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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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Tips for Making Pale Skin Look Brighter in Winter

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One of the consequences of living through winter can be skin that is greyish, white or that has a lot of pallor. This can make even quite a young woman look older or tired all of the time.  There are some things that you can avoid to worsen this trend of looking whiter and more tired during the long cold winter months.


One thing you should do, especially if you have a light completion already is to avoid very pale lip colors. These will just make you look paler. On some people using brown eyeliner also does the same thing. It ages you and makes you look less youthful.


To brighten up your look wear very bright lipstick. Try for a true red, with a bit of an orange Moroccan warm tint to it.  Reddish hued eye shadows and eye pencils can also help warm up your look.


If you have blue or green eyes then help warm up your complexion by wearing eye shadows that also have a hint of blue or green in them. These colors really accent the colors of your irises and take attention away from pallid complexions.  If you have brown eyes than light lavenders and very light gold colors can help your skin look less pale and brighten up your entire eye area.  It is important to avoid neutral eye shadows with a nude, flesh or pale pink hue because they can actually make you look haggard.  Eyeliner that is a shade or two darker than your eye shadow might work better than dark black eyeliner, which can make you pallid as well. This is because the black eyeliner creates too much of a contrast between your skin and the black.


You also want to avoid using foundations with too much pink or grey in them. Both can make you look even whiter. Instead test foundations before you buy them and look for one that warms up your skin tone subtly.


A sure way to warm up your completion is apply blush. A light pink or coral tone is a nice idea because it is subtle and natural looking. A bit of bronze or a darker color applied to your cheek hollows can also give you a special glow.  You can also dust a bit on your chin, nose and forehead in order to give your skin a healthier, sun-kissed glow.


Finally, when it comes to your clothing, wear a little color. Stay away from whites, creams, camels and grey colors that can make you look even paler.

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