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Beauty survival guide for cold weather

By: Channing Murrock

Winter brings chapped lips, wind-burned cheeks and damaged hair. We can slick on Chap Stick and slather on moisturizer, but what can we do for our hair?

Moisturizing is the base of any good hair day. Use conditioner in the shower, leave in conditioner on damp hair and a deep conditioner once a week to get to the root of the problem.

Heat in buildings can dry out hair while wind swirling around your head can cause knots to form. To keep hair in place while walking from class, slip on a chic beanie or ski cap – one that shows your personality and stands out in a crowd.  Winter hats in a fun knitted color or an animal head cap are all the rage this season. To keep yourself from getting hat hair, put a dryer sheet inside your hat to keep hair smooth and to decrease static.

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Graduate student Christina Rummell says she uses the dryer trick whenever she wears a hat.

“It not only reduces hat head, but also static that makes hair stand up,” Rummell said.

Another great thing to do on a windy winter day is to create a big side braid before going outside. Add a light thickening mousse to hair and braid.  You can braid bangs back and then braid the rest of the hair to the side or create two big braids that rest on each shoulder. Get creative.

When you get to class, let it down to show off perfectly tousled waves or keep the braid in for a fun bohemian look. The mousse will not only give hair volume when you take it down, but also keep flyaways in place when kept in the braid.

Another great way to keep your hair from getting tangled across your face is to braid your bangs away from your face. You can do a deep side part braid, a loose bohemian braid or even a fishtail brad.

Rummell also suggests wrapping your head and hair in a cute scarf.

“I wear a scarf to keep the wind from blasting my skin and hair,” she said.

Slightly curling your hair away from your face also dresses this look up for going out.

To dress up a simple pony tail, leave a tiny bit of hair out of the band and wrap it around to camouflage the ponytail holder. Also, creating a high pony and slightly curling the ends up gives hair a funky retro-inspired look that will be sure to turn heads.

This winter, dig through makeup bags and weed out old makeup. Toss any mascara that is over three months old. Makeup should change with seasons because your skin tone does.

“I use a lighter shade of foundation in the winter because my skin is paler,” Rummell said.

To help create a clean base, wash makeup brushes with mild soap once a week, then let air dry overnight.

Exfoliating skin before putting on make up helps smooth away any dry flakes that occur from the cold. Slathering face in a moisturizer before makeup also helps create a smooth even base.

A blast of bronzer is just enough to wake up a dull winter face. Taking a thick, puffy brush, swipe some bronzer on your face where the light naturally hits it (forehead, cheek bones and down your nose). Be careful not to overdo it; you want a glowy look, not a Snooki look.

Lipstick can sometimes be too harsh for an everyday look, so to help protect lips and add a bit of color as well, just slick on some cherry chap stick to not only protect lips from drying out, but also to give them a bit of color.

The winter is a great time to experiment with color. Try to make one part of your face the focal point. Playing up the eyes is always a fun and easy thing to try.

Brown-eyed women can mix bronzy shadows with shades of emerald and forest green. Try shading lids with a medium-toned shadow and lining them with a dark green liner for some fun intensity. Hazel-eyed women look best in purples and rose. Lilac liner is very big for upcoming spring, so start experimenting with it now!

To create a darker pigment for going out, dip an eye shadow brush into water before dragging it through purple shadow. This will intensify the color dramatically.

Blue-eyed women can pull off shades like gray, purple and bronze. Mix and match these colors to create a soft smoky eye for day and a more daring one for night. Put gray on your lids, a touch of bronze in the crease and top it off with a deep plum liner.

For green eyes, deep browns and purples really make your eyes stand out. Try switching up your look and sweep deep brown across your lids and put purple liner only on the lower lashes for an unexpected pop.

As for the rest of your body, freshman Kelsey Yoder said, “I pile on baby lotion to defend my skin from dryness.”

Moisturizing right out of the shower helps lock in the benefits of the lotion. To add some color to your pale skin, mix your daily lotion with a bit of self-tanning lotion. Be careful to do it gradually so it develops over time, versus all at once. To get an instant tan for going out, invest in an at-home spray tanner that washes off in the shower.

Some of us get into a fashion rut during the winter where we only stick with bulky sweaters or sweats and constantly go to class looking a mess. Winter dressing doesn’t have to be confusing. One can look cute and stay warm.

A simple outfit that is comfortable and warm is a loose, long-sleeved off the shoulder top, paired with jeggings, tall riding boots and a scarf. This outfit, along with some gaudy cocktail rings, looks put together but still feels like a comfortable tracksuit.

To keep hands free to stuff in your pockets, invest in a cross-body bag. They come in all different shapes, colors and sizes. For school, get one big enough to hold books in and in a nice shade of black or brown leather.

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