When the weather turns cold, you start layering on the clothing. It’s fun to bundle up in soft, luscious, warm fabrics like cashmere and wool. The stores bring in racks of black and dark gray pieces because somehow winter is the time to wear deeper colors. Somehow the stark contrast of the all-black outfit against the blinding white snow makes you feel dramatic and bold! If black and gray aren’t your best colors, you’re turning to deep plums, dark navy, and espresso brown as YOUR black. It’s a time to let your emotions go deep, put on seriously dark colors, and drink hot toddies and steaming black tea.
What about your makeup routine? Your light eye shadows and blushes don’t seem to match the deeper and darker clothing you wear in winter. Maybe you’d like to wear a smoky eye or a deep plum to accent your richly darker outfits.
I turned to the Owner of Simple Beauty Minerals and Makeup Expert, Lisa D. Liguori, to share her thoughts about changing makeup colors in the fall/winter. And I posed this question to Lisa:
We change our clothing colors and fabrics with the seasons. What about our makeup?
Here is Lisa’s answer to my question…
Thanks, Linda! After reading your description of winter (above), I just want to say, Ahhhh — a cup of hot tea, a book, my cat on my lap, and I am ready to settle in.
But I digress. Let’s talk makeup colors that go along with the cozy, deep, dark feeling of winter. With just a touch here and there, you can avoid that lifeless feeling winter can bring on.
Lip and Nail Colors
As Linda said, the darker, colder months call for deeper colors in your clothing, and you can bring your nails and lips right along with it. Think about choosing deeper shades on your nails, such as dark navy blue, deep red, or forest green. Nude shades are satisfying in the deep of winter – choose deeper, muted shades of taupe, brown, rosy-beige. If you love your berry colors, go for deep purple or dark raspberry. How fun is that?
And yet, no rules here. If you feel the need to brighten up your days, feel free to go bright; Linda and I fully support you!
I happen to have a crush on Butter London Polish http://www.butterlondon.com/Nail/. It is free of so many of the toxins nail lacquer normally contains, the colors are gorgeous, and it’s just so very… British! (The names of polish are a hoot). I have no affiliation with the polish company, but it’s one of my favorites to use personally.
Lip? Before color — protect! Lip Balm for Hydration.
Your lips get really dry and chapped in winter — not surprising. You want to protect your lips all the time, even while you’re sleeping. Wear a lip balm under your lip color to give you extra coverage and seal in moisture. Try my organic lip balm in this Lippy Trio! Simple Beauty Minerals.
As for lip colors, your lips can also wear your copper, berry, deep purple, or dark raspberry lip colors to create a wintery look. When you wear the nude shades, be sure they are not too muted, so as not to wash yourself out. Below is MaUvelous, a rose tint nude you can wear every day. Shiny Penny is a soft pink shimmery lip gloss that is feminine and fun!