Though it's kind of like choosing a favorite child for us, truth be told, winter makeup looks are probably our favorite. Why, you ask? Because unlike the hot, humid summer months when we have to worry about sweat, moisture, and melting, winter invites us to layer on the color and sparkle, and experiment with some hot-and-heavy (read: darker) tones and textures. In other words, trends that just don't seem to translate as well any other time of the year.
We tapped celebrity makeup artists to find out firsthand which winter makeup looks and trends they're most excited about. Oh, and we definitely didn't stop there. We also asked for their must-have products and application tips so you can easily re-create these winter makeup trends yourself. Here are for four stunning winter looks makeup artists are into this season.
1. Sapphire Eyes
A winter makeup–inspired take on the traditional smoky eye, a sparkling sapphire-and-navy eye is a luxe makeup trend to try out ASAP this season, according to celebrity makeup artist Tobi Henney. And though it may look intimidating, it's actually so easy. Just make sure to mentally prepare for the confidence and compliments sure to follow suit post-application.
"I love incorporating navy into my winter makeup eye looks. It's such a great choice over black, as it works perfectly on all eye colors," Henney explains. "With a smoky eye, it's important to create gorgeous, dewy, fresh skin to complement a darker eye—especially in winter! I always start with hydrating products like La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream ($180) and Renewal Oil ($245) and make sure to choose the right brushes during application. (Henney recommends brushes from MAC and Charlotte Tilbury.) After applying a cream or powder navy shadow, Henney tells us she loves to fill in the top and bottom waterline with a kohl pencil. For navy-inspired makeup like this look, she recommends Tom Ford Eye Kohl Intense in Midnight ($39) thanks to its stunning color and creamy formula.
To finish, she recommends layering shades from Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Titanium Smoke ($88) to add depth and, yes, lots of sparkle before curling the lashes and taming brows. (Psst! We found Henney's step-by-step video tutorial for navy eyes.)
To really top everything off, apply this soft, highlighting illuminator (it comes in two shades pearl and bronze!) along your brow bone and above the arch, blending with the sponge tip. For something extra, add an eye-light to the inner corners of the eyes.
2. Blurred Lips
According to makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes, beautifully blurred lips are one of her favorite, of-the-moment makeup trends to play and experiment with for winter.
To re-create the trend, it's best to opt for a matte lipstick formula since a wet or glossy application won't translate in the same way. For a stunning berry-inspired look as seen above, we're currently obsessed with Glossier's Generation G in Jam ($18). It's a rich shade of berry that magically manages to stay put—but still smudge—for the coveted blurred effect in a gorgeous way.
After applying the lipstick, it's time to blur. Simply take a Q-tip and begin smudging around the lip line (we know, too easy). To lock it all in place, dust a translucent powder like Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Microfinishing Loose Powder ($36) over the finished look.
3. Gloss on Gloss
A head-turning glossy lid has been a trend for a while now, but according to Hughes, it won't be going anywhere. It also just so happens to be one of her favorite aesthetics where winter makeup is concerned. (For limitless inspiration, just head over to her Instagram.)
To achieve the ultimate glossy lid, Hughes has openly professed her love for this cult-favorite formula from Kevyn Aucoin. Though there are three different shades, all equally eye-catching, we recommend going with the brand's Exotique Diamond Eye Gloss in Moonlight ($38), since it's crystal clear and perfect for each and every skin tone. Simply tap a light-handed dose on the ball of the eyelid. Word to the wise: A little goes a long way.
As celebrity makeup artist Sir John explained, if you're going with a glossy lid, mascara is key. However, making sure that your formula is waterproof will be paramount for last-all-day (or night!) staying power. Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara ($25) hasn't let us (or our 3 a.m. weekend curfew) down yet.
4. Contrasting Metallics
Another trend we've been noticing on our feeds courtesy of our favorite celebrity makeup artists is contrasting eyes, especially this glistening charcoal-and-gold winter look created by Henney. To maximize the metallic effect, keep skin luminous and dewy, and make sure to keep the lip relatively low-maintenance. (By Terry Baume de Rose $60 is everything.)
For a head-turning, can't-tell-if-it's-charcoal-or-green iridescent base, Henney recommends applying Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow in Veruschka ($32) with MAC 217 Blending Brush ($27) to create "a full wash of color on the lid."
"Next, apply the gold shadow from Marc Jacobs's Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Edgitorial ($50) with a flat brush by carefully pressing the color into the center of the lid," she advises. To punctuate the end result, finish by curling the lashes and applying Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara ($23)—Henney's go-to—and a small touch of highlighter on the inner corner of the eye. She likes Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Champagne Pop ($38).