One of the best parts of the changing of the seasons is getting to switch up our makeup look with it. For example, my winter makeup routine is drastically different from my summer or spring routine. Think: more bold reds, mauves and deep nudes on my lips, matte skin and, of course, a shimmery statement eye here and there for winter, as opposed to naked, dewy skin and glossy lips for summer. As we kick off the season — because it is December, believe it or not — our beauty editors are sharing their winter makeup routines, ahead. Because what’s the fun in keeping your beauty look the same year-round?
Jessica, Associate Editor
I always find it fun to sub in new products as the seasons change. My base for winter includes my go-to primer, IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Oil-Free Primer, paired with the Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm because it’s lightweight and moisturizing. I fell in love with Maybelline New York SuperStay Under Eye Concealer when it launched in the summer and am still obsessed. Then, I strategically powder my nose, forehead and chin with Dermablend Loose Setting Powder to keep any shine away. I’m not loyal to one blush or highlighter because I like to experiment with different ones, but right now my favorite is the Kosas Blush Highlight Duo in Papaya 1972. On my eyes, I like to do a smokey nude shadow with the Urban Decay Naked2 Palette, curl my lashes and apply two coats of the L’Oréal Paris Lash Paradise Mascara. My eyebrows are simply and easy so a few swipes of the Joey Healy Brow Structure Clear Set and I'm good to go. To finish it all off, I apply a red lip like the Lancôme Rouge Ruby Lipstick in Ruby Star.
Alanna, Associate Editor
I always start my makeup off with a powerful, oil-free primer in the wintertime to control shine, so the first step in my makeup routine is the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Oil-Free Primer. Next, I like to opt for a CC cream instead of foundation, so I blend the IT Cosmetics Oil-Free Matte CC+ Cream all over my face. For concealer, I reach for the Milk Makeup Flex Concealer and dot it under my eyes, around my nose and on top of any blemishes. If I feel like adding a little glow, I pop on the NYX Professional Makeup California Beamin’ in Medium Mocha on my temples and the lower halves of my cheeks. For blush, I keep it simple with a swipe of the Nudestix Nudies Bronze in Dear Maple Eh, and I like to add a touch of the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Highlighter down my nose and on my highpoints of my face for a reflective, glassy finish. To set my face makeup, I add a touch of the Urban Decay The Ultimate Brush Off powder and then apply the NYX Professional Makeup Glazed and Confused Eye Gloss in Oxblood all over my lids for some extra color. To complete my look, I add a few coats of the NYX Professional Makeup On the Rise Liftscara and top off my lips with the CTZN Nudiversal Lip Duo in Mykonos.
Genesis, Assistant Editor
During the winter, the name of the game is hydration. From my skin care to my everyday makeup routine, I like to swap out my standard products for ones that promise hydrating benefits. To start, I prime my face with the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Hydrating Primer and follow up with the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation as I find they both work to give me a hydrated, dewy glow. Then I love the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer, which works wonders to cover the mild redness on my cheeks. To give my skin a bit of warmth and, of course, lasting hydration, the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer gives a beautiful radiant finish. Next, cream blushes are my go-to during the winter, and lately, I’ve been obsessed with the Nudestix Nudies Blush. Lastly for my face, I like to set it all in place with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Loose Setting Powder. As for my eyeshadow, I’m a simple gal and my go-to is a warm wash of color from the Urban Decay On the Run Mini Palette in Highway Queen topped off with my all-time favorite mascara, IT Cosmetics Lash Blowout Mascara. Finally, I add a hydrating pop of color using the YSL Rouge Pur Couture x Zoë Kravitz in the shade Honey’s Nude.
Samantha, Assistant Editor
When winter rolls around, it’s all hands on deck for flake-free, dewy makeup. Yes, my skin care gets a major hydration overhaul, but my makeup also gets a reboot. To start, I use the YSL Touche Éclat Blur Primer, which blurs the skin and gives a nice base. Then I use a bit of the Erborian CC Cream. I’m obsessed with the creamy, hydrating consistency and radiant finish. Given that I do get pretty oily, no matter the season, setting powder is a must. I’ve been loving the RCMA Original No Color Setting Powder. It’s perfect for mattifying my T-zone without leaving my complexion looking dry, white and ashy. For my bronzer and highlighter, I try my best to stick with light, liquid formulas. Too much powder on top of my foundation is a recipe for flakes. That’s why this season I’ve been leaning toward the Giorgio Armani Neo Nude A-Line Bronzer and the Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand Highlighter. The products blend in seamlessly for a second-skin look with no cakey finish in sight. For my eyes, I add some sparkle with the new L’Oréal Paris Brilliant Eyes Shimmer Liquid Eyeshadow Makeup. I switch up my shade pretty frequently, but my staple is Rose Shine, a rose gold color. For finishing touches, I do a quick swipe of the Maybelline New York Volum’ Express the Colossal Mascara on my lashes and use the Maybelline New York SuperStay Ink Crayon Matte Longwear Lipstick in Keep it Fun, a bright pink shade, on my lips.
Jillian, Social Media Editor
It wouldn’t be winter without dry skin, so I immediately kick off my routine with First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Hyaluronic Hydrating Primer to sneak in some extra moisture. For foundation, my tried-and-true is IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Foundation. I never have to worry about patchiness, and it gives me a subtle glow that makes me forget it’s winter. I’m pale as can be, so my next move is to get some color on my cheeks with CoverFX Monochromatic Blush Duo in Mojave Mauve. It’s totally buildable and is the perfect rosy shade for the season. Plus, if I want a little extra glow or forget to put on my highlighter (the horror), I love that there’s a shimmer shade available. My dynamic duo for the eyes is the NYX Professional Makeup Lid Lingerie Palette and YSL Beauty Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils. The Lid Lingerie palette has all the nudes I need, and I can easily transition my shadow from day to night –– major brownie points. YSL’s mascara gives me the volume I’m looking for, which is perfect for my fine, blonde lashes. For brows, my magic formula is pomade, hands down. Maybelline New York TattooStudio Pomade in Soft Brown gives me great shape and lasts throughout the entire day. I never need to make touch-ups. Finally, I love to tie my look together with a super deep berry lipstick in the winter, and Maybelline New York SuperStay Matte Ink Crayon in Settle For More is the perfect shade. The pigment is so rich, and I love that the matte finish actually *isn’t* drying like you’d expect. It’s a staple for sure.