InTruBeauty: Top Five Winter Make up Trends

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Top Five Winter Make up Trends

Hello ladies! I have been scouring the internet, celebrity looks, runway looks and magazines for you to bring you the top 5 Winter Make up Trends for this year.

1. Its all about the dramatic eye 
I have recreated many dramatic eye looks for you guys already because every where I turn I'm inspired to do so.

How to: Create this look by applying a darker shade to the crease area and lining your lower lash line with the darker eye shadow. Add eyeliner to the water line. You can even add another eye shadow color to the lower lash line.  See prior blog dramatic eye posts for more details. Have fun playing. It can create a unique look to line the lower lash line with a dark shadow color and line the water line with a nude color. See this look here.

Extra tip: If you're doing a dark dramatic eye, you want to line your inner corner, or inner V with a lighter shade to brighten this area up. I usually use a white color, however golds look amazing in this area as well. You can see this gold inner V look here. 

2. Bushy Eyebrows are back
I'm super excited for this trend for some reason. I just want my eyebrows to grow right now and have been plucking them less. Use a slanted eye brush to fill in any sparse areas and to make your brows look fuller and darker. The trend this season is to have your eyebrows TWO shades darker than your hair color.
Eco Tools Angled Eyeliner Brush
Eco Tools Lash
& Brow Groomer,
How to: Although you still want your eyebrows to be shaped well, using an eyebrow brush, brush the hair on your brows upward. You can also use a liquid product that is basically a brush in a tube with gel. There are umpteen number of eyebrow kits out there. I prefer just to use dark brown eye shadow and shape my brow with my brow groomer. You could use a tiny bit of hair gel to get the same look if you want to make sure they stay (just be careful of your eyes). See this look here. 

Side note: Eco Tools are great affordable brushes. This is an eco friendly company that uses recycled and sustainable materials. I highly recommend this for any starter kit. Another great affordable starter kit brushes are Elf studio line (the $3 brushes, not the $1 ones). 

3. Red lips 
This is a classic that is never going to go out of style, however, for this season, it is surely a must. There are many wearable red lipsticks out there and push yourself to go out of your comfort zone. Red lips are a great holiday look. But if you are going dramatic on your lips, be sure to tone down the rest of your makeup. You don't want to look too much! This is a look that is never going to quit and thats just fine with me :) 


See our red lip look here. 

4. Fair or glowing skin with soft blush 
The trend for skin is all about natural and achieving that right out of the cold look. You are going to want to have soft glowing skin and a soft blush look, so pack your bronzers away for the season. 

How to: To achieve that glowing look, I highly recommend Physician's formula Powder Palette Mineral Glow Pearls in Translucent Pearl which is great for all skin tones. Or check out their website here to see the 3 other shade options this comes in. This has real pearl minerals in it. 
Physician's formula, $13.95
You can use this as a highlighter or an all over face color as your last step. For a highlighter, I like to use my finger. Swipe your finger into the product and then swipe this above your brow and onto your cheek bone, essentially making a sideways V. When your turn your head or the light hits your head, you will have a glowing look. Plus, this also creates a contouring look, making your cheek bones appear more prominent and thus you look skinner! Hooray! For use all over, I use a very fluffy big brush or a kabuki, dab it into the product and lightly apply all over my face for an all over glow. 

This is my favorite powder right now for this purpose, but also check out Palladio Rice Powder at Sally's Beauty or bareMinerals mineral veil (which they just came out with in a pressed powder too for us that are loose powder challenged!) For highlighters, try The Balm's Mary Lou luminizer (my fave), Benefit's Watts Up, or Benefit High Beam or Moon Beam. 
Love their packaging and design too!

For blush, you want to create the perfect right in from the cold look. So, pinch your cheeks for a few seconds and this is the color you want to achieve. My suggestions are Physician's formula Happy Booster blush in Rose, Benefit's Bella Bamba here, or Nars Orgasm as seen on a prior blog here. Like I said before, the perfect blush for you for this season will depend on your natural blush color.

