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The must-know rules of winter makeup according to Kirsten Kjaer Weis

By Fiona Embleton

Photo: @kjaerweis

Cooler temperatures and less humidity can suck the life out of your face. Here’s how to use make-up to galvanise your glow in the depths of winter

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When it comes to adjusting your make-up to accommodate winter’s gruelling conditions, there’s just one cardinal rule: do the dew. In other words, skip powder formulas if you’re serious about keeping skin juicy. It’s also the time to hunker down with lipsticks the colour of a good Rioja wine and to accentuate wind-whipped cheeks with the best blusher for every complexion

Stick to a liquid and cream base

Flakey skin is bad – the only thing worse is when foundation pills and clings to those flakes creating a patchy and uneven finish. So what can be done?

Texture-wise, think a hyper-real sheen. In other words, your post-sauna glow (minus the sweat) and light to medium coverage. “The air in winter lacks humidity so opt for a formula that utilises hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid or chamomile water to keep skin looking fresh,” advises Danish-born make-up artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis, who has worked with celebrities including Emma Watson.

She notes that you don’t have to opt for denser coverage or heavier textures, adding, “Thinner hydrating formulas have the added benefit of not sitting in pores or accentuating the look of flakes.” And if your skin is prone to 11am shine, dial it down with a strategic, featherlight dusting of powder on the T-Zone.

You don’t have to completely overhaul your current foundation, either. Weis is a fan of using a face oil as a primer, especially in the winter months. “A dry oil nourishes the skin and creates a smooth surface for your foundation to glide over,” she says. “It also imparts an authentic glow that beams through the foundation.”

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