MC’s beauty editor, Ncumisa Makhonjwa, answers all your pressing beauty questions.

Q: Am I meant to change my foundation in winter or can I use the same one throughout the year?

A: During this time of the year our skins tend to become drier and paler. The results we get from our make-up and skincare products won’t be the same as in summer. So, tweaking it just a bit will ensure that your skin stays super-hydrated and that your foundation looks fresh. Here’s what you should consider:

  • A more hydrating, full-coverage formula works in winter. If you’re using a mattifying foundation, swap it out for a dewy one. If your primer, foundation and powder are matte formulas, they might be too drying for your skin in winter. Because shine isn’t a major concern during this season, you can embrace a more radiant glow.
  • Choose a foundation with adequate hydration, one that will inject your skin with the moisture shot it needs. I live for the Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation SPF 10 R480. It hydrates your skin without adding additional shine and is ideal for a long-wearing medium-to-full-coverage finish.

Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation SPF 10 R480

  • Your complexion is bound to go a few shades lighter, so to avoid looking orange or darker than usual with your summer foundation, opt for one a few shades lighter. But don’t go too light or you might end up looking flushed. If you’re not sure if a shade is the correct one for you, apply a few drops to your face and see how it looks in natural light.
  • Using a good setting powder in winter is just as important as choosing the correct foundation. Avoid using a heavy pressed or loose powder; it can exaggerate dry, cracked skin and look unnatural in the dry winter air. Look for a more natural powder in a hydrating formula so your skin looks soft and supple. Try the Stila Hydrating powder R280.