Beauty High.com asked me what I thought about using bronzer to brighten winter skin. I gave them an emphatic no! Bronzer is to make you look like you’ve been out and about in the sunshine, to give you a golden summery glow, but on a winter skin it can look orange and streaky. There are some great alternatives to using bronzer in the article below, and lots of quotes from me. Check it out:
How To Brighten Winter Weary Faces Without Bronzer
We all want to keep that summer glow, but once winter hits, it’s in with the cold and out with the glow! Bronzer is great, but it’s also incredibly over-used. Bronzer’s role is to mimic the look of a mid-summer’s sun-kissed complexion, something that will look kind of ridiculous in the snow against pale winter skin. Luckily, there are plenty of tricks to incorporate into your cold-weather beauty routine that will help brighten your skin without the use of bronzer. There are lots of other awesome options out there—here are a few to try today.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize: Staying hydrated is super important. “Many don’t know this, but moisturizing keeps your tan sealed in much longer than if you don’t!” says Rosa Fasolo, owner and makeup artist at RF BEAUTY ARTISTRY. Once that tan is long gone, keeping up with a simple regimen is key. Exfoliating once a week to keep your skin bright, clear, and to leave dead skin behind is important. Moisturizing is even more important in order to keep that fresh face look. Using a tinted moisturizer is great as well to give you just the right amount of glow, says Fasolo.
Concealer: Dab concealer all the way from the inner corner of the eye, downward on the trough line under the eyes. Then, blend the concealer with small dabs, all the way down into the cheek area. This technique will give better coverage than just applying concealer only directly under the eyes, says Marian Rothschild, AICI FLC, certified personal image consultant and author of Look Good Now and Always.
Foundation: Stay away from crushed mineral foundations—they make skin look dead and dry. Instead, opt for a silicone-based foundation like Makeup Forever HD or Face Atelier Ultra Foundation. Both of these will make the skin glow and look alive, says makeup artist Corinna Cooke. Make sure you choose a shade that matches your winter color, not the shade you may use in the summer. A foundation that is too dark will make your skin look muddy.
Highlight: Using a sheer highlighter will help light catch your skin in the winter months, literally brightening up your face. Adding a golden champagne highlighter from the temples to the tops of your cheekbones will give you a natural-looking glow for fair and medium skin, says Grace Mahoney, owner of Blushing Brides. For darker skin, use a pearlescent bronze shade for the same effect.
Blush: Swap out those bronze, gold, or orange tones from summer for rosy pink blushes. Apply blush to the apple of your cheeks to get a bit of sun-kissed color, says Fasolo.
Say No to Bronzer: For those who think “bronzing” is the simple way to brighten, the look is often unnatural against winter skin and will actually detract from your glow if you don’t exfoliate, says Lyn Tackett of Genesis Studio Spa. Bronzing powder will collect on excess skin cells and make your skin look even drier.
Eyes: Keep eyeshadow sheer and choose a shade opposite your eye color on the color wheel. This will brighten the eye and make your color spark. Pale eyes look great with pink and peachy tones, while every color looks great with a soft berry tone, explains Cooke. Add a little shimmer just on the eyelid itself, not all over the eye. Curl the lashes to wake the eye up and use several coats of a luscious, glossy mascara.
Lips:Use a bold, bright color on your lips, like a punchy fuchsia. Fuchsia is bright and fun and lights the face up. It also makes the teeth look whiter and will make pale eyes totally spark, bright, and alive, says Cooke.
In a perfect world we would all get to spend the day in bed with hot tea and cold popsicles when we’re sick. But in real life some of us have to go to work or show up at events, and we don’t want to look like death warmed over. Today I was quoted for the first time in this new year, by The Daily Makeover in an article about beauty tricks that help hide the signs of a bad cold or flu.
I have reposted the article below:
9 Beauty Tricks to Disguise Seasonal Colds and Flus
Watery eyes, sneezing, puffy eyes, red nose—the telltale signs of seasonal illnesses neither feel, nor look, particularly good. It’s hard enough to combat the physical effects of symptoms from a cold, the flu,and even terrible seasonal allergies, but in those rare situations that we need to get out of the house and present our best semblance of health (like, ahem, going to work), these beauty tricks will carry you through. You may still be feeling under the weather, but nobody will be the wiser.
Invest in quality tissues. It’s true: The softer the tissue you can get, the less redness and chapping you’ll have on your nose, says makeup artist Jennifer Trotter. “Yes, I learned this lesson the hard way so you don’t have to!,” she adds. Trotter recommends springing for the Puffs Plus with lotion—you’re welcome.
Up the ante on moisturizer. Go heavy—and we mean heavy—on the moisturizer. Before bed, be sure to coat the tip of your nose with moisturizer, too, or if it’s especially chapped, use petroleum jelly, says Trotter. You want to avoid any residual rough and flaky skin, as it’s difficult to cover with makeup. Do your heavy-duty moisturizing at night and stick to your regular moisturizer during the day.
Get swelling under control. Reduce inflammation around the eyes and nose by using an anti-inflammatory cream, suggests Marian Rothschild, a Certified Personal Image Consultant, makeup artist, and author of “Look Good Now and Always. “Lots of cosmetic lines make them, but the best by far is the Sisley Eye Contour Mask. It’s pricey, but well worth it,” says Rothschild. For a more affordable option that works great, tryKinara Flawless Renewal Eye Cream.
Conceal. Use a thick, yet creamy concealer under the eyes to cover any redness without emphasizing dryness, and stick to light eyeshadow colors around the eye. Don’t use pink eyeshadow (though we don’t know why you would), as it will accentuate any red that’s in your eyes due to your illness, says Rothschild. Use the concealer around the bottom of your nose to hide any telltale redness and blend well. Fordark circles with a brown or purplish tone, use an under-eye concealer with yellow tones to counteract that darkness, suggests Lyn Tackett, esthetician and owner of Genesis Studio Spa. “I would advise avoiding white and other pale shades during your bout with the cold or flu, as your skin tone isn’t going to have as much color to begin with. White will draw attention to our paler complexion, but yellow will help color correct while keeping to a warm tone,” Tackett says.
Less is more. Don’t overdo your makeup, and stick to natural tones. Peach tones will also help brighten up the eye area, says Tackett.
Choose the right colors. Avoid all blue-based color products on eyes, cheeks, and lips as they will make the under eye area look dark and heavy, says makeup artist Corinna Cooke. Use warm bronzes and gold on the eyes instead and, stay away from black or charcoal liner—when we’re looking heavy around the eye area, it’s a good idea to skip dark liners and focus on brightening the eye instead. Curl your lashes and use extra mascara, too.
Look alive. Use a warm-toned blush to breathe rosy-cheeked life back into the face, and brighten everything with a pop of color on the lip—just not a blue-based pink or red. A little gloss in the center of the lip makes it look juicy and hydrated instead of flat and parched. “I like cream blushes as they make the skin look more alive. Be careful with bronzer, as it can make your washed out skin look orange, and generally looks wrong in the cold months,” says Cooke. If you have dry patches around your nose from sneezing and blowing your nose, spot-treat the area with Make Up For Ever HD Elixir, suggests Cooke. It instantly hydrates and soothes dry, rough skin, and the primer finish helps enhance makeup application, as well as wear.
Check your posture. Stand up straight and maintain good posture so that you look healthy and energetic—when we’re sick, we tend to slouch, says Rothschild, so it’s kind of a dead giveaway that you’re feeling under the weather.
Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water, both to hydrate and to help to flush out your system so that you’ll be back on your feet in no time at all.