ManeStreem x James DeMarco

We are so excited to announce one of our guest bloggers, James Demarco! Keep reading to learn his pro tips for keeping skin glow-y and smooth during the winter months. 

James DeMarco, Emmy Winning Makeup Artist and skin care expert, has been beautifying Hollywood’s elite for over seventeen years (Adriana Lima, Candice Swanepoel, and Rita Ora to name a few!). Throughout his career, he was behind the scenes for almost every major designer on the New York runways; MARC JACOBS, DVF, MICHAEL KORS, DIOR, with work also appearing in publications such as VOGUE, ALLURE, LUCKY, MARIE CLAIRE, and ELLE and in ad campaigns for NARS, BANANA REPUBLIC, GAP, MARC JACOBS, and VICTORIA’S SECRET.

It's that time of year again when we are literally “walking in a winter wonderland” as temperatures plummet and snowfall accumulates, our skin begins to dehydrate and dry which leaves makeup lacking that luster glow. With parties to rush to , dinners to make and cold nights to prepare for, we can all use a festive glow to carry us into the new year. First to keep the skin extra hydrated through the winter months, opt for a serum or cream with hydraulic acid which is a naturally occurring acid in the skin that hydrates. A great medical grade serum I have used is by Skinceuticals.

A product with an extra boost of anti-aging ingredients is a great addition to your nighttime routine; try Dr. Dennis Gross’s Retinol + Ferulic Acid Anti-Aging moisturizer. Both ingredients will firm, brighten and resurface the leftover dead skin from summer and fall tans. This time of year is also great for home peels since direct sun exposure is limited. My favorite At-home Peel Pads are by Dr Gross as well. Use according to how well your skin tolerates the exfoliation.

Now that the skin is plump and supple we can focus on Makeup! When choosing foundation, I would look for primarily hydrating and creamy formulas. More Matte formulas may dry out your skin if your skin is dehydrated. Remember to match it to your neck! If you buy a foundation over the counter you will have to guess the shade which is why i prefer you travel to a department store or cosmetic supply store. If you like a cream stick or pan foundation, now is the time to wear them because the cold weather will keep it on your skin because warmer temps tend to melt creams away.

For the winter months, keep your makeup fresh with a neutral berry pink or brown lip. But for festive parties go all out! I love rich jewel toned eyes for the season and coordinating liner. This new NARS palette has gorgeous shades for all that anyone can wear. Golds, Emeralds and Sapphire shades will make your eyes POP! You can top off your look with a sexy lip in a deeper hue in the wine family or a bright red shade.


James DeMarco