JUST IN: Glowy Foundation Routine for Winter

Winter months are different in Texas as some of you may know. While it may not get super cold here until well into December-January, I’ve found that with the climate and temperature changes, my skin is having some up’s and down’s. Even though today’s high (even in December) was 70 degrees Fahrenheit, I’ve resorted to more moisturizing products since my skin has been needing it lately. Since my signature base/skin makeup is a dewy, glowy finish, dry skin or flaky skin is definitely not good for me. I’ve noticed that with my skin being drier, I’ve had to resort to creative ways to maintain the dew.

Today’s post is about my glowy foundation routine for winter…Texas-style. :)

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Innisfree The Green Tea Serum
In the mornings, I’ve been using a moisturizing serum for hydration to plump my skin and prevent it from feeling dry or uncomfortable. I skip the cream or moisturizer intentionally and move straight onto a suncream/sunblock before applying my base makeup. This particular serum is “a moisturizing and nourishing serum with organic green tea seeds from Jeju to fill the skin with suppleness and clarity.” It’s super lightweight and the water-gel texture feels like nothing on the skin when applied. It doesn’t make my skin oily or slippery; and, as part of my morning routine, this helps keep my skin hydrated and happy underneath makeup.

Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Oil
Lately, the trend in Korea is to add a drop of face oil to foundation/BB/CC creams for an added dewy effect. This “anti-oxidant moisturizing oil, [is] formulated with eco-friendly Jeju green tea seeds[that] replenishes moisture and nutrients from deep within your skin.” While it feels rich on your skin at first, it absorbs nicely, which gives a moisturized feeling. On top of that, it seals in all your previous skincare so it helps your makeup glide on easily and effortlessly. I don’t mind mixing a drop of this with my foundation, and it doesn’t make my skin overly oily or anything like that. When applied alone, this can be an extra-hydrating moisturizer replacement.

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Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation
My go-to foundation lately for glowy makeup is the Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation and the shade 115 Ivory is a perfect match for me. I’ve also noticed that this particular foundation is great as a mixing agent. I’ve mixed this foundation with other formulations, and it’s never interfered with application or color. I like to add my face oil to this and it applies sheer, but naturally. In addition, it adjusts the coverage level which I like since I prefer sheer to light coverage. This foundation “creates a soft-focus effect, which is designed to meet the coverage concerns of those in the spotlight.”

NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder
Normally, I don’t like to powder over my foundation or base makeup because it affects the dewiness. However, lately I’ve been into it since using the NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder. As “weightless, translucent powder for all skintones that creates a soft matte finish that looks luminous in any light,” it’s truly invisible and doesn’t negatively impact the color, tone, or texture of your already applied makeup. It’s so natural that I feel like you don’t even really notice a difference until you see your skin in natural light. Pores and lines or minimized and your makeup is set perfectly — and, surprisingly, oil is controlled substantially well.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in “Ethereal Glow”
The final touch to glowy winter makeup is really the blush. While the complexion is important, nothing is more prettier than naturally flushed pink cheeks. A lot of blushes can do this, but one that is equal parts pretty and glowy without the glitter and shimmer. I like “Ethereal Glow” so much for this; and, it’s seriously the final touch that I look for when I’m completing my routine.

What are some of your dewy makeup tricks for the winter time?

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REVIEW: Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation

I’m really late to the Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation game, but I’m finally experiencing what the big deal is about with this foundation. As an “oil-free medium-to-full-coverage liquid foundation that covers skin imperfections flawlessly while remaining invisible on-screen and in real life,” this foundation’s concept of being both invisible and HD is quite extraordinary. This foundation claims to “create a soft-focus effect, which is designed to meet the coverage concerns of those in the spotlight. It leaves your complexion with such a flawless finish, [and] it can withstand bright or harsh lighting” as well.

I chose the shade 115 Ivory which is for light skin with pink undertones. I thought about 110 but decided while I like some pink tones in my foundation, it was way more pink than I needed. I find that 115 is a great match for me since it’s both light in color with pink undertones. The formula and texture of this foundation is really light and runny — which is surprising for a foundation that is such high coverage. A little bit goes a long way, so it’s absolutely possible to adjust the coverage levels depending on what your skin needs. I need less than half a pump since I apply this lightly to the skin.

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I’ve used both a synthetic buffing brush and a regular foundation brush to apply this. However, I like using a damp Beauty Blender to apply this foundation sheer and even. The formula instantly cancels out redness and pigmentation, while evening out the skintone amazingly. There’s a hint of glow and radiance without looking glittery or shimmery, so the formula really helps the finish appear natural on the skin.

Coverage is adjustable and the formula is easy to worth with and blend. I think it’s a great foundation for special occasions and for every day use since the texture and appearance of this foundation is natural. While it’s great at covering pigmentation, discoloration, and redness, I find that it’s not as good as some of my BB/CC creams in covering pores and filling in lines. It’s very smooth and flawless on the skin with decent oil control after powdering, so it’s a very customizable product for sure. Without powdering, oil breaks through for me after about 4 hours of wear so I need to blot. I also think the wide range of colors available can be helpful for those who are “in between” shades.

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I recommend this foundation and I can understand why there’s a cult following. My only gripe is that the pump gets clogged easily and product will goop around the opening. I have to be extra careful to wipe off any excess before putting the cap on, or the leftover foundation will cake around the opening. A suggestion is to set your t-zone with a translucent setting powder because my combo skin gets oil within a few hours of wear with this foundation. If you haven’t already tried this foundation, I’d say give it a go and you’ll be satisfied with the results. In the future, I’m planning on experimenting with using this foundation as a mixing agent. I’ve read that combining the HD Invisible Cover Foundation with other formulas works wonders as well.

Retails for $42.00 USD.
Made in France.
Item contains 1.01 fl. oz.