudes is my favorite this season! It contains the perfect amount of matte/shimmer shades and I love how the shadows are on the warmer side so they really add a glow and warmer appearance to the face. Look out for a complete review of this palette in the coming weeks!

Last but not least, adding a luminous blush is one of the most important things when considering winter makeup. If you wear a completely matte blush without any sheen it can make your face appear a little on the dull side. Milani's Baked Blush in Luminoso is the perfect winter blush! It warms up your face, especially those of us who don't have a tan year-round. I absolutely love it!

Do you have any winter essentials in your makeup collection? What are your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!

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