Bold Berry Lips
If you loved rocking a festive red lip for the Holidays, you can build on that concept this winter by selecting a seasonal shade of lip color in a berry-sexy hue of plum, aubergine or Bordeaux. Dark, dramatic tones rule the wintertime makeup scene and wearing a deep, uber-pigmented lip color is sure to brighten up any cold and dreary day. To really set off this look, pair your berry-stained lips with an illuminating foundation to give your skin a radiant, healthy glow and to really bring out the pop in your pout. Ready to step into the dark side? Try these: Givenchy Le Rouge Limited Edition Gold in Berry Rose, MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Rebel, or Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color in Bruised Plum.
Eyebrows have received a windfall of attention in the makeup world over the past few years, so much that the care and maintenance of eyebrows has become its own focal point in the industry thanks to the increasing popularity of brow-centered beauty products. Long gone are the days when pencil-thin, over-plucked eyebrows ruled the runways and magazines. Today it’s healthy, full-bodied brows that we are lusting after and there is no time like wintertime to emphasize bold, beautiful eyebrows as part of your signature look. Don’t have naturally full brows or still trying to grow them in? Fake it till you make it by using a pencil like the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil or a brow powder like Benefit’s Brow Zings to first outline, then fill in and shape with your eyebrows produce the perfect look. To create truly perfect statement brows, try Dip Brow Pomade by Anastasia Beverly Hills for smudge-proof eyebrows that will withstand even the harshest winter weather with ease.
Cold, windy weather can make it more difficult to keep your skin moisturized during winter months, which can lessen the color payoff and staying power of your makeup. In fact, it’s not uncommon for your skin type to actually change a bit from season to season, which is why the products that work best during spring and summer may not be the ideal choice for this time of year. Luckily, you can battle the winter beauty-woes by making small adjustments in your routine, like replacing powder products for more hydrating and creamy versions, particularly for blushes. Cream blush has made a major resurgence in the beauty industry of late and there is an impressive range of rich shades available to compliment any skin tone. These products are also a versatile option if you like to multi-purpose your makeup since most can also double as lip colors. Prefer a polished, powder finish? Have the best of both worlds by using a cream-to-powder formula for a smooth and easy application with a matte finish. Create your own complexion perfection with these: Laura Geller Color Fix Blush Stick in Coral, NARS Matte Multiple in Poppy Red, or YSL Crème de Blush in Powdery Rose.
Sleek Sophisticated Hair
Messy, playful ‘undone’ top-knots are the popular choice for summertime hair, so play up the other end of that concept for the winter season with a sleek and sexy attention-grabbing chignon. This versatile look is achievable for any hair type and texture and can be worn day or night for a classic and sophisticated spin on a timeless look. For the daytime, wear a looser version that is pulled a bit lower down on the nape of your neck for a more casual effect. For evening, add an extra element of glamour with a dramatic side-part or embellished headband. Here’s an easy tip: To help guarantee your bun stays sleek, manage your flyaways with a touch of non-sticky gel or hairspray to ensure an elegant finish.
Bombshell Blue Eyes
If purple reigned supreme in 2014, blue is the statement color of the New Year with a multitude of shades of lapis, teal, and navy becoming ubiquitous in the eye shadows, eyeliners and mascaras of the most coveted beauty brands. This isn’t the baby-blue eyeshadow of the 1980’s either. Today’s blues are bold, bright, unabashed and can be worn by everyone from fairest to the deepest skin tones. So don’t be afraid to jump on this trend because there are so many swoon-worthy shades to choose from, anyone can find a captivating cobalt, scintillating sapphire or ravishing royal to create the perfect winter makeup look. Ready to unleash your inner bombshell? Try these: Makeup Forever Artist Shadow in Sapphire or Celestial Blue, Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Nightfall,Kat Von D Waterproof Autograph Pencil in D.R.A., or Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara in Navy Blue.