Winter makeup

Glowy Makeup
Chill factor: Dry skin reflects less light and appears dull. Makeup can look cakey, compounding the problem.

4 Steps To Lit-From-Within Skin
Simone Otis, Makeup Artist
Hometown: Toronto (Average winter temp: 25°F)

1. Apply a creamy tinted moisturizer.
2. Blend an apricot cream blush on the apples of your cheeks.
3. Dust a translucent powder with a bit of sheen over the cream blush to set it.
4. For a very natural, three-dimensional glow, sweep an apricot powder blush from the apples of your cheeks to your temples, layering it over the cream blush.

Moisture as Makeup
Leanne Hirsch, Makeup Artist
Hometown: Woodstock, New York (Average winter temp: 29°F)

In the morning, apply a rich face oil on the tops of your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, even your eyelids, to give your complexion a subtly dewy finish. Oils that come in stick form, like Boom! by Cindy Joseph Boomstick Glo, make the process easy.
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The Key To Lush Lipcolor
Bonnie Erickson, Makeup Artist
Hometown: Minneapolis (Average winter temp: 19°F)

Lipstick looks terrible on lips cracked by cold and wind. So before bed, smooth them by mixing sugar with olive oil and rubbing it on your mouth. Wash that off and then apply a petrolatum-based balm like Aquaphor. In the morning, use just a tinted lip balm. For more color, layer a creamy lipstick on top. Avoid formulas with shimmer, which accentuate crepiness, and liquid stains, which aggravate dryness.


Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain ($9; drugstores)

Sephora Collection Double Contouring Cream Blush ($14;

Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer ($42;
Shiny hair

Shiny Hair
Chill factor: Cold temperatures and dry air make hair brittle and susceptible to static.

The Secret to Silkiness
Mario Russo, Hairstylist
Hometown: Boston (Average winter temp: 32°F)

Even if your hair is fine, use conditioner every time you shampoo. To smooth thick hair, use a mask as your regular conditioner. Keep thin hair soft with a lighter, silicone-based conditioner.

The Ingredient That Prevents Hair-Raising Experiences
Randy Schueller, Cosmetic Chemist
Hometown: Chicago (Average winter temp: 28°F)

The silicone amodimethicone not only smooths hair to prevent the friction that creates static but also has a positive charge that neutralizes existing static. Look for it in styling sprays, serums, and creams.
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The Style-Saving Hat
Eugenia Kim, Hat Designer
Hometown: New York City (Average winter temp: 28°F)

A slouchy beret keeps your head warm without flattening your hair. Get one in lightweight wool and buy a size up. Even a quarter-inch extra around the band will help preserve your style.


Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Frizz Conditioner ($20;

René Furterer Karité Intense Nourishing Mask ($46;

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Thermal Protection Formula ($10; drugstores)
Silky skin

Silky Skin
Chill factor: Low humidity outside and dry heat inside sap moisture from the skin, leaving it flaky, rough, and red.

A Shorter Shower
Jayne Forston, MD., Dermatologist
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska (Average winter temp: 17°F)

Hot water is drying. So is soap. When you're covered up all day, water is enough to get your arms and legs clean. Keep your showers lukewarm and lather up only the areas where you sweat.

Double-Duty Protection
Eric Bernstein, MD., Dermatologist
Hometown: Ardmore, Pennsylvania (Average winter temp: 36°F)

A sunscreen with zinc or titanium dioxide protects you from the wind as well as the sun because it creates a physical barrier on top of your skin. Apply it liberally even if you're going to be outside for only a few minutes, because you're exposed to plenty of UVA light through the windows in your home, office, and car.

A Refreshing Cure For Redness
Vera Kuts, Aesthetician, Ritz-Carlton Spa
Hometown: Moscow (Average winter temp: 22°F)

Steep chamomile in hot water, then make ice cubes from the infusion. Before you moisturize, gently run one of the cubes over your face. The chamomile, a natural anti-inflammatory, can help reduce redness; the ice also calms inflammation.
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The Fastest Way To A Smooth Body
Julie Oliff, Aesthetician, St. Regis Remède Spa
Hometown: Aspen (Average winter temp: 24°F)

Use a salt scrub on your dry skin before you turn on the shower. Look for a formula that contains oil. When you rinse the scrub, leave on some of the oil. After your shower, apply lotion while your skin is still damp to trap the moisture.

A New Laundry Routine
Roberta Hawk, MD., Dermatologist
Hometown: Billings, Montana (Average winter temp: 29°F)

Skip fabric softener and dryer sheets; they contain chemicals and fragrances that can make your skin feel dry and itchy. Switch to a fragrance-free laundry detergent and—unless you've been cleaning a pigsty—use only half the recommended amount. Your clothes don't get that dirty.


Ole Henriksen Rub n' Buff Salt Scrub ($48;

Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 40 ($21;

J.R. Watkins Liquid Laundry Detergent, Fragrance-Free ($11;
Skier Felicity Aston

More Winter Wisdom
When Felicity Aston skied across Antarctica this year, alone, pulling a 187-pound sled, she faced myriad challenges—not least among them skincare. Even with 24 hours of daylight (it was summer in Antarctica), temperatures never made it above five degrees. "The air is so dry in Antarctica that your skin can easily become incredibly sensitive and susceptible to injury," says Aston. So how did her complexion look after 59 days in those extreme conditions? "Actually...really healthy," she says. "I got many compliments on it when I returned to civilization." An explorer and a skincare savant! Here's what Aston used every day:

Nivea Creme: "It would normally be too greasy for my skin, but in extreme cold, it was perfect. I put a thick coating on my face before bed. First I'd have to sit on the tin for a while, though, to melt the cream."

SPF 50 sunscreen: "I slathered it on every morning, even though I also wore a full-face covering. The sun could still come through the airholes."

Kiehl's Lip Balm SPF 15: "It's one of the best I've used. Other lip balms can freeze solid—this one never does."

Sudocrem: "Whenever my feet and cuticles got dried out and cracked, this zinc oxide diaper cream healed them."

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