5 Winter Beauty Essentials

By, Ashley Crimaldi

Every woman wants to look her best over the holiday season. December and January are busy times for the social calendar, but the winter weather doesn’t do much for our hair, skin or waistlines for that matter. Between holiday shopping, office parties, family reunions and celebrations with friends, it’s hard to find time to look your best. My advice? Don’t let the cold winter weather get your spirits down! When you’re feeling drab and dull, reach for one of these five winter beauty essentials!

Rosy Pink Blush (with Shimmer)

There’s nothing more beautiful in the winter than the look of rosy pink cheeks. As if naturally blushing after coming in from a cold winter day, the right pink blush will make you look snow-kissed! I personally love a product with a little shimmer in it to translate the frostiness of winter. Try Bare Essentuals Cheerful, or NARS Multiple Stick blush in Orgasm. Remember: don’t over bronze! No need to look sun kissed in the winter (unless you live in California). A little bronzer is always good, but too much can look tacky, or orange- yuck! Can’t ditch the bronzer? Try a combo blusher bronzer like this one from Benefit

Red Lips

Nothing makes me feel more festive than wearing Red Lips in the winter! A nice little pop of color can add some pizzaz to that black trench coat you’ve worn 800 times. Try a traditional lipstick like MAC‘s Lady Bug or Russian Red. For a subtler look, try a red tinted gloss like Flirt! Plushious Lipcolor in La-La Land.

Shimmery Shadow

Experiment with some fun shimmery shadows this winter. I find Golden tones like Urban Decay’s Chopper and Midnght Cowgirl particularly pretty. These shadows have just the right amount of glitter- not too much, not too little. Too much glitter can look tacky and too youthful, but this time of year gives us some extra allowance especially on New Years Eve. Feeling really daring? Try a glitter pot from MAC

Extra moisturizing face lotion

The cold winter weather can be especially drying to our skin. Yearning for an extra touch of moisture in your skin care routine? Try Clinique’s Moisture Surge lotion, or switch to a more moisturizing foundation. Have a moisturizer like already? Try mixing a bit in with your liquid foundation to add extended moisture throughout the day

Colorful Lip Conditioning

Just because your lips are chapped doesn’t mean you have to smear on the Carmex or Vaseline. Enjoy the new variety of lip products that are actually good for your lips, and provide a subtle tint of color. My ultimate favorite is Neutrogena’s Moisture Shine Lip Sheers. This product combines the moisturizing power of a chap stick with the color of a lipstick, and the shine of a lipgloss. Its the perfect all in one product for the girl on the go. Other notables include Burt’s Bee’s Lip Shimmer and Clinique’s Vitamin C Lip Smoothie.

With these five winter beauty essentials, you’ll be ready for any occasion! Feel free to ask me any other beauty questions via my twitter @acrimaldi.

Ms. Career Girl

Ms. Career Girl was started in 2008 to help ambitious young professional women figure out who they are, what they want and how to get it.

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