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How to Transition Your Makeup for Winter

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Dec 22, 2020
How to Transition Your Makeup for Winter

Winter makeup comes easy with these beauty products

“Let it glow, let it glow, let it glow.” Whether you’re humming the classic Christmas tune “Let it Snow,” or the Frozen ballad upon reading those words, the sentiment remains the same. Winter is here, and it’s time to bring out the parkas, peppermint mochas, and pretty makeup trends for seasonal glam. Sure, you can still keep a few beauty trends that you rocked throughout fall (vampy lips, anyone?), but the transition to winter makeup is a beautiful thing.

It’s an excuse to get all dolled up, even when you’ve barely left the house all throughout 2020, and make a statement at the virtual holiday parties while protecting your skin against winter dullness. From seasonal shimmer to the tried-and-true favorites, here are the best winter makeup trends you need to try.

Glowing skin

Glowy Makeup Serum by Laneige, $32

Glowy Makeup Serum by Laneige
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Winter dullness? I don’t know her. You deserve to light up like the holiday decor this season, and you can reach complexion perfection with the Glowy Makeup Serum by Laneige. Formulated with Diamond Mineral Powder to smooth the skin and create a healthy glow, plus Ceramide Hydration Gel to lock in moisture and balance oil levels, this makeup-skincare hybrid is the answer to all your winter skin woes. It won’t just create a boost of brightness and hydration - it’s a must-have for both everyday and glamorous makeup looks. Wear it alone in your Zoom history class to even out skin tone and look simply stunning, or with a full-face to lock in makeup for your virtual holiday party. The Light Fit Prep Technology guarantees that your makeup stays flawless for hours, and this Laneige favorite lives up to its name to give you glowing skin all winter.

Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio by Pat McGrath Labs, $50

Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio by Pat McGrath Labs
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“Sublime” truly is the perfect word to describe this highlighter palette by Pat McGrath Labs. The texture is unlike any other - a mix of powder, cream, and fluid to create a festive-meets-futuristic glow. It’s less glittery and more dewy, producing a lit-from-within radiance that infuses light through every feature. The three pearl-infused, powder-cream shades include opalescent pale rose, glittering yellow gold, and gleaming soft copper - and each delivers breathtaking luminosity on its own. But the real winter makeup magic begins when you layer them together - creating a triple threat of prismatic, blindingly beautiful color that will gleam and glow like a holiday makeup dream. Even on Zoom! Get a customized luminosity with this runway-ready highlighter palette from makeup’s biggest mogul.

Glossy red lips

Butter Gloss in Red Velvet by NYX Professional Makeup, $5

 Butter Gloss in Red Velvet by NYX Professional Makeup
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A matte red lipstick is a holiday makeup classic, and we fully support you always carrying a MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo in your purse. But you can also keep it sweet with a glossy favorite, like the Butter Gloss in Red Velvet by NYX! This red lip gloss delivers sheer to medium coverage that melts like a holiday treat into your lips - no stickiness or sinking into lip lines. In fact, the shiny finish stays fresh all day long, lasting through everything from your peppermint latte before heading back to Zoom school, to a quick kiss from your significant other at the virtual Secret Santa gift exchange. They definitely won’t be wearing your lip gloss afterward, as Butter Gloss is 100% smooch proof and delivers long lasting, luxurious color. The perfect holiday makeup to wear under the mistletoe! It also conditions and moisturizes your lips all day, with 98% of MIRA BEAUTY guests saying that Butter Gloss is hydrating, and 97% calling it long-lasting.

Dior Addict Stellar Lip Gloss by Dior, $30

Dior Addict Stellar Lip Gloss by Dior
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Red lipstick is a French girl beauty favorite, and as it turns out… so is red lip gloss! Dip your doe foot applicator into the Dior Addict Stellar Lip Gloss in Dior Rise, a bright red that drenches your pout in shiny, sparkling color. This glossy hue will reflect the light in gorgeous ways, even when you’re just sitting in your living room, and provide 24 hours of hydration for a plumped and hydrated pout. Did we mention that MIRA guests call it non-sticky, hydrating, and long-lasting? It’s a simple and sparkly take on a classic winter makeup look, and this Dior lip gloss will give you all the Emily in Paris beauty vibes for the holidays.

