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Winterize Your Beauty Routine

You can feel it in the air. The crispness. The chill. The promise of piles of colored leaves. You winterize your lawn, your car, maybe even your wardrobe. But what about your beauty routine? Now might be just the time to prepare there, too.

Skin: Winter is notoriously hard on skin. The air dries out as it gets cooler, and indoor heating creates a veritable Gobi desert that saps precious moisture from your complexion. To keep blah skin at bay, exfoliate once a week to shed dull surface cells. Then soothe your skin with a richer moisturizer than you use during the summer. You may consider using a humidifier to hydrate skin while you sleep. All the cosmetics in the world won’t make your complexion look dewy if it’s actually dried out, and it’s your canvas.

Next, reevaluate your foundation and powder. You might use powder during the summer to combat shine, but most powders are drying and settle into every crease, highlighting dryness or flakes in parched winter skin. Try a moisturizing foundation or tinted moisturizer, and skip the powder altogether. Also, as your summer skin loses its sun-kissed glow, you may need to select a lighter shade of foundation. Complement it by sweeping a light bronzing gel across the areas of your face that usually get the most sun: cheekbones, across the bridge of the nose, and chin.

Lips: Lips may take an even greater beating than the rest of your complexion during the winter because they lack the oil glands that soften the rest of your face. To keep your kisser kissable and mistletoe ready, apply a base layer of lip balm under your lipstick and slather on more balm or even petroleum jelly before bed. Lips can be exfoliated by applying lip balm, then brushing them gently with a soft toothbrush. You can also check out one of the whole host of long-wearing, moisturizing lipsticks recently debuted. Try a rich berry or jewel tone rather than the sheerer shades of summer.

Eyes: Toss bright shadows—they might work against your tan, but they’ll appear garish on paler winter skin. Keep shadows warm and neutral for daytime wear, and play with darker, smokier shades for evening. You don’t have to abandon color; just choose deeper versions of your favorites. Brows should be professionally groomed at least once per season to keep their shape—schedule a session now, and you can maintain the look on your own for the next few months with a good pair of tweezers and sheer brow wax.

Voila! Routine winterized.

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