5. Golds!
Who doesn't love mixing gold in with their look whether it is pairing your look with a brushed gold hoop or adding a pop of gold to your eye makeup look. I recommend Sephora jumbo liner in gold to line your lower lash or use in your inner V area. This is a great jumbo eyeliner and I believe is $10, so additional score! I have used this product in many many prior blogs and love it. 

I would also HIGHLY recommend the Wet N Wild palette below called I'm getting Sunburned. This is $2.99 and one of their best yet! See the look I created with this palette here. I didn't use the gold on the eyelid for the look I was going for in this post, but it will give you an idea on how to play and create many different looks from one palette.  

I have been playing and trying to create the perfect golden look and I will hopefully be able to bring that to you very soon! 

Thanks for reading! Be sure to comment if you have any questions and check out our many prior blogs where we have already created a lot of these looks for you!

Bonus tip: Cat eyes are all over the place. I LOVE this video by Lauren Conrad and which is one of our favorite blogs that shows you how to easily do a cat eye. 


  1. so, ive kinda become, obsessed with your blog! But, the thing i was wondering is. i am a huge eyebrow waxing junkie, and i always mess up so i make them the same.. & i hardly have any eyebrows. So.. how do i fill them in, and give them more shape.. is there any way i could do it with like an eyeliner?

  2. Hi, thanks for the wonderful comment, I am glad you are becoming obsessed with our blog! We love it! I will answer this shortly and leave the rest to the Justina who is more of a waxing and eyebrow expert than I am. To grow your eyebrows I would say to check out applying Vaseline on them at night time. We have been using them on our lashes too and have seen some amazing growth. I would probably stick to using powder to fill them in rather than a pencil which is harder to make it look natural. I would highly suggest using the Vaseline though, I know Justina has been waxing and plucking longer than I have and has seen some growth come back in that area. I'll pass this off to Justina now.


  3. the rest to Justina, not "the Justina". I don't (normally) refer to her that way!

  4. Hello! Thanks for asking such great questions! I have been an eyebrow waxing junkie for a really long time too so I feel your pain. If you are messing up, you are just making it worse, by having to go back and take more off! I would leave them to grow for a while, and have a professional do them next time. That way, you can kind of follow their natural contour. Also, rather than waxing, I would tweeze because waxing takes a whole bunch of hair off at once, and there's no going back. With tweezing, you can be a whole lot more thoughtful, since it's one hair at a time.

    In the meantime, I'm sure you're worried about how your outgrowth of your brows growing in is going to look. If you're blonde, you're really lucky, because your eyebrows are probably naturally a lot lighter and it may not be so noticeable. If your hair is darker, they will definitely show up as they grow. One drastic measure you could take would be cutting bangs. I have bangs that I get cut so they can be side swept OR straight across bangs. I love getting them cut this way because of the versatility. If I wear them straight across, I find they usually graze my eyebrows and kind of hide them.

    Otherwise, you could always fill them in. I find the makeup lines that carry the most natural looking products do the best with solutions to this. Clinique and Bobbi Brown are two lines that come to mind right away as lines that enhance your natural beauty rather than overwhelm with vibrant colors and trends. Clinique has a brow shaper that comes in powder form called Shaping Taupe, which is what I use. It comes with a mini angled brush that you can use to fill in your brows. Jessica and I have also been using their powder eyeshadow in Chocolate Chip for a more dramatic eyebrow shade, but if you are just trying to cover up bald spots, I wouldn't use this, as it will just draw more attention to your eyebrows.

    I always start in the front of my brow, and make light little strokes after having dipped the angled brush in the powder. Less is more, because it's hard to get it off if you put too much on. Concentrate on the brow line that is already there by adding more color to the hairs that already exist. When more hairs grow in, you can fill in that space too, but the powder needs something to cling to in order to look natural.

    In a pinch, I have used eyeliner pencil, however make sure you aren't wearing black, and that it is long wearing. Your eye brows frame your face, so you don't want the color to be crocking off mid day!

    Hope this helps! Hit us up with any more questions you have!

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