Summer VS. Winter Foundation

Hey friends!

So recently my best friend asked me if there was a difference between the foundation I use in the summer, and the one I use in the winter. Should you be switching it up; go for a different consistency, finish, colour, etc.

And so this got me thinking. I’d never really paid it much thought before, but yeah, there was totally a difference in the products that I used in the different seasons. So, I thought I would share a little of my thought process (once I actually realized what it was) with you today!

Now, in the summer I tend to be drawn to a foundation that is a little more light-weight and long-wearing. It’s summer guys; it’s hot, and I get sweaty, and I don’t want a ton of product running down my face. In the summer I usually keep it pretty simple, and save full-face and all-out makeup looks for special occasions, or an evening out.

In summer, I usually stick to matte foundations, because I want something that is going to stick on my face.

Two of my go-to’s are MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation (I have talked about my love for this stuff MANY times) and Rimmel London Stay Matte Foundation. Both foundations provide a light-weight full coverage, and both have excellent staying power. Especially the Pro Longwear. I would wear this in mid-summer during an eight hour shift in a busy restraurant, hit the gym after, and still look pretty much near flawless. This stuff is basically liquid gold.

Also, lazy girl hack, sometimes during the summer I just use splashes of concealer across my face rather than smother the whole thing in foundation. My two constantly favourite concealers are the Maybelline Age Rewind for under the eyes, and the Maybelline Fit Me for covering up blemishes and redness. Top it off with a little bit of setting powder and I’m out the door.


So I don’t know about you, but once winter hits I’m usually a bit paler than I am in the summer. I mean, honestly, I really don’t tan much of all; my family roots are strictly British and out of everyone in my family, I have definitely been cursed with the worst luck when it comes to tanning. Except my oldest brother. That guy goes outside for thirty seconds in the July sun and he looks like a lobster.

But anyway; what I’m getting at is that once winter or late fall hits, I need to change out my foundation because the colour I wear in August and July just won’t match my November skin tone.

So, there is factor one when it comes to the difference in summer and winter foundation. Also, I tend to lean more towards dewy foundations at this time of year. While in summer I like matte foundations for their staying power, in the fall and winter I want to stick to something a little more smooth and moisturizing. My skin is already a little dry, and once harsh winter cold winds hit, I don’t want to dry my face out even more. A matte foundation would tend to just sit on the surface of my face and crack and be very obviously there; ya know what I mean? A dewy foundation will be a little more flattering and moisturizing.

Two of my favourites are the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation, and the L’Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation. Nyx provides better coverage, but the Lumi is so much more smooth and has such a nice finish.

So that’s about all friends! When switching from my summer to winter foundations I keep in mind the longwear staying power, the colour, and the finish.

Do you switch your foundations up with the seasons?

Peace x


4 thoughts on “Summer VS. Winter Foundation

  1. ooh i had noo idea mac had a waterproof foundation, definitely needa try that! ive heard great things about the nyx one! hopefully i can get my hands on it soon! i love both of those concealers, great post πŸ™‚

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