Fresh face beauty is something I’ve seriously grown to love.

Yes, minimal makeup is the ‘lazy route’ without a doubt but I also love the feel of it, the fresher more glowy skin and also finding new products for it.

I used to go all out or nothing everyday. I found it impossible to just pop on some concealer, a lick of mascara and lip balm and head out the door. Yep, every morning I’d do an entire full base, winged eyeliner and matte lipstick without fail. In the end I got really bored of it and found a more suitable makeup look that I feel good in and I’m carrying it through to winter with me to make sure I don’t fall back into my old habits.

If like me you would rather a quick and easy routine in the morning and to leave the house feeling fresher faced and ready for the day, I hope you can find some goodies to try out in my winter makeup routine.

I’ll now cut the waffling and get right into it shall I?

My new and updated routine contains very few products in comparison to what I was using, and here are my current favourites…

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Primer; This is an absolute must have for dehydrated winter skin. Not only does this primer prep your face for the entire day/night, it also blur blemishes and adds an instant surge of moisturise that lasts all day. A pea-sized amount of this is all you need and you’re good to go!

I skip the foundation part so feel free to add whichever is your preference. I feel primer and concealer is all anyone needs for a fresher face – and lets face it, the winter chill does wonders for your skin.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer; This lil gem is my go to for covering blemishes and hiding those god-awful panda eyes. I dab a small amount onto my ring fingers, warm it up by tapping them together a few times and dab onto the areas that need concealing. Quick, easy and effective so you can’t go wrong. This range of concealers from Urban Decay also comes in various shades for various issues such as redness and fatigue.

MAC Give Me Sun; A bronzer I use all year round to give me the sun kissed glow I desire. This warm toned bronzer is one I use all over the face, more so on the forehead and cheekbones to add some colour into my skin.

A big fluffy brush is most effective to apply this with!

Cover FX Enhancer Drops; These highlighting drops are something I can’t do my makeup without. As I like to use an equal mix of powder and liquid products I find a liquid highlighter sits so well with that glowing winter skin look. These drops are so pigmented you need to smallest amount possible and stay put whatever the weather.

Or, I either use Benefit’s GALifornia or Fenty Beauty Shimmer Skin Stix in Ridiic.

Benefit Brows; I like to mix up my brow routine so this isn’t the same everyday I have to admit. If my brows have been threaded and tinted I’ll stick to my trusty old Gimme Brow to keep them in place. Or, if they need some TLC I’ll use Benefit’s Precisely, My Brow Pencil to add some definition.

Urban Decay’s Naked Heat Palette; This warm toned palette is all I’ve been using for the past couple of months, I seriously can’t let it go. Its warm oranges and burnt shimmers are all I need to create all the warm looks I love. Can’t go wrong really!

I have a couple of mascara faves and most days I like to mix two…

IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara; This is one I rely on for volume and length. This is a jet-black mascara to add the most amazing definition to your lashes.

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara; Then, I go in with this. I usually use this as my last coat to add more length and also comes with a great wand for the bottom lashes. If I add to choose just one it would be this.

Make Up For Ever Mist and Fix; This setting spray is my new favourite and I simply can’t finish my makeup without it. I find it locks everything, hydrates my skin and is also one I use to refresh my skin if it needs it throughout the day. This is a very handbag friendly size to, which is a bonus.

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb; I wear this gloss all day every day, I’m hooked. This is a gloss that doesn’t give you that icky sticky feeling and adds a stunning bronze effect to your lips, which I think is so perfect for the Christmas season.

There we have it, my winter makeup routine. It might seem a few fair products but it only takes 15 minutes max and leaves my skin still looking like skin and lasts me for the entire day, with the occasional lip gloss top up.

What are your winter beauty favourites?

30 comments so far.
  • I seriously still need to try the naked skin concealer! Looks so so good & I hear so many amazing things!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    • Megan McCoig

      You’ll honestly love it! xx

  • fashion for lunch

    Oh i love all your pics and I also love Galifornia! Have you tried the iconic highlighters? xx

    • Megan McCoig

      I have and they’re my other faves. So pigmented! X

  • Some of my favourites here – I’m obsessed with those Cover Fx drops and I love the IT Cosmetics mascara. I need to use Naked Heat more. Really gorgeous picks! xx


    • Megan McCoig

      I use it everyday, I can’t stop! x

  • Rebecca Fletcher

    The Naked Skin concealer is my go to. I love it and it makes my skin look flawless!

    • Megan McCoig

      So good right!!

  • Erin Russell

    I have been loving my Fenty gloss too – it is beautiful! Such a lovely formula! 🙂 The Galifornia blush is stunning too!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    • Megan McCoig

      It’s so easy to wear I think 🙂 x

  • I’ve changed my makeup for winter and made it quite glowy with lots of browns and coppers xx

    • Megan McCoig

      Yay me to! All about that glow xx

  • Issy Fox

    The Naked Heat palette is the palette of the year for me x

    • Megan McCoig

      Me to! And so appropriate for every season x

  • The MAC bronzer sounds like something I should check out!

    • Megan McCoig

      It’s so good for all year round!

  • Beautiful post with beautiful products. I absolutely love the Naked Heat palette, I think it’s one that can work all-year round.

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

    • Megan McCoig

      Thank you so much! I agree x

  • Can never go wrong with a naked palette (:


    • Megan McCoig


  • The naked palette is my fav. I really want to try that primer and the naked concealer too.

    • Megan McCoig

      Mine to! So so easy to wear x

  • Lady Writes

    I am using the Naked Heat and the Cover FX drops a lot too! x

    • Megan McCoig

      Woo yay, so glad you love them to! x

  • thesundaygirluk

    Love your choices and photos – I can’t get enough of the cover fx drops either! x

    • Megan McCoig

      Thank you! Aren’t the drops fab!

  • Your photos are amazing wow! I really love the Urban Decay Naked concealer x

    • Megan McCoig

      Ah thank you so much love!

  • BeautyAndTheBlouse

    There are so many amazing products in this list! x

    • Megan McCoig

      Loving them all! X

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