Applying Winter Makeup

As seasons change, so should your makeup. When applying makeup for winter, it is important to be mindful of the harshness of the weather and the warmer, darker coloured clothes you will be wearing. Winter make up should be applied in a way that adds colour and liveliness to your complexion, and should have a light tint that matches the skin tone. Unlike summer, with its light clothing and sunny, warm weather, winter is composed of windy, cold weather and warm clothing. Saying this, winter makeup should accommodate the weather and reflect the heavier clothing and darker colours. So, dig into your makeup stash and bring out the oil based moisturizers, protective foundations and matte eye shadows in autumn and winter colours, like grey and brown.

Skin Preparation
The skin itself needs to be protected during the harsh weather of winter days, so makeup application should begin with an oil based day moisturizer. This prevents the skin from drying out due to the low humidity and cold. At night, it?s important to use a heavier moisturizer immediately after showering in order to seal in the skins moisture.

Foundation
It?s typical for people to have paler skin in winter than they do in summer, so it is important to chose a foundation a shade or so lighter than your summer foundation, depending on how much you tan in summer. When choosing a foundation for winter, foundations with matte finishes are best- save the foundations with shiny, bright finishes for summer. Having a foundation that is one shade lighter will make skin look brighter. Before applying the foundation, apply to the back of your hand. This will warm the product to your skin temperature and allow for easier application.

Eyes
Winter colour palettes should include bright and clear colours that will emphasize style and beauty. Distinctive colours, ice shades, and deep backs and whites are perfect. The colours chosen when applying eye makeup for winter should reflect the colours in the clothing you are wearing out that day. This creates a more polished and united look. For winter, a darker eye shadow, black eyeliner on the top and bottom lash lines, and two coats of black mascara will work best. For any under-eye puffiness that winter weather can bring on, a creamy, yellow based concealer can help counteract this. Blend the concealer from the inside corner of your eye to the outside until the concealer is completely blended with your skin.

Lips
As the eyes will be played up more for winter, keep the lips simple. Soft, pale, natural colours are best so the makeup does not seem too overdone. Stick to nude glosses, pale pinks and peaches, depending on your skin tone.

These few tips can make your skin look healthy and glowing during the cold winter weather.

Natalie Lucas, Make-up artist

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