Beauty Hacks

Cakey base? Ghostly pale? Quick fixes for lacklustre winter skin

Banish those winter skin blues with simple make-up tricks that'll make you look like you've been sunning yourself on a tropical island somewhere

30 July 2018 - 00:00 By Nokubonga Thusi
Use powder highlighters with gold, silver or bronze undertones to give your skin that 'lit from within' radiance.
Use powder highlighters with gold, silver or bronze undertones to give your skin that 'lit from within' radiance.
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The problem: Dull, cakey-looking foundation

The fix: Mix a few drops of a pearlescent illuminator into your foundation; this will make it appear slightly more sheer and a whole lot more dewy. Alternatively, use an illuminating primer before putting on foundation, or on bare skin, for a more radiant appearance.

The problem: Dry, lacklustre body skin

The fix: Swap out your rich cream moisturiser for body oil. Cream moisturisers feel good when you initially apply them but sometimes your skin soon appears dry again. For a luminous sheen, use a shimmer body oil, which will lock moisture into your skin. 

The problem: Pale-looking skin

The fix: Warm up your complexion with bronzers. Contouring might seem like a tiresome extra step but, if you want to sport a more summer-like glow, it’s a necessary addition. Use a bit of bronzer dusted onto the temples, apples and hollows of your cheeks to gently sculpt and add more warmth to your face.

The problem: Skin lacks a natural radiance

The fix: Use powder highlighters to refract additional light. Powder highlighters with gold, silver or bronze undertones come in handy for adding that final touch to your faux glow.

Use a light dusting to set your make-up instead of using a translucent powder. You can also amplify the high planes of your face by tapping the pigments into your skin. Create subtle “lit from within” radiance with a shimmer blush applied to your cheeks, bridge of your nose and eyelids.


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