BEAUTY BAR: Au Naturel

The first official day of winter is December 21st, but in Minnesota, that is not the case. Winter has arrived already in November, and snow is surrounding us. Getting out of bed is that much harder now as the coziness is soon interrupted once a Fashionista steps out of bed. The beauty department does not completely decline during this season, but it defiantly looses some vitality. How does one keep up? There are hundreds of different cosmetic options out there. What to choose? Neutrals! When you have less time in the morning, but do not want to go totally au naturel with no makeup, choose a natural palette.

This Fashionista is wearing a natural foundation that matches her skin perfectly, without any added bronzing effects. Clinique seems to have almost every shade out there. It is also great for sensitive and oily skin. Go to Sephora and take their skin ID test to make sure you get a 100 percent accurate skin tone match when choosing a foundation. Best of all, it is free! For the eyes, she has chosen a very dark brown liner, and small amount of shadow lining the inner line right above the lashes. A black mascara was used, and it was put on naturally, no clumps or excess. Lastly, a sheer lip balm is all you need. This Fashionista is using Smith’s Minted Rose lip balm. It gives off the perfect subtle shine, while moisturizing. Smith’s can be found at Sephora, Urban Outfitters and Ulta Beauty. If you’re feeling like the lack of sun this winter is turning you into the color of the snow, add some blush! A subtle shade depending on your skin tone will liven up your summertime sadness face.

Just because it is cold does not mean you have to hide behind layers of sweatshirts, or freeze in a thin T-shirt. This Fashionista is wearing an adorable turtleneck sweater. The perfect mix between baggy, warm and turtleneck is this item. It can be found at Aritzia and is known as the Montpellier Sweater. It is a Christmas list must have! Throw on some dark jeans or leggings, with some riding boots or Sorrels with this. And voilà! You are now stylish, warm and all-natural. Looks effortless, but flawless at the same time.

What’s on the BEAUTY BAR? To get this Fashionista’s look, you will need a natural lipstick, lip stain, matte or gloss. Leave your hair natural, to complement the natural tones in the rest of the color palette oriented towards your face. Lay out an outfit the night before, with a turtleneck or oversized sweater, tight skinny jeans and some boots. As an au naturel Fashionista, you will be able to turn heads even at 6:00 a.m.