Mood Boosting Makeup for Gloomy Weather

Mood Boosting Makeup Tutorial

It's downright disgusting outside. Cold. Grey. Rainy. Depressing. I'm not one to experience bouts of SAD but I am prone to SLD - Seasonal Laziness Disorder. For some reason when it starts raining all knowledge of how to look stylish or put together just flies out the window. I want thick leggings (literally too lazy to button jeans), a massive sweater and some sort of pull on boot.

Which is why this isn't a fashion post. What I AM capable of is choosing uplifting makeup products that make me feel confident I can take on the day. Glowing skin, expensive eyes, a perfect ruby lip - these kinds of items provide me with the solace and comfort I need in the morning. When I'm feeling depressed about leaving my house I need buttery formulas, expensive packaging and altogether satisfying application. And I don't want to settle for anything less. 

Best Brightening Makeup Products

1. A silky-smooth, effortless complexion

We're talking high-slip, lots of silicone and a decent glow factor. Think Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk, Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle, Koh Gen Do Aqua or YSL Fusion Ink (which I hate to love, because of the alcohol). Something gloriously scented and even more gloriously packaged. A glass bottle is 100% necessary. Apply with fingers, your favorite brush or an overpriced egg-shaped sponge. 

2. A ridiculously glowing setting powder 

I'm partial to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders because they perform even better than they look. Beautiful, reflective compact, powder pressed tightly into the pan and a nice big mirror. Diffused Light is my favorite because it counteracts my naturally red, ruddy complexion. My other recommendations would be NARS Light Reflecting Loose Powder and Guerlain's Pressed Meteorites Compact (though the balls would also work well). Whichever powder you choose must be dusted gently over the entire face with a soft, fat, fluffy powder brush. 

Rainy Day Gloomy Makeup Tutorial

For the rest of the face - bronzer is not totally necessary (I'm not wearing any here), because sometimes, perfectly-pink, "just in from the cold" cheeks look better than tanned skin. Blush is non-negotiable, but you may choose cream or powder based on preference. My favorites for rainy-day gloom are: Hourglass Ambient Blushes, Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes (the brightly-colored discs are incredibly cheery) and Benefit Box O' Powders (if these don't boost your mood, you're probably beyond hope and should just stay in).

3. A lavish eyeshadow palette

Ideally, this would come inside a velvet pouch but I'm not that picky. It does need to be beautiful and highly pigmented. Especially on cold, rainy mornings, I've probably overslept and need to get out the door quickly - I don't have time to layer and blend crappy eyeshadows. On days like these, a big 12-pan palette is usually too much effort. Go for a quad or a quint and a simple look. Use no more than 3 shades or you'll detract from the upcoming focal point - our red lip. My favorite palettes to splurge on are from Guerlain (pictured here), Dior, and Dolce & Gabbana

4. Big, thick eyelashes with lots of volume

You could do falsies here but more often I prefer lashings of mascara. You won't get the slightly clumped, sleepy effect that I love from natural lashes - they're too curled and eye opening in a fake kind of way. We're going for thick, dramatic lashes that are obscenely black. Therefore I would highly advise against using anything from the drugstore because it's never black enough. I've really been enjoying Charlotte Tilbury's Full Fat Lashes because its build-able and gives that glorious combo of length + volume. Other recommendations would be Chanel Le Volume, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill and Benefit They're Real. Pick one and layer until you can no longer wiggle the wand through your lashes. 

Sidenote - Brows are a must for any look, so I tend to leave them out since they're so obvious. Do not skimp on brows here. You want fat and fluffy, while still remaining defined and polished. I layer Benefit's Gimme Brow over either a pencil (ABH) or a powder (Sephora). 

5. A classic red lip 

Best Red Lipsticks for all complexionsThis is the one product that is absolutely critical. A great red is brightening while still being relaxed and sophisticated at the same time. I don't really see any other color working (fuchsia would be too out of place, coral too seasonally irrelevant and plum too depressing) except maybe a very pale, very french pink a la Catherine Deneuve in The Umbrella's of Cherbourg. If you're going for deep, classic red, it's got to be Urban Decay's F-Bomb (what I'm wearing here). Want something brighter? I have yet to find a better bright red than Revlon's Fire and Ice. My packaging (seen above) was the vintage re-promote, so it's very uplifting. Other recommendations would be Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 400 and Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Carnal. But any ruby-red bullet that makes you feel like a goddess divine will work. 

At this point I'm usually feeling very capable and ready for whatever shit weather is thrown at me. Hopefully, I will have done my makeup before getting dressed because a good face will usually inspire me to wear something other than spandex and over-sized sweater-top hybrids. With any luck, I'll look much better than I feel. Not bad for 7:30 AM.


Let me know your thoughts on my above recommendations - and let me know what your gloomy morning routines are! I'd love any other uplifting makeup picks. xo

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