The aim of your makeup is never to make you look cold and unapproachable, but when it comes to winter makeup, being an Ice Queen isn’t always a bad thing. After all, you want everyone’s eyes frozen on you, don’t you?
Just as the flowers of spring inspire us to try out pretty pastels and fall makes us gravitate toward warm hues, the ice and snow of winter offers plenty in the way of cosmetic inspiration. Try these two icy-hot looks for your next cocktail party!
1. Snow angel
Many people love the way a blanket of snow looks when it covers the land – beckoning you to run through it and make snow angels! You can create this heavenly aspect of nature with your makeup using a pearly, white eyeshadow.
If your skin is light, choose a shimmery white eyeshadow with cool, silvery undertones (like real snow) so it stands out against your skin. Darker skinned ladies should opt for warmer whites, like a bone white with a bit of golden shimmer.
Too heavy a wash of this shadow just makes eyelids look wrinkly, so use a silky powder or a loose shadow and apply it to your eyelids with an eyeshadow brush. Apply the color from the lashline to the crease of your eyelid, then swipe a larger blending brush along the crease to blend it just beyond – but no further.
Finish this look with curled eyelashes and some black mascara.
2. Frosty and fierce
You want to look like a smokeshow, but smokey eyes can get an icy update when you use shades of silver. You’ll need an eyeshadow palette with four shades of silvery gray – the deepest should be a graphite and the lightest a nearly white silver.
Start by dusting the lightest color along your brow bone, then dab the darkest hue along the outer corner of your eye, tracing the sideways V shape. Then, take the darkest color and draw a line along your upper lash line. Then, it’s time to blend. Use your medium-dark colors to cover the entire lid, covering from the lashline to the crease and blending all lines. Then, take the lightest silver and apply it to the inner corners of your eyes. Add a swipe of dark shadow along your lower lashline, then cover it with the silver for a luminous effect.