Ever wonder why your foundation looks and feel incredible when you buy it, but a few months later it seems off? Your immediate assumption may be that it has expired. But no, ladies, it hasn’t. The shelf life of the average foundation is about 6 months, so if you’re only 3 months in, it’s not the foundation, it’s you! If you travel a lot or live in a climate with 4 seasons, you will notice a change in your complexion almost every quarter. You may also notice a change in your skin’s texture. Autumn and Winter bring drier climates, while spring and summer bring the humidity. With these changes, your skin requires different levels of TLC. Ideally, you want at least two foundations to help transitions your skin tone from dark to light as the seasons change. The following tips and product recommendations will help you look and feel flawless all year round.
Spring/Summer Foundation Plan
In the spring, your skin is just emerging from hibernation. It’s at its palest, so your foundation will be at its lightest as well. Because you’re transitioning from the dry winter months, you want to maintain a good moisturizing routine, followed by a primer with SPF 15-30. Why? Because the sun is about to begin its blessings onto your skin. While SPF15 is fine for the winter, you want added protection as you build on your sun exposure. SPF30 is ideal, 50 is even better if you spend most of your day outside. Your primer will vary based on your skin type.
As for foundation, be sure to find your match in liquid form. For setting, or press powder, aim for a shade darker than your current complexion. Why? because you’re about to begin tanning. The powders will help your skin transition. you can dust these on as lightly or heavily as needed. A light bronzing will be helpful as well. Bronzing will warm up your skin as summer approaches, so that you don’t have to buy a new foundation until mid summer. This routine should carry you well into late June.
By July, you will want to get matched again. Most department stores, as well as specialty stores like Ulta and Sephora, will be happy to match you and provide as many samples as you desire. You want to anticipate a full 2-3 shades darker for your complexion as you head into the hottest month of the season. If you still have leftover foundation from early spring, this would be a good time to start mixing them with your new foundation shade. For water resistant, sweat proof wear, I suggest the following products.
Autumn/Winter Foundation Plan
Once autumn arrives, the dry season begins to unfold, and your skin will undoubtedly be affected by this. Whether normal, dry, combination, or oily, it is important to keep your skin hydrated during the dry season. Starting off with a moisturizer and primer suited for your skin type is key to not only locking in moisture, but also in insuring the longevity of your foundation. Now, in addition to protecting your skin from the dryness of the colder seasons, you will begin to lose your tan from the summer. Don’t get caught out there with a mask for foundation because it’s the wrong skin tone. As you transition from dark to light, there are a few tricks to transition without purchasing a brand new bottle of foundation. Using a press powder or a powder foundation along with your current liquid foundation, will help transition your skin tone.
Bronzer works as well. You need to keep light in the center of your face, so as your skin tone lightens, you will use less and less of the darker foundation and powders around the perimeter of your face. By the time winter rolls around, you can revert back to your spring foundation with a smooth transition without breaking the bank on a bunch of new products. The following are great for your autumn to winter skin transition.
I hope that these tips, and product suggestions, will help your seasonal transitions seamless and flawless.