Winter Beauty Essentials

It’s winter! Winter is such a beautiful season. Everything is frosty and frozen. And your skin dries up and your complexion is peaky. This means it’s time to rev up your beauty/skincare routine for the winter season. Hardcore, lightweight moisturizers. Pale, translucent eye shadow. Subtle, high-pigment blushes. Winter beauty has a very selective variation of products that are essential to looking great. And I have figured them all out!

As you enter the holiday season remember these beauty tips and tricks to make sure you do the season in style – and with no dry, flaky skin.

Let’s get beautiful!

The Enthusiast’s Winter 2015 Beauty Guide

Matte lip

Because it is so cold outside it’s important to keep your lips moisturized. Choose a lip colour that includes moisture to avoid any flaky kisses. Go for a matte colour, like TreStiQue Matte Color Lip Crayon in Florence Fig ($28 – my favourite), for a gorgeous lip colour that notches up your style. The Florence Fig colour is a great neutral with a hint of personality. This crayon also moisturizes lips, making it great for sticking in your bag all season long!

Face scrub

Since the weather is drying up your skin, it’s important to scrub away the flakes. It’s essential really. Using a face scrub 4-6 times a week during the winter (and up from summer’s 3-5) will ensure you baby soft, flake-free skin that is the perfect base for any holiday party makeup. A scrub like the iconic St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub ($4) is a great choice and smells great too.

Winter neutrals eye shadow

Let the snow reflect in your eyes with a light eyeshadow. Winter is the only time wearing white, cream, silver, etc. eye shadow is acceptable without looking like a six-year-old with a makeup kit. Pair it with a darker shade in black or a deep purple and it makes your eyes look like a winter storm. A palette like MAC Comesmetics Enchanted Eve Eyes ($39.50) is great for winter because it is flattering for all eye colours and works well for the winter season only.

Blush

You’re going to need blush if that Hawaiian tan has faded. While bronzer is great for summer and fall, it will look incredibly obvious if you walk into Christmas dinner looking like you just stepped off your St. Tropez jet. For a less obvious colour choice, stick with blush in a natural colour by itself or a wee little bit of bronzer. Blushes like Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Medium Nude ($6) and Julep Skip the Brush in Desert Rose ($24 – this one has a natural bronze tint to it) give great all-over colour that looks natural and hides your zombie-status winter paleness. If you want to pair it with a bronzer, try Benefit Hoola Bronzer ($28)

Coconut oil

After years of trying the best lotions to cure dry winter skin, the winner is coconut oil! Applying a layer to skin after a shower or just before bed – if you don’t like oily skin when getting dressed – can give your skin the moisture it needs to combat frosty weather. Using Viva Labs Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil ($12) or any of the other coconut oils on the market (make sure it is virgin and organic) on your skin is really going to help get that baby smooth, clear skin all the supermodels have.

Big, thick lashes

There’s no better winter look than to catch snowflakes in bombshell lashes. Dark lashes that go for miles are the one thing to never leave the house without. Eyeko Black Magic Mascara ($28), Smashbox Full Exposure Waterproof Mascara ($20), and L’Oreal Paris Miss Manga Mascara ($8) all give big, voluminous lashes that are natural and unclumped. You an also pair various mascaras for layers that add volume and thickness to create your own signature winter lashes.

Shiny, tousled hair

Your hair needs to draw more attention than a newly fallen snow. Keep your tresses soft and shiny with a hair serum like Obliphica Professional Seaberry Serum ($38) that gives shine and keeps stray hairs in place without weighing down hair. To give hair movement and some wave, as is this year’s trend, try Amika Undone Texture Spray ($24).

Tinted moisturizer/BB cream

Just applying moisturizer is not enough to guard your face against dry air and harsh winds. Replacing your foundation with a tinted moisturizer gives your face coverage while still giving moisture to your skin. Because it also gives a lighter coverage, it can also make your face feel less weighed down, which is nice when you’re bundled down with heavy coats and scarves. Some favourite tinted moisturizers are e.l.f. BB Cream SPF 20 ($6) and Maybelline Dream Fresh BB ($8).

Festive nail polish

Okay, so it’s time for the fun stuff! Nail polish is one thing where you can go with any colour and can’t go wrong. For the winter season, you can go dark or light. If you’re looking for something just pretty for the frosty air, Butter London Ta-Ta! Patent Shine Shine 10X Nail Lacquer ($18) is gorgeous and fits right in with the winter sky. If you’re going to a party or just want to get into the holiday spirit, Julep Marla Nail Polish ($14 – only $5 with a Maven account!) is the perfect dark yet cheery colour for every occasion.

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