Winter makeup tricks to solve your dry skin woes

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Makeup application is not always an easy task. Add winter weather to the mix -- which comes with its own particular set of problems (think chapped lips, splotches and dry skin) -- and you've got a true beauty challenge.

We turned to makeup guru Sir John, Beyoncé's go-to guy, to school us on saving face in the harsh winter months. Keep reading to find out the products, tools and methods he swears by for gorgeous winter makeup.

FOR A PERFECT POUT

Kiss Dry Lips Good-Bye
Sir John's remedy for chapped lips is to care for your dry pout the way you care for the delicate skin around your eyes -- with eye cream. His prescription: "Apply a few dabs of nourishing eye cream on your lips, then layer with lip balm to lock in the moisture."

Give Matte Makeup a Go
One might think that matte lipsticks or long-wear lipsticks are a no-go for winter (they both can have a drying effect), but Sir John says go for it. "Matte formulas create a compelling visual against luminous skin," he says, "but you have to be more responsible. Regularly scrubbing your lips with brown sugar and honey creates a healthy base for your lip color."

FOR A FLAWLESS COMPLEXION

Moisturizer Is a Must
Patchy skin is one of the most common winter skin problems. But, according to Sir John, it's not the worst problem to have: "Unlike acne-prone or highly sensitive skin, dry skin can be exfoliated and doused with moisturizers to maximize luminosity before adding foundation or concealer." He adds, "If skin is properly moisturized, you can play with so many more products."

Perfect Your Technique With the Right Tools
Sir John's obsession of late is Artis brushes -- specifically number 8 and number 9. He recommends using liquid foundation, as it goes with the chemistry of our bodies better and doesn't look so much like makeup, and applying it in a circular motion for a flawless, airbrush-quality finish.

Go for That Rosy "I Just Walked in From the Cold" Glow
Start with cream blush to anchor your cheek color, and then set it with powder blush. As for where you should apply it? Sir John says to find your sweet spot: "Make a big, cheesy smile with your mouth closed, then deliver the color to wherever you see the most volume in your cheeks."

FOR SHOWSTOPPING EYE SHADOW

Layer Up
Start with a base of eyeliner in the same color that you're planning to use as shadow. This will not only help fill in some fine lines, but, according to Sir John, eyeliner also acts similar to lip liner to help your shadow hold -- especially shimmery shadow layered over shimmery liner.

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Winter makeup tricks to solve your dry skin woes

Merlot Lips

A poppy red lip for the holidays? Always a winner, but a bit expected. Mix up your pout palette by adding a hint of purple; give burgundies and merlots their moment in the, er, winter sun. These dark-ruby shades are the perfect accents to neutral or smoky shadow.

Tip: Layer your lip colors to land on the ideal shade. A cool blue-red, even over a warmer red tone, will help make your teeth look whiter. 

Braids

From beginner, ready-in-minutes styles -- like a twist-wrapped topknot -- to more expert creations -- like French-braided crowns -- you can’t go wrong with a plait to make your hairstyle feel extra special.

Tip: Spritz your bobby pins with hairspray to give them extra grip. They’ll keep your style in place all night long.

Glowing Skin

Even if you’re steering clear of glitter for the season, you definitely want your skin to be radiant. Use a glow illuminator to create a fresh, dewy complexion that won’t quit.

Tip: Remember to exfoliate weekly to shed dry skin.

Winged Liner

Styles from the 1960s and ’70s dominated the runways this season, meaning one of our favorite beauty looks is in again (though some could argue it never really left). Swipe on a thick line of liquid black liner and top it off with sky-high lashes for a truly classic holiday vibe.

Tip: If you’re new to the liquid liner game, draw a pencil outline first.

Bejeweled Hair

This season, give your statement necklaces a break and instead pull the attention to your hair. Finish any hairstyle with a jeweled headband, clip or tiara (that’s right, they’re not just for royalty anymore) to add a touch of glitz and glamour to your look.

Tip: Back-combing, or teasing, the hair just behind the headband will help keep it from sliding out of place. 

Shimmery Lids

Glittery shadow sometimes gets a bad rap, as it can sometimes come off a bit juvenile. But when done right -- paired with nude lips, an effortless hairstyle and buff nails -- the result is sultry and sophisticated.

Tip: Apply a wash of silvery shadow over almost any daytime eye look to give it evening-ready appeal.

Monochrome Palettes

Mix barely-there hues -- think peach blush, light-gold eye shadow, an almost-nude lip color -- with one darker element, like black liner, and you’re sure to stand out at any holiday party.

Tip: For a simple, neutral eye, start with a lighter tone like beige or champagne across your entire lid. Then, smudge a darker brown or mocha color into your lid crease for a subtler twist on a smoky eye.

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