Silver eyeshadow

Prismatic Eyeshadow in Frostbite by NYX Professional Makeup, $6

Prismatic Eyeshadow in Frostbite by NYX Professional Makeup
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In the beauty world, silver is never second place. Especially when creating a gorgeous winter makeup look to sparkle all through the holidays. You see the shade everywhere during the colder months - on your tree, wrapping up gifts, holding candles on your fireplace, and now on your eyes! Prismatic Eyeshadow by NYX is the single eyeshadow you need in your winter makeup bag - an ultra-pigmented, blendable, and travel-sized formula that you can sweep across your lids in just a few seconds. The shade Frostbite is a striking silver with glittering pigments, and can be used for a spectrum of winter makeup looks. A simple sweep of shine on your eyes, as a color in your silver cut crease, an easy inner corner shimmer that brightens up your look… anything is possible with Frostbite in your corner. Corner of the makeup vanity, that is. Add silver to your holiday makeup looks with this $6 eyeshadow from NYX!

Hypnôse Eyeshadow Palette in Smokey Chic by Lancôme, $50

Hypnôse Eyeshadow Palette in Smokey Chic by Lancôme
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If you’re a smokey eye enthusiast for life, then you know that silver is a necessity. And black. And grey. And icey white. And you’ll get all these holiday hues with the Hypnôse Eyeshadow Palette in Smokey Chic by Lancôme. The five shades in this mini makeup palette are as luxurious as they look, with a high-pigment formula delivering one-swipe payoff and buildable intensity. Because what smokey eye look is complete without major intensity? Blend a little extra silver on your lids to fully embrace this winter makeup trend, and create a range of smokey looks that are ideal for the Zoom holiday parties. You’re a silver fox, babe.

Vitamin-Rich Foundation

The Healthy Foundation by Physician’s Formula, $16

The Healthy Foundation by Physician’s Formula
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“This is my favorite drugstore foundation. You can build it up to pretty full coverage and it has a nice satin finish. It works really well with my dry skin.” Ugh, dry skin. It’s very common in the winter as temperatures drop, and you deserve a radiant complexion that doesn’t just look good, but feels good. The answer? A foundation packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants… and The Healthy Foundation definitely lives up to its name. Like every product launched by Physician’s Formula, this hydrating foundation puts your skin’s health first while simultaneously providing a glowing and gorgeous complexion. You won’t find any harsh ingredients in this winter makeup must-have - just an exclusive Brightening Complex, Hyaluronic Acid for hydration, and Vitamins A, C, and E to nourish the skin while providing long lasting and even coverage. Plus SPF 20 for sun protection, which you definitely still need when it’s cold outside. Invest in this cult drugstore product that provides all the power of a high-end product, at half the cost. 93% of MIRA guests say that it’s smooth, lightweight, and buildable on the skin!

Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup by Clinique, $31

Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup by Clinique
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You know the glowing skin we told you about earlier? This brightening foundation by Clinique will easily make it happen. And it’s not just a radiant finish (thanks to subtle luminizing pigments!) you’ll get with Even Better Glow, but an infusion of vitamins and SPF to give your skin the love it deserves. Vitamins C and E work together to create a brighter and more even skin tone, while SPF 15 protects against harmful sun rays and early signs of aging. Your skin will always look flawless with Even Better Glow, and you can blend it out guilt-free knowing that it’s nourishing your complexion inside and out. 94% of MIRA guests agree that this Clinique foundation is brightening, and 96% say that it’s long-lasting and buildable.

Glossy Eyelids

Jelly Pop Face And Eye Gloss by e.l.f, $6

Jelly Pop Face And Eye Gloss by e.l.f
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You know what’s really Christmas-y about this eye gloss by e.l.f? It only comes in two shades - silver and gold to match all your holiday decorations - and makes the ideal stocking stuffer for any sparkle lover who doesn’t want to deal with fallout. In fact, it’s the ultimate lazy girl hack to bring up the brightness with minimal effort. Create the perfect monochromatic winter makeup look with Jelly Pop, applying the formula across your eyelids and cheeks for a beautiful burst of color. This produces a dewy and dreamy effect that’s perfect for Christmas, and works for both everyday or glamorous holiday makeup looks. When has e.l.f ever done you wrong?

Jelly Much Eyeshadow by Colourpop, $8

Jelly Much Eyeshadow by Colourpop
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Did you know that glossy eyelids are a Beyonce makeup favorite? Her longtime makeup artist Sir John Barnett says that the singer isn’t a fan of traditional eyeshadows, and prefers to cover her brown eyes with a creamy, high-gloss formula that feels weightless and looks ready for winter makeup. And don’t you want to look like Queen Bey for the holidays and beyond? Jelly Much Eyeshadow is an affordable gloss for eyes and cheeks that delivers mega-pigmented color, with zero fallout or creasing, in one swipe. You don’t need primer or a makeup brush to create a long-wearing metallic masterpiece, just your finger and your favorite shade! From the rose gold and silver color Hoot n’ Holler to the soft coral Doves n’ Roses, these jelly shadows will bring your winter makeup looks to life.

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