Holiday Beauty Tips and TricksNov 21, 2014 12:00AM ● By Brandi Barnett
A Season to ShineDecember 2014
By Melissa Gulden
It’s already that time of the year again—winter weather, holiday parties, and many other indulgences that leave you looking and feeling more like Santa Claus than Santa Baby. In this age of selfies and social media, how can you ensure you are looking your very best?
It all begins with skin. I hate to sound like a broken record, but hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! How much water you should drink varies, but we all know that sometimes we don’t drink enough. Water does more than quenches our thirst; when you are hydrated, it shows though in your skin.
Ever wonder why a child’s skin looks lit from within, even in the depths of winter? Children don’t have a thick layer of dead skin cells sitting on the surface. Exfoliate! Sweep away flakes several times a week with a gentle rotating brush. And quench your skin like you quench your thirst with a heavier moisturizer (try Olay Definity Night Restorative cream). If you’re acne prone, use an oil-free formula loaded with hyaluronic acid. And if braving colder climates, shield skin with an ointment, such as Aquaphor, for a barrier against wind and cold. Adding a humidifier to your bedroom can help. There are even mini travel versions so you can keep one at work. All that pumped-in air does nothing for our skin, so put that twinkle back in dry, red eyes.
Prep skin by trying one of the new primers, such as L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Moisture Blur. They instantly blot out pores and wrinkles and smooth skin for foundation. Mix one part luminizer, two parts foundation for an extra glow. And “pinch your cheeks” with a liquid, cream, or gel blush, which morph into your perfect shade (try Benefit Posie Tint).
What about from the waist down? For those of you who don’t like to indulge in a spray tan, try mixing a little foundation and shimmer lotion to your legs for a “liquid stockings” effect. Here in the North State we can wear pretty much anything we want year-round, so no need to hide those gams. A touch of shimmer makes legs look flawless (try Mac Strobe Liquid).
And finally, have fun with some color. Black is not the designated color of winter. There are plenty of vibrant hues to make you look and feel festive. If your skin is fairer, go for hot pinks and blues. More olive or golden? Go with warm oranges and yellows.
Enjoy the holidays this year instead of stressing over your appearance. The selfie will become your friend, not foe. #nofilter necessary.