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Makeup is a great way to enhance your features and make you feel more confident. However, when it’s cold outside, the last thing you want to do is put on a full face of makeup. Here are some tips for keeping your makeup routine simple during the winter months.

Foundation:
If you’re going to wear foundation in the winter, skip the powder and go for a light to medium coverage cream formula instead. This type of foundation is hydrating and contains ingredients which help with moisture retention.
Concealer:
If you do need to cover up any blemishes or under eye circles, stick with concealer sticks in neutral shades. These will give you better coverage than a liquid concealer. Just make sure not to use too much product – these sticks will crease and crack more easily when it’s cold outside.
Blush:
Don’t be afraid to go for high impact with your blush choices in the winter. Cream blushes, especially those with a bit of shimmer, can help to add some warmth to your complexion. Just make sure to blend well so that you don’t end up with any harsh lines.
Eyeshadow:
Since the weather is colder, you can afford to go for richer and more dramatic eyeshadow shades. Metallic and shimmery shadows will stand out more in the winter light, so feel free to use these types of shades to really play up your look. Lighter shade are perfect for creating a subtle daytime look, though.
If you are going to wear eyeshadow in the winter, make sure to use a primer or base coat first. This will help your makeup stay on longer and prevent creasing. Also, if you are using cream eyeliner or shadow, make sure to blend well – these products won’t last as long in the cold weather.
In eye makeup:
– use a primer
– use a dark eyeshadow as liner (or kohl)
– use black mascara on top and bottom lashes
– use a light eyeshadow as highlighter (above eyebrows, on inner corner of eyes, etc.)

Mascara:
Winter is not the time for major mascara choices. Stick to lengthening formulas or waterproof options – this will make sure that your eyeshadow doesn’t end up under your eyes.
Lips:
Good winter color choices for your lips are shades of red or pink, warm golds and coppers, deep purples, burgundy hues, warm browns with a bit of shimmer, and classic nudes. Just keep in mind that you will need to reapply more often with the drying, cold air.

Hair:
The winter air can be unforgiving on your hair, so if you want to skip the blow dryer and flat iron try these clever ways of keeping your locks at their best:
– opt for a deep side part and pull back the front section of your hair
– twist your hair into a loose braid and secure with a clip or hair tie
– put your hair up in a messy bun
– use a headband to keep your hair out of your face
– try a knit cap to keep your head warm and your hair out of the way.

With these tips, you can keep your makeup simple and still look great throughout the winter months!
What is your favorite winter makeup look? Share in the comments below!