It’s officially winter. It gets dark outside before dinner time, your parka is out of hibernation, and every makeup brand—from indie to drugstore to high end—has dropped their 2018 holiday collection. But, before setting your sights on the newest releases, and exposing yourself to the chaos of Sephora in December, stock up on these five makeup palettes perfect for winter weather.
Best Winter Makeup Palette for Dewy Skin
The cold air is bound to dry out your skin. Maybe a little or maybe a lot, depending on your skin type. You can moisturize and mask all you want, but most setting powders will still accentuate a winter weather dry patch. Unless, of course, you use the Natasha Denona Sculpt & Glow Face Highlighting & Contour Glow Palette. This palette comes with a handful non-drying powder pans and a few cream highlighters options. The result? A glow from within, all-over finish—essential for any winter weather look.
Shop now: Natasha Denona Sculpt & Glow Face Highlighting & Contour Glow Palette ($89)
Best Winter Makeup Palette for a Holiday Smoky Eye
This palette is filled with the same Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow formula you know and love, but in a trendy, new color scheme. The deep mauves and browns suit all skin tones, and the mix of both mattes and shimmers make it easy to create several winter weather looks. The Naked Cherry Palette is sexy enough for a night out, yet neutral enough for a holiday dinner with your family.
Shop now: Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette ($49)
Best Winter Makeup Palette for Gifting
Raved about by your faves, like @chrisspy and @kathleenlights, the ColourPop Cosmetics It’s A Princess Thing 15-pan eyeshadow palette is a must for creating a wide variety of winter weather eye looks. Even in the midst of below-freezing temperatures and dreary weather, these shades (cleverly named after your favorite Disney movies) will bring a smile to your face. And, if you don’t want it for yourself, this $20 makeup palette makes for a great holiday gift as well.
Shop now: Colourpop It’s A Princess Thing Pressed Powder Shadow Palette ($20)
Best Winter Makeup Palette for Contour
Okay, so maybe you don’t want to spend a fortune on quality makeup. Luckily, you don’t need to. Drugstores have really stepped up their game in recent years! Joah is an affordable, Korean beauty-inspired brand that recently hit CVS Pharmacy shelves. The Joah Be My Everything Cream Contour Palette is an all-in-one contour and color correcting palette that will give you chiseled cheekbones without breaking the bank.
Shop now: Joah Be My Everything Cream Contour Palette ($16)
Best Winter Makeup Palette for an Everyday Look
Influencer collaborations are pretty common these days. But this one, created by @desiperkins, Katy of @lustrelux, and Dose of Colors is something special. Plus, it’s available at Ulta so, if you don’t believe me, you can swatch it in-store before you buy. With a blend of holiday shimmers and neutral mattes, this product is great for winter, but versatile enough for year-round use. The 10-pan palette has a lot to offer, but the real show-stopper is a black shadow with silver flecks—appropriately called “Game Over.”
Shop now: Dose of Colors Desi x Katy Friendcation Palette ($55)
Which one of these palettes is at the top of your list? Let us know in the comments below!
Opening image by Laura Craffey.