Ask the Expert Beauty Tips for Winter

Winter-tide brings with it a whole host of romantic beauty looks, from frosted eyes to gleaming, opalescent cheekbones and beguiling, berry lips.  It’s a tempestuous time for retaining a day-to-day gorgeous glow. Our resident beauty expert, Everlyn Ho, has given her Asian Fusion fans tips on how to brighten dull wintertime complexions.

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First, choose cream foundations over liquid.

Those whipping winds outside and dry heating indoors can leave your skin parched and chapped.  Matte foundation can catch on these dry patches, so you need to make sure your skin is plumped up and well-hydrated.  Usually creme foundations are thick and rich, so that they can add sheen to a matte face.  Use your fingers rather than just brushing the product over top of them.  Take some product and warm it between your fingertips and press it gently onto the skin.  Matte, powder and oil-free foundations can tend to make dryness more pronounced.  Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus All-Smooth Makeup Foundation SPF 15 ($33), Makeuprite Anti-Aging Foundation ($38).

Flatter your eyes with subtle makeup. Winter’s bold, bright look is focused on lips or cheeks. While you don’t want to overlook your eyes, you will want to enhance them with neutral makeup.  Just use natural shades of eyebrows, such as golden or chocolate brown, purple, berry and mauve.  Do not over smoke your eyes unless you are doing a night out makeup look.  Stay away from the pastels if you’re exceptionally pale because they’ll just make you look more washed out.  Try one color all over or mix them up.  These earth tone eyeshadows will enhance your look without over powering it.  MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Constructivist ($20), Estée Lauder Pure Color Gelée Powder EyeShadow ($24.00).

Add some color on your cheeks. Blushes become so important in winter; they seem to have the magic to add a little sunshine to our pale winter faces.  A well-applied blush accentuates your cheekbones and is a must in the make-up bag. Cream is once again the name of the game when it come to your cheek products. Cream blush gives skin a natural, dewy glow and disguises the fact that skin is actually dry. Go for cream blushes because they have that translucent quality that is easy to build up or blend in for a more natural look. Stila Convertible Color in Gerbera ($25.00). NARS Soulshine Blush Palette, ($41.00).

Don’t be afraid of dark lipsticks. It’s time to bring the dark lipstick out of the make-up bag! Red lips go dark and romantic this season with black cherry, mulberry, plum and wine shades.Adding this color to your lips automatically adds more colors to your cheeks and sparkle to your eyes. Dark lip colors are Asia, so stay away with blue toned lip color, they won’t suit your skin tone.  Also it’s always better looking when your dark lipstick is matte. Pops of matte color with minimal eye make-up looks very chic and grown-up! MAC Diva Matte Lipstick, $14.00Clarins Rouge Éclat Lipstick In Juicy Clementin, $26.00