One thing’s certain: When winter rolls around (and right when we want to look presentable for parties and entertaining), our skin takes a beating, becoming dry, itchy and irritated because of all the dry weather. But it doesn’t have to be that way! With a few tricks up her sleeve, Tess Wilmans-Higgins of Glo Limited joins our holiday guest series to offer you a skincare regimen that will have you on track to positively glowing skin. Plus, she throws in a few shimmering makeup tips for those extra special occasions. (More tips are available here.)
Thanks for coming to our rescue, Tess! Over to you!
It’s that time of year again! Pumpkin Spice Lattes have come and gone, the turkey has been carved, and houses are sparkling all over Arkansas. It’s a busy time for everyone, but put down that garland, take some time for yourself, light a cranberry candle, and let’s talk about winter skincare and makeup!
First things first, let’s discuss skincare. Cooler weather means drier skin. It’s a great time to start exfoliating if you don’t already. The Clarisonic Skincare brush is a simple, easy way to cleanse and exfoliate your skin everyday while you’re in the shower. Use your own cleanser, and this awesome gadget sloughs off dirt, oil and makeup, leaving your skin fresh and clean. There’s also a body brush attachment for use all over. Be sure to put this one on your Christmas list!
I also love Murad’s AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser. I like to use it as a mask on dry skin before I get in the shower, then hop in, let the steam do its thing for a minute or two, and rinse off for superbly soft skin. By the way, shy away from those apricot scrubs, as the jagged edges of the kernels can scrape the delicate skin of the face. For a luxurious body scrub, try Saint Bella’s Pass the Salt Scrub, which is locally made.
If your skin feels tight after you wash your face, you might want to consider a more emollient moisturizer during the fall and winter months. For super dry skin, look for highly moisturizing ingredients on the label like shea butter or jojoba oil, or ask your friendly local esthetician or skincare specialist for help finding the right moisturizer for your skin type. I love Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar to soothe and protect skin from cold weather.
Tinted moisturizers are a great substitute for foundation in spring and summer, but during colder weather, a little more coverage will make you look polished and ready for the holidays! Look for a liquid foundation with buildable coverage (Laura Mercier has one I love!) or a mineral foundation, like Bare Minerals, to give you a soft, dewy finish.
For festive eyes, try sweeping shimmering metallics in gold and silver onto your lids. Laura Mercier has two new, limited edition colors called VIP Gold and VIP Silver that are perfect for your holiday shin-digs. Don’t forget to finish your look with a blackest-black mascara to frame those pretty eyes!
It’s a cheerful time of year, so show off your spirit with a little shimmer. I love to sweep a shimmery powder on top of the cheekbones and on the temples to highlight the face and give a little lift. I have Laura Mercier ShimmerBloc in my makeup bag.
Get mistletoe-ready lips by using a lip scrub and rich, emollient balm afterwards. I like locally produced SaintBella’s all natural Lip Candy lip scrub, or Sara Happ’s The Lip Scrub to polish your pout. Use lip balm every night for kissably soft lips everyday of the year. I like Philosophy’s Kiss me Tonight or Sara Happ’s The Lip Slip.
Tess Wilmans-Higgins (pictured here with Lindsey Carpenter) is a Makeup Artist and Esthetician at Glo Limited in Little Rock.