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12 Dos & Don’ts of Fall & Winter Makeup

12 Dos & Don'ts for Fall & Winter Makeup

It’s not just your wardrobe that needs to transition from summer into the colder weather; your makeup and skincare routine needs a refresher, too. Here are all the swaps you should make to look transition from summer and look beautiful all winter long.

Do: Wear Maroon & Burgundy Lipstick

01-Dos-and-Donts-of-Fall-and-Winter-Makeup_Burgundylips_100635507_svetikd-1024x683One of the best ways to get a standout autumn look is to play up your lip color. During fall, turn to plum or burgundy shades of lipsticks, glosses, and stains. The look is somewhat vampy, but absolutely stunning on pale skin. Makeup artists describe it as “sophisticated in a twisted kind of way,” thanks to its darker elements. With such a bold lip, there’s no need to also make a statement with your eyes, as you don’t want to overpower the look. Keep your eye shadow minimal, but feel free to use simple black mascara and eyeliner.

Don’t: Wear Coral or Pink Lipstick

02-Dos-and-Donts-of-Fall-and-Winter-Makeup_coral-lips_77970967_zahar2000-1024x683We all love wearing red lipstick as winter makeup, not only because it’s festive, but also because red perfectly matches your black, gray, and browns of your darker winter wardrobe. However, it’s important you stick to classic or dark reds without any coral or pink undertones. These colors signal warmer weather and will clash with your dark, winter outfits.

Do: Paint Your Nails Gray or Nude


Nail polish is much more than just makeup; it’s also a great accessory. It serves to compliment your jewelry, long-sleeved blouses, and coats, so make sure your nail polish is always an appropriate color. Bust out the grays, nudes, blacks, cherry reds, Merlot, and even sparkly golds and silvers.

Don’t: Paint Your Nails Neon


As pretty as fluorescent pink looks on your fingers and toes, bright and colorful varnishes are a serious winter makeup faux pas. If your favorite color is turquoise blue, turn to navy instead. As fun as rainbow polish colors are, save them for your next beach vacation.

Do: Apply Rosy, Pink Blush


One benefit of braving the cold in winter is returning home with flushed, rosy cheeks. You can recreate this flattering look by generously swirling on pink blush. This can add rosiness to medium skin tones, which can go a touch sallow when pale. It adds that warmth and punch to the skin that we miss when it’s cold out.

Don’t: Continue Wearing Bronzer


As your tan fades with the passing of summer, it’s best to embrace paler skin and find ways to complement it, rather than try to paint on a fake, summer glow. Ditch your bronzer this fall and winter, and instead stick to pink blush. A brown contour won’t match the rest of your body, and rosy cheeks look far more endearing.

Do: Always Apply Dark Eyeliner


For fall and winter makeup: it’s all about the kohl (dark colored) eyeliner. Whether you opt for a sharp cat-eye or smudgy, morning-after look, black liner is a winter staple. It looks stunningly dramatic on pale skin and pairs well with a dark, winter wardrobe. You really can’t go wrong.

Don’t: Line Your Eyes in Purple or Blue


Purple and blue liners are daring and often considered high-fashion, but they’re sadly out of place during fall and winter. If you need a colorful alternative, you can certainly play with gold liner. Otherwise, it’s best to stick to charcoal black or dark brown.

Do: Wear Copper & Bronze Eye Shadow


Gold and copper tone eye shadows are the way to stun this fall and winter. These colors easily go from day to night, add a smoldering shimmer, and are conveniently festive. If you don’t feel brave enough to apply these metallic shades, deep purple, taupe, and gray are beautiful alternatives.

Don’t: Give Yourself Rainbow-Colored Eyelids


Once again, it’s best to avoid any neon eye shadow palettes, as they’ll clash with your other fall makeup looks, like a vampy lip and nude polish. Before you reach for the bright pinks, greens, or blues, remember that there are darker alternatives that will give you much for fitting and enviable, smokey eyes.

Do: Focus on Moisturizing Makeup

11-Dos-and-Donts-of-Fall-and-Winter-Makeup_moisturizing-makeup_45149678_-gpointstudio-1024x683Perhaps more important than anything else, is MOISTURIZING. As the weather gets harsher, your number-one concern should be keeping your skin hydrated. Instead of your usual foundation, it’s best to apply especially moisturizing primers, BB creams, and sunscreen (yep, you still need SPF in winter) at the start of your beauty routine. The last thing you want is to let your face dry out, which will result in cracking and flaking makeup.

Don’t: Hold Onto the Same Foundation

12-Dos-and-Donts-of-Fall-and-Winter-Makeup_same-foundation_88569875_Liderina-1024x683It’s a common mistake to hold onto our favorite liquid foundation during the changing seasons, but as your skin gets a few shades lighter, do not continue applying makeup that’s too dark for you. Instead, find a matching powder or foundation, or ditch that coverage altogether. As your skin battles the elements, it’s better to focus on hydrating skincare than faking a tan – it could make your skin look dry and flaky.


Here are a few extra, quick, easy and fool-proof fall makeup tips to keep your skin aglow and autumnally kissed all fall and winter long until sweet bikini season greets us again.

Exfoliate and Moisturize in the PM

When our skin is dryer due to colder weather, our skin needs extra time to absorb our moisturizing products to make makeup application go smoothly. Use a gentle exfoliator and then apply a generous amount of your favorite moisturizer right before bed. You’ll awake to hydrated, makeup-ready skin. It also saves you an extra 10-15 minutes in the morning.

Switch To A Rich Moisturizer

Ditch the light facial moisturizer and opt for rich moisturizer in the fall and winter months.  They tend to lock in moisture and the right products are loaded with plant proteins and vitamins which not only create the appearance of healthy skin, but actually work to protect skin against damage-causing free radicals and environmental toxins.

Stick to Liquid

If you have powder-based products in your makeup line, ditch them during fall and winter. These are wonderful for summer but are hydration’s worst enemy in colder weather.

Beauty takeaway: Simplify your makeup routine and focus on recreating a moisture-rich makeup bag with the product types recommended above (plus mascara). The greatest ally is simplicity and quality, and that’s the beauty mantra every stylish lady should live by.

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