Shades of Winter: Your New Season Makeup Essentials

By the time winter rolls around, you’re likely starting to feel the need for a makeup refresh.

Your skin will be feeling the effects of the cool winds and the sharp drop in mercury, so it’s likely veering on the dry side, whilst looking a little dull. We’re guessing your lips will be in a similar state, are we right?

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Given the seasonal change, it’s now time to add hints of highlights and subtle bronzer to give your skin a healthy dose of colour, without looking like you’ve stepped in for a spray tan. Look to deeper lip colours and warm, amber-y tones on the eyes adds an air of sophistication, elevating your go-to cozy knit or structured wool coat.

With the new season a mere two weeks away, here’s what we’re adding to our shopping list.

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Estée Lauder Pure Color Desire Rouge Excess Lipstick in Ravage, $60.

Available in both crème and chrome textures and in 29 bold shades, this lip colour offers a full coverage, richly pigmented finish that really lasts. With this, you also can skip the lip balm—the creamy formula is enriched with ultra-hydrating ingredients to ensure comfort without compromising on colour payoff. From rich plums to bright reds and sultry nudes, we can’t get enough.

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CHANEL Duo Bronze Et Lumière Bronzer and Highlighter Duo, $93.

This face duo comes with both a matte (but not at all drying) bronzing powder and highlighter. Available in two shades, we love to use it to not only blot away any excess shine, but to add contour and depth to the complexion, while the highlighter adds a subtle dose of luminosity to the high points of the face. The finely milled powder blends beautifully into the complexion for a seamless, still natural-looking finish.

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Dior Backstage Eye Palette, $88.

We love a multi-shade makeup palette as much as the next person, but when we say this eyeshadow palette has it all, we really mean it. Available in two shade selections—this one, Amber Neutrals, is perfect for creating rich smoky eyes—it contains eight powders in total, including three shimmer shades and three matte, with one highlighting hue and one sculpting shadow. It also has a creamy primer to make your shadow stay put.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, $28.

Sharpen your cat-eye skills with this liquid liner, which possesses one of the finest tips we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Available in both black and brown, it’s also waterproof, so there’s no need to touch-ups.

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Hourglass Vanish Seamless Liquid Foundation, $86.

If you’re in the market for a new foundation, and love to add a little more coverage during winter, look no further. You only need a tiny amount (read, one pump) to cover your entire face for a flawless matte finish that still manages to look fresh and healthy—almost like you’re not wearing anything at all. There’s also 32 shades to choose from so you’re sure to find a match to suit your skin tone, and once you do, you won’t look back. It literally does. Not. Budge.

Tell us, what are your winter makeup essentials?


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