I've changed my face washing routine, my moisturizer, used intensive hydrating masks, upped my water intake, etc. And this has all been over the years. Nothing resolves it. Using a cream cleanser, heavier moisturizer and face masks do help but nothing makes it go away 100% during the cold, windy winter months in Washington.
That means a new makeup routine!
I use a plain jane liquid foundation, nothing special.
I normally use my Sedona Lace 928, which is just a flat top powder brush. I get the foundation on my face and buff away using the brush and I get a pretty flawless finish. Unfortunately, dry skin/patches + buffing doesn't = anything good. I end up with very noticeable dry spots and it's not very attractive.
The one thing you don't want to do when your skin is supper dry is "pull" anything across your skin. That will just make the dry areas worse and it will make your makeup cake up around your dry spots. So, I knew I needed to start "patting" on my makeup.
I hate sponges. I HATE THEM.
So, I started using a foundation brush (SL 727) to get the foundation on my face. I distribute it across my face in patting motions. Then I take my stippling brush (SL813) and just "pat" my foundation in. It takes a little bit longer than just buffing but it doesn't pull up any dry patches and it doesn't cake my foundation anywhere. The only thing you have to remember about using a stippling brush when blending out foundation is LAYERING. If you slap all of the foundation on your face at once, it's going to take forever to "blend" it. Use it layer by layer and it's quick, easy and it'll make your skin look amazing.
Also, since my cheeks are my biggest problem area with the patches, my stippling brush doubles as my blush brush. I just tap it in the blush and tap it on my face, works like a charm!
What do you do differently with your skin in the winter time? What types of products work best for you in the winter months? Which products do you have to switch up?
Before makeup - As you can see, I have red patches and my skin tone is super uneven. I'm also breaking out a bit (girl time) and I have dry patches all over my cheeks.
After patting foundation on with the foundation brush
After stippling for the first time
After applying another thin layer of foundation with the foundation brush
After using the stippling brush for the last time
After patting on some matte powder with a large powder brush
Finished product - I also used a stippling brush for the bronzer/blush.