Looks for a Wintertime Wonderland: The Best Makeup for Winter

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Winter can be a tricky time to figure out your makeup. You want to look elegant for those holiday parties and family get gatherings, but you don’t want to look frostbitten or too glittery either. But follow these five simple guidelines for a glamorous yet effortless look you wear throughout the winter season.

5 Don’t Forget to Moisturize

Moisturizer isn’t just for summer months. In fact, the cold and dry air can cause your skin to flake and crack. You’ll not only want a lotion with SPF 8 to 15 just for your face, but one you can spread all over your skin, focusing on your knees and elbows. If you plan on hitting up a holiday soiree, you might even want to invest in a lotion with a bit of shimmer on it to make your skin radiate and attract the right kind of attention.

4 Create Flushed Cheeks

Baby, it’s cold outside, and your cheeks should show it. A little red blush on the apples of your cheeks is just enough to make it look like you’ve gone for a brisk walk outside or maybe have been snuggling by the fire with your sweetie. To achieve this look, swirl your blush brush into a bluish red blush (not a coral red). Tap off any extra blush on the side of the palette so you don’t get too much on your cheeks. Then apply the blush to the fullest part of your cheeks, circling out from the center.

3 Choose Chocolate or Gold Eye Shadow

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When searching for the perfect shade of eye shadow for the holiday season, go for shimmery golds and deep, rich, chocolate browns. Oftentimes with these colors, all you need is a swipe over the lash line up to the middle crease of your eyelid. For evening gatherings, try both colors with the brown layered closer to the lash line and the gold applied closer to the top of the lid and the upper crease in your eyelid. Just make sure you finish the look with a blending brush.

2 Wear Darker Lips

As it gets darker earlier during these winter months, your lip color should follow suit. Pick a new, daring shade of lip stain in a raisin or plum color. Lip stain is a better option for darker colors, as it will stay better. Prep your lips first by exfoliating them with a gentle scrub or dry toothbrush (sounds silly, but it works). Then apply lip primer and line your lips with a color that matches your lip stain. Fill in the rest of your lips from the center out towards both sides. Resist the temptation to use gloss unless you’re headed to a super swanky party.

1 Try Winged Eyeliner

Ready for daring eyes that will be the talk of the office party? Experiment with winged eyeliner. Once you’ve applied primer and eye shadow, line your upper lids as you usually would in a straight line across your lash line. Make sure you apply from the inside corner towards the outside. Once you get close to the outside corner (not all the way, though), angle your liner towards the end of your eyebrow. It shouldn’t touch your eyebrow, but it should stop halfway in between. Depending on how thick your eyeliner is and how dramatic you want your look to be, you may need to add additional strokes of eyeliner that meet at a point right outside the corner of your eye.

But just like fashion, makeup styles are always changing and evolving. So even though this list is a great place to start, feel free to branch out and create your own signature winter look or flip through your favorite magazine for inspiration — you never know what will catch your eye. Maybe it’s a bold color of winged eyeliner or your new favorite red lipstick.

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