Beauty Best Bets
“During winter, skin can be dull from lack of sun,” saysMake Up For Ever Pro/Media Educator Lijha Stewart. “Fake the look of health and vitality by introducing warm terra cotta browns and deep bronzes into your makeup wardrobe.”
For warm-toned, glowing skin, Beauty For Real Creative Director Stephanie Giles suggests Get Glowing Cheek Tint and Luminizer in Afterglow/Goldrush. “Both the bronzer and luminizer feature a cream-to-powder formula perfect to use in cold months when skin needs the hydration a cream provides,” she adds. “They both have a patented ingredient, Luminera, which reflects light and gives the skin a beautiful glow.”
“Bronzer in the winter can be tricky when the skin has gone into ‘hibernation,’” says Blair Patterson, director of global makeup artistry, Estée Lauder. Ms. Patterson recommends applying bronzer before your foundation, using it as a contouring tool from the center of your ear toward your lip, because it sculpts and defines your face. “When you apply foundation over bronzer, it warms the foundation just a bit. Blending along the hair and jaw line give a slight natural tanned effect,” she notes. “There’s nothing worse than seeing yourself in holiday pictures with an orange face and white neckline.”
Because the sun is naturally lower during the winter and extremely bright, your features can look faded and washed out. “Think autumnal tones of warm browns, bronze, coppers, burnt oranges and russets for the eyes, cheeks and lips,” recommends MAC Senior Artist Neil Young. “I love MAC Paint Pots in Groundworks all over the eye lid, followed with MAC eye shadow in Saddle.”
For lips, Mr. Young suggests deep corals, tans and rust tones work well in any texture from glossy to matte. “Try MAC Cream Color Base in Bronze swept over the eye lids or MAC Viva Glam V Lipglass, the perfect warm neutral. For a brighter pop, try Creemsheen Lipglass in Richer Lusher.”
But don’t forget, it all starts with your skin. Dry, flaky skin, often a result of colder months, can ruin your best makeup application. “If the skin isn’t moisturized and conditioned, it will pull the moisture from whatever you put on it, making your foundation look dull, powdery and discolored,” notes Ms. Patterson, who also adds that applying a serum with hyaluronic acid, like Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex, before the moisturizer will help to keep skin hydrated.