Winter is finally upon us! Though it is technically fall for all of November and most of December, in my mind, once it hits late November, it’s already winter. Cozy pjs, lit candles, chilly weather, and hot tea. What could be better? With the coming of winter, I like to use this season as inspiration for my makeup looks. I tend to utilize lots of whites and silvers, bright and glittery eyeshadows, and lots of highlighter and blush. This time of year, my mindset with makeup is usually glitter, glitter, and more glitter! With all the holiday activities and festivities going on, what better way to celebrate this time of year than by using beauty products inspired by the season? Here are some of my winter beauty essentials, all cruelty free as always of course!
Too Faced Sugar Cookie Palette
If you didn’t know, Too Faced releases new limited edition holiday makeup each year. Every year, the products and packaging are different, and each are discontinued at the year’s end. Of course, this means that some years are hit or miss. The best holiday collection was from a couple years ago, when Too Faced packaged their products in a giant pink chateau (for those of you who have been asking me where I got it from, it was from a previous Too Faced holiday collection!). This year’s collection admittedly didn’t impress me as much as years past, but I did snag the sugar cookie palette. It’s nothing revolutionary compared to palettes that I already have, but the colors are super shimmery and perfect for a holiday look! The silver and gold shadows will especially come in handy.
Colourpop Jelly Much Eyeshadow in Ventura
A tip to remember is to always use a base before applying a glitter pigment to your lids. Some people use concealer on their eyelids for a base, which also works great, but this Colourpop alternative would make your glitter shine even more. This is a super bright, wintry color that is perfect for the season, even without any glitter pigment layered on top. The best part about these jelly eyeshadows is that they are extremely pigmented (especially if you apply with your fingers instead of a brush) and they do not budge or crease! Pop this on the center of your lids with some silver glitter liner and long, fluttery falsies and you’ve got yourself an eye makeup look that’s perfect for winter!
Urban Decay Heavy Metal Liquid Eyeliner in “Glam Rock” or “Pryo”
To pair with your sparkly eyeshadows, you’ll need a glitter liner of course! My personal favorite glitter liners are the Urban Decay heavy metal products. I prefer to use this liner to draw a glittery line underneath my eyeliner wing, but you can also draw a line of glitter above your cateye if you have more lid space. You could also top your inner corner highlight with this product for a bit of a sparkly touch! The colors I selected were “Glam Rock”, which is a subtle silver glitter, and “Pyro”, which is lighter, iridescent silver glitter. These two shades would be perfect for any glittery, holiday makeup look!
Stila Glitter On The Go Liquid Eyeshadow Set
These are the glitteriest liquid eyeshadows I know! They are also super pigmented and are perfect to pop in the center of the lid, with a darker color in your outer corner to really make your eyes pop. I think any of the shades would work since they’re all quite similar, but my personal favorite is the rose gold. The bright, silvery “kitten karma” shade would also be perfect for a wintery makeup look!
Too Faced: The Sweet Smell of Christmas
I think that Too Faced’s melted mattes are my favorite lip products ever! If you haven’t tried them before, they’re a lip stain product that is as pigmented as a lipstick, but has a bit of a glossy shine too. This year, they released a holiday themed melted matte collection. The colors are as follows:
Hot Buttered Rum
This collection sells out very quickly with each restock, so I suggest getting on the mailing list for this product if you’re interested in it!
I Heart Revolution Metallic Angel Heart Lipgloss
If you’re reading this post because you’re looking for some super shiny and glittery products, then this product is your dream come true. I can genuinely say that I have never, ever tried a lip product that is shinier than this one! You can practically see my lips shine in the distance when I have this on, almost like highlighter but on your lips. It’s also super glittery, and makes your lips stand out like no other. Any of the four shades would work, but my personal favorite is “Cherub”.
Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder
If you want to achieve silky, soft, flawless looking skin, this product is exactly what you need! This is a loose powder that when applied over your foundation, actually makes your skin look like it’s glowing from within (an actual compliment someone gave me when I was wearing this!) The only downside is that at $33, this is a pretty pricey product, which is why I save it for special occasions rather than for everyday use. If you’re in the mood to splurge, I recommend saving this for special occasions when you really want our skin to glow and look especially flawless, but for everyday use, stick to a basic pressed powder. Since this is a loose powder, it’s also great for baking your face if you choose to do so!
Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter in “Flexitarian”
When I think of holiday season makeup, I think of bright, highlighted cheekbones and rosy cheeks. This Colourpop creme highlighter is my favorite highlighter of all time (and yes, this product is glittery too). It’s wild because this highlighter cost me $8, and I reach for it more often than the ones that I’ve paid $20-$30 for. It’s just so pigmented, and the subtle glitter is perfect for winter. This product is a best seller for a reason!
Revolution Liquid Highlighter in Liquid Starlight
This whole liquid highlighter line is great, but I chose the liquid starlight shade because it’s got a subtle pink undertone, which will give you a rosy look, as if you’ve been out in the snow all day. These liquid highlighters are pretty subtle compared to creme or powder highlighters, so you can actually mix it with your foundation and apply all over your face. This will give your face an all over glow! If you use this only on your cheekbones, you’ll probably have to layer another highlighter on top of it since it’s subtle on its own.
Milani Baked Blush in Red Vino
Looking to mimic those chilly weather rosy cheeks? This is the absolute best blush shade for the rosiest cheeks ever! This blush is very pigmented and is an actual red shade, so apply with a light hand. Don’t load up that brush too much either, or your cheeks will look like two huge red spots. Keep in mind that because this product is darker than most blushes and very pigmented, use a lighter hand than you would with a light pink shaded blush.
There you have it, some of my favorite makeup products for the winter season! As you can see, I take the phrase “Merry and Bright” to heart when it comes to makeup, and tend to gravitate more towards super rosy and bright products. What are your winter beauty essentials?