My 5 Favorite Makeup and Hair Looks for Winter

Makeup in the wintertime may seem boring to some. It also doesn’t help that a  lot of trends say that colors are for spring and summer. Personally, I do whatever I like at the moment! I’ve been doing some of these looks since I was a teenager and I would receive compliments on them quite often. I hope you enjoy this array of natural to glam looks and find some inspiration to create fun looks of your own !

Photo and Graphic Credit: Kayla G

Natural Looks

Smoked liner, nude lip, straight hair

This particular look is one I use a lot when going out to dinner. It’s simple to throw together when bae randomly says, “hey, wanna go out to eat?”

I hate touching up my makeup when I’m out. I just don’t want to have to worry about my lipstick bleeding, running, or having the dreaded ‘red outlined lips with nothing in the middle because I’ve been eating’. Nude is always what I choose when I’m out and eating. Honestly, it kind of baffles me that there aren’t more beauty bloggers or youtubers saying this too— or maybe they are but I don’t pay attention enough to know.

Base

For this, we want a simple base that’s not too heavy. Making faces and touching your face when eating is not ideal for dinner dates.

I start with a smoothing primer all over my face. Then I’ll apply my BB cream from Lumene to my face. I want to keep this very light, so I’ll only be adding foundation to my undereyes and my forehead. I set those places with my powder, and then lightly powder the rest of my face to aid in smooth application of the other powders. Next I take a cool-toned brown shade for contouring on an angled Sonia Kashuk brush. I lightly chisel out the bottom of my cheekbones blending upwards. I don’t like to have a strong contour, so a little is plenty for me. Next I’ll take #05 Blush by Elle on the apples of my cheeks, swiping back to blend into the contour. For highlighter, I’ll be using some light shimmery eyeshadow shades from the 35F palette by Morphe. I apply this to the very tops of my cheekbones and my Cupid’s bow.

Eyes

I primed my eyes with the same BB cream I used for the face. I set it with the face powder. Next, I take an eyeshadow that’s only slightly darker in tone than my skin tone on a small fluffy brush and place this in the crease area. I take a black eyeshadow on a small angled brush and place this as I would a winged eyeliner in a very thin line to start. Next, taking a small pencil brush, I gently smudge the line, blending upwards. Then, I use Blackheart from the Naked 3 palette to deepen the color. Using the same technique as before, I blend the line out again. Once it is the intensity that I desire, I blend it out once more with a matte, cool toned light brown eyeshadow.

For the under eyes, I used a shimmery bronze eyeliner to line my waterline. Then, taking a matte brown eyeshadow from the Morphe palette, I gently blended very close to my bottom lash line. Next, I took a lighter shade from the same palette and blended out that eyeshadow further.

Lastly, I applied wet n wild Lash Renegade mascara to my top and bottom lashes making sure to coat both sides of my upper lashes.


Lips

For lips, I obviously chose a nude. Personally, I like to choose a light lipstick, or in this case, a lipliner topped with a gloss.

I applied Bound lip liner by Colourpop Cosmetics and slightly overlined my upper lip to create an even shape. Next I add a thin layer of Sunday Mimosa Butter Gloss by NYX Cosmetics all over the lips. These two products are not the same color, so blending is necessary in creating an even color to the lips.

Hair

This hair look is super simple and quick, if your hair is about the same length as mine or shorter. Simply apply a heat protectant and straighten your hair completely. Add a light shine spray to your hair.

Flushed skin, metallic lip, natural hair

This is my go to look for running errands during the day. It takes so little time and effort so you can get where you need to go without a fuss. I find that my skin tone looks full and lifeless during the winter. I don’t naturally have much color to my cheeks, so this look makes me look super awake and vibrant compared to normal. Also, this year loads of blush has been a super popular trend in general, so feel free to go totally overboard with the pinks.

Base

It is totally up to your preferences, but I like this look to be bare faced. I don’t use foundation, cc cream, or even concealer when I do this look. It cuts back on time and it keeps this look extremely user friendly and low maintenance.

For the base I start off with a hydrating moisturizer all over the face, using a little extra on my cheeks. Next I apply chapstick. I don’t want any skin going dry for this look. For highlighter I use Champagne H2Glo highlighter by Doll 10. I apply this with my fingers to my cheekbones, blending it out to the apples of my cheeks, the center of my nose, my Cupid’s bow, and the inner corners of my eyes. Cream highlighters and blushes are ideal for this makeup. Now I take Phoebe Be Matte lipstick by City Color and apply a small amount to the apples of my cheeks using my fingertips, making sure to blend out the color completely. I also will use a little of this lipstick on the tip of my nose blending it out to further the flushed look.

Eyes

Using my fingers again, I blended a small amount of the same lipstick Phoebe in the crease and on the outer corners of the eyes. You don’t want it to be too overpowering of a color. You just want it to match the face.

