Winter is pretty harsh in general, but it’s particularly brutal on your daily beauty routine. Blowing snow and frigid temperatures have a way of killing any instinct for glamour. So for the next six weeks (thanks, Punxsutawney Phil), take a page from the beauty book of the stars at Sundance.
An undo. Instead of trying to achieve perfect, just-so waves when the second you step outside they’re going to get blown into a snarl, try a braid. Or a topknot. Or a bun. Or some twists. And ponytails don't have to be the lazy way out.
Pink-y lips. Most of the makeup looks at Sundance last week featured natural-looking pink lips. A soft pink combined with minimalist eye makeup and not-too-done hair provides a pretty contrast to the frightful weather forecast. Pick a color that’s one or two shades darker than your natural color. A creamy or moisturizing formula will also help with the inevitable chapping. I keep Fresh Sugar Tulip Tinted Lip Treatment and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick in Boy in my purse at all times. Bonus: The color won’t get all over the latte cup you’re constantly sipping to keep warm.
Waterproof mascara. Think your waterproof mascara is only useful in the summer months when you’re in and out of the pool/ocean/lake…or sweating it out on the subway? Think again. When it’s raining and snowing and sleeting and the wind is blowing everything sideways and straight into your face, waterproof mascara is a godsend.
Gold shadow. When the rest of your makeup is low-key, a restrained hit of gold guarantees the look isn't boring. Try a cream shadow for longer wear, since powder can get cakey when it's dry out. I use Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Mono Cream Eye Colour. It lasts forever and stays on in the worst conditions. Avoid a shadow with too much shimmer or you risk looking like you got kicked out of Studio 54. Not really a practical look in the middle of a blizzard.
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