The cold winter season is in full swing, which means that it’s imperative for you to take care of your skin. You might be amping up your normal skincare routine and swapping out your gel moisturizer for a heavier night cream, but your makeup also has a huge impact on how your skin behaves during these drier months. Powder products are definitely not your friend — especially if your skin type is on the drier side. Instead, swap them out for cream makeup products that will replace all of your powders until the end of the season.
Dry-skinned beauty lovers know the importance of cream makeup products more than anyone, especially in the cold months. But even if your skin is oilier, it’s important to help maintain your skin’s moisture barrier while the weather is working against it. Switch out your normal powder go-tos, like blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow in favor of more hydrating cream and liquid products. For extra hydration, try skipping the setting powder and opting instead for a locking setting spray that will keep your makeup in place without the heaviness of a powder.
Keep reading for all of our favorite liquid and cream makeup products that we’re using instead of powders this winter season.
Glossier Cloud Paint
As one of Instagram’s unofficial favorite cream makeup products, Glossier’s Cloud Paint is the definition of a multi-tasking, hydrating cream. It comes in six dreamy shades in the pink, red, and orange color family. Though Cloud Paint is marketed as a blush, it can be applied anywhere on the face for a dewy finish. Try out the trendy monochromatic look by dotting this on your cheeks, eyelids, and lips.
Shop Now: Glossier Cloud Paint, $18
Nudestix Magnetic Matte Eye Color
When it comes to hydration, your eyelids are often overlooked during your skincare and makeup routines. Powder eyeshadows often have the tendency to cling to dry spots and texture. An easy fix for this is using a cream eyeshadow like the Nudestix Magnetic Matte Eye Color. The formula is buttery and easy to work with, but it dries down completely matte after it sets. It’s also waterproof and crease-proof without being drying. It’s the perfect alternative to regular powder eyeshadows.
Shop Now: Nudestix Magnetic Matte Eye Color, $24
Milk Makeup Highlighter
Cream highlighters aren’t just for summer. Milk Makeup’s Highlighter stick in Lit, which is a universally-flattering champagne pearl, is the perfect alternative to your typical powder highlighters. It provides a dewy, so-glossy-you-look-almost-sweaty finish, but it doesn’t transfer or move around your face throughout the day. While some powder highlighters have the tendency to emphasize texture on the face, this highlighter stick just glides over the skin.
Shop Now: Milk Makeup Highlighter, $24
Kat Von D Shade + Light Crème Contour Refillable Palette
Kat Von D’s Shade + Light line is considered one of the golden standards of contouring in the beauty industry, and their Crème Contour Palette is no different. Modeled after the shades in their original powder palette, the cream version is meant to be just as foolproof. Arguably, the cream contour palette is even easier to blend, and the shades are very flattering on a variety of skin tones. You can also pop out the pans and change out the colors so you can totally customize the palette to your needs.
Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick
If you’re looking for one product line that does it all — highlight, contour, bronze, blush, and conceal — look no further than the Fenty Beauty Match Stix. These multitasking cream sticks are meant to be your one-stop-shop for sculpting and defining your face. You can use them for brightening your under eyes, contouring the hollows of your cheeks, warming up your hairline, highlighting your cheekbones, and much more. Plus, they’re magnetic and stick together so you can bring them on the go whenever you need.
Go forth and let your skin be hydrated this winter season with these cream makeup products.
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