Eyebrows

I lightly fill in my eyebrows with an eyeshadow that matches my hair color for a softer, natural look.

Lips

For the lips, I used that same lipstick on the center of my lips and on the edges of the top lip. With my finger, I blend out that shade all over my lips. Then I apply a thin layer of Bella Metallic Matte Liquid Suede by NYX Cosmetics all over my lips.

Hair

This hair is super simple. It’s really just my natural hair with straightened bangs.

Glam Looks

Romantic eyes, pink lip, soft curl hair

Can you say Valentine’s Day? In my opinion, pink smokey eyes are at the height of class as far as romantic makeup goes. I love to use this look for a date night, or a night out with the girls.

Base

Start off your base with a smoothing primer. You want your skin to look airbrushes for this soft pink look. I used a BB cream for foundation and an eye primer, then I used a concealer only one shade lighter than my skin under my eyes, around my nose, on my chin, and in the center of my forehead. Next, I set all the places I put the concealer with a powder foundation to add slightly more coverage. Then I used a small amount of the same powder to set the rest of my face. This creates a very smooth surface so the rest of the powder products on the face blend nicely.

Next I used Baby Doll High Definition Blush by NYX Cosmetics on the apples of my cheeks and swipe it up to my cheekbones, and a very small amount on the top of my nose. This is not necessary. I just do it to create a flushed appearance.

Eyes

I set the BB cream on the eyelids with the powder foundation I used for the face. I took a very small amount of the blush I used on the face in a big fluffy blending brush and applied it to the crease area of my eyes. Make sure when you’re doing this that it is not too intense. The pink color will be focused mostly on the eyelid area, but not past the crease.

Next, I took Nooner from the Naked 3 palette on a flat packing brush. I lightly pack this color onto the outer corners of the eyelids, creating a cat-eye shape. I take this color slightly above the crease so it shows when the eyes are open. As I get closer to the inner corner of the eye, I taper the line so it is just a slight outline of the eyelid.

Next, I took the lipstick Phoebe Be Matte from City Color on my finger and applied it to my eyelids, making it meet Nooner on the outer corners. I gently blend the edges of this color so it meshes well with the other colors. Now I take the same blush I used for the face and I apply it where the lipstick is laid down on the eyes.

I take Nooner on a small fluffy pencil brush, and smudge this on my lower lash line. Next I take Strange on a pencil brush and apply this to the brown one and the very inner corner of the eyes. Lastly for the eyes, I used Bella Sand by Milani to highlight the inner corners, bridge of the nose, cheekbones, and brow bone.

Lips

For the lips, I simply applied the lipstick Rose and Shine by Revlon.

Hair

I started with clean natural hair. I began straightening the roots of my hair, moving down towards the ends and curling them slightly to form soft waves. I curl some pieces into each other, and I turn some the opposite way.

Shimmery eyes, dark lips, half-up hair

I think this one speaks for itself. You can’t have winter without a dark lip– and while you’re at it, you may as well add glitter. This particular look features products designed by of my favorite beauty YouTubers, Kathleen Fuentes, aka KathleenLights. The glittery eyeshadow I used is one of four from her Where The Night Is. I got the quad a while back, and upon first opening it, I knew exactly which eyeshadow would be my favorite. Telepathy, my love, is the star of this show, and I don’t think anybody can be mad at that. It’s such a buildable shimmery shade that is honestly so rare. You can use it as a subtle gleam if sparkle, or you can make everybody do a double take and ask what you have on your eyes.

As you can see in this look, I even use it as a highlight for the very highest parts of my cheekbones. It really helps to tie the entire look together at the end.

Eyes

For this look I like to start with the eyes, that way eyeshadow does not transfer to the foundation. I start with a primer and set it with a powder. I apply a shade similar to my skin tone all over the lid going up to the brow bone. I used Nooner from the Naked 3 palette as a transition shade on the crease just to add a little bit of definition to the eye.

Then I applied Telepathy all over the lid, stopping right before the outer corner of the eye. It takes a bit of building up to get the intensity I like for this look, so just keep adding until it looks bright and reflective. On the outer corner I used Darkside and Blackheart from the Naked 3 palette. I blend these two shades together in a slight wing shape keeping it only on the outer corners. Then I make sure to blend those colors and Telepathy into a smooth transition.

Base

I start off this look with my trusty primer I used a BB cream for foundation and an eye primer, then I used a concealer only one shade lighter than my skin under my eyes, around my nose, on my chin, and in the center of my forehead. Next, I set all the places I put the concealer with a powder foundation to add slightly more coverage. Then I used a small amount of the same powder to set the rest of my face. This creates a very smooth surface so the rest of the powder products on the face blend nicely.

Lips

I outlined my lips with Espresso lip liner by NYX Cosmetics. Then I applied Goth Topic Liquid Catsuit by wet n wild.

