The Winter Feels

I don’t know when or why, but somehow winter has become one of my favorite times of the year.  But, I can probably attribute this to the fact that I love any and everything cozy!  I seriously can snuggle up on the couch with coffee and Netflix (or Youtube, let’s be real!) for hours on end  in the winter.  According to the stats, this is normal behavior.  The winter season makes us want to rush IN to escape the harsh winds, versus in the summer, we’re dying to get OUT.  See, there’s a method to the coze madness I seek, lol! 

Seasonal Favs that We All Love

The crispness of the air along with that unspoken “refresher” that happens in the winter months, suite the onset of a new year perfectly!  Although I know everyone loves a snow filled season, I for 1 am quite happy to enjoy my 1st winter back down south and out of those cold New York streets.  I do however LOVE looking at winter themed photography and enjoying all the things that “feel” like winter!  This mood board I but together is literally how I feel about these colder months we’re enjoying.

winter coffee sweaters cozy

But besides unlimited Americanos at my favorite coffee shop or fleece lined blankets for those veg sessions on the couch, there are some things that are a bit winter tradition in the world of beauty.

The Classics in Winter Makeup

In the winter months we do little things to make the switch with our beauty routine. Often when we browse magazines or watch commercials, the makeup in winter is more matte, a bit heavier, less colorful, and kinda boring, lol! Some changes we make in our beauty routine for the colder months are:

  • slathering on a thicker moisturizer, and putting away our lighter summer one
  • changing over to a lighter foundation (because we get less sun—so our skin may get a shade or 2 lighter)
  • opting for a heavier foundation, because there’s less humidity and heat to avoid, so why not
  • wearing a more muted and subdued color palette on our eyes and cheeks

These are just a few things that have become winter traditional approaches to beauty throughout the years.  Working as a professional makeup artist for 10 years, I can attest to being instructed to provide these exact same techniques on models, celebs, etc., during the winter month shoots. 

However, I am a big fan of shaking things up, changing the game a little bit, or as they said in the 90’s flipping the script (okay, my age definitely creeps out sometimes, ignore it, lol) !

I totally believe in beautiful dewy skin, color on the face, and sheer lip colors in the winter.  Makeup is a fun accessory and there are no rules!  For example, metallics have long been preserved for the summer—because of their ability to reflect light and glow amazingly well in the sun.  Yet, they can look STUNNING in the winter as well!  Imagine a frosted platinum metallic eye against a beautiful winter snow landscape.  Are you picking up what I’m putting down?!  Today, we explore metallic makeup, a trend that is gorgeous, but can look VERY dated and old fashioned if not done in a modern, fresh way.  But don’t worry, I’m going to coach your through pulling off this trend 2018 style!

Metallic Makeup:  Revisiting An Oldie But Goodie

Metallic makeup had it’s biggest moments of glory in the 70s and 80s.  Undoubtedly because of the hype of disco balls (metal, bling, shine, glam), heavy party life culture, and excessive makeup looks, metallic looks were everywhere!

I think because of these types of visuals, that were so striking, we can’t easily forget them!  Metallic or, ‘liquid metal’ makeup, get a rep for being super dated or old fashioned.  And rightfully so.  If you do too much with this type of makeup look,  you would easily blend in with those images from decades ago!

Metallic Makeup of the Past Vs. Modern Metallics

A quick journey of metallics in makeup through the years:

metallic makeup bloggers celebrities models

Why Metallic Makeup Is Cool

Nonetheless, pulling off metallic makeup in a very modern way is absolutely achievable.   You just gotta know the tricks.  I spent the 1st 5 years of my career working New York fashion week, and got to do makeup for cool shows like Dennis Bosso, Narcisco Rodriguez, Monique Lhuillier, The Blondes, and Jeremy Scott to name a few.  In some of those shows we did really cool metallic makeup, in fresh and innovative ways, that proved:

  1. there’s nothing new under the sun, lol
  2. this trend is never going away! 

Metallic makeup is cool because it’s like jewelry for the face.  It’s “bling”, glam, luxurious, and sophisticated.  It makes people look expensive and cool.  Not to mention when applied as a highlighter to the cheeks, metallic based illuminators make the skin look more youthful, healthy, and vibrant!  Who wouldn’t want to look and feel this way, ESPECIALLY in the drab & mundane winter months?!

