WINTER BASE | THE HYDRATING, THE LIGHTWEIGHT, THE COMFORTABLE & THE LONG-WEARING
Whilst I would still consider myself to be very French, I like to think I have picked up on many very British and Scottish habits and behaviours since the beginning of my stay. I went through very apologetic to extremely apologetic, and I often surprise myself being very chatty with complete strangers. The list could go on but there is one thing which will not be in it: the complaining or commenting about the weather, it might be my favourite conversation to watch every morning, but there is always a part of me which cannot help but thinking about how pointless it is. The weather isn’t gonna change because of a little bit of complaining, instead, however, we can act and adapt ourselves to it, and the four foundations I will talk about today are all about helping the skin to deal with the winter, not always very friendly, weather.
Harsh, cold and windy, the winter weather always leaves the skin a little bit dryer and a little bit more dehydrated than it naturally is, in fact sometimes so dry and dehydrated than the thought of covering it up with some makeup hurts. On these days, I reach for the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Youth Boosting Perfect Skin Foundation SPF 15 -1 Fair-. Too dewy for my summer skin, it becomes my favourite foundation in the winter: it gently covers up dry patches whilst offering a boost of radiance to the skin.
Reading blogs and comments, I’m often surprised to see that winter goes hand in hand with full coverage and/or thick base for most people. Winter or summer, I always like to think I give my skin a chance to breathe with a lightweight foundation and in this category, the L’Oréal True Match foundation -1.N Ivory- beats records whilst still offering a decent amount of coverage to the skin.
There is nothing worse than putting on a foundation and already wanting to take it off a few hours later. Easily irritable and very picky, the winter skin truly has the capacity to ruin the day sometimes. If I always make sure all my foundations are comfortable to wear, the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation -n°10- is by far the most comfortable foundation I own. With a thin consistency and a cooling experience, it resembles a skincare product at application. Very easy to forget during the day, it nonetheless never fails to freshen up the skin in the most beautiful, invisible way.
The winter season has a particular penchant for making the days feel longer and somewhat rougher than they should be whilst the makeup is fading away too quickly or too easily for my liking. When a flawless base is required from 8. am to 8. pm -realistically, I will give up or redo my makeup after 12 hours of wear-, I reach for the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation or a satin finish in a medium coverage which, winter or summer, does not move, go darker or fade away throughout the day.