Snow Bunny Beauty

We have not had a good snow storm here in the Berkshires for two seasons. To most people that is great news. But for me, a lover of all things winter, it is tragic. I love the snow, the cold and most of all, snowboarding. So in celebration of the upcoming storm and for those of you who ski or snowboard and are happiest on the slopes, this one’s for you!

Snow bunny beauty
This is how I hope my driveway looks tomorrow morning.

Some ladies like to hit the slopes in no makeup or lots of makeup (I have even seen full strip lashes in the lift line!), this post is not for them. I like to spend a full day riding hard, getting as many runs as possible, and having a great time with my friends, but I still want to feel pretty. My son laughs and says “you’re such a girl!” as I am putting on my makeup before we leave. Well, yeah, I am.

Here is my natural-looking, snow-, smear-, sweat-, and sun- resistant beauty routine. Did I mention it takes 5 minutes? We need to get out on those slopes!

  1. I begin with lots of moisturizer, as my face takes a beating out there. Then I apply a good dollop of Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener for extra soothing, moisture and protection. To me, it is like silk long johns for my face.
  2. I like to apply my concealer before my foundation, though others prefer after. It is fine either way. I adore Active Light Under-eye Concealer. I get a tiny blob on one ring finger, then smush it around with the other ring finger, than pat it in a semi-circle under my eyes. Instant vivacity!
  3. Next I apply PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation (I am Warm Sienna) with the Handi Brush, all over my face, including my eyelids, and my neck. Extra goes over my nose and chin where I get the most exposure. Then I use the Sculpting Brush to apply a little more around the sides of my nostrils because I tend to be red there; and under my eyes, to keep my eye makeup in place. You may be thinking this would accentuate fine lines, but miraculously, it doesn’t. Just try it.
  4. Ahhh, soothing, hydrating (and cooling – at this point I am getting hot becasue I am inside with long johns, sweat shirt and snow pant on) POMMIST Hydration Spray. I spritz it on and gently pat it into my face, a trick I got from Jane awhile ago, to minimize any evaporation.
  5. I use the Dome Brush to apply a little PurePressed Blush in Barely Rose to my cheeks. Won’t my cheeks be rosy anyway? probably, but I am not outside yet, and it makes me feel prettier.
  6. Eye makeup is my favorite. I apply a nice layer of Eye Gloss in Champagne Silk using its own little applicator, just swiping it on the lids and up toward the brow. I pat the edges well with my ring finger to blend. Don’t rub, as that will wipe it off.
  7. Mystikol lasts all day. I use the Detail Brush to line the the outer three-quarters of the upper lash line only. I get it right down in the lash line and taper it from thin towards the inner corner to medium thick at the outer. I may even flick it up a bit if I am feeling jaunty. I prefer Black Onyx or Dark Topaz.
  8. Another spritz and pat here.
  9. I coat the upper lashes only with one coat each of PureLash Lash Extender & Conditioner and Black Ice Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara (no strip lashes for me!).
  10. I pat Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen all over my cheeks, nose and chin. It is important to understand that my SPF 20 foundation and my SPF 30 sunscreen do not add up to SPF 50. I get the higher of the two. I layer them just in case I’ve missed a spot. Even if it is not sunny, I know those UV rays are getting me.
  11. Spritz and pat! Do I really need to? Maybe not, but it feels so good.
  12. If my lips look pale, I might dab a dot of Fascination Lip Fixation on my lower lip and blend it out onto both lips with my fingers. Personally I don’t like to look like I am wearing lipstick on the mountain, but I also don’t want to look dead.
  13. I top it with a coat of LipDrink Lip Balm, for moisture and sun protection. There is always one in my pocket, and I reapply often. This may sound gross, but I also apply it to my upper lip, to prevent chapping and wind and sunburn.
  14. For hair: If your hair is long, I recommend two braids, it’s super comfy. If you have bangs, don’t fight them! Grab a couple of bobby pins and pin them up and out of the way under your helmet. If you can’t fit a hat under your helmet, put a knit head band in your jacket pocket (it is less bulky than a hat) for when you go into the lodge. It smooths everything down and you look more-or-less presentable.

The reality is, I live on the east (ice) coast, so most days it is frigid, damp and windy. I pile on my helmet, goggles, and bandana, to protect myself from the elements, so most of the time, no-one can see me anyway. Why do I bother putting on makeup? I do it for myself, because it makes me feel good. Oh yea, and so I look cute in the lodge.

If you have any snow bunny beauty tips or questions, please share them below. I am always looking for something new!

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