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How to transition your summer make-up routine for winter

02:00 Wed May 9 2012
Leni Andronicos
How to transition your summer makeup routine for winter
On the cusp of transitioning seasons, you may find yourself facing a familiar sartorial dilemma: The weather is still warm, but the wind is chilly, and something suddenly feels wrong about wearing your favourite summer shift.

It's a transitional moment, beauties — one that calls for a reworking of your wardrobe as well as your makeup bag. Here are our top picks for seamlessly mastering the summer-to-winter shift.

Tweak your colour palette
It's all about a shift toward richer, more "earthier" versions of your favourite beauty staples. Instead of bronzer, look for a matte powder that's rosier and will give the cheeks a subtle lift. For the eyes, opt for a hazy olive shadow in place of a liner-rimmed lid.

Keep your skin hydrated
Your skin will become drier as the weather changes and boosting hydration will help maintain the skin's moisture. Swap summer's light moisturiser for a richer cream (we love La Mer's Créme De La Mer — it's absorbed well, protects, and softens the skin. A must-have!). Keep a rosewater mist (Kosmea Rosewater Mist, $11.95) in your handbag for on-the-go hydration and book in an appointment with your facialist every six weeks.

Swap your foundation
When on the hunt for a winter foundation, look for a formula that's moisturising and packed with SPF — just because the summer heat is gone doesn't mean your skin is immune to UV damage, ladies. And while lightweight concealers are great for summer, as your skin starts to lose its colour, you'll want more coverage under the eyes during winter. We rely on MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer, $36.

Pop your eyes
Going into winter, you may start to look a bit washed out as you lose your summer glow. Add some oomph to your look by playing up the eyes. An extra coat of the blackest black mascara and a lining of chocolate brown pencil are the perfect additions for instant impact.

— Leni Andronicos

User comments
Really useful tips!! I make the same mistake year in year out of looking in the mirror & not liking what I see due to the dullnesss & lack of glow in my skin come this time of year!! I shall definatley give these tips a go.

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