4 tricks to make your winter foundation work in spring

Guaranteed to help you get the most of every last drop

Beauty Crew Editor / September 13 2016

There are a lot of exciting things that come with a change of season (think: new makeup trends to try), but as the weather gets warmer and our skin more sun-kissed, it often means our winter foundation just doesn’t quite work. Which is incredibly annoying when you’ve still got half a bottle left to work with. 

So before you decide to throw in the towel and chuck it out, here are four tricks that’ll ensure you get (at least) another three months out of your winter foundation.


Customise the colour

The quickest and easiest way to ensure your foundation shade always matches your skin tone is to have The Body Shop Adjusting Drops handy. The clever Darkening formula can be added to your foundation – drop by drop – to alter the colour so it’s a perfect match to your complexion as it gets a bit darker. We do recommend you exercise caution when darkening your foundation shade (one drop is enough to take it half a shade darker), and to mix it in with your foundation on the back of your hand, not in the bottle.

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops
TOP TIP: Seasons aside, this is also a great way to adjust your foundation when you get a spray tan or do a DIY fake tan.


Lighten the formula

If your skin tone tends to stay the same year-round, but your winter foundation is just a tad too heavy as the weather gets warmer and more humid, you can try mixing your foundation with some of your moisturiser to help sheer out the formula and lighten the load on your skin. Just keep in mind that the more mosituriser you add, the more sheer the coverage. Oh, and it’s a good idea to make sure your moisturiser and foundation have the same base (silicone, water, or oil), as this will help them blend together nicely.


Add radiance

If your winter foundation doesn’t quite give you the spring or summertime glow you’re after, add a drop of illuminator to give your complexion all-over, natural radiance. 

If your winter shade doesn’t need any adjusting, try mixing Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminiser with your foundation before applying it to your face, and if you’re in need of a colour and radiance boost, a touch NARS Liquid Laguna Bronzer will help tick all your boxes.

Bronzer and illuminator


Mattify your base

Winter weather means our skin needs more moisture, so if you swapped over to a more nourishing foundation after summer, it may give you added shine once the temperatures rise above 20. The simple solution? Add mattifying primer, like Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer, to the beginning of your makeup routine to help control any excess oil and ensure your base looks flawless all day.

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer

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Carli was BEAUTYcrew’s Editor from launch in 2016 until May 2020. You can find her words right here on BEAUTYcrew, and previously on beautyheaven.