Winter is a time to go all-out with your makeup. With no heat or humidity in the air to sweat off all the hard work done in front of the vanity, you can really play up your look no matter whether you are heading to work, coffee with friends or a big night out.
The cooler months are also a great time to change up the contents of your makeup case - switching out any cosmetics laden with harmful chemicals for new, fresh natural and organic products.
This week we are showing you a simple step-by-step way to achieve the smokey-eyed, sultry and mysterious look with only organic products. So let's get you looking glam, shall we?
Your base is the most important part of any degree of makeup application. Your skin needs to be thoroughly cleansed and moisturised, giving the skin a few minutes to absorb the benefits of this deep clean before layering it with product.
Prime your skin with the Inika Certified Organic Pure Primer. This product achieves the ultimate canvas for subsequent foundation and powder, and is jam-packed with Lavender and Lemon Myrtle and Jojoba Oil for maximum moisture.
Apply a layer of Sante Soft Cream Foundation, in your choice of 3 shades, once your primer has set in. Winter is all about doing away with the translucent coverage of summer and opting for a medium to heavy coverage base. Build up the base by adding additional layers, using a foundation brush for maximum effect. Once you have the desired coverage, you can leave it fresh for a more dewy finish, or dust a fine layer of setting powder over the parts that tend to get shiny throughout the day (the forehead, nose and chin). We recommend Miessence Translucent Powder to really make your look go the extra mile. Completely organic, this product is lightly fragranced with rose otto, making it a gorgeous addition to your on-the-go makeup case.
Now for the fun part!
Blend a dark eyeshadow like Zola Cosmetics Mineral Eyeshadow in 'Obsidian' across your eyelid using a good-quality eyeshadow brush. Spend time making sure it is thoroughly blended around the creases of your eye, and use a light shade like Inika Vegan Mineral Eyeshadow in 'Gold Dust' to highlight the brow bone.
This season is all about bold, heavy eyebrows. Using the Sante Eyebrow Pencil in your natural shade, fill in your brows with the pencil, using short feathery strokes, and use the alternate end to comb your brows into place once you are done.
You are almost done!
Draw a long-lasting organic eyeliner like the Sante Kajal Eyeliner Pencil onto your lower lash line, using its smart sponge tip to seamlessly create the ultimate smokey eye look.
Apply lashings of a heavy-duty but natural mascara to your top and bottom lashes, depending on the final look you want to achieve. We love the Miessence Organic Mascara in Pure Black, because even if you have fair eyelashes naturally, darkening them gives the ultimate intense 'pop' to your winter makeup look.
As your smokey, seductive eyes are doing all the talking this winter, a muted lipstick is the best way to ensure your look is only intense in the one main area. A fawn, taupe or nude neutral shade will give a polished finish to your overall look, without being too overwhelming. The Neek Vegan Lipstick range features some gorgeous soft creamy colours, so you'll be sure to find your perfect match.
Pop your favourite organic lip balm (right now, we're loving the sweet-smelling Eco Lips Mongo Kiss range) in your handbag to protect your kissers whilst braving the chilly elements and you are done!
You've achieved an everyday smokey makeup look, using only the most nourishing and safe organic products on your face.
Consider the change in season as a great time to treat yourself to a new kit full of natural goodies that will make the real you shine through!