Winter means you don’t really want to spend much time getting ready, let alone put on make-up. But to follow your usual make-up routine, one that saw you through the summer months, would be a sin. The environment’s warm colors and shades call for similar tones in your look, which is why beige, brown, golden, and orange work really well during this time of the year. The right eye shadow colors and lipstick should be your main focus, says make-up educator Erisha Manandhar.
“It’s also important to prepare you skin for make-up so first cleanse, tone, and moisturize your face,” says Manandhar adding that you might be tempted to skip on the sunscreen believing the sun’s rays aren’t as harsh during the winter months as it is in summer but, along with a good primer, you should dab on a bit of sunscreen.
“Your makeup will look flawless only if we have a good skin so make sure you drink plenty of water. Likewise, you must also choose foundation according to your skin type. If you have dry skin, use oil-based foundation and if you have oily skin, stick to oil-free foundations. In case of sensitive skin, only use products that are made specifically for sensitive skin type to avoid rashes,” she explains.
Moving on to makeup, she says that not all eye shadow palettes have right shades needed for winter makeup. “If you want an affordable eye shadow palette with the right shades, you can buy the Morphe 3502 Second Nature Artistry Palette. Whereas for a high-end eye shadow palette, Two Faced Ginger Bread Spice palette is a good choice,” she says adding that there are other palettes like Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette and Anastasia Beverly Hills Jackie Aina Palette that have warm tones suited for looks that go well in this season.
According to Manandhar, golden highlight is the best choice for this season as it has a warm tone to it and it’s best if you avoid cool tones like blue and baby pink. Manandhar recommends watching videos by YouTuber Sabina Hannan as she uploads in-depth and easy tutorials on fall makeup and you can use those tricks for winter makeup as well.
“The trick to getting your makeup right is to experiment with your looks before settling on one that you think suits you well,” says Manandhar. Here, she shares her recommendations of some basic looks that you can try this season to get you started.
Going all natural this season
Manandhar personally favors the color orange for this season. She recommends you do your eyes with a light orange shade and keep your brows a little fluffy instead of opting for a sleek look. A regular tinted BB cream would be a better choice instead of a high coverage foundation as it gives a natural glow to the skin. She also recommends going easy on the bronzer and blush so as not to draw too much attention to the face. To finish off the look, choose a nude lipstick as this will make your face look fresh. Manandhar adds that this look is great during winter mornings and afternoons but you might want to go a bit elaborate on the evenings.
Winged eyeliner look
Start by defining the crease of the eyes a bit with warm shades like light brown, orange or a mix of both. Manandhar says that while going for this look you can choose a medium coverage foundation with light blush and pay special attention to contouring. This makeup, though a bit elaborate, also works well for the daytime. If you feel up for it, you can choose to paint your lips red to boldly complement the winged eyeliner.
Cranberry smoky eyes look
Cranberry is a warm burgundy color. For this look, start by applying cranberry shade on your lids and blend it with light brown shade on the outer corners of the eyes. The choice of foundation can be both medium coverage to high coverage with some medium contour and blush. For this evening look, a glossy lipstick is a must, says Manandhar.
Sultry gold lids
This is a heavy makeup look that can work really well for an evening outing with friends or for parties. Apply a rich golden shade on the eyelids and blend it with a dark shade of brown or orange on the outer corners of the eyes. Use a foundation with high coverage and choose to contour lightly and then be generous with the blush. To complete this look, opt for red lips and golden highlighter.
Smokey bronze eyes
When the sun hits your face, you get a natural glow. This makeup look creates the same effect as the use of golden highlighter is inspired by the golden hour of sun. Apply a shade of shimmery brown on the eyelids and blend with a warm brown or orange shade to create the desired effect. As this is an evening makeup look, keep the contour and blush heavy while using high coverage foundation and going for a brownish nude lipstick.