How to Winter-Proof Your Makeup Routine

by Jenna Gruttadauria ; Updated July 18, 2017

Winter can be a very dry time for your skin, and there’s never a more important time to protect it and keep it moisturized than during these harsh, cold months. It’s also important to switch up your makeup routine to match the season. Just a few tweaks will keep you looking as fabulous as the rest of the year.

Choosing the right moisturizer for your skin type is important. You can use a lighter option during the day and something heavier at night to replenish your skin while you sleep. For daytime, try Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer, which is a chemical-free sunscreen-and-moisturizer duo. (Don’t forget: Even though the sun may not be as brilliant or out as often in the winter as it is in the summer, it can still damage your skin.) For night, I love The Body Deli’s Nourish Night Cream, which stimulates cell turnover and loads your skin with glorious moisture.

Once you lose the summer glow, you need a little more help masking any pesky imperfections. Swap your sheer, tinted moisturizer for a foundation. Once again, it’s important to really know your skin type: If you have dry skin, opt for an illuminating foundation; if you tend to be oily, choose a matte formula. Make sure you test out a few different shades to find the right one — and no testing on the back of your hand! Your face is usually a different shade than the rest of your body. Find a shade that disappears right into your skin.

With 30 different colors, Clinique Even Better foundation has got every gal covered. Don’t forget to apply your foundation using a beauty blender. This will help disperse the foundation in a very natural way. Dampen the sponge and blot on foundation until blended. And always remember to bring the foundation down from your jawline and onto your neck.

As the days become shorter, swapping your bronzer for a blush is a more natural way to get that flushed look. When you rock a bronzer in the winter, it’s so much more apparent that you’re faking it. Using a warm blush will give your cheeks that glow without making you look orange. Try MAC Sunbasque for a natural flush rather than the Jersey Shore.

I’m loving Adele’s winged-eyeliner look, and this is a great way to step up your eye-makeup game in the winter. It may look tricky, but with these few tips, achieving this look is a piece of cake:

  • Use a gel-based product. These are much easier to work with than liquid, which can be tough for an untrained, unsteady hand. The gel formula is also super lasting, so no need for touch-ups. MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack is an easy product to work with and makes application a breeze.
  • Use a stiff, angles brush to get a precise, straight line. MAC 266 Small Angle Brush works perfectly. Using your brush, place dots along your lash line and then connect them rather than trying to paint one long line. This is the easiest way to achieve a straight line.

With Cara Delevingne and Jessica Alba sporting thick, beautiful brows, filled-in brows have quickly become the newest trend, not to mention it’s such a good way to frame your face. Anastasia Beverly Hills is my go-to brand for all things brow. You can pencil them in, powder them in or paint them in, but any way you do it, it’s going to give your face a more complete look. Whichever method you choose, make sure to use strokes that pull to the outside of your face. And remember: Less is always more.

Going for a bold lip is a fun way to change up your look in the winter. Try deep shades of red, plum and violet for a more dramatic vibe. Bite, MAC Cosmetics, Too Faced and Charlotte Tilbury all have shades that are perfection. Wearing a matte formula looks super chic and is the perfect finishing touch to any winter look. Your lips take a beating during the winter, especially if you wear matte lipstick, which can be slightly drying, so I always apply Glossier’s Balm Dotcom before putting on lipstick.

If summer is the time to go for the au naturel look, winter is the time to glam it up. I love wearing false lashes to achieve this. Nothing like lengthy lashes to really step up your look — and you wouldn’t believe how easy they are to apply. I love the Ardell brand individual lashes, using a mixture of the medium and short lashes to create a natural look.

I use Duo Lash Adhesive, which keeps your lashes perfectly in place. Place a small dot of the adhesive on the back of your hand or on a piece of paper. Allow it to dry for a few minutes so it becomes tacky. Using tweezers, dip the ends into the adhesive and place them along your lash line, pushing the ends onto your actual lashes. Use the medium lashes on the ends, and switch to the shorter ones as you work inward. Allow them to dry for a few minutes before adding a light coat of mascara to darken them.

Jenna Gruttadauria is a co-owner of The Oxford Trunk, a Santa Monica-based online and brick-and-mortar women's lifestyle boutique. Connect with Jenna and follow The Oxford Trunk on Instagram and Pinterest for daily fashion and beauty tips.

About the Author

Jenna Gruttadauria is a co-owner of The Oxford Trunk, a Santa Monica-based online and brick-and-mortar women's lifestyle boutique. Specializing in health and beauty, Jenna also loves dogs, beach days, red wine and cheese.