Essential Winter Skin Tips from Celebrity Makeup Artist Saida Staudenmaier

Summer isn’t the only season that can wreak havoc on your skin. Dryness, chapping, itching, and more are all winter time skin concerns. And, as any woman knows, it’s hard to get that winter makeup glow when your skin looks like paste over sandpaper.

There is also a lot of misleading information that goes along with winter skin advice. We decided to cut through the industry hype to get the inside info on what you should really be spending your money on, and for that we turned to Los Angeles-based makeup artist Saida Staudenmaier.

Staudenmaier has been working in the entertainment industry for more than a decade. She’s  given glowing looks to such celebrities as the Jonas Bothers, Dita Von Tesse, Nigel Lythgoe, Amber Benson, Janine Lindemulder, and William Shatner. In this exclusive interview, Staudenmaier offers everything you need to know for the brightest and best skin during the coldest time of the year.

FTK: Thanks for taking the time to talk with us, Saida! Tell us, what makeup trends can we expect to see over the next six months?
SAIDA STAUDENMAIER: Thanks for having me. I’m inspired by fresh, nude faces with oxblood lips, teal liner, and singular strong features. And, I expect that trend to stick around over the next six months. There’s also many BB creams, [also known as Beauty Balms,] out right now to achieve a flawless, runway ready complexion.

We’ve heard the hype about BB creams. What do you like about them, and where did they come from?
Really, the convenience is what has made these creams just skyrocket into popularity. Who doesn’t want a cream that is multi-functioning? They started in Asia and made their way to the states as the magic “cure all.”

Really? What secret ingredients make them “cure all’s”?
I would say the “magic” is that they involve a combination of benefits—coverage, hydration, SPF coverage, acne treatment, and anti-aging benefits. They also come in 3-4 shades, so with a wide tonal range available, you don’t have to worry about finding an exact match for your skin.

Would you say BB creams are the new foundations?
Are they the end all?  Doubtful.  You might be hard pressed to find a BB cream that can meet ALL your skin care needs.  Plus, you don’t want to skimp on a good concealer which has more versatility than foundation and offers more coverage. Combos like Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage and Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Concealer Kit offer you the flexibility of mixing shades for perfect coverage.

Let’s talk about toners—waste of money or worth the investment?
I am a toner devotee! It’s wonderful treatment when you have too much sun or after cleansing from makeup as a “reset” for your skin.

What sort of toner should women look for to get the most benefit from them?
A product that restores the natural pH levels of your skin. A personal favorite of mine is Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Treatment Lotion made by Origins.

Speaking of your favorite things, if a woman had $100 to splurge on makeup or skin care products, which ones would you recommend to her?
I’d recommend investing in a great moisturizer with an SPF of 30. If you travel often, higher moisture content may be necessary. Otherwise, a lightweight moisturizer like Origins Brighter by Nature or Starting Over, as well as Bobbi Brown’s Hydrating Face Cream are greats picks. A cream blush that also doubles as a lip color is a must.  It travels well and multitasks. I like Stila’s Convertible Color and Nars’s Cream Blush.

And you mentioned you’re an advocate for a good concealer?
Absolutely! You can use it for spot treatment or blend it out for larger areas. Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage and Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Concealer Kit are splurges but they last forever!

Do you use a lot of Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown on celebrity clients?
My makeup favorites range from MAC for eye shadow, to Makeup Forever for lip color. I look for makeup that stays true. Concealer needs to cover without caking or lifting off of skin. An actor cannot have their makeup transferring onto clothes! Lip color needs to be able to enhance lips, but also be layered for drama. My favorite gloss is by Naked Princess, but be forewarned— it tastes like sugar and you will want to lick your lips constantly!

For those of us that look shiny-faced year round, what do you recommend?
I count on Makeup Forever HD Powder and Laura Mercier’s Invisible Powder. Both set makeup and eliminate shine without adding color or being noticeable.

Are there any products you’re just dying to get your hands on?
Chanel Rouge Noir lipstick will be my next purchase. It’s just the right amount of Clara Bow with a modern edge. I’m also looking to try Nars Kaliste eyeliner as well as Tarte’s hi def liner in green.  FancyFace has a Blush II coming out I look forward to try as well.

Saida Staudenmaier is a Los Angeles-based make-up artist and hairstylist who has been professionally working in the entertainment industry for more than a decade. She holds a BFA from the California Institute of the Arts, and offers a keen eye for marrying color with light, and delivers clients a positive, focused, and drama-free work ethic.

Staudenmaier editorial/advertising clients include Pampers, AT&T, US News and World Report, Vogue Hommes International, Joico, Axe, 55 DSL, West Coast Choppers, Honda, MCA Records, Golf Digest Magazine, XLARGE Clothing, and HBO Sports.

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