Winter makeup must-haves

Keep your makeup game strong this winter.


Words: Refiloe Legoale | Images: Getty Images

Let's face it, you probably haven't been wearing much makeup this year. It's been months of staying home, wearing loungey clothes, and covering half of your face with the hottest accessory, the fabric face mask. For these reasons, you may not have had an excuse to beat your face the way you normally do.

However, now that we’re slowly getting accustomed to this new way of life, it’s time to mask-proof your makeup routine just in time for the winter season. Here are some winter makeup must-haves you need to get your hands on.

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A great way to rock a winter makeup look is by perking up your brows. When filled in correctly, your brows can be a showstopper, all on their own. Use products with a long-lasting formula, to fill in your brows—and you’ll see just what we mean.

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Now that we’re wearing face masks all the time, it’s important to ensure that your makeup stays in place under it. This is when you need a good primer. Priming is an effective way to ensure that your makeup does not fade or budge through the day. For the winter months, pick a primer to suit your skin type.

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It’s time to retire that mattifying foundation for a moisturising one. This way your skin stays hydrated all day and ready for the dry air outside.

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It is still mandatory to wear a face mask in public, which means your eyes will be the focus of all the makeup looks this winter. When it comes to eye-makeup, the options are endless. From glossy eyelids, floating liners, mismatched colours, right down to the blue lower lash line. When creating a glossy eye look add a dab of gloss to your eyelid before applying eyeshadow. This will provide an extra element to elevate your everyday makeup look. For the floating liner, use shades that contrast with each other or create different shapes with the liner to make a bold statement. If you’re a risk-taker, apply two opposite colours on your eyelids to achieve the mix and match look.


Blush can wake up your complexion and revive a washed-out face. Go for a warm, terra cotta shade to bring warmth to your makeup look. If you want more of a dewy look, try using a cream or liquid blush. For more of a matte look, reach for a powder. Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks and blend toward your cheekbones.

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The winter season will typically leave your skin a little drab. So, to bring life to your face apply bronzer under your cheekbones and along the jawline. It will help give your face definition and contour.

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Lipstick is the cherry on top when it comes to makeup. It polishes off your look and completes everything. Go for classic reds, matte browns, mauves, and sheer natural shades. If you’ll be wearing a mask, lean more towards a matte formula lipstick or a lip stain for a smudge-proof look.

And there you have it! We hope these tips will help you get your glow on glow even in the middle of a brutal winter.

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