The Winter Makeup Menu

The Essentials

As much as I love the bright shades, the corals, the pinks and the peaches, rich chocolate browns, burnt burgundies and coppers are what my heart truly loves.

The temperatures have dropped, the Holidays Are Coming advert has graced our TV screens and I’ve just brought a fleeced line coat… Winter has well and truly captured my heart and I’m SO ready to fully embrace this season.

I love Winter themed makeup. Just hand me all the berry toned lipsticks and you might as well just bring allll the glitter whilst you’re at it. It’s the perfect time of year to go all out and go for a really glamorous look to match all the festive spirit around town.

I’ve rounded up my Winter make-up favourites that I just keep reaching for again and again for the perfect frosty themed look. And guess what, all of these would make perfect Christmas treats, either for your make-up loving bezzie oooooor perfect for your own wishlist this year.

So, without further ado, here’s the seven makeup products perfect for your Winter makeup menu.

Winter Makeup Menu
Winter Makeup Menu

All About The Eyes

When it came to digging through my stupidly big palette collection, I just knew the two palettes I wanted needed to feature in this post. The only two palettes I’ve been reaching for in the past two weeks, alternating depending on whether I want a burgundy or brown look.

Let’s talk about the latest addition to my palette collection; brought when exploring the beautiful streets of Rome; the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette didn’t get much of my love during the Summer months but it’s really been brought into it’s element now we’re entering Winter. Full to the brim with beautiful rich cocoa shades, burnt oranges and even a navy blue; this palette is my best friend in Winter. I love it’s ability to be the perfect subtle day time palette but just a few extra details takes it perfect into a Christmassy evening. It’s beautiful, insanely pigmented, soft and creamy and any eyeshadow’s (and chocolate!) lovers dream.

For those days I want a more rosy look, I grab the MAC Cosmetics Burgundy Times Nine palette which, let’s be honest, could not be more beautiful. The perfect dupe for Kylie’s Burgundy Palette, this offers you endless festive looks provided by beautiful shadows that feature MAC’s incredible quality it’s famous for. And yes, that gold shade really does look as stunning as the picture shows.

I’m loving really big, thick lashes this Winter but I don’t want the hassle of falsies. You already know my ever-glowing love for the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, a pretty impressive mascara that’s beautifully thickening and lengthening all in one. This creates a picture perfect result in just one layer; and whilst no mascara is never really going to match the impressive-ness false lashes give off, this comes pretty darn close.

Define and Add Sparkle

After the obsession with Kim K’s flawless contour routine, I’ve really jumped on the wholllle contour bandwagon. Certainly not as extensive as Mrs. West’s routine but not adding that little bit of extra defintion in my make-up routine really does make all the difference and the Seventeen Contour Kit really is the easiest way to go about it. The contour shade is warm but not orange, is pigmented but can be built up if you really need it to be. The highlighting shade is matte (perfect!) and whilst doesn’t make a crazy difference, is perfect for setting under-eye concealer to give off that highlighted look that ties a whole look in together.

If, like me, you cannot get enough of highlighter at the moment, then I have the perfect contender for you. Super easy to buy, always in stock and you can actually go to a store to swatch and buy it, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle is such a picture perfect highlighter. It’s beautifully packed with shimmer but isn’t as over the top as you’d imagine. Such a beautiful staple highlighter that definitely deserves a spot in your make-up bag.

The Finishing Touch

No make-up look is complete without a little bit of lipstick and whilst this time of year, I normally cannot give you enough of berry-toned shades, I’ve been reaching more and more for the classic nudes. For everyday there’s only one that I’ve been reaching for; Rimmel Only 1 Matte Lipstick in Trendsetter. Such a beautiful warm-toned nude that just slides on the lips but stays for a good few hours. It’s just the perfect option to chuck on quickly to tie together a look that’s simple but statement.

Now, I know that the Kylie Lip Kits get such a mixed reaction in the beauty industry, and I’ve definitely had one that wasn’t great (Kourt K I’m looking at you! Full review: here) but the one I’m writing about today is pretty much well, um, perfect! Dolce K is the most amazing Winter shade; dark, statement, matte. It’s got everything I want from a liquid lipstick. It dries completely matte but doesn’t actually dry out the lips and I can honestly wear this for a good six to seven before it starts to fade away. I’ve heard rumours that Kylie has changed the formula, so if that’s true, I really hope it’s as good as the original because this is pretty fantastic!

So, there we have it: my Winter makeup menu! ❄️ Let me know, what is your one must have Winter makeup product this year?

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Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette
Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Lip Kit
Rimmel Only 1 Matte ‘The Matte Factor’ Lipstick
MAC Cosmetics Burgandy x 9 Palette
Seventeen Define and Conquer Kit
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
MAC Cosmetics Soft and Gentle Highlighter

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  • I have to try that kylie lip kit, looks amazing! 🙂

    Lotte |

    • It really is lovely, I hope you like it. Thank you for reading xx

  • Oooooh I love the MAC burgundy palette I can’t stop staring at it! I’ve been loving Better Than Sex recently it just gives you full black lashes so easily!

    corrie |

    • It’s SO beautiful isn’t it, just perfect for Winter! Thank you for reading xx

  • I need the Too Faced palette! It sounds perfect. I’ve been really loving the Zoeva Carmel melange palette, it has some beautiful warm tones. xx

    • Literally, you have to get it. It’s something pretty special. Ahh, I have that on my Christmas wishlist, fingers crossed, thanks for reading lovely xx

  • So agree with all these products! I love my Soft & Gentle Highlighter & my Kylie Lip Kits. That Mac palette is so stunning. I´m kind of regretting being on a beauty spending ban right now. That looks like a palette I have to get my hands on!
    xx Lisa | Following Lisa

    • Thank you as always Lisa! The second you come off your spending ban you’ll have to get Burgundy Times Nine, it’s truly beautiful! Xx

  • These all look so fab! Need to try! x

    • Thank you so much for reading Primrose! x

  • Jasmine Watson

    Love that mac pallet! So perfect for this time of year x

    • It’s truly beautiful, thank you for reading! xx

  • I need to dig my MAC Burgundy palette out again! Great post! xx

    Beautylymin| Urban Decay Bundle Giveaway

    • Certainly perfect for this time of year! Thank you for reading! xx

  • Caroline Malone

    Soft & Gentle is my perfect highlighter for Christmas/Autumn time, it’s so beautifully glowy! I can’t believe I still haven’t invested in any of the Too Faced Chocolate Palettes, though I own far too many brown/neutral/copper shadows haha! xx

  • I love that Mac eyeshadow palette! What beautiful colors for winter!

    Carrie |

    • It’s certainty perfect for the festive season! Thank you for reading xx

  • Your blog is so beautiful – wonderful colours and products.

    • Thank you so much for reading Rosa! xx

  • I really want that Too Faced Palette, might have to add it to my Christmas list! x

    • Oooh definitely, it’s stunning! Thank you for reading xx

  • Kirsty Hoggons

    Can I just link people to this post and say it’s my Christmas list?? All of these sound amazing and I don’t have any of them. Thank you so much for sharing x

    • Haha, thank you so much Kirsty! I hope you get some of this, it’s all truly wonderful! Thank you for reading xx