Hair

My hair for this look has been straightened. Then I pulled it into a half bun style allowing some pieces to remain in front of my ears.

Bold liner, red lip, top knot

This look is for the fierce of heart and soul. Well, really it is for anyone, but if you want to raise your fierceness bar, then consider adding this look to your arsenal. Red is known to be a power color. It’s used in advertising, business tactics, and lots more. Whenever I’ve had job interviews, I wear red lipstick to show u can handle problems. It may sound ridiculous, but it’s a proven fact that people see red as a visible sign of confidence. Adding confidence to an already beautiful smile ups your chances of success, even if it’s a small success.

I also love this look simply for hanging out with friends. It wears so well throughout log hours, and is really simple to take off when you finally get back home.

This look is super user friendly. All you need is your typical everyday makeup routine. If that includes foundation, blush, bronzer, contouring, eyebrows, highlight, big lashes, you do you, Boo! This look is all about being comfortable in yourself, so that includes wearing as much or little makeup as you are used to.

Lately, I’ve been much more into a ‘no foundation’ type of style. However, sometimes if I want a tiny bit of coverage, I’ll use a mixture of moisturizer and cc cream all over my face and a small bit of foundation in areas I want to conceal.

Eyes

For my eyeshadow, I lay down a small amount of foundation to prime. I set it down with a shadow shade that’s close or slightly lighter than my skin tone. Then I apply a light brown transition shade to my general crease area, making sure to blend it out completely. Next, I apply a very small amount of the shade of bush I will use for my face that day right at the area above my cease. I make sure that it is melded seamlessly into the transition shade.

For my lower lash line I take a chubby pencil to line my waterline. Then intake a very small pencil brush eight the same transition shade I used for the crease; and I gently smudge the liner I created with the chubby pencil.

Now comes one of the most important parts: the winged liner! I have always preferred to use a liquid liner, so that is my method today. Since this heat is all about interpretation, you can make the liner as subtle or as dramatic as you favor. I chose to go with a pretty dramatic size(for me). I have very hooded eyes, so when I do liner I usually go for a thin line. Mascara will finish off the eyes until it comes time to highlight.

Face

I start off with a primer. Then I apply the moisturizer/cc cream mixture. Something simple and skin blurring is perfect for this look so it can mirror the simplicity of the eyes and lips. I apply foundation to my t-zone and blend towards the outer parts of the face to further create the smoothing effect. Next, I set those areas with foundation, and use a very small amount of powder to the rest of the face.

For blush, I used #05 Blush from Elle with a blush brush from by cosmetics. I apply to the apples of my cheeks and drag it back to my hair line.

For highlight I used Bella Sand from Milani with a M18 brush from Morphe. I applied it to my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose, and the inner corners of my eyes. I also applied a very small amount right under the arch of my eyebrows.

Eyebrows

Eyebrows are usually a very long process for a lot of people that are really into makeup. However I am not one of those people. I have it down to a short step that I can perfect in 1 minute flat. I simply take a shade of eyeshadow that is closest to my hair color at the time and fill them in with a thin angled brush. For a bushier, undone style I will take a shade that’s slightly lighter than my brown color and kind of haphazardly fill them in, then take a darker shade to sharpen to the arch, tail, and the underneath line of my eyebrows. That’s the most I do!

Lips

For the most exciting part of the makeup look, a bold-ass red lip is in order. There are lots to choose from. Blue-red, red-orange, pink-red, burgundy……. there’s literally no end to the choices. My go to red lip, though, is this beautiful shade, Kitten Heels, by NYX Cosmetics. It’s a liquid lipstick, and it’s a beautiful red-blue color. It can be a bit drying, especially in the winter for people with dry lips like myself. I find it I apply a chapstick to my lips when I start my makeup then my lips aren’t dead by the end of the day when wearing this lipstick.

Hair

The hair for this ensemble is also super simple and versatile. I chose to do a topknot. It’s definitely business-professional. You could change it up a little to do a messy bun for a put together casual look, or even a half up bun for a cute errand running look. There are once again, endless ways to switch up this look for any occasion, so be creative when doing this makeup look.  

Final Thoughts

I would love to do more read through tutorials, so give us some feedback if this is something you’d like to see from us. Makeup is such a different experience for every person. We know that we have a very adventurous audience; show us your recreations and let us know where you would wear these looks!

Happy throwing on that beat!

Briggy!

About The Author…

Briggy (Brigetta) Jones is an easy-going, art loving boy mom and dog mom. She loves to make music with her trusty guitar, create art, cook vegan food, and write. She enjoys going to farmers markets and exploring the city of Dallas with her husband. Briggy joined The Quiet Nonsense team to focus her skills and passions into a platform to engage with her readers in a personal way. One day she hopes to have her artwork displayed all over the world.

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