When your apartment’s heat shudders back to life and your alarm goes off hours before the sun comes out, you know it’s officially time for a seasonal reboot in
all aspects of life. You know what we mean — that time of year when heavy blankets emerge from the backs of our closets, as if by magic, sundresses get stored away until spring, and, if you're a beauty junkie (guilty), your go-to BB cream is retired in lieu of formulas with a bit more coverage.
That's right, in the same way we swap out our strappy sandals for fuzzy snow boots, our skin and makeup routines require cyclical TLC. So don't be afraid to trade in your refreshing face mists in favor of nourishing do-it-alls like
Weleda’s Skin Food, and to replace your tinted balms with more pigmented lipsticks. Ready to give your vanity a full-on makeover? Read on for our ultimate guide to stocking your winter beauty arsenal.
Swap Out: Light Essences In Favor Of: Whipped Creams
Sure, watery essences may provide cooling splashes of hydration in summer months, but on frigid mornings, your skin is more likely to crave something soothing and sumptuous. If you're the type who can’t stand thick, heavy formulas reminiscent of your mother’s cold cream, look no further than this light, yet hydrating whipped cream. Stored in an airless container, this cream is space-level weightless and protects the skin’s ever-compromised moisture barrier via avocado protein and peach extracts.
Featherweight Daily Moisturizing Cream, $49, available at
Swap Out: BB Creams In Favor Of: Buildable Foundations
Of all the lovely things this season has to offer (holiday soirées, cute outerwear, and a valid excuse to drink more hot toddies, for example), even skin tone is not usually one of them. While lightweight BB creams are a no-brainer in stickier months, winter calls for a little more coverage. This velvety formula is essentially airbrush in a bottle: It’s mattifying without sucking your skin dry, it evens out your skin tone, and it’s totally buildable.
#FauxFilter Foundation, $40, available at
Swap Out: Face Mists In Favor Of: Nourishing Balms
There’s a spot on all of our desks reserved (and
) for that one product that will keep us going through lunch, the 3 p.m. lull, and the final home stretch before EOD. Behold, the do-it-all that will take over your typical wake-me-up face mist:
Weleda Skin Food
. The moisturizing multitasker has a seemingly endless list of functions: Dab it on chapped lips and dry spots, massage it into frayed cuticles or dry hands, tap it on cheekbones as a dewy highlighter, add it to your ends as a quick split-end tamer, and even slather it on as a face mask. Let’s just refer to this stuff as cold weather’s kryptonite.
Swap Out: Vitamin C In Favor Of: Hyaluronic Acid
There's no doubt that vitamin C is the MVP of brightening, but when the wind beats your cheeks at every turn, you’ll definitely want your moisture barrier at full capacity. Enter hyaluronic acid, the skin-care superhero that'll come to the rescue. The ingredient can absorb up to 1,000 times its weight in water, essentially making your face a magnet for hydration. A couple drops of this crazy-potent serum before your daily face cream is all you really need to banish the subzero skin blues for good.
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, $7, available at
Swap Out: Tinted Balms In Favor Of: Pigmented Lipsticks
We're huge fans of a gorgeous, sheer wash of color, but for winter lips that crack and crease, some extra opacity is flat-out necessary. This creamy formula is infused with water lily extract for hydration and protection, and it'll last through work, dinner, drinks, and the commute home without bleeding. And just in case you needed any more convincing, that tube is practically a work of art.
Pat McGrath Labs
LuxeTrance Lipstick, $38, available at
Swap Out: Body Lotions In Favor Of: Body Oil
For a midsummer night’s glow on even the chilliest day of the year, opt for your body lotion’s sexier sister: body serum. This decadent option blends oils like argan, sunflower, and coconut to bring tired skin back to life. Fragrant with rose, patchouli, and clove, this serum will make you smell as if you’ve just emerged from a Moroccan souk, bags of spices in hand.
Fez Body Serum, $32, available at
Swap Out: Makeup Wipes In Favor Of: Oil-Based Cleansers
There are few better feelings than the cool, refreshing touch of a makeup wipe after a hot summer’s day. But typically, wind-bitten skin requires a more nurturing method of removing your daily glow-up. Dior’s oh-so-luxe cleansing oil transforms into a creamy milk when lathered with water, and will even melt away the most stubborn waterproof mascara. Plus, the hydrating formula leaves behind zero greasy residue, making it an especially great option for oily skin types.
Hydra Life Oil To Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser, $36, available at
Swap Out: Sheet Masks In Favor Of: Overnight Masks
The low-effort appeal of sheet masks? You can stick one on for 10 minutes and then simply toss it out. But for nights when your heater is blasting and the air is bone-dry, there’s a more indulgent option that takes “beauty sleep” to the next level: Mask all night long. Just apply Dr. Jart’s sleeping mask before bed, and rise the next morning with an I-woke-up-like-this glow.
Cicapair Tiger Grass Nightly Re.Pair Mask, $48, available at
Swap Out: Mattifying Serums In Favor Of: Illuminating Oils
The harsh winter chill can leave your complexion as dreary as the weather itself. And rather than continue with summer serums meant to curb shine, embrace the light with shimmer-infused skin care. Infused with 24 karat gold and rose hip seed oil to brighten and nourish, this elixir is basically your face’s new friend-with-benefits. Just tap it into your skin in the morning for some extra glow, mix it in with your foundation, or even apply it to your lips before brushing on your favorite lipstick.
Rose Gold Elixer, $20, available at