By guest blogger Daniela Soto, Owner of Beauty by Daniela
To me, winter weddings are so magical! The air is crisp while the grounds may be covered in a beautiful blanket of light snow, and the sun shines bright through all the naked visible trees. There’s often a wood-burning smell in the evening along with crackling noises and a unique charm like no other season. Since your wedding is about to stand out during the winter months, you want to ensure that your skin is perfected so that the makeup looks amazing. Below are some important tips that will help you achieve a gorgeous face on the best day of your life!
One of the negative impacts that we get from having cool, crisp air is that our skin can become extra dry from the lack of moisture in the air. The heat in our homes is on so high to keep us warm but yet it works against us by drying the skin. Hot showers feel amazing in the cold winter months but these are stripping out any oils in our skin which we need to retain. Bathing and showering in lukewarm water is best. A humidifier is a great investment for any winter brides as it aids with producing moisture in the air with helps with dryness on the face and peeling of chapped lips. While this may sound cliché, I strongly recommend drinking more water what you are used to drinking as this will help the skin become more supple and radiant.
As the seasons change so does our skin. We, therefore, need to compensate for that by having a different cleanser during this time frame. Rather than washing your face twice a day, stick to washing your face in the evening. If your have dry skin to begin with, use a milky cleanser that will not further strip your skin. Cleansing oils are great to use if you want to try something different as these will use good oils to cleanse your skin while removing the bad oils and dirt that are currently trapped in your pores from makeup.
Often, we see flakiness associated with dryness which you definitely do not want for your wedding day. To help with the flakiness, you want to exfoliate no more than 1-2 times a week on your face. It’s best to do this at night after you have washed your face with a gentle cleanser. Don’t forget to exfoliate your lips as they too need extra care in the winter time and focus around the corners of your nose as dry patches tend to build up in that area. Try a rice powder exfoliator which isn’t harsh but yet gets the job done in removing any flaky lingering dryness on the skin.
Moisturizing dry skin is so important year round and especially during the winter months because it protects the skin and leaves it feeling hydrated. In the long term, moisturizing is proven to help against anti-aging which is a win for us all! For dry/parched skin, reach for a cream with a high oil content rather than a water based moisturizer. Creams are great for nighttime as they tend to be thicker and higher oil content means it will be higher absorbed by the skin. Always remember to use a spf of 30 or more each day regardless of what the temperature is outside.
Now that I have provided you with some skin tips, let’s talk makeup for winter brides!
Stick with a dewy finish foundation if you have dry skin. It will give a youthful glow to dull skin. Mix a tiny bit of illuminator in with your foundation when applying it to your face to help diminish winter dullness.
Rosy cheeks are a must and should resemble a flushed effect. You don’t want to pack on the blush but you do want to use a bit more than normal so that it translates well in the photos. Go for the glow and add a bit of highlighter above the blush to further add luminosity to the skin.
Red/Berry/Wine color lips are so beautiful during this time of year. The contrast against the skin will automatically brighten your complexion. Make sure your lips have been well exfoliated in the weeks to come if you are going to be using a bold lip. In the morning before having your makeup done, apply a thick layer of Aquaphor to the lips so that way before you have your lips done, they have been moisturized. While matte lipsticks are great, I don’t recommend them for this season. Stick with a creamy lipstick but first apply a lip primer and then line your lips entirely with a lip pencil. Next, apply a few layers of lipstick while blotting in between so that your lip color lasts longer but yet your lips don’t feel dry. Keep the lipstick close by for any touchups which may be needed.
Follow these tips and rest assuring that both your skin and makeup will be camera ready and you will look amazing in your wedding photos! Perhaps some light snowflakes will fall to add a finishing touch on your big day!
What’s your winter skin routine? Does your makeup look change in winter?
Featured Photo Credit: Jac & Jules Photography