'Tis the season for holiday shopping, Champagne toasting, family visiting, and plenty of festive beauty moments, too. Whether it's finding the right amount of sparkle, revealing a glowing complexion, or just mastering a braided updo, we're sharing our editor-approved picks to get you through the rest of 2013 in style.
Raise your hand if you've ever gotten in to work after a chilly commute with wild, windblown hair, flaky lips, and dehydrated palms. Saying that Winter isn't the friendliest of seasons is a serious understatement, but that doesn't mean that you have to suffer for a second longer. We've rounded up some necessary (and budget-friendly) Winter essentials to help you get through March in style. Whether it's that ridiculously moisturizing body lotion, cuticle oil for the perfect manicure, or just a swipe of red lipstick to perk up your look, these 10 necessities are much-needed during the Winter months. Keep scrolling, and tell Mother Nature exactly where she can put that wind chill.
Our favorite part about the snowy season is going for the matte makeup trend that is often spotted on the runway, and InStyle has rounded up the expert tips and products you need to nail the look.
Matte makeup made a statement on the Fall runways because its low-shine finish isn't dull or chalky, just more polished-looking than in dewier days past. Now, we've rounded up 14 tips for getting the fresh-faced look just right for the new season, from going gloss-free on your lips to opting for a non-shiny polish for your nails. Just remember the chic inspiration: The matte look is luminous and radiant, just like you, making it a perfect complement to your Winter wardrobe. Click through learn how to get the look, complete with our picks for lipsticks, nail polishes, foundations and more.
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When the blustery Winter weather hits, that's the time when soft, supple lips shrivel up into a chapped mess. While Vaseline will do the job well enough, these products are for lip balm enthusiasts. We're talking the crème de la crème of lip care. But the price isn't just in the packaging, you'll find the top ingredients to hydrate extremely dry lips in these picks from La Mer, Rodin, and more. We've already rounded up our favorite lip balms from the drugstore, but don't your lips deserve a little luxury this season?
Frizz seems to be the one hair woe that affects all women regardless of hair type, mainly because it sprouts up for a number of different reasons. While some women have figured out ways of keeping their fuzz down day to day, there are times when those pesky hairs pop up regardless of what you do to avoid them. When you're stuck in a hairy situation like this, there are easy ways to disguise the pouf that seems to be taking over your head:
- Try some hair oil: Hair oils are a more natural serum when it comes to zapping frizz. Work something like Kiehl's Smoothing Hair Oil Concentrate ($25) into your hair to depuff instantly.
- Slick on some moisture: Start by sweeping some lotion onto your arms and legs. When you're done, run your fingers through your hair, avoiding the roots. The thin layer of moisturizer will smooth down your frizz. Just make sure to use a light touch or you could find yourself with a greasy situation.
- Spritz some hair spray: Spraying some directly onto your hair won't do much, so try this handy trick — mist a lightweight hair spray, like Oribe Superfine Hairspray ($19) onto the palms of both of your hands. Before it has time to dry, swipe your hands over your hair, focusing on the frizziest spots. The spray will keep the fuzz at bay without weighing it down.
- Snag a dryer sheet: If you're running out the door and don't have any product on hand, reach for a dryer sheet. Smooth it over your hair for a quick way to remove your frizz. Bonus: this technique also works if you're hair is full of static, another major hair woe in the Winter.
Cheek stains are great any time of the year but especially in the Winter, when your skin tends to be drier. Benefit's Benetint is a cult classic for a reason, and we found a way to make our own version at home with a little coconut oil and an old lipstick.
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The cold air of Winter might leave you feeling more dry than usual. To make sure your hair, skin, and nails stay radiant all season long, it's time to consider adding in some moisturizing treatments to your beauty routine. Here are some simple ways to enjoy some pampering, while also infusing yourself with added hydration.
