How to Build a Capsule Beauty Collection for Winter

We all love a good fashion edit, don’t we? There’s something exhilarating about taking charge of what you already own, eliminating the unnecessary, and filling in any gaps with a few crucial basics to get you ready for a vacation, a new job, a new move—and especially a new season.

Much like building a wardrobe capsule collection, editing your beauty routine for the colder months ahead saves face, time and space.

Working with a paired down set of essentials can fine tune any beauty routine and make daily self care way more enjoyable—and doable!

How to Build a Capsule Beauty Collection for Winter

Here we’ve outlined a trusty set of 7 multi-tasking products to do MORE with less, ease the clutter, and rev up our daily routine for glowing winter-proof skin.

The Soothing Cleanser

DermaE Soothing Cleanser with Pycnogenol provides a fragrance-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, pH balanced liquid cleanser packed with anti-aging antioxidants Pycnogenol and Green Tea to protect skin while you cleanse. This age-defying cleanser not only removes makeup, but calms sensitive skin. Designed to gently lift