January 23, 2015 Diana Crisan Spotlight

Cold Weather Makeup for Face, Eyes & Lips

The only kind of flakes we’re happy to see in the winter are snowflakes, NOT skin flakes. Unfortunately, cold weather winds wreak havoc on your complexion, leaving skin feeling scaly, tight and just plain uncomfortable. Ban the nose peeling, the flaky eyelids and chapped lips by winter-proofing your beauty routine and simply swapping out powders for liquid– and cream-based makeup products. Your newly dewy skin will thank you!  

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Bright & Blushing Complexion

Set the loose powders and mineral makeup aside until oily skin season (ahem, summer) sets in and go for gold with moisturizing and illuminating coverage. Winter has a way of making skin look dull, so start off with a hydrating primer to not only extend the life of your makeup, but to add an instant-pearly glow that brightens and plumps skin like Lancôme La Base Pro Hydra Glow.

Look as fresh as winter feels with The Body Shop Vitamin E Cool BB Cream, a moisturizing skin tone correcting cream that you can use in place of foundation (or underneath) for lighter coverage. When it comes to all the beauty bells and whistles … like blush and concealer, opt in for liquid or creamy formulas to prevent caking and/or peeling caused by the elements. 

Product Recommendations: Giorgio Armani Blushing Fabric, NYX Rouge Cream Blush, Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer

Gleaming Eyes

Since the skin on your lids and around your eyes is ultra thin and super sensitive, dry skin caused by cool weather can even affect your shadow and cause creasing and cracking. Prevent messy eye makeup by using gel, liquid tint or a smooth crayon for high pigment and long-lasting, smudge-free wear — just be sure to blend well!

Product Recommendations: Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow, Giorgio Armani Eye Tint, L’Oréal Paris Infallible Eye Shadow Crayon

Hydrated & Tinted Lips

If there’s one area of your face that cold weather REALLY likes to mess with, it’s your plump … and now chapped, pout. Avoid chapped lips this winter by keeping a moisturizing lip balm on hand at ALL times and be sure to avoid licking your lips, as that will only make matters worse! However, treating your lips doesn’t have to be void of fun — try a creamy and hydrating lipstick or a lip tint infused with oil!

Product Recommendations: Maybelline Baby Lips in Peach Kiss, NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick, YSL Volupte Tint-in-Oil

What are some of your cold weather beauty faves? Let us know in the comments below!  

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    About the Author: Diana creates on-trend beauty content for Makeup.com readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.