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Sweater: Gap (similar); Dress; Forever21 (similar on sale); Necklace: c/o Lulu*s; Boots: Sperry (similar)
In the dead of winter, a date night often sounds to me like a terrible, cold, potentially snowy/slushy/rainy adventure. My clothes feel tired and old, sweaters pilled and jeans worn too many weekends straight to count. My heels can't be worn in the ice or snow. My legs are tired of tights. And often, my make-up is also feeling tired. And tired make-up + face + clothes + weather does not = feeling beautiful. I feel like I have the same ritual every day of winter: smudgy eyeliner because my pencil hasn't been sharpened, cover up and powder to cover up the under-eye bags, and usually no lipstick because I just forget and opt for Carmex instead. Add some hair in a high bun and you get winter-Kelsey.
But I often find that when I spend some time on my hair and face, experimenting with brighter and lighter colors (like this pink lipstick, Kohl eyeliner, and fresh powder to keep my face light and bright - all from Walgreens), I feel renewed. I want to put on a flirty dress (like the one above) for a date night out in the snowy mess that is the city. I want to layer jewelry and put back on my rings to display when fingers become ungloved. I want to actually do my hair in a braid or add sparkly headband.
I am a big fan of bright, dewy make-up as a general preference. I love lighter lipsticks and shiny gloss. They remind me of tanner times when my face glows by itself. Being a very fair-skinned person, though, my under-eye circles often like to shine through light make-up in the winter. To achieve a fresh and "light" make-up look if you're fair-skinned, use the following makeup tips:
1. Start by learning how to contour your foundation to highlight and shape
2. Pick an eyeliner that's dark enough to give some substantial coverage if you have under-eye circles (it distracts from them!)
3. Go light on the mascara - just a couple of swipes for a brighter upper lid
4. Choose a light lipstick color (it instantly looks flirtier) and consider adding gloss
5. Cover everything with a light layer of powder to add another layer of brightness!