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6 Beauty Products to Help You Level up Your Winter Routine


There’s something about winter that has us rethinking all of our go-to beauty products every single year. It might be the cold weather messing with our hair and skin or the new year making us crave a new look. Whatever the reason, it’s officially that time of year, and we’re ready for some new winter beauty favorites. Ready to discover your newest beauty staples? We have great news! These beloved brands are now available at Ulta Beauty at Target online and select Target locations, and we curated an assortment of hair, skin, and makeup products to help you get glam this winter (and beyond!).

BUMBLE AND BUMBLE Prêt-à-Powder Post Workout Dry Shampoo Mist

BUMBLE AND BUMBLE Prêt-à-Powder Post Workout Dry Shampoo Mist

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Best Strand Saver:

It’s no secret that cold winter temps and dry indoor heat can wreak havoc on the integrity of your hair (and that’s not even counting the travesty that is battling hat hair). The good news is, a few minor cold-weather tweaks to your routine can help keep your strands happy and healthy. Near the top of that list is to keep your extra hot hair wash showers to a minimum. As tempting as it is to warm up with a shower at the end of the day, the hot water can strip your hair of the natural oils it needs to protect itself.

Don’t worry. We’re not advocating for a showerless winter. Instead, tie up your hair and opt for body showers as needed. As for your hair, this dry shampoo is every fitness-lover’s secret to making it without that additional hair-wash day. Shake super-well before using, spritz where you need it the most, and for faster results, hit it with a blow-dryer on cool.

CLINIQUE All About Clean™ Liquid Facial Soap Mild

CLINIQUE All About Clean™ Liquid Facial Soap Mild

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Best Gentle Cleanse:

The same way that your hair needs its natural oils to stay healthy in winter, your skin needs its moisture barrier intact to battle cold, dry climates. The quickest way to mess with that protective barrier on your skin is to cleanse with a harsh face wash. Instead, try this daily cleanser from CLINIQUE. The name says it all—this face wash takes clean seriously. It’s gentle yet thorough, and helps to loosen surface flakes and remove dirt, debris, and oil from your skin without stripping it dry.

CLINIQUE Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+™

CLINIQUE Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+™

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Best Nighttime Moisturizer:

Beauty sleep is a real thing. It’s during those (hopefully!) eight hours your skin gets to work resetting and healing from the day. So while it’s crucial to wash your makeup off and go to bed with clean skin, it’s equally as crucial to feed it what it needs to stay nourished. This derm-developed moisturizer helps transform your dehydrated and stressed-out skin from the inside-out overnight. It helps strengthen your skin's natural moisture barrier (by 34 percent!) and provides up to eight hours of hydration without the irritation while you snooze.

ORIGINS GinZing™ Energizing Gel Cream With Caffeine & Niacinamide

ORIGINS GinZing™ Energizing Gel Cream With Caffeine & Niacinamide

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Best Daytime Moisturizer:

Fact: Even combo and oily skin types need to moisturize, especially during the colder months. Need all-day moisture that won’t tire when you do? Reach for this refreshing gel cream. The antioxidant-rich vitamin C, energizing caffeine, glow-getting ginseng, and fortifying niacinamide help to boost skin’s moisture levels and radiance from sun-up to sundown.

SMASHBOX COSMETICS Original Smooth and Blur Primer

SMASHBOX COSMETICS The Original Photo Finish Smooth & Blur Primer

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Best Skin Smoother:

This cult-fave primer has a long-standing following for a reason. Pores and uneven texture are blurred out and diffused when you spread this crystal-clear formula over skin. It’s a must-have to help your foundation application look flawless (and stay that way), all day and night, even through strong wind, cold temps, and tons of interference from our winter wardrobe—we’re looking at you, scarves, hats, and turtlenecks!

M·A·C Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo

M·A·C COSMETICS Retro Matte Lipstick

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Best Statement-Maker:

We already love a classic matte red lip for its statement-making powers and ability to pull together a look in just a few swipes, but in winter, we also appreciate a red lip’s ability to help disguise any redness or flaking on our skin. After all, no one is looking elsewhere when your lip is the star of the show. Our go-to pick: Ruby Woo from M·A·C. This iconic and best-selling red lippie is a classic go-to among makeup artists and beauty lovers alike. Its long-wearing formula is fade-proof and doesn’t feather, so your timeless red-lip look stays looking flawless for hours.

Pick up these winter beauty favorites and other finds from these brands at Ulta Beauty at Target online and select Target locations!

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Maddie Aberman
Maddie is the senior manager of editorial at IPSY. She’s been covering beauty and wellness for more than nine years. Her work has appeared in Allure, Cosmopolitan, Popsugar, Women's Health, Good Housekeeping, and Seventeen, among other publications.
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Article Last Updated February 8, 2023 12:00 AM