The recent up-and-down temperatures in Connecticut, mixed with harsh winds and spring’s stronger sun rays, have made maintaining a healthy, clear complexion more difficult than ever. But before you spackle on more foundation or altogether give up, consider these skincare and makeup tips from celebrity makeup artist Angelique Velez, whose clients also include residents of Connecticut and other states suffering from endless winters, like New York and New Jersey.
What is your recommended year-round skincare regimen?
The basic steps to a proper regimen are cleansing your face, toning and moisturizing. Many companies have products that are part of a three-part process to make it easy to follow this routine. And remember that the biggest "no-no” is leaving your makeup on while you sleep. Make these small changes, and you will notice dramatic differences in your skin—and your makeup will go on more smoothly.
What is the best way to find a foundation that matches your skin tone?
Test the foundation from the jaw line down to the neck. Blend it in slightly with your finger. If the color disappears, it’s a match. Try different consistencies to find the right level of coverage for you. Walk around for a bit with the foundation on to see how it settles into your skin. If you are at a makeup counter, ask the artist there to help you.
What product do you recommend women add to their regimen this time of year?
Try bronzer. It helps even out skin tone and brighten your face. Typically, your foundation needs to be lighter in the winter and darker in the summer. Bronzer eases the transition by subtly warming up your lighter foundation.Highlighter is another great product. By simply applying it to the cheek bones, bridge of the nose, bow of the lip and brow bone, you can create a fresh, dewy look.
How can women freshen their look right away?
Winged eyeliner is very popular right now, but also a big challenge. Try a product that is a bit more forgiving, like a gel eyeliner (MAC Smashbox and Maybelline all make gel liners) instead of a liquid liner. I also suggest going to an arts and crafts store and purchasing a paint brush that has a pointed tip. If your hand is not steady, draw dashes with the brush right at the base of the lash line, then connect these dashes to make a straight line. To get a winged line at the corner of the eye, extend the line slightly, following the natural lash line. Create the "wings" with your eyes open to make them as even as possible on both sides. Use the brush to make the line as thick or thin as you want.