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Must-try winter beauty trends

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Winter makeup musts

Get ready to break through beauty boredom this winter. While you might be tempted to hibernate until June (don't worry, we hate winter too), it's much more fun to forget about the cold and have a little fun. Keep things fresh from a style perspective this season by giving one of these noteworthy beauty trends a try.      
Woman with flawless makeup

Dramatic, exaggerated lashes

Long eyelashesGo lash crazy this season, we say! Eyelashes should be extra-long and ultra-thick and not necessarily natural.

Think 1960s and 1970s Twiggy, Goldie Hawn and Bridget Bardot. Clumpy, spidery lashes may have made a splash this fall, but for winter, it's all about going long. Exaggerated look-at-me eyelashes are not only dramatic but create a luxurious look perfect for freshening up your regular makeup routine.

Enhance your natural lashes with a few strategically placed false eyelashes, especially on the outer corners to open up your eyes. Finish with two (or even three) coats of mascara for a bold, on-trend beauty look.

The strong smoky eye

It's time to go bold where eye makeup is concerned. The bold eye trend has been holding strong as a makeup must and showing no signs of going anywhere this winter – and that's a good thing.

Smoky eye makeup

In particular for winter we're seeing the classic smoky eye adopt a stronger, edgier feel. Keira Knightley wears the strong, smoky eye well, as do Mila Kunis and Zoe Saldana, all of whom made it a red carpet essential throughout the fall.

The sexy, sultry look calls for lining both the upper and lower eyelash lines with a heavy but steady hand and then lightly smudging the liner to finish off with a softer, more feminine twist. Pair this makeup trend with sheer pink or peach lips to make your eyes the focal point.

The hot red lip

LipstickBe prepared to get your lips noticed. If you've been bored with your usual palette of more toned down shades, this is your chance to have some fun. Painted, boldly hued pouts are in this winter and red is the must-have hue of the season. We've seen a bevy of celebrity beauties rocking crimson lips lately, from Sofia Vergara to Christina Hendricks to Angelina Jolie, just to name a few. The trend is a great way to energize your look for winter, and the key to making it work is to play down other features to accentuate the beauty of gorgeous, full red lips. So if you are going to work a brightly made up mouth, opt for a neutral palette elsewhere to really create a show-stopping look.

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