12 Dos and Don’ts of Fall and Winter Makeup
It’s not just your fall and winter wardrobe that needs to transition for the colder weather; your makeup and skincare routine needs a refresher, too. Here are all the swaps you need to make to look beautiful all winter long.
Do: Wear maroon and burgundy lipstick
One of the best ways to get a standout autumn look is to play up your lip color. During fall, turn to plum or burgundy shades of lipsticks, glosses, and stains. The look is somewhat vampy, but absolutely stunning on pale skin. Makeup artist and beauty consultant Tom Pecheux describes it as “sophisticated in a twisted kind of way,” thanks to its darker elements. With such a bold lip, there’s no need to also make a statement with your eyes, as you don’t want to overpower the look. Keep your eye shadow minimal, but feel free to use simple black mascara and eyeliner.
Don’t: Wear coral or pink lipstick
We all love wearing red lipstick as winter makeup, not only because it’s festive, but also because red perfectly matches your black, gray, and browns of your darker winter wardrobe. However, it’s important you stick to classic or dark reds without any coral or pink undertones. These colors signal warmer weather and will clash with your dark, winter outfits. (Here are tips to apply red lipstick like a pro.)
Do: Paint your nails gray or nude
Nail polish is much more than just makeup; it’s also a great accessory. It serves to compliment your jewelry, long-sleeved blouses, and coats, so make sure your nail polish is always an appropriate color. Bust out the grays, nudes, blacks, cherry reds, Merlot, and even sparkly golds and silvers.
Don’t: Paint your nails neon
As pretty as fluorescent pink looks on your fingers and toes, bright and colorful varnishes are a serious winter makeup faux pas. If your favorite color is turquoise blue, turn to navy instead. As fun as rainbow polish colors are, save them for your next beach vacation.
Do: Apply rosy, pink blush
One benefit of braving the cold in winter is returning home with flushed, rosy cheeks. You can recreate this flattering look by generously swirling on pink blush. This can “add rosiness to medium skin tones, which can go a touch sallow when pale,” makeup artist Fiona Stiles told Glamour. “It adds that warmth and punch to the skin that we miss when it’s cold out.”
Don’t: Continue wearing bronzer
As your tan fades with the passing of summer, it’s best to embrace paler skin and find ways to complement it, rather than try to paint on a fake, summer glow. Ditch your bronzer this fall and winter, and instead stick to pink blush. A brown contour won’t match the rest of your body, and rosy cheeks look far more endearing. (Check out these nine beauty shortcuts that will cut your morning routine in half.)
Do: Always apply kohl eyeliner
For fall and winter makeup: it’s all about the kohl eyeliner. Whether you opt for a sharp cat-eye or smudgy, morning-after look, black liner is a winter staple. It looks stunningly dramatic on pale skin and pairs well with a dark, winter wardrobe. You really can’t go wrong.
Don’t: Line your eyes in purple or blue
Purple and blue liners are daring and often considered high-fashion, but they’re sadly out of place during fall and winter. If you need a colorful alternative, you can certainly play with gold liner. Otherwise, it’s best to stick to charcoal black. (Learn the sneaky ways you’re applying makeup all wrong, according to top makeup artists.)
Do: Wear copper and bronze eye shadow
Gold and copper eye shadows are the way to go this fall and winter. These colors easily go from day to night, add a smoldering shimmer, and are conveniently festive. If you don’t feel brave enough to apply these metallic shades, deep purple, taupe, and gray are beautiful alternatives.
Don’t: Give yourself rainbow-colored eyelids
Once again, it’s best to avoid any neon eye shadow palettes, as they’ll clash with your other fall makeup looks, like a vampy lip and nude polish. Before you reach for the bright pinks, greens, or blues, remember that there are darker alternatives that will give you much for fitting and enviable, smokey eyes. (Find out the 13 makeup myths you should really stop believing.)
Do: Focus on moisturizing makeup
As the weather gets harsher, your number-one concern should be keeping your skin hydrated. Instead of your usual foundation, it’s best to apply especially moisturizing primers, BB creams, and sunscreen (yep, you still need SPF in winter) at the start of your beauty routine. The last thing you want is to let your face dry out, which will result in cracking and flaking makeup.
Don’t: Hold onto the same foundation
It’s a common mistake to hold onto our favorite liquid foundation during the changing seasons, but as your skin gets a few shades lighter, do not continue applying makeup that’s too dark for you. Instead, find a matching powder or foundation, or ditch that coverage altogether. As your skin battles the elements, it’s better to focus on hydrating skincare than faking a tan. Here are 10 makeup mistakes that make your skin look dry and flaky.