We have had a couple of snowy days recently, and I just couldn't help going out and snapping a few pics in our "winter wonderland". Where I live, snow is not a typical thing so as soon as a couple flurries fall down to the ground, everyone is already out there trying to savor it as much as possible. I hate to admit that I am no different and I was already building a snowman at about 11PM a few days ago...oops. Anyway, while I was out there this morning, trying to make snow look as artsy as possible, I realized that everyone is probably going to be out taking pictures, and everybody needs some pretty, snowy makeup to wear in those pictures.
I hope that got you into a wintery mood (if you weren't in one already), now onto the actual tutorial. In the wintertime, you have to remember two very important things, the first is moisturizer and the second is sunscreen. The cold air can easily strip your skin of it's natural oils and dry out all the moisture that is already there. Using moisturizer DAILY can replenish all the moisture that the winter air strips from your skin and create a barrier that protects your skin from drying out again. Now onto sunscreen, for some reason it's common knowledge that during the winter the sun isn't "as strong" or isn't "as dangerous". Well, I hate to say it but it is, and as much as we hate wearing sunscreen, we still have to do it. The good news is that most foundations now have SPF in them so you don't necessarily have to wear an additional layer of product. Try to get at least SPF 15 but if you are really prone to sunburn or winterburn then try to get SPF 30.
Use a moisturizer that works for your type of skin (I'm using Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer for Combination Skin. If you have some dry patches of skin and also some oily areas, I highly recommend this moisturizer. It clears up dry patches and also keeps oily skin under control.
Next apply your regular face makeup including foundation and concealer. I would skip the blush just because you are going to get a natural flush when you go out in the cold and you might end up looking like a crazy person if you have blush on over that. I'm using my Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation (which has SPF 25) and my Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser to cover up my dark circles. Keep in mind that my foundation is more on the expensive, high end side but you can use any drugstore foundation you want (I recommend Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation, it works very well and receives great reviews from most users). If you have a blending sponge such as a Beauty Blender you can use that to blend, but blending with your fingers can also create a beautiful, natural finish.
For the eyes, start off with priming your eyes. ELF has an eye primer for just $1 at Target, but if you don't want to get a primer you can just use a thin layer of concealer on your eyelids in order to make the eyeshadows more pigmented.
Apply a light, shimmery, creamy color to the inner half of your eyelid as well as the inner tear duct with a flat eyeshadow brush or your finger. I'm using Bootycall from the Naked 2 palette. A good drugstore dupe would be the base shade from the Maybelline Chai Latte Quad ($5 at Target).
Apply a cool, bronzy shadow into the outer corner of the eye to create dimension, but also keep the shimmery theme going. I'm using YDK from the Naked 2 palette, but a good dupe is the Wet n' Wild Coloricon Eyeshadow Single in Nutty ($1.50 at RiteAid). Blend the two colors with a fluffier brush. You can even use the eyeshadow brush you were using before to blend.
Blend a golden, bronze shade into the crease. I'm using Half Baked from Urban Decay but a good dupe is the eyelid shade from the Wet n' Wild I'm Getting Sunburned Trio ($3 at Walmart). Make sure to blend this color very well. You want the entire look to be cohesive and flow through one color to the next.
This part is optional but I'm going to line my waterline with a nude eyeliner from Rimmel London. I'm also going to draw a thin black line on my upper-lashline using a black pencil liner.
Apply your favorite mascara. I'm using Loreal Lash Out Butterfly Mascara
Finally, finish off the look by applying a chapstick and going over that with an icy, light pink moisturizing lip balm. I'm using Loreal Color Riche Lip Balm in Pink Satin.