Makeup Trends for Winter

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Seasonal fashion trends carry over into makeup to bring a whole new concept to grab attention. Shimmer shades are fading due to mattes taking center stage. Smoky hues and hyper-pigment dominate color palettes, but with a twist. This fall and winter will bring us contrast. Models are showing us how to define our favorite features.

On women with intricately made-up eyes, you'll see natural looking lips with perhaps only a dab of lip gloss. On women who choose to highlight their lips with lip liner and the perfect shade of lipstick, you'll see eyes with muted earth tones and a just a bit of mascara.

Passionate purple takes center stage as this season's must-have color for eyes. Wear it how you like. Subtle and soft or bright and bold, your eyes will surely get noticed. Don't worry about matching eye shadow and clothing. Contrast is current and quite fashionable.

If you want modern, up-do-date eyes, forget the liquid liners. this winter, it's eye pencils all the way. Available in an array of fun colors, you can mix and blend till your heart's content. Don't be afraid to extend the lines a little further to get a distinctive, nighttime look.

Mascara does double-duty by adding length plus volume. Many come in all-in-one packages, two wands and two small tubes, one with basecoat and one with a topcoat in your favorite color. It's up to you do decide if the results are worth the fuss.

For an understated appearance, sheer, mineral makeup is growing in popularity with those who don't necessarily need full coverage or bold colors. Cosmetics companies are meeting those needs with a variety of powder foundations, blushes, and eye-shadows. Light application helps keep the skin natural and clear.

Technique is important when applying makeup. Today's top trend is au-natural but there is a lot of definition for the eyes, lips and cheeks. Common mistakes include poor lighting and not choosing the proper colors for your skin tone. Avoid shimmer and frosted makeup if you have some fine lines and wrinkles to hide. Add a hint of good old-fashioned rouge for a healthy, youthful glow.