Make Over Your Makeup Bag This Winter

I had a great idea yesterday. As I don’t know anyone who is bossing January this year – has anyone ever bossed a January? – I thought it might be good if we all just forget about it. Call in sick for the rest of the month, slack off for a couple of weeks. That way, when February arrives, we can all start fresh: the way we probably meant to in January, before the grey weather and post-Christmas comedown made us want to hole up at home for the foreseeable.

No? Not possible?

You’re right – I hate the way work and school runs and socialising get in the way of hibernation, but it is what it is. Which is why we just have to find ways to make January more palatable.

As shallow as this sounds, making myself feel better with what I wear and how I look is one route to to a slightly sunny winter. There’s nothing like a slightly re-vamped make-up bag to give me an extra spring in my step, and I’ve been working with Natural Collection on their wonderful range this winter (watch my 3 minute make-up video here!) to pick out the gems to make you feel better. And the best thing is, nothing from Natural Collection is more than a couple of quid, meaning you can well and truly refresh your make-up bag with a tenner or less.

Here’s what I do to make my face (and my confidence) feel fresher in January. I hope the tips work for you, too!

Make Over Your Makeup Bag1.Brighten up with Lipstick
Nothing, and I mean nothing detracts from tired eyes like a slick of bright lipstick. I favour either pink, red or purple, depending on my mood and what I’m wearing. I can’t tell you how many compliments I get when I’m wearing the Moisture Shine lipstick from Natural Collection – it’s not drying at all so perfect for winter skin. Both Crimson and Cherry Red are gorgeous scarlets, I love Raspberry for a subtle pop of pink and Cedar for a browner, more subtle shade.

Make Over Your Makeup Bag

Make Over Your Makeup Bag

2. Check your foundation shade
If you’re anything like me, not only does my skin texture change in the winter (it’s dryer) but so does the colour: thanks to the sun (or more likely, St Tropez) I’m a few shades darker in the warmer months. See above; here’s my winter tinted moisturiser (the light one) compared with my summer foundation (the dark). Adapting your base to the season means you’ll always look as natural as possible, and also means there’s less margin for error when you’re slapping your make-up on in the near-dark of those early winter mornings – we all do it with our eyes half-closed, right?

Make Over Your Makeup Bag

3. Warm up your blusher
I like youthful pinks for blusher in the summer, but come winter I want something a bit warmer with brown rather than pink undertones. Natural Collection’s Rosey Glow is perfect for that right now – and come summer I’ll be reverting to Pink Cloud.

Make Over Your Makeup Bag

4. Experiment!
One of the things I love about the Natural Collection range is that it is so well-priced and accessible, and therefore really easy to experiment with. I love trying a lipstick that would have otherwise scared me, or giving contouring a go with Natural Collection’s bronzer and highlighter. There’s no product I haven’t enjoyed using yet – I’m particularly in love with the lipsticks – and I’ve adored using a collection that I loved so much in my youth.

Grab a tenner and give it a go!

I’m working with Boots and BritMums in a paid relationship, showcasing Natural Collection make-up, the simple, affordable and easy-to-use line. Find out more here

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  1. Love your tips for doing January like a boss! The new make-up looks great and it’s brilliant that you can freshen your whole look for a tenner!

    Posted 1.17.17 Reply
  2. You look amazing Alice and I love your tips. I have become a huge Natural Collection convert, especially with the lipsticks. I can’t get over how fantastic they are for so little money! x

    Posted 1.17.17 Reply
  3. Molly wrote:

    Love these tips! I got some lovely new makeup for Christmas and it’s been lovely putting it on in the morning. Usually I get stuck in a makeup rut – I really like how new makeup can force you out of that rut. Gorgeous pics too. x

    Posted 1.17.17 Reply
  4. Jenny wrote:

    Oh babes fab choices and you look amazing in that lipstick. I have tried to go vibrant a few times but it just doesn’t suit. But you look amazing in it. I was so impressed with this range especially at the price and how long it lasts. It’s definitely a great way to beat the January blues.

    Posted 1.18.17 Reply
  5. I’m so envious of your lipstick ethos – I just can’t get my head around it! Whenever I wear lipstick I just feel totally paranoid, like a everyone is going to be staring at my mouth! I do have kind of weird teeth too, and lipstick just seems to draw attention to them. Perhaps at this price though I can afford to experiment a bit more!

    Posted 1.19.17 Reply
  6. Laura wrote:

    My favourite lipstick which I have had for years (well I replace it when needs be of course) is from the Natural Collection – I love there stuff and good quality. I could do with picking up a few more things from their collection – perhaps I will give their foundation a go

    Laura x

    Posted 1.19.17 Reply
  7. Mel wrote:

    The lipsticks look luscious :D

    Mel ★

    Posted 1.19.17 Reply
  8. Alison wrote:

    Haha I love how our approaches to January are the total opposite of each other! I’m all WOO JANUARY and you want to hibernate ;) I saw that Cherry Red lippy over on Katie’s post and love it on both of you.

    Posted 1.20.17 Reply
  9. It’s such a great brand with some amazing shades! I think experimenting is always really really important when it comes to make up. It’s the thing that I love doing the most! x

    Posted 1.20.17 Reply
  10. HelpfulMum wrote:

    I absolutely love the lip colour on you. I wish I was brave enough to wear bright lipstick!

    Posted 1.20.17 Reply
  11. You look fab! I can’t believe the products are such good value for money x

    Posted 1.23.17 Reply
  12. You’ve inspired me to slap on some lippie tomorrow!

    Posted 1.24.17 Reply
  13. Sabrina wrote:

    First of all you are really very beautiful and I just love the way you carry your makeup. Thanks for sharing this and I must say this is very impressive guide.

    Posted 12.19.18 Reply