The cold season is upon us again and it's time to wrap up warm. The harsh and dry nature of this time of year can really take its toll on our skins. Just be sure to nourish and hydrate your skin because the chill in the air is no reason to stop looking your best. There are plenty fabulous ways to use make-up to keep your face bright and beautiful in these wintry months. Amy Sprawson, celebrity make-up artist, who has worked on Erfsondes, The Wild and Isidingo gives extra tips on how to boost your look.
Looking natural is all the rage this 2012, so low-key and simple make-up is on trend. Natural make-up is all about keeping it at a bare minimum to avoid overwhelming your skin with too many products; just use make-up to subtly enhance your face. Sprawson suggests the London look for paler skins. This involves bringing out the porcelain of the skin; light strokes of natural or nude shades on the eyelid, peachy tones on the cheeks and soft colours like coral on the lips.
The Cat Eye
Think Amy Winehouse with a fashionable twist. This is a long standing favourite and for good reason. The Cat Eye is about creating generous elongated strokes of liner at the corner of your eyes, giving it a beautiful winged effect. It really makes them widen and pop. Sprawson points out that it most effectively done with a black gel liner but liquid liner or sharp pencil will also do the trick. Bright hues on the lips like Russian Red, Mandarin Orange or Cherry Gloss compliment the Cat Eye wonderfully.
The Smokey Eye
This look never goes out of style and just gets constantly updated which is why it's still a trendy look this winter. It can incorporate charcoals and blacks to define and contour the eye, but many other colours can be used. A variation of the classic smokey eye includes starting with a dark colour all over the eyelid, fading it up into a lighter colour and blending. For darker skins, Sprawson suggests making the base colour on your eyelid a shimmering bronze to warm up the look.
Royal Treatment for your Lips
Lips are really making a statement this 2012. Deep and royal colours are on trend to accentuate the mouth. You can expect purples and velvets. Red is still also very much in fashion, in all its variations. Winter does not necessarily mean that you have to forgo bright lipsticks; light and nude shades are still appropriate, especially for paler skins. Sprawson says that rich colours like bronze, gold and burgundy are perfect for darker skins.
- Tinted moisturizer is your best friend in winter because it keeps the skin well looked after but adds even colour to your face for winter foundation.
- Go big on eyelashes. You can either use heavy mascara or fake eyelashes. This will suit all the looks discussed above and just adds visual appeal.
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