LOTW: How To Channel Your Inner Snow Bunny

Whether you’re vacationing in Aspen or not.
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Whether you’re vacationing in Aspen or not.

I have never been on skis a day in my life, but I still find myself obsessed with achieving that “I’ve been hitting the slopes" snow bunny look. You know, windblown cheeks, slightly tanned skin, and soft lips--fresh and natural. 

To start, I primed my lids and layered the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Yogurt (a metallic pink-Champagne) over the mobile lid. Next I took Milani Bella Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Bella Champagne and applied that from the mobile lid to just below the brow bone. 

applying eye shadow

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils make a great shadow base.

I didn’t want my liner to be too harsh or bold, so I opted to use the Jordana 12 HR Made to Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencil in Espresso Last and line straight across my lash liner. I also highlighted the inner corner of my eyes and brow bone with the shade Nude from my Lorac PRO Palette

blending eye shadow

Highlighting with Nude.

After I applied my foundation and concealer, I swept some Bella Champagne on my lower lash line and coated my upper lash line with CK One Color Mascara in Black. 

champagne eye makeup

I went with frosty Champagne, but you can also do this look with a light silver if you prefer cooler colors.

To get a little faux-glow going, I applied TYRA By Tyra Banks Light in a Stick to the tops of my cheekbones and just above my brows, and swept bareMinerals Warmth All-Over Face Color to the outer edges of my forehead, in the hollows of my cheeks, and across my nose to give a bronzed effect. 

applying bronzer to face

If you are fairer-skinned, you may want to try a lighter bronzer like NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny.

Finally, I added some flush with TYRA By Tyra Banks Cheek in a Stick; dabbing it on the lips lightly for a more subtle effect, and concentrating the color mostly on the apples of my cheeks and blending it back to the hairline.

winter flush makeup

The finished look is subtle and natural.


eye shadow swatches

L-R: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Yogurt, Lorac PRO Palette Nude, Milani Bella Eyes in Bella Champagne, TYRA by Tyra Banks Light in a Stick, TYRA By Tyra Banks Cheek in a Stick, and Jordana 12 HR Made To Last Liquid Eyeiner Pencil in Espresso Last.

Now let’s check out the three looks I was digging from you guys last week:

  • Are you into that “just been skiing” look? 
  • Do you feel left out by winter fashion and beauty trends because you live in a perpetually warm climate? 
  • What's inspiring your makeup and beauty routine this winter? 

You know what to do, show me your LOTW (hair, makeup, nails, oh my!) in the comments below, on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Make sure to tag @xoVain and #xolotw!