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Time for a makeover

Time for a makeover
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Cooler temperatures, less humidity, plus dry indoor air all lead up to one thing: dehydration. As in dryer flakier skin and nails that are more brittle. And just as you swap out summer’s lighter sundresses and tank tops for warm, cosy jumpers, so too should you be trading your gel moisturiser for a creamier version.

We’ve polled some of the most trusted voices in beauty to give you a complete rundown of how to effectively change your beauty routine during the colder months. Read on for their autumn and winter makeup dos and don’ts.

Do: waterproof your mascara

Do: waterproof your mascara
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You may equate waterproof mascara with a swim on a hot summer’s day, but Charlie Riddle, global beauty director and head of artistry for Stila Cosmetics advises that it’s equally important come autumn and winter. A waterproof formula is a must when your eyes tear up from the temperature and wind chill, he shares.

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Do: remember to mind your cuticles

Do: remember to mind your cuticles
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When we think of winter beauty, we often neglect our cuticles, yet they take a beating during winter months when not paying attention to them can lead to painful hangnails and ruined manicures. Make it a habit to give them extra TLC when the temperatures drop. Applying a nourishing cuticle oil will only add on a few extra seconds to your beauty routine but it will pay you tenfold

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Don’t: forget to physically exfoliate

Don’t: forget to physically exfoliate
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We love light chemical exfoliation during warmer months but dropping temperatures mean that applying them to our skin can cause extreme dryness. That being said, dead skin cells need to be regularly sloughed off so that you can maintain a healthy glow. In winter, gentle physical exfoliation with a face brush or a damp washcloth is best.

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Do: consider swapping your foundation for a BB or CC cream

Do: consider swapping your foundation for a BB or CC cream
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Winter’s dry cold air strips the skin of the moisture it desperately needs. “The last thing you want is flaky, dry skin when applying makeup,” explains Jennifer Yen, CEO and founder of Purlisse Beauty. She suggests making friends with BB and CC creams during the colder months. Not only do they hydrate your skin, as an added bonus, but many BB and CC cream formulas also have good-for-you ingredients like vitamin C and SPF.

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Don’t: be afraid of DIYing a moisturising foundation

Don’t: be afraid of DIYing a moisturising foundation
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If you are strapped for cash or just trying to be more resourceful during the winter months this hack is for you: instead of completely overhauling your current liquid foundation during the autumn and winter months, mix a few drops of your favourite facial oil or a few pumps of moisturiser into your current liquid foundation before application. (Mix well on the back of your hand before applying.) Not only will this save you big bucks, but it will also impart a natural glow.

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Do: make sure your lipstick can last through temperature and climate changes

Do: make sure your lipstick can last through temperature and climate changes
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Winter months have us leaving warm indoor environments and running out to freezing temperatures, all within seconds. You need to make sure you apply a lipstick that can handle that stress. Nick Barose, Armani Beauty Artistry Collective Member, shares that when it comes to making your lipstick last, it’s all in the prepping. “If your lips are typically dry, you can use a non-sticky lip balm,” he says. “Use just a little and let it absorb before applying your lipstick,” he advises.

Don’t: use powder formulas

Don’t: use powder formulas
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Even if you are methodical about moisturising before applying colour makeup or foundation, all of your efforts will go to waste if you use a powder formula. Swap your eyeshadows, blushes, and foundations for cream or liquid formulas for the colder months

Do: use a facial mist for added hydration

Do: use a facial mist for added hydration
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Winter months are drying for many reasons (hello indoor heating systems!) and they require an extra layer of hydration. Celebrity makeup artist Lisa Aharon suggests using a facial mist to refresh skin throughout the long winter days. “Think of it as a drink of water for your face! Even when misted on clean skin, you can immediately see the benefits of a juicier, plumper complexion coming through,” she says. “You can use anything from a thermal or rose water to a skin-care ingredient rich formula.”

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Do: wear maroon and burgundy lipstick

Do: wear maroon and burgundy lipstick
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One of the best ways to get a standout autumn look is to play up your lip colour. During autumn, turn to plum or burgundy shades of lipsticks, glosses, and stains. The look is somewhat vampy, but absolutely stunning on pale skin. Makeup artist and beauty consultant Tom Pecheux describes it as “sophisticated in a twisted kind of way,” thanks to its darker elements. With such a bold lip, there’s no need to also make a statement with your eyes, as you don’t want to overpower the look. Keep your eye shadow minimal, but feel free to use simple black mascara and eyeliner.

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