As the temperatures drop and the hours of daylight decrease in winter, our inspiration for cheery and glamorous makeup tends to wane as well. But with family get-togethers and holiday celebrations right around the corner, there’s so many reasons to want to look your absolute best. Even the most subtle changes or additions to your regular makeup routine can add a boost of holiday cheer to your look.

This time of year calls for dark, rich colors to warm up your face and to complement the accents found in nature. This season, I wished for a way to share winter-inspired makeup techniques with a broader audience to help women reconnect with the warmth of their beauty even in these chilly months. I guess some holiday wishes come true early as I recently had the distinct honor of contributing to Susquehanna Style’s Fall/Winter fashion editorial spread. What an experience!

When Editor-in-Chief, Keely Childers invited me to bring my creative eye and professional skills to their fall/winter issue, my immediate response was, “Yes!” I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to collaborate with such a talented team, and even more so I was thrilled to share several winter-themed makeup looks with thousands of readers. The inspiration for the makeup photographed in this spread all began with the clothing. When Hilary Arthur from Arthur and Daughters shared with me the different looks that she had prepared, I noticed one exciting theme emerge. Each outfit exuded the feel of “City-Chic.” And with that, I had my inspiration.

I wanted to complement the upscale and fashion forward style of the clothing with makeup that could also be described by these words. I began by creating a smoothly blended smoky eye and paired it with a different accent color on the lips for each outfit. The rich lip colors included china doll red, deep burgundy and a fun pop of cherry red. These are the same hues that can be found in the clothes and accessories and are accents colors that can also be found in nature and all around town this time of year.

The following are photos from the editorial spread and were taken by the very talented Donovan Roberts Witmer, photographer at Jeremy Hess Photography. I’d like to offer my sincerest thanks to Donovan for expertly capturing the beauty of this shoot and to Susquehanna Style and their talented team for allowing me to be a part of creating this work of art!

Central Pennsylvania Makeup ArtistABOVE: The classic camel-colored dress and natural hues of the boots and bag is accented with a pop of Teaberry red on the lips and Earth Red on the liner. Paired with the smoky eye, this color draws attention to the lips and warms up the face against all of the brown and beige in the outfit.

Susquehanna Style Editorial Makeup ABOVE: This romantic winter look was created by pairing a smoky eye with the raspberry frost lip color “Starlet” and the lip liner “Garnet.” Just a touch of cheek contour and an iridescent pink blush brings the perfect amount of warmth to the face and cheeks.

Susquehanna Style Holiday Makeup LookABOVE: Use your lip color as an accessory by pairing it with the same accent color of your gloves to bring a sophisticated touch to your outfit.

York Makeup ArtistABOVE: A modern orange-red color was brought not only into lip-color but also into the blush for an overall warm and cohesive look.


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