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By now, the winter weather is sneaking up on us. So, to jazz things up as the weather remains dreary, why not spice up your makeup routine? Adding new winter makeup looks to your repertoire can help brighten up those gloomy, way-too-cold days. Of course, how you care for your skin is important, too. Since the low humidity of winter can lead to dry skin, you don’t want to apply makeup—especially the face powder kind—over a dried-out complexion. Follow our guide below for eight gorgeous winter makeup looks, plus tips and tricks for prepping your skin for makeup application so you can achieve amazing looks, even when it’s truly frigid outside.
The snow may still be nipping at your nose, but with a few simple statement looks, you’ll be able to warm up your appearance in no time. Here are eight winter makeup ideas to inspire you this season.
To instantly glam up your look, swipe a bit of gold eye shadow, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Crushed Foils Metallic Eye Shadow in Gilded Gold, all over your lid, then trace your upper lash line with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Ivy. Pair your gorgeous gold eye makeup look with a bright berry lip, like the L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature, Lasting Matte Liquid Lipstick in I Voodoo, and you’ll be set with a makeup look that works from desk to drinks.
Editor’s note: Not sure that you can pull off berry lipstick? Good news, anyone can! You might just need a different hue. Here’s Our Best Berry Lipstick for Every Skin Tone.
No time for a full face? No problem! A bit of lipstick is all you need to tie any look together, and nothing’s better than a bold, bright red pout. Try the L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature, Lasting Matte Liquid Lipstick in I Don't for a classic red.
Create a natural-looking, rosy flush—which looks so cheery—with blush. Use the L’Oréal Paris True Match Blush and lightly sweep your shade of choice across the apples of your cheeks.
Maroon is one makeup color trend that’s not going away anytime soon, and we’re glad! One of our favorite ways to rock maroon makeup is on the eyes. First, apply a light brown or nude eye shadow color, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Bronzed Taupe, as your base. Then, layer the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Matte-ison Avenue onto the outer corner of your upper lid. Next, trace along your upper lash line with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner in Brown. Finally, after you’ve put a coat or two of black mascara on your lashes, finish off with a few swipes of the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara in Deep Burgundy.
Shimmer like a snow globe! Start by mixing the L’Oréal Paris Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer with your foundation, then apply it all over your face. Follow up by swiping the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Crushed Foils Metallic Highlighter in Rose Quartz onto your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, and your chin.
Another great way to rock a one-piece makeup look is by perking up your brows. When filled in correctly, your brows can really be a showstopper, all on their own. Use the L’Oréal Paris Unbelievabrow Longwear Waterproof Brow Gel, which has an amazing, long-lasting formula, to fill in your brows, and you’ll see just what we mean.
Editor’s note: Not keen on filled-in eyebrows? Why not give soap brows a try? Here’s How to Do Soap Brows for the Perfect Fluffy Eyebrow Look.
Another makeup shade that’s perfect for the winter season? Cobalt blue. After applying your go-to nude or brown eye shadow, swipe on one to two coats of the L’Oréal Paris Unlimited Lash Lifting and Lengthening Waterproof Mascara Blackest Black. To finish off your look, add a cobalt blue accent to your lashes by coating the tips with the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara in Cobalt Blue. So pretty!
Want to add just a touch of festive spirit to your eye makeup look? Consider brightening your inner corner with a metallic eyeliner or eye shadow. After all, aren’t the holidays all about silver and gold? Wear neutral eye shadow, then apply the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Gold or Silver to your inner corner for a pop of metallic beauty. How cute!
With what feels like never-ending blustery winds and ever-dropping temps, it’s important to take special care of your complexion and keep a few things in mind when it comes to makeup application.
You know that the weather can do a number on your skin—so consider switching to a gentle cleanser, like micellar water, to remove your makeup at the end of the day. Try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser - Normal to Oily Skin or L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types. Just saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water and wipe the pad across your skin—no rinsing or rubbing required.
Skin tends to feel drier in the winter, so be sure to hydrate post-cleansing. One of the best ways to help lock in moisture is to use a hydrating face serum and apply it directly onto damp skin right after cleansing. Try the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum, which, per its name, is formulated with hyaluronic acid and helps provide long-lasting hydration. If you’re hesitant to add an extra step to your routine, remember, makeup applies much better to hydrated skin!
You might have guessed this already, but using moisturizer is an absolute must in the winter. One of our best tips is to use separate moisturizers for day and night. In the daytime, layer on a lightweight moisturizing cream that will work wonderfully with makeup applied overtop, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey Day Cream. At night, you can amp things up with a thicker moisturizer or an overnight face mask, like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Anti-Aging Overnight Mask.
Skin looking not only dry but a little dull this winter? Use a luminous finish foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation, which offers buildable coverage with a hydrating finish.
You may not be at risk of sweating off your makeup during the winter, but it still pays off to set your look and help your makeup last longer. The easiest—not to mention quickest—way to do this is with a few spritzes of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray and Set Make-Up Oil-Free Setting Spray.
Next: Want to pair your winter makeup look with a stunning hairstyle? We’ve got you! Here are 8 Braided Hairstyles to Spruce Up Your Winter Look.
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