Snow bunny Jo wants to look her best this winter, and she’s getting ready for a grand adventure on the slopes.
Hiya Karen (oops, feel like I know you!),
I’m about to go skiing for 5 months. I’ve always used cream blush (especially the MAC ones), but now I need one that will give strong color but that won’t rub off too easily with goggles, gloves and possibly snow!
I’m terrified about beauty on the slopes to be honest, so any advice would be really appreciated.
Thanks in advance!
Hi, Jo. Sounds like an awesome trip. I’m really excited for you!
Before we start, I gotta come clean. Snow and I don’t always get along (I’m more of a surfer girl), but here are some things that should help keep your makeup where it belongs.
1. Start with a makeup primer
Primers are typically colorless lotions or gels applied before foundation, blush and/or powder to anchor your makeup in place. It’s simple: when I wear a primer, my blush lasts longer, and I don’t have to reapply as often throughout the day. Take a look at Korres Face Primer; deluxe sample tubes are just $10 at Sephora.
2. Try a layer of powder blush above your cream blush
Whenever I wear a cream blush, dusting a layer of powder blush on top really seems to lock in the color. If you can swing by the MAC counter before your trip, bring some of your favorite cream blushes with you, and ask the MAC makeup artists for coordinating powder blush recommendations. Oh, and if you don’t have one already, shop around for a good blush brush. I really like the MAC 129 ($34).
3. Don’t forget to blot
I’ve noticed that blotting my face seems to greatly extend the wear time of my makeup. I’ll use a tissue and gently blot my eyelids, forehead, nose and chin after I apply my lotion but before primer.
4. Consider a liquid blush
If your budget allows, make room in your shopping cart for the following before you leave…
- A long-wearing, sweat-proof sunscreen like Shiseido 55+ ($37) (also check out this post for more sunscreens that stand up to sweat)
- A waterproof mascara. Consider Stila Lash Visor ($13)
- Moisturizing lipgloss with SPF like Philosophy’s Kiss Me Gloss with SPF 20 ($14)
- A lip exfoliator to smooth cracked and peeled lips. I like Tarte FRXtion ($11)
Let me know how you’re doing between runs and cups of hot chocolate, Jo, and have an amazing time on your trip!
Snow bunnies, do you have any tried-and-true winter beauty tips for Jo? Let’s trade cool ideas in the comments.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,