How to Winterize the Colors of Your Make Up

The makeup we wear in the summer is a little different than the make up that we wear in the summer. It tends to be heavier and a little more extreme in colors unless you are going for a very silvery look that starts with sheer foundation and a lot of highlighter.


Usually the powder and foundation that we use in the summer is a lot darker than the shades we use in the winter.  This is because we get a tan. However if you are a real ski bunny and tan on the slopes or spend a lot of time getting Vitamin D in a tanning bed you can sustain wearing a darker shade in the winter.  You can also wear a heavier, less shiny powder in the winter for a dramatic, Coco Chanel type of effect.


It also helps to go for a brighter blush. Think of corals, darker reds and fuchsias but applied with a very light touch. It is the pop of color on paler skin that is very beautiful. It makes people admiring your beauty of “roses blooming in the snow.”


In the winter you can go for a deeper shade of red.  Go for shades that have a hint of brick or brown in them.  This goes well with most winter clothing.  Matte lipstick looks fantastic in the winter as all of your clothes and make-up is heavier and can support the dense quality of the look. However if you do not like the look of matte look for a deep or brick red in a gloss form.


Heavier make-up is also easier to wear in the winter. You can wear eyeliner with shadow and smudge darker shades together to create a smoker eye.  For a less severe effect try using brown shadows with charcoal liner.  The effect is less dramatic and likely more suitable for work environments then the dark blue or grey smoky eye.


Colored mascaras are also back this season. Try these out in hues such as navy, burgundy and auburn to give your eyes more depth. You can also get multicolored mascaras that are black but have a bit of an oily sheen to them that reflects colors like purple and green.


This is the time of year when it is easier to get away with dark red, chocolate brown, ink blue and black fingernails.  Two of the hottest colors for your fingertips in 2013 are Blackberry and Copper.

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Self Tanners That Don’t Turn Your Skin Orange

Does your skin look dull and grey in the winter? The best way to pep it up is to got to a tanning salon and get a dose of controlled UV rays. However if that does not work then you need to get a good bronzing formula that does not make you look like a piece of shoe leather.


Faking a winter tan so that it does not look atrocious is a matter of using the right products.  The product must be light-weight, not leave streaks and also not transfer to your clothing and leave streaks.  It is also a good idea to choose a product that does not have too many chemicals and that is not going to leave marks all over your clothes.


Before you use a self-tanner read the label and make absolutely sure it is good for the face. Not all tanning gels or lotions are good for the face and in fact, will make your face darker than the rest of your visage. This can make it very evident that you used fake tanner in the first place and that is not the effect that you want at all.


If you are using this kind of product for the first time you might want to try using tan towels. They work better to apply products the first time because you can control the amount of product that goes on your skin a little better.


Many women choose a mousse form of self-tanner because mousse is foamy light and seems to melt into the skin. Be sure to choose a brand that does not have a great deal of chemicals or that does not explode when shaken. You might need to shake the bottle a bit to make sure the colors in the pigment inside the bottle are well blended.


Light oil based tanners are also very popular. The coverage of oil-based self-tanners have a little more glimmer to them. They go on smoothly because the oil spreads naturally over the skin and is not thicker in one area than another.  Many of these oils are quite expensive at over twenty dollars.  However many brands also have a lot of shimmer added to them so they really look great.  The little bit of glimmer livens up the tan so that you look younger, fresher and like you have been away on a trip.  The look that you want to avoid is cakey, orange or loamy like a certain reality television star on the Jersey Shore!