12 Super Easy Instagram Makeup Looks To Try This Winter
For when you can't physically do any more gold glitter
Okay, so your standard winter beauty aesthetic probably involves a bright red nose, leaky eyes streaming in the cold and maybe even the odd icicle hanging off your earlobes.
But on those days when you can actually be bothered to stop hiding under a wooly hat and put some makeup on, there are some dreamy December-ready looks out there.
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It's always a classic, but why just settle for your average red lip paired with gold eyeshadow every day in the run up to Crimbo?
With everything from cool and understated ways to wear glitz to the perfect cold air-kissed glowing skin, here’s 12 super easy Instagram makeup looks you should definitely try this winter. Christmas party look sorted.
1. Way cooler than normal sparkle
Glitter eyeliner has been a basic Winter Beauty 101 since you were about six years old, but 2017 has seen the classic get a much cooler makeover.
Expect to see teeny tiny holographic stars everywhere this winter. They look super cute layered up as eyeliner over nude shimmer, or pressed against your mani for some extra nail sparkle.
2. The perfect neutral on nude
For the guys and gals who just can't get enough of a good old bronzey nude eye and a pinky nude lip combo, it's GREAT news for y'all this winter.
Neutrals and nudes are going absolutely nowhere for November, so smoke it up and stick with your loyal shimmery shades of taupe, cream, bronze and champagne.
3. Midnight blue > black
When it comes to party makeup, nothing's quite as reliable as a smokey eye - but this time you're gonna put your black and grey tones away and swap 'em out for navy blue.
The inky midnight shade gives the standard look a mega, mysterious upgrade as it's more easily blended, totally on trend for winter and will make your eye colour seriously pop.
4. Double up on glitter
If you can't up your glitter game and basically transform yourself into a fairy on the tree for December then honestly, what's even the point in going to an Xmas party?
Forget everything you knew about 'only one or the other' and opt for subtle sparkle in both your gloss and your liner because it's Christmas, it looks pretty af, and they're the only reasons you need tbh.
5. Feel regal with jewel toned eyes
You might think gold is the only way to go for the festive season, but opt for rich, regal colours like navy blue, ruby red and emerald green instead for a more luxury winter look.
Grab a fluffy blush and blend, blend, blend your way to opulent, jewel toned eyes with a killer eyeliner flick to compliment any classy LBD.
6. Holographic hues
For a prismatic upgrade to your usual party look, holographic glitter is everything - especially if you're gonna steal Selena Gomez's trick of layering it over a purple-toned smokey shadow to give extra dimension.
Keep the rest of your look natural with glowing skin, bushy brows and nude lips for the ultimate duo-chrome, mermaidy finish.
7. Barely there glitz
Last winter it was all about matte, matte and more matte thanks to Kylie J, but now it's time to add a little bit of sparkle to errr... pretty much everything.
Glowing dewy skin, cream highlight, balmy lips and a simple cat flick eye go perfectly (and look much more on trend) with a few taps of barely there irridescent glitter on the center of the lid. Dreamy.
8. Swap gold for silver
Convinced that gold is the only colour for Crimbo? Hmm, maybe keep it for the baubles, the tinsel and the star on top of the three this time, because silver is waiting in the wings to take over.
Grey metallics are about to be everywhere - including your go-to party makeup. It looks particularly gorgeous on darker eyes and skin tones, and bonus points if you can use it in a graphic liner look.
9. A red lip, duh
Would this even be a winter makeup looks list unless we chucked a red lip into the mix? Rocking the ultimate red lip might seem like a bit of an obvious choice, but there's a few easy ways to give it a modern 2017 makeover.
Find your perfect shade of red and team it with a minimal, fresh face rather than going OTT. Feathery lashes, bold brows and a touch of dewy highlight are all you need to slay the timeless look.
10. Cold air-kissed skin sheen
Winter skin means stepping out the door and being smacked around the chops by cold winds for rosy cheeks, the occasional flakey moment, and probably flu-like symptoms for 90 per cent of December.
With all of that going on, you might be tempted to opt for heavy coverage foundations, but instead rock the cold air glow with a bit of help from a dab of cream highlighter onto the highs of your cheekbones and a tiny bit on the apples of your cheeks for a more dewy, radiant sheen.
11. Bright pops of colour
Who says a pretty pops of neon brights are only for the summer months? Ugh, it's so dark and dreary outside that someone's gotta try and brighten things up a bit.
Paired with nothing but shimmery gold eyes, fluttery lashes and a flush of blush, bold pinks, coral or orange lips still look awesome in the depths of winter, too.
12. Purple haze
There's only one colour you need to know about for winter, Christmas and NYE combined, and that's purple. It flatters every eye colour and is perfect for the whole spectrum of neutral daywear to intense smoked out eyes.
Mirror your on trend eye and lip colour together for a hazy purple vibe that even the sugar plum fairy would be jealous of.
Words by Lucy Wood