Okay, I hope you liked nerding out a bit with cosmetic history lol!  Now, let me show you my top 5 tips on how to rock a stunning, MODERN, metallic makeup look.  I put together a little recap for you at the end in the form of a lookbook, that you can easily shop with—using exactly what I used:-)  You can also download it for later, so you can have it ready to go on your phone or computer already, if you choose to look for these products on another day.  So, without further ado, let’s get into it! 

How to Perfectly Pull off Modern Metallics This Winter

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1:  Apply your thicker moisturizer with a drop or 2 of iridescent highlighter.   

Go for a beautiful highlighter with pearl or gold shimmer—NOT GLITTER—in it.  This type of highlighter will look like the pic below this in the sun:

It should look like a natural glow WITHIN your skin, not chunks of glitter on top!

Some of my recs: 

Ciate London Dewy Stix , Glow
Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer, #2

2:  Choose a more satin or semi matte finish foundation. 

Creams are great for this type of coverage or tinted moisturizers.

Some of my recs:  

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

3:  Keep the rest of the face VERY minimal.

This is the key factor to making this look 2018 versus 1988.  When we skip the contour,  2G shades lighter concealer highlight, and colored blush, the look stands alone as fresh, striking, and sort of dazzles (as it was meant to do!).  Go for a light dusting of a bit more of that highlighter from earlier, and powder down only the T Zone—where most people get the oiliest. 

Some of my recs: 

Make Up For Ever Super Matte Loose Powder
MAC Prep N Prime Transparent Powder Pressed

4:  Go for a NEAT brow, not a BEAT one.

Groom the brows, most definitely, but don’t be afraid to let some open spaces show through. I suggest a gel to tame the hair, then fill in only where it’s very sparse. 

Some of my recs:

Glossier Boy Brow
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

5:  Skip the liner and false lashes, rock with mascara only.

Back in the day, they piled on falsies and winged liner with the metallic look, and it was dope!  But if you want to kill it in 2018 with the metallic look, you have to leave those steps off.  Now, granted you can do what you want (makeup has no rules), but if your goal is to look fresh and chic, you really only need the mascara. 

Some of my recs: 

The 2018 Winter Metallic Look Book

See these tips in action through a collection of 3 “face of the days”,  I created for you in a mini lookbook! 

#1–Gold  Liner Fun

beauty blogger gold metallic eye makeup

key product: make up for ever aqua cream liner, 11 gold

beauty blogger gold metallic eye makeup red lipstick

lips: Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Stunna Lip Paint, uncensored

#2–Metallic Blue Cream Eyeshadow 

beauty guru blue eyeshadow beauty guru blue cream eyeshadow

#3–Pink Pearlescent Eyes & Lips

pink metallic makeup dark skin pink metallic makeup dark skin


I did a YouTube video on my channel (which you must subscribe to if you haven’t!), applying these techniques and having some fun in the process 🙂  If you’re a visual person, you’d wanna see it!  

Check it out, HERE!

black female youtube beauty guru

Shop My Looks

These are the key products from my Winter Metallics Lookbook.  Shop here and make this trend your own:-) .  The face products are the same in all 3 looks!



Makeup That Glows, Tag Me!

I hope you enjoyed this post on reviving an old makeup trend and that it inspired you to not go for the typical drab makeup that’s so traditional for the winter months!  I will always advocate NATURAL makeup, and these looks are no different, just with a little kick.  Find me on Facebook, Instagram, and of course my Youtube channel, to share more and see more of pro makeup tips.  If you do this look and post it anywhere, tag me boo, I wanna see!

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Until next time, bye loves💋


Hi, I'm Alexis, Most days you can find me glued to my computer, or creating beautiful content! I'm mostly known for my work as a 10 yr professional makeup artist, but nowadays I focus more on my lifestyle brand, Alexis Loves. I love serving the world by: dishing out all my knowledge on wearable makeup, sharing my journey with Christ while encouraging others along theirs, and inspiring women all around the world to seek self improvement. If you crave a community full of artistic visuals, spiritual growth, and witty real talk, you'll love it here :-)

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