Beauty Buff: Winter Skincare and Make-Up Tips

Nikkia of
Nikkia of

Affordable fashion is the name of the game here at S&P, but we understand that now more than ever beauty (skincare, hair, make-up and nails) is just as important to your overall look as the clothes you wear.

So, this year we decided to create a new seasonal feature dedicated to all things beautimous. With help from some of our favorite beauty bloggers and make-up experts, we’ll help you put your best face forward with all of those stylish outfits in your closet.

If you’re looking for ways to keep your skin glowing during the dry winter months, Nikkia of Silver Lips Beauty has the rundown on budget-friendly skincare products that you should try:

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream, $10.79,
Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream, $10.79,

S&P: Which skincare products do you recommend using during the winter months?

Nikkia: The winter months can be very harsh on the skin, so you’ll want to keep it hydrated and moisturized. A few of my favorite products to use are Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream, Lumene Arctic Aqua 2-in-1 Skin Perfecting Moisture Booster, Carmax Lip Balm and Bag Balm (on hands and feet).

Are there certain make-up products that are better to use during the colder months than in spring or summer?

Personally, I think all products can be used year-round depending on your specific needs. I have dry skin, so I have to try to lock-in moisture all year long, but things like liquid bronzer and cream blush are my go-to products in the winter months because they help keep the skin moisturized — and have great lasting power.

Biore Warming Anti-Blackhead Cleanser, $7.49,
Biore Warming Anti-Blackhead Cleanser, $7.49,

What are some of your favorite budget beauty products this season?

Skincare is my biggest focus during the colder months. This time of year, I try to prepare my skin for summer just like those who try to tone or lose weight around this time in preparation for the warmer weather. They get to show more skin and in my case I get to use less products [on my face]. I don’t have to wear a face full of make-up, because I didn’t take care of my skin. So, my favorite budget products — which are all skincare-related — are Biore Warming Anti-Blackhead Cleanser (this is great for a deep clean that really removes the impurities in pores), AVON Blackhead Toner and Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream.

For ladies who don’t have a lot of time to “put on a face” every morning, what should they focus on with their everyday make-up routine?

MAC Extended Play Lash Mascara, $16,
MAC Extended Play Lash Mascara, $16,

If you don’t have a lot of time to focus on make-up in the morning, skip the eyeshadow and blush. Just put on a little foundation, concealer and, if needed, eyeliner and mascara to help give you a polished, even look. (Nikkia recommends using MAC’s Extended Play Lash Mascara to make your eyes pop.)

Any other tips?

Remember to take care of your skin, first. Yes, make-up can cover any imperfections, but it’s supposed to enhance your features and not totally cover them up. There is nothing wrong with getting monthly facials or seeing a dermatologist to assist you with your skincare needs.

To learn more about Nikkia and Silver Lips Beauty, check out her blog at and her YouTube channel for make-up tutorials.

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