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Winter is here and all you need is a high-neck top or a jacket, a deep dark lip and a bouffant hairstyle to look chic and ready to take winter at your stylish best. We hit you up with the makeup for beginners this season, right from the basics, like foundation, to the classics, like maroon lipstick and shimmery shadows.

Simple winter makeup essentials for beginners: the basics  

Makeup for beginners especially during the harsh cold winter season can pose big challenges for dry skin types. Your skin is already sensitised from dryness, so stacking layers of makeup can further strip it of its natural oils and cause irritation. Not to mention, you might even have flaky patches of skin peeling through your makeup, especially around the mouth and cheeks. A winter makeup routine should focus on keeping your skin hydrated in addition to nailing the coverage. Here are some winter makeup essentials that we think will make your life a lot easier. 

Simple winter makeup essentials for beginners

 

1. A hydrating moisturiser

1. A hydrating moisturiser

For dry skin, the perfect start to makeup is to load up on hydrating staples like serums and moisturises. Lock everything in with a moisturiser to seal in the moisture and keep your skin soft. Use a nourishing formula like the Lakme Peach Milk Ultra Light Gel for all-day hydration that does not feel sticky or greasy under your makeup. And as the name suggests, it uses peach extract and milk to nourish your skin in the coldest of winters.

 

2. Primer

2. Primer

Prep well so that patchy, dry skin does not show up from underneath the makeup layers. Use a nourishing primer on top of the moisturiser to keep your makeup intact for long hours. The gel-based Lakme Absolute Undercover Gel Primer is infused with the goodness of vitamin E to give you a healthy glow and smooth base. It also blurs pores and fine lines on your face.

 

3. Liquid foundation

3. Liquid foundation

Dry-skinned girls should stay away from matte foundations! Stick to creamy or oil-based formulas that will give your skin an even-toned, hydrating and dewy finish. We love the Lakme Absolute Argan Oil Serum Foundation as it is loaded with the skin-loving nourishment of Moroccan argan oil to turn up the radiance of your makeup look instantly. It increases your skin’s moisture levels with its serum-like formula and keeps it dewy for long hours while providing full coverage on any skin type.

 

4. Concealer

4. Concealer

Picking the right formula of concealer is crucial in the winter. Any kind of powder-based, stick or mattifying concealer can lead to crease lines, especially around your eye area. Matte formulas will also tug and pull on already dry skin, which is why you need a smoother consistency like the Lakme Absolute Creme Concealer. Rich with vitamin E, this creamy concealer is perfect for covering up blemishes and working on all skin types. And don’t worry about it creasing thanks to its lightweight formula that glides smoothly even on the driest of skins.

 

5. CC cream

5. CC cream

On days when you need minimum coverage and feel that your skin needs extra nourishment, go in with tinted moisturiser instead of a foundation and full face of makeup. The Lakme 9 to 5 CC Complexion Care Cream combines the moisturising and brightening benefits of your daily cream and provides a smooth finish, perfect for a day or work look. Bonus: it comes with SPF 20 for added sun protection and even skin tone as the wintery clouds cannot stop UV rays from wreaking havoc.

 

6. Creamy blush and tinted lips

6. Creamy blush and tinted lips

When choosing the rest of your makeup products, consider switching to cream-based formulas in the winter. Cream blushes and lipsticks sit better on dry winter skin and smoothen flaky patches more effectively. With 20 different shades for each mood and outfit, the Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Mousse Lip and Cheek Colour is perfect for this. The creamy texture and lightweight formula blend quickly for a natural flush of colour on your cheeks and lips while still giving you a matte finish.

 

7. Highlighter

7. Highlighter

Your skin may be drier than usual, but you still want to look all glowed up for the holiday season. Makeup for beginners doesn’t mean looking simple and stated. If you want to glam up like any expert beauty guru, you can do it too with the Lakme Absolute Liquid Highlighter. Go crazy with this dewy highlighter or just add a few dots on your high points like brow bone and cheek. It is lightweight as well, so you don’t have to worry about this liquid highlighter feeling oily or cakey on your skin.

 

8. Shimmery eyeshadows

8. Shimmery eyeshadows

Glitter and shimmer are never out of trend and are a festive season favourite. Lakme Absolute Explore Eye Shadow Palette - Desert Sunset has the perfect combo of shimmery and matte shades that are dark and light for a day or night look. With a vibrant formula, just one swipe will give you a rich and velvety finish, making your eyes ready for the NYE parties. You can either go for a smokey look with the ‘Moonrise’ blue shade or add glamour with the champagne-like ‘Allure’ shade.

 

9. Deep berry lipstick

9. Deep berry lipstick

Dark and sultry lips look gorgeous as you sip on your glass of wine this Christmas and New Year. But during winter, it is essential to take care of your lips by exfoliating and moisturising them. Apart from this, you should also swap your matte lipsticks with creamy ones. This will not only prevent your lips from drying out but is also a great way to keep your lips looking plump and hydrated. But if you want a creamy formula that also gives you a matte finish, go for the Lakme 9 to 5 Primer + Matte Lip Color. The Berry Base shade is the perfect maroon that stays all day long thanks to the in-built primer that softens chapped lips.

 

10. Mascara

10. Mascara

Long, fanned-out lashes have been and always will be in trend! Just turn to the waterproof Lakme Eyeconic Volume Mascara to add volume and give the illusion of falsies with your natural lashes. It is lightweight as well so no clumpy lashes or smudging while you dance the night away. An easy way to apply makeup for beginners, just put two coats and move the spoolie in a zig-zag manner to evenly spread the mascara. 

FAQs about simple winter makeup essentials for beginners   

1. What makeup should I wear in winter? 

In the winter, opt for creamy products and liquid foundation since they will moisturise your skin and hide any dry patches. 

2. What foundation to use in winter? 

Since your skin tends to dry in the winter, turn to a liquid or creamy foundation. They will help prevent your skin from chapping and smoothening out the rough texture of dry skin.  

3. Why does my makeup look bad in winter? 

Since there is no humidity, your skin can dry out even if you have oily skin in winter. To avoid flakey skin and a cakey texture, exfoliate and moisturise before wearing makeup. 

Winters are generally harsh on the skin thanks to cold temperatures. But before you lose heart and consider giving up, take a look at some tips on makeup for beginners to get your products to glide on like butter on your dry skin.