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Winter Redness Relief and Blusher Tips

How to Get a Pretty Winter Flush, Not Look Blotchy and Red

Winter presents a big challenge when it comes to blusher: the great outdoors can turn you bright red or make pale skin pallid. And since you can't predict what will happen, applying cheek colour can be even more frustrating than usual. To help you get your glow on without worry, we've put together some tips . . .

TIP #1: If your cheeks get dry or chapped in cold weather, Chad Hayduk, co-founder of Three Custom Color Specialists, says you should avoid powder. Instead, try a stain that conditions such as BECCA Beach Tint ($42) or Natio Lip and Cheek Tint ($14.95).

TIP #2: If you get ruddy from the cold, use a redness relief cream or gel, like Clinique Redness Daily Relief Cream ($90), before you head out the door. It'll keep your skin soothed and protected, and make the transition from outdoors to indoors easier.

Keep reading . . .TIP #3: "Oil-free" may be a big selling point for makeup, but when it comes to blush, a little oil is a good thing. It will help keep your colour in place and moisturise, which helps prevent irritation and redness. Try a gel, mousse, or stick blush with a lot of natural oils in it, like Bloom Sheer Colour Cream ($24).

TIP #4: Use a physical sunscreen like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Both protect skin and it's important to remember that the sun is still strong during Winter. So the redness you're seeing could be a burn, not just the result of cold air and wind.

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