Mar 5, 2009
Care for your skin. In the winter, with harsh winds and heating on full-blast, most skin types will dry out quickly. Drink plenty of water and apply oil-free, easily absorbed light lotions to all parts of your body. Use lipgloss to keep from suffering from chapped lips.
Maintain your hair. Though showering daily is considered good taste, many have found that they should wash their hair using products every other day, or even less! The reasoning behind this is simple: washing your hair strips it of it's natural oils, causing it to dry out and split ends to form - a problem amplified by the winter. Leave in a moisturizing conditioner or hair mask on the last 3 to 5 inches of your hair for about 15 minutes, once a week in order to keep it soft. Also, brush hair from the scalp to the tips, to spread the natural oils. This does nothing but strengthen your hair and give it a silky feel.
Use a different makeup palette. For the face, lighten or forgo foundation completely, and use a rosy, warm pink on your cheeks. Mixing a tiny dusting of bronzer with your blush can be a good maneuver, but either look lovely.
Contrast warm cheeks by using a cooler lip and eye scheme. Consider "going bare" at the eyes - a quick layer of charcoal mascara on your upper lashes, and no eyeliner. This serves to brighten and enlarge your eyes. Cream eye-shadows are also good winter choices: unlike during the summer, they will not "melt off". Colors in the pale blues, whites, and gray-blues are lovely ways to adjust your makeup to the cooler months - daub a bit of white toward the inner corner of your eye, and blend outward with a light blue.
Alternately, jumbo eye-pencils in metallics are another option. Use whites, golds or silvers to achieve a frosty beauty with a tapering line barely above the top lashes. Lightly apply to the bottom of the eyes, then, using the sides of your index fingers, push up until it is a thin line.
Use chapstick. Use chapstick religiously. Apply every ten to twenty minutes, or as needed. Cracked lips are unattractive. Any kind will suffice, in a pinch, even Vaseline!
Dress in layers. To dress for the winter, this will get you surprisingly far! A half-button down shirt, layered over any polo, with a jacket on top, is always a good look - simply match similar collars so that bottom one shows and folds over a bit. Jeans are a winter staple, as are comfortable boots. If you're outdoors in the cold, always have a coat on!
Natural beauty is never beaten. Very rarely does anything top a quick daub of lip-gloss and a freshly washed face.
Look Good! Stock up on stylish winter boots, uggs, sneakers, slippers, sweatpants, jeans, sweatshirts, leg warmers, sweaters, leggings, tights, and hats!
Always check lotions and makeups for any ingredients you may be allergic to. Allergic reactions vary from hives to hemorrhaging: don't risk it!
Dress accordingly for the weather. A button down shirt and light jacket are not suitable attire for a rainstorm or blizzard: get weather forecasts, bring the right gear.
Posted by Jane at Thursday, March 05, 2009 |