The window of opportunity is small, and it’s getting smaller with the passing of each day. Sweet December is here, and you must be enjoying your time, grabbing those last golden rays of the sun, walking around to the sound of gorgeous leaves crackling under your feet. However, winter is coming, and it will happen in the blink of an eye and that means one thing – careful planning and action must be taken so you don’t welcome it unprepared. Therefore, as queen B would say, let’s get in formation, so you can prep your skin and style in good time.
Change of color
First order of business – makeup. Now, warm tones such as burgundy, burnt orange and gold have taken over the makeup world. Every brand seems to be releasing their own version of a warm eyeshadow palette, from Tarte cosmetics and their Toasted palette to Huda Beauty and her Desert Dusk and UD with Naked Heat. However, with holidays just around the corner, some glitz and glamour are in order, so make sure you snag some of the famous holiday makeup lines that are just beaming with glitter and get your shine on. Every high-end makeup brand is bending over backwards to come up with the most original holiday collection, so you have an abundance of choices. Still, these lines sell out at the speed of light so you better snag them fast. Warm tones will still be in style, but glitter is highly advisable, and that includes powerful highlighters and metallic matte lipsticks in, of course, perfect reds, plum and burgundy shades.
The pursuit of happiness
The only thing more important than that perfectly blended eyeshadow is perfect skin. There is one tiny problem though – winter isn’t exactly your skin’s best friend, and those ‘souvenirs’ left from the fun in the sun aren’t helping either. The first thing to do is put up a figurative ‘under maintenance’ sign on your face and pay a visit to a great skin clinic. Australian women have found their Holy Grail in a non-invasive treatment called skin needling in Sydney that treats everything from wrinkles to pigmentation and pesky acne. It’s a treatment worth looking into, so find a great dermatologist and get your skin in shape. As far as skincare products go, it’s time to switch to more hydrating and nourishing formulas, especially when speaking about facial cleansers and moisturizers. Not only will your skin be more nourished, but you’ll actually be able to achieve radiance in the middle of January. If your skincare regimen has been short of a serum, fix that mistake immediately, because its active ingredients are something you need in your life.
6 simple rules
Hair is a universe of its own, particularly in the winter, which again, shows the hair no mercy. The first rule is – fight the flakes. As the moisture gets sucked from your skin the scalp gets flaky and itchy. This problem is super-manageable and all you need is a couple of tablespoons of olive or coconut oil and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Heat the oil for a couple of seconds and then mix it with the lemon juice. Rub it gently into the scalp and let it sit for about 30 minutes. To fight the dreaded frizz you’ll need to resort to a plastic and boar bristles hair brush, and also use a leave-in conditioner to keep that hair smooth and frizz-free. Lifeless, dry hair is one of the many winter side-effects, and the best way to tackle this problem is honey. Brush your hair and split it into sections. Then apply raw honey from roots to tips and let it sit for about 30 minutes and then rinse off with lukewarm hair. This is the best hair mask you could hope for during this difficult time.
Style me up, Scotty
You couldn’t possibly welcome winter without making new additions to your wardrobe. Regardless of how many coats you already own, you simply must have one in either red or checkered print. Red, after all, is the official color of this season’s Fashion Month, and checkered is the official print. Whether oversized or fitted, doesn’t really matter – both cuts are on trend and on point so take your pick. A stack of cozy sweaters in neutral hues is a must, especially those with a wide turtleneck. Make sure you get a power-suit, just in case. When layering clothes, winter can make us do crazy things and make us end up with an outfit that is simply too busy. So a great set of sweaters is a great way to prevent that from happening. Solid bags in poignant shades are a total must, so take your pick among all the burgundies and deep emeralds. Glitter boots are the talk of the town, but as they’re not exactly everyday-friendly. Keep it simple and rock those ankle boots for one more season. And keep those deep red thigh-high or black embroidered ones ready to go whenever you want to make a statement.
Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on the lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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