Face winter with skin care for harsh conditions, and trending beauty for the holidays and beyond.
Fall and winter can bring both challenges and fun experimentation to your beauty routine.
Here are some products to help protect skin from the dryness and dullness cooler weather can bring, as well as makeup trends and ideas for adding some color back to our gray days and dark nights.
Deal with the weather
Overnight masks are a great way to add serious hydration (with very little effort). Paula’s Choice Radiance Renewal Mask ($36 at paulaschoice.com) is smoothing, hydrating and brightening with vitamins, oils and plant extracts. The Seattle company eschews fragrances and other irritating ingredients, so it’s a great line for those with sensitive skin.
Try the cleansing oil craze with French Girl Organics’ Cleansing Oil ($16 at etsy.com/shop/FrenchGirlOrganics). The Seattle line’s vegan, organic product can be used alone, or as part of a trendy “double cleanse” with a non-oil cleanser.
Harness the power of superfruits — and add a really cool-looking jar to your counter — with the bright-purple Herbivore Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Treatment ($58 at herbivorebotanicals.com). The local company’s super-hydrating formula uses prickly pear, goji berry, fruit enzymes, shea butter, vegan hyaluronic acid and more to pump and smooth skin.
If you want to add some color for a big event, but don’t want a commitment, try on St. Tropez’s One Night Only Wash Off Face & Body Lotion ($16 at Nordstrom). The bronzing lotion sticks without smudging, and comes off with soap and water.
After a weekend of skiing or a long airplane flight, slather on the new Dr. Hauruska Ice Plant Body Care Lotion ($48 at Pharmaca) to treat super-dry skin. The natural line’s ice-plant-based formula does serious repair work while being gentle enough for children.
Try new trends
Makeup trends got a little intense there for a while, but are moving to a more natural look for fall. Phew.
Channel ski-slope cheeks without the windburn with local firm Julep’s Rosy Glow set ($48 at julep.com). It includes a fresh Peony Pink shade and a Sheer Glow stick to add highlights.
Glossy lips are back after a couple year of matte-dominance. But now it’s without the stickiness. Try RMS Beauty’s Lip Shine ($25 at rmsbeauty.com), a hydrating, natural product from Vancouver makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift.
Metallic shadows are still hot, but with a more natural feel (think copper rather than silver). Pick a color close to your skin tone, like Portland company Alima’s Pure Pearluster Eyeshadow ($14 at alimapure.com) in Toffee, a soft copper, or Cimarron, a rusty rose shade.
A single-shade face uses the same color for eyes, cheeks and lips — peach or pink for lighter skin, brown or burgundy for darker. It’s surprisingly chic, and almost effortless. Try Bite Beauty’s Multistick ($24 at Sephora) that truly works on all three areas of the face without drying some or looking greasy on others.
Get the full, natural brow look with Butter London’s Tailored Brow Tint ($20 at butterlondon.com). The Seattle-based company’s mini-wand fills in color and keeps hairs in place for up to 12 hours.
If you think more is more, you’re not out of luck. Eyeliner is back with a vengeance, with both precise cat eyes and super-smudgy rock ’n’ roll looks all over recent runways. For help with the feline flick, try the new Lancome Grandiose Liner ($32 at department stores), with a bendable wand that helps you apply the formula from different angles.
Think ahead to the holidays
It didn’t take long for most people to give up on heavy contouring. But strobing — adding highlights to the tops of cheekbones and other naturally lit places — is going strong, thanks to far easier application and more natural results. Try the Ilia Illuminator ($34 at iliabeauty.com), from the Vancouver, organic beauty brand, to add pop to your features in all those holiday photos.
Turn heads at parties with another runway trend: super-dark lips. Deep reds, burgundies and even purple hues were paired with an otherwise nude face for a modern gothic effect. Try Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipstick ($32 at Nordstrom) in Glastonberry for a color that goes with a wide array of skin tones.
Or pop your lips with a dusting of glitter powder. No, it’s not a trend for everyone, but it will result in a heck of a selfie. Applying a loose glitter, such as Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cosmetic Glitter ($15 at occmakeup.com), onto a stickier lipgloss with a small brush is the easiest technique, but more advanced tips can be found on YouTube.
Finally, you can now rush a manicure quicker than ever with the new spray-on nail polishes. Milk Makeup’s Spray Nail ($12 at milkmakeup.com) comes in three shades that spray on, then cling to nails while washing off of skin. To see how it works, check out the video below.