Kate Winslet switches her foundation based on her menstrual cycle

I have heard of having summer and winter foundation shades but I have never heard of anyone having a different shade for when they are on their menstrual cycle. Kate Winslet, who is an ambassador for L’Oreal, does just that. Kate is profiled in Allure magazine. In her interview, Kate said that she uses a different shade of foundation when she is menstruating. She said that mixing a couple of shades during her period helps cover blemishes and balances out the ruddiness in her skin from the hormonal changes. For the rest of the month, Kate uses a different shade. Below are a few more highlights via Page Six:

“Depending on my cycle, my skin can be a little bit more inflamed. Do you know what I mean?” she said in a recent interview with Allure.

To keep her skin looking even at all times of the month, the star stashes two shades of foundation in her makeup bag.

“At the beginning of my cycle, my skin is a lot more even,” she added, explaining that her trusty trick comes down to blending.

“In the middle of my cycle, everything fires up a little bit, so I mix a couple of tones,” she continued.

While she’s spent 10 years honing her plan for period skincare, the L’Oréal ambassador keeps things simple when it comes to applying her go-to L’Oréal True Match Foundation ($11) – first using a brush, then blending with her fingers.

“I’ve noticed my face and how it’s changing a little bit more in the last year because there’s just been more time with yourself to look at those things,” she said, adding that she has “quiet conversations with herself” while applying makeup.

[From Page Six]

As an ex-makeup artist I have never thought to mix shades while on my period. Whenever I would get a blemish during my period, I’d use either a green concealer (if the blemish is red) or an orange concealer (if the blemish leans more towards purple) to cancel out the color before applying a foundation. You can’t change the texture of a blemish but you can definitely neutralize the color so it doesn’t stand out as much. I like this idea of mixing two colors if you are someone who gets ruddy during their periods. I am a dark-skinned Black girl so I only need to switch colors in the summer and fall when I get slightly darker and my undertone goes from neutral to red. Anyways, I love how Kate is experimenting with her cosmetics because that is what makeup is all about, experimentation. The method that Kate is using seems to work, so kudos to her. I would love to know if any of our Celebitches have tried the same method of changing their foundation during their menstrual cycle.


Photos via Instagram/Loreal

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  1. Aphra says:

    Somebody got her eyes tweaked.

  2. just a small town girl says:

    I just have to say, Oya, I love your perspective so much and your ability to comment on so much because of the very interesting life you’ve led (I hope that’s not offensive). I’ll click on a subject I don’t care much about if I know you’re the one writing. 🙂

  3. Bendy Windy says:

    If I wore makeup more often, I would totally try this! Then again, my go-to foundation is DiorSkin, so it could get pretty costly!

  4. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    My age has changed my makeup. Periods never did lol. Oh sure, if I was bloated, had breakouts, or whatever the case was, I dealt with coverage issues accordingly. I had very light coverage foundations for everyday use, heavier perhaps for evening events. I imagine most of us have always had favorites in our arsenal which we tweak here and there throughout the years. This little interview sounds reductive and manufactured lol. We do exactly what we need to do when we look in the mirror.

  5. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    Crafty ploy to sell more foundation to individuals. You there! You need at least two shades, trust me!

  6. Becks1 says:

    I don’t switch shades but I do switch up what I’m actually wearing – if my skin is looking good at the beginning of my cycle i’ll just use a light powder, but then I’ll use something with a bit more coverage, like a tinted moisturizer, during my period to cover up the blemishes. I don’t wear anything heavier than that anymore.

  7. MsIam says:

    Whatever works for her. The expectations to look flawless all the time are a lot for a celebrity, and HD is not always your friend. You can’t count on every picture being photoshopped to perfection so if that’s what she (or her glam squad more likely) do then more power to her. It would be too much for me though.

  8. Seraphina says:

    I have always mixed some concealer into my sunscreen – that’s about it. I also use some green to neutralize the sallowness of my olive skin when it’s winter. Hopefully that’s correct.
    Oya, thank you for the color advice!

    • Oya says:

      Hi Seraphina! So when you want to neutralize a color, you used the opposite shade. SO if your skin goes Olivey or sallow, try a pink concealer to see if that brings some color into your complexion and let us know how it goes!

  9. Doodle says:

    I’ve never been one for foundation but I do switch up my moisturizers regularly. It never occurred to me that maybe the need to was based on my cycle but after reading this it makes sense. I have such sensitive skin that is affected by everything that it makes sense.

  10. elle says:

    Do not recognize her at all in the ad – or really in any of these photos. She looks like Madge in the top one.

  11. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    A “figurehead of woman empowerment” would not pose for photos hugging and kissing a man who drugged and raped a 13 year old girl. Winslet needs to shut up and stop trying to adopt “feminism” for her own publicity and false image.

  12. Gubbinal says:

    Ouch! I have the character of Mare of Easttown in my mind now when I think of Kate Winslet. Winslet, as Mare, had the most interesting face. Her acting was spectacular in part because the relative lack of makeup shows us all the nuances and shadows.

    I have never worn make-up but I recall that getting a bad zit or two was connected to getting a period. So, yes, hormones and skin. But oh, no! Winslet no longer looks interesting.

  13. Suzybontime says:

    Why does she look like Madonna now? Madonna about 4 years ago, I remember a time she said she would do no plastic surgery at all… tsk, tsk. Aging isn’t so great, is it Kate?

  14. JEM says:

    She looks like Jessica Lange in that last pic.

  15. Mee yo says:

    Yeah where did all the lines on her forehead go in that last picture? She’s the walking advertisement for what smoking does to your face…lines all day.

  16. E.D says:

    I don’t believe for one red-hot second that Kate Winslet wears an $11 L’Oréal foundation.

  17. paranormalgirl says:

    I just mix a color corrector with a little of my foundation and dab it on to cover blemishes.