Soft & Simple Winter Makeup

I love playing around with different makeup looks during the winter time. There are so many options: glam, neutral, matte, glitter, cool tone plum and berry colors, red statement lips or a combination of all of the above. My favorite winter look is a neutral eye with a touch of sparkle and semi-matte mauve lips. I’ve rocked this look many times this season. It is so versatile and simple. It’s just glam enough that it works for parties, yet casual enough for grabbing a bite to eat. See what I used below to create this easy winter look.


Smashbox Sultry Eye Palette (similar palette) | E.L.F brushes (holiday set) | Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips liner | NYX Micro Brow Pencil | Glossier Boy Brow | Tweezerman eyelash curler | NYX Worth the Hype Mascara

I always start with my eyes because I’m super messy and use tape to keep everything in-line. I apply whatever concealer I’m using that day as my eyeshadow primer and set it with the shade bliss (a matte cream color). I apply hang to my crease area as a transition shade and use stone more precisely to darken the crease (both are matte taupes). Then, I use bordeaux in the outer v (a satin plum). I blend like crazy to ensure there are no harsh lines (this doesn’t always happen, I’m not a makeup artist). I add platinum (a shimmer pewter) to my lid by packing it on with a flat makeup brush spritzed with setting spray. Finally, I add glitz (a shimmer champagne) to to inner corner and brow bone. I apply black gel liner and smudge it out to a baby wing (this is where the tape really comes in handy). I add the same black gel liner to my waterline and smoke out the bottom lash line using hang and stone. I fill in my brows and set them with a brow gel. I am absolutely terrible at applying false lashes, so I rely on a solid eyelash curler and mascara duo to finish my eyes.


Top: left-bliss (seriously the same color as my skin, which makes it an awesome base color) and glitz on the right. Bottom: L-R hang, platinum, stone, bordeaux, black current and dark cocoa. Pictured in natural light.

This eye palette was part of the Smashbox Drawn In Decked Out holiday set. Sadly, they do not sell this palette separately, but they should! The Golden Hour and Matte palettes are similar, but not exact matches. I’ve been impressed with the eyeshadow palette quality from Smashbox. I feel that they are complete, meaning, I don’t have to grab for other eye palettes to achieve the look I’m going for. The eye colors are pigmented and easy to blend out. The packaging is sturdy with magnetic closure and a decent size mirror.


Glossier Priming Moisturizer | Physicians Formula Spotlight Illuminating Primer | NYX Total Control Drop Foundation | It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Brush | Wet-N-Wild Photo Focus Concealer | E.L.F HD Setting Powder | E.L.F Brushes  (holiday set) | L.A. Girl Cosmetics Spice Beauty Brick

I moisturize with two layers of Glossier’s priming moisturizer. I like that it absorbs quickly and doesn’t irritate my finicky skin. I’ve been priming with the PF Spotlight Illuminating primer. It is AMAZING! It truly blurs imperfections and evens out skin tone-run to the store and buy it now. I apply 3-5 drops of the NYX Total Control foundation directly to my skin. This combo gives me light to medium coverage with a beautiful finish. Neither matte nor dewy, somewhere in-between.  I apply concealer under my eyes and around my nose. I DO NOT go crazy with concealer. I’m in my thirties, so it will crease and cake up. I lightly set everything with sheer powder using a fluffy brush. I add blush to the apples of my cheeks and highlight my cheekbones, nose and cupid’s bow. I finish with a few sprays of Wet-N-Wild’s Photo Focus Natural Finish setting spray.


Urban Decay Lipstick | Urban Decay Lip Pencil | Lavanila Vanilla Coconut Fragrance

Mauve lipsticks are my forever favorite. I get so many compliments when I wear this liner (UD rush) and lip stick (UD backtalk) combo. Not to mention, it pairs perfectly with a neutral eye.


  Voilà! Here’s the finished look complete with a cozy blanket scarf. Soft, simple winter makeup.


What are some of your favorite winter makeup looks?

❤ Rachel

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