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Winter Makeup Looks

Three ways to create easy winter eye makeup for all occasions

Alexa Chung Winter Makeup Look

We might not be able to celebrate the Festive Season with our usual traditions this year thanks to social distancing measures, but that doesn't mean we can't still experiment with new winter makeup looks, right?

From classic smokey eyes and abstract cat liner to bold, bright lips, let the cooler weather be a chance for you to try something different with your makeup.

Read on to discover three easy winter makeup looks that can be recreated with just a few multi-tasking beauty products, including the Alexa Chung’s LIMITED EDITION All-Day Soirée Lipstick Trio, an assortment of festive lip colours curated by our brand ambassador.

But before you begin your winter makeup look…

Prep your skin. Making sure your face is hydrated is key for creating a flawless makeup look, especially in winter when the cold wind and air conditioning can wreak havoc on your complexion. After cleansing, apply a thick layer of your favourite nourishing moisturiser (our pick: Drunk Elephant's Lala Retro Whipped Moisturising Cream) and wait five minutes for it to completely sink into the skin, taking care to include the eye area which can be prone to dryness. Once it’s absorbed, you’re ready to experiment with a variety of the winter makeup looks that we have to share.

Winter Skin Primer
Smokey Eye Look - Suitable for Winter

Winter Makeup Look 1 - Subtle but smokey 

A chic daytime take on the classic smokey eye, this winter-friendly makeup look uses the award-winningIconoclast  Eyeshadow Palette in Lustrous Corduroy to create an illusion of lived-in makeup. First, apply the velvety soft award-winning Radiate Beauty Balm to the entire face and cover up any redness with the long-wearing Seamless Cover Concealer. The light-diffusing encapsulated pigment spheres will help to brighten your complexion and give you a youthful glow.

  1. Iconoclast Eyeshadow Palette - Lustrous Corduroy
    Iconoclast Eyeshadow Palette - Lustrous Corduroy
    Was: £45.00 Now £33.76
  1. Code 8 BB Cream Shown in Bottle
    Radiate Beauty Balm
    Was: £41.00 Now: £30.76
  1. Code 8 Full Coverage Liquid Concealer
    Seamless Cover Skin Perfecting Concealer
    Was: £27.00 Now: £20.26

Once you’ve created a flawless base for your winter makeup look, take the lightest shade from the Lustrous Corduroy eyeshadow palette and use a brush to apply it all over the lid. With the same brush, use the matte brown shade along the lash line to add definition and blend.

Next, coat your top and bottom lashes with our Vitamin E-enriched Lash Sophisticate Mascara. Finally, swipe the subtle matte nude lipstick “Affogato” from Alexa Chung's All-Day Soirée Lipstick Trio over your lips. And there you have it—a flattering, but subtle smokey eye look that’s perfect for every day throughout the winter months. 

Lipstick Swatches

Additionally, this season we are proud to partner with The Womanity Foundation to support their ‘Girls Can Code’ initiative in Afghanistan. With each purchase of this Limited Edition Lipstick Trio, 10% of the value of your purchase will go towards funding a young girl’s coding courses, allowing her to pursue a career in the tech sector.

Code8 Blush Palettes

Winter Makeup Look 2 - Pretty in pink

Winter is often associated with dark shadows and berry lips, but if you use too many heavy colours it may come across too harsh and wash out your complexion. If you want to appear sun-kissed even when it’s almost snowing outside, try working with warm tones instead. Start by applying the finely milled Bronze Summer Glow powder to the high points of your face with a fluffy powder brush, for a naturally bronzed radiance. The best part? This bronzer packs a good-for-your-skin punch, as it’s infused with coconut oil and cocoa seed butter to give you a healthy, lit-from-within look.

The next step in creating this winter makeup look is to take the silky Blush Palette in Merlot and apply all three shades to the centre of your eyelids. The special Knead Technology makes it easy to blend, so you can adjust the colour intensity to suit your complexion and your mood. 

  1. Code 8 Bronzing Powder
    Bronze Summer Glow Powder
    Was: £35.00 Now: £26.26
  1. Code 8 Blush Palette Open – Merlot
    Blush Palette - Merlot
    Was: £34.00 Now £25.50
Alexa Chung Makeup Look

Next, add drama to your look with a slick cat eye created using the water-resistant, long-lasting  Precision Liquid Liner and finish with a swipe of the creamy lipstick  “Peach Dream” from Alexa Chung’s All-Day Soirée Lipstick Trio. The result? A pink-toned winter makeup look that will make eyes pop without the need for dark colours.

Alexa Chung Winter Look

Winter Makeup Look 3 - Alexa's Christmas Party Look 

A shimmery eye and red lip is classic for the festive season, but to keep things feeling modern it’s key to combine textures for a fresh finish. Alexa Chung is a pro at nailing this modern take on party makeup, so if you want to get her signature Christmas look, start by applying the medium coverageDay To Night Foundation all over the skin. Infused with Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E, this nourishing foundation will instantly give you a flawless, yet natural-looking base.

Then, take the metallic copper shade from theIconoclast Eyeshadow Palette in Lustrous Corduroy and apply it all over the lid for a sheer wash of colour. We love the Iconoclast Palette range for their highly-pigmented colours that are buildable to your taste whether you are looking for a spring, summer of winter eye makeup look—thanks to the revolutionary Knead Technology process, during which the pre-baked pigments are mixed with Sweet Almond Oil to achieve the silky smooth finish. 

  1. Day to Night Foundation
    Day to Night Foundation
    Was: £46.00 Now: £34.50
  1. Iconoclast Eyeshadow Palette - Lustrous Corduroy
    Iconoclast Eyeshadow Palette - Lustrous Corduroy
    Was: £45.00 Now £33.76

Next, sweep the Highlight HD Palette in Between Two Women across your cheekbones to help enhance the gold undertones of the eyeshadow. Finish with Alexa’s Bespoke Matte Velour Lipstick in “Pillar Box”. The vibrant but matte red shade brings the look together, while the velvety matte finish keeps your look modern and fresh. 

We hope you’ve enjoyed these winter makeup looks that will help make your eyes pop. Whichever you decide to wear, they’ll draw all the attention away from your layers of knitwear and on to your beautiful face. 

  1. Code 8 Highlight HD Palette Get the Gloss Award
    Highlight - HD Palette
    Was: £33.00 Now £24.76
Matte Velour Lipstick - Perfect For Winter