Creating a perfect day look during the winter is all about one thing: Skin. Just when you finally manage to collect a full collection of makeup that won’t melt off in the heat of summer, along comes winter to throw a whole new set of problems, well, in your face. The symptoms come just as quickly as the sudden drops in temperatures. Everything’s fine then one morning, BAM; chapped lips, splotchy skin, dull complexion. Every season is different, so it often takes a while to purchase new products that will get you looking healthy and radiant again. But fear not, dear reader, we’re here to streamline the process with a winter-ready day look and cosmetics, direct from and inspired by the runway, to keep you ready for your close-up.
Foundation: It’s not matte. It’s not dewey. It’s luminous. That’s what you’re going for this winter. That glow that makes you look healthy and awake, without appearing greasy. To help your skin look like you’re wearing nothing at all, while still providing full coverage for a perfect complexion, use Teint Innocence by Chanel. The naturally luminous compact is oil free and glides on evenly . This medium coverage foundation illuminates your natural skin tone, making you look like you’ve had perfect, radiant skin all along.
Cheeks: There’s a reason Nars’ Orgasm blush continues to fly off shelves. It’s absolutely the perfect color for almost every skin tone. It’s a peachy pink with a slight golden shimmer, perfect for winter, when a brighter pink might come off as a bit juvenile, and anything with more red or brown looks harsh. For day, this blush does exactly what a good blush should; make you look flushed, which is, after all, a sign of arousal and therefore attractive to the opposite sex. How scandalous.
Eyes: There are times when a dramatic, lined eye is all you need to make a statement. Daytime isn’t one of those. There’s no need to hide behind layers of heavy eye makeup this winter; let your natural beauty shine through. Bobbi Brown’s Party Eye Palette has six alluring colors that are soft, pretty and sheer for daytime, but can be layered for night. The champagne, gold and copper shades compliment all skin tones and make your eyes look bright and alert.
This is a look that let your lashes demand all the attention. Make your peepers pop with Lancôme’s Hypnôse Doll Lashes mascara. The brush is con-shaped, which makes application very easy and smooth, and you can use the small end to coat the hard to reach lashes in the corners of your eyes. It extends, lifts and volumizes lashes all at the same time. We like it because it does al this without smudging (even if your eyes water a lot) but also comes off easily with warm water. Since you know there’s nothing worse than getting the perfect look then having it smear under your lash-line the second you leave the house.
Lips: Simple is the name of the game with this look. We’re so glad nude is still in, because we’re obsessed. If you’re not greatly fond of your lip color, you can choose the nude shade that you think looks best on you. Just, please; don’t go too light! It’s still 2011 after all. And remember, if nothing else, wear a moisturizing balm or ol’ faithful Carmax. Don’t give the chilly winds even one opportunity to suck the life out of naked lips. Once they’re dry, it’s a long road back to beautiful, so take precaution.