For Hair and Face
1. Suki Hair / Scalp Conditioning Oil ($33): An itchy scalp is not only uncomfortable, it can also lead to dandruff. Nourish you hair and scalp with this blend of organic lavender, rosemary, and neem oils to calm and hydrate your scalp, while also adding shine and protection to dried-out strands.
2. Sensai Intensive Hair Mask ($57): Wake up a lackluster mane with this deep conditioning treatment that boasts Asian botanicals to help hydrate and repair dry, damaged hair. It will leave your hair soft and smooth with a fresh floral scent to boot.
3. SK-II Facial Treatment Mask ($90): This cult classic mask is a makeup artist favorite for instant hydration and that covetable dewy complexion. Leave this on your face and let the skin-brightening ingredients soak right on in.
See more moisturizing treatments for the neck down when you keep reading.
When the weather gets chilly, there's no better way to dress up your nails than with a Winter-friendly penguin. This design wins big points in the cuteness category, but it's also a pretty easy design to freehand yourself.
I started off with the perfect winterscape hue, Formula X For Sephora in Unmistakable ($11), on all my nails. You don't even have to wait for the base color to dry before moving onto the next step: the penguin. Use an opaque black polish like Essie's Licorice ($9) to create the body of the penguin with a U-shape. Make sure to leave a little bit of the background showing. Next, you'll want to layer on the white parts of the penguin: the eyes and belly. Use an opaque white polish like Butter London Cotton Buds ($15) to paint on a smaller U-shape to create the stomach. Then, using the dotting tool from the Butter London Backstage Basics Nail Art Tool Kit ($18), I created the two white eyes, and then again with the black dots for the pupils. Lastly, I used Essie Meet Me at Sunset ($9) to create the orange beak and feet using the striper brush from the same tool kit.
Lastly, to bring the chilly nail art together, I used the dotting tool to create varying sized spots on the rest of my nails to give it a snowy look. The best part about each step is that you don't have to wait for the polish to dry. However, you should try to give each layer a minute or two to set, so the colors don't run. Once you're finished, seal everything in with a top coat, but wait for five to 10 minutes, so the colors don't bleed.
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The holidays are fabulous for many reasons, but we especially love the beauty collections that start rolling out around this time of the year. Gorgeous jewel tones, silver sparkles, and candy reds invade our makeup and nail polish, and it just gets us in the festive mood. Ahead, we've got a bunch of collections we can't wait to get our hands on, and neither should you!
Just because it's Winter doesn't mean your hairstyling should suffer. We spoke to Jenny Balding, styling and grooming expert for Cutler/Redken, to find out how to get the most out of your hair this season.
POPSUGAR: We saw plenty of hair tucked into jackets coming down the runways. How can we translate the look to real life?
Jenny Balding: This is the easiest way to transform your style into a chic look. This works best on high-collared coats or jackets. Leave your hair tucked in, and loosen the roots a little with you fingers to give a nonchalant feel to your hair.
PS: What are some styles that look good with a Winter hat, but you can revive once you're indoors?
JB: Braiding your hair is a great way to style your hair in the Winter as well as Summer. Because even if it becomes a little disheveled, when you take your hat off, it will still look good — if not better, a little lived-in. [There are] so many ways to braid your hair, from the halo braid to the French braid or off to one side.
PS: Any tricks to making braids, which seem like a Summer style, feel fresh for Winter?
JB: A clean, simple side braid looks so good right now especially with a great hat. Keeping it simple is key. Sweep to one side, and braid just halfway down, and tie. This is a refreshing change from all the fishtail looks of past seasons.
PS: What are easy ways to style second-day hair for the Winter?
JB: Dry shampoo works wonders to revive second-day hair. [It] gives instant body and texture, and makes the hair more manageable to style.
PS: Any other Winter trends you want people to know they can pull of this season?
JB: For the ultimate chic style to wear with a scarf, sweep your hair up into a twisted, disheveled updo. Let flyaway strands fly, and give your hair some extra volume by dusting some Redken Powder Grip into the roots first.