You know what they say about us former high school freaks always getting the last laugh, right? Case in point: this season’s most-wanted makeup is all about all things glamorously goth. (And no, we will not be drawing Robert Smith comparisons. Rather, think Morticia Addams meets Dita von Teese.) This is quite the boon for the naturally fair among us; suddenly, my ghostly pallor is trendy! The dramatic, dangerous vamp look is easier to pull off than you might think, especially when the rest of your body is swathed in sweaters and scarves ― there’s no better, more weather-appropriate way to make a statement. [Photo: StyleBistro]
- When the focus is on your face, you want to be sure that your centerpiece is as flawless as possible. Every skin tone and type benefits from the use of a brightening treatment, particularly during the winter when complexions tend to lose their luster. Origins Brighter By Nature High Potency Brightening Peel pads contain alpha-hydroxy fruit acids to improve skin clarity and evenness instantly, and are gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. A huge misconception is that there’s no need for sunscreen this time of year: whether it’s 10 degrees or 100, a high SPF is the most important thing for skin preservation.
- Kiss your lipstick comfort zone goodbye: oxblood and burgundy shades are everywhere this season, and they’re just as wearable in makeup as they are in your wardrobe. These dark, rich shades look gorgeous on every skin color, and there’s a formula friendly enough for everyone. Cult favorite Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey is a sheer, buildable balm for, ahem, bold lipstick virgins, and Dior Dior Addict Extreme in Sunset Boulevard is a reddish plum in a more pigmented, incredibly moisturizing formula. For a lush, velvety matte finish, NARS Pure Matte comes in a variety of darker options, from Amsterdam, a wine-stained garnet, to Volga, a deep aubergine.
- Contrary to instinct, which would be not to put anything red anywhere near your eyes, ever, these shades also make for beautiful eyeshadows, especially in pearly finishes. MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream in 17 Plum is stunning when dabbed on lids; for a more subdued dash of color, smudge Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in 1999, a shimmering plum, into the lashline.
- Any good vamp knows that the proof is in the eyeliner ― liquid eyeliner, that is. There’s nothing quite so seductive as an expertly flicked cat eye and, as a major plus, it’s one of the few formulations that can withstand cold, wind, and rain. Forget the majority of high-end offerings: Maybelline Line Stiletto in Blackest Black is the only liquid liner that really holds up at the end of the day, weather be damned.