If the drastic change in weather isn't a sign that winter is well and truly here, then I don't know what would be. Up north, winter means constant showers and wind for the next 3 months or so, but I'm embracing the season and bringing to the forefront of my makeup routine all my wintery picks. For me, it's all about simple skin and statement eyes and lips, and I can foresee a deep red lip not leaving my daily routine for the next few months or so. Come spring I will be embracing the corals and peachy shades again, so I'm going to make the most out of these grungier months while it lasts - give me two weeks until I'm whining daily about the rain and cold...
For base, I'll be reaching for Nars Sheer Glow a lot, in the shade Siberia, as it's the perfect foundation for these colder months when my skin is looking parched and dull. Though there's not much sheer about this foundation as I find it offers a really decent medium coverage and can cover the majority of my imperfections, and I find Siberia is the best match for my skin this time of year out of all my foundations. For concealer this time of year, the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is a great option as it's super creamy whilst still offering some serious medium coverage against dark circles and imperfections. This is great if my complexion is a little dry or dehydrated as I find it just leaves my skin looking super luminous and fresh. There's no denying I have a complexion leaning on the oilier side though, so I like to add to a light layer of the Clarins Ever Matte Powder* on top for a smidge more coverage and a whole lot more staying power. This seems to control my oily patches whilst still allowing the radiance from the foundation to sneak through, and I haven't touched my much loved Hourglass Powders since this Clarins one came into my life.
As I like to amp up my inner glow, I'll be reaching for highlighter a lot this season to try and spark some life back into my skin. The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone* is my favourite as it adds a really lovely golden dewy glow to the skin, and I like to apply this along my cheekbones and any other areas of my face I wish to highlight. I'm tempted to pick up the Jouer Highlighter as it looks beautiful - has anyone ever tried it? For cheeks, I'm sticking with my new favourite Nars Blush in Douceur which is a dusty rose that adds a subtle definition to my cheeks with a natural wash of colour. I tend to like to keep my cheeks looking quite natural, and instead go all out with my eyes or lips.
For eyes, when I'm not reaching for my Naked Palette, I am completely obsessed with the Clinique All About Shadow Single in Black Honey*, which is a beautiful copper burgundy shade that looks super smokey blended out onto my lids. It really brings out the green in my hazel eyes, and I am completely in love with this shade from Clinique. It's just the perfect mix of brown and berry, and I think it may be a firm favourite for many years to come. When I fancy wearing a bold lip, I tend to keep my eyes simple and just wear Naked from the Urban Decay Palette blended out with a darker brown, and my two bold lips of choice have to be the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella and Mac Matte Lipstick in Diva. Matte is my favourite finish all year round anyway, but I love it for these colder months as I really think it wears the best and is my most comfortable way to wear a bold lip. Nars Cruella is one of my all time favourites and I wear that all year round, whereas Mac Diva is new to my collection but I fell in love with it's intense burgundy finish.
Finally, for nails I think I will be wearing Essie Wicked all season long as I'm just not over my love for dark red nails. Essie is my favourite polish formula anyway, and Wicked is just the perfect 'is it red? is it black?' shade and looks super classic and chic on the nails.
What are your must haves for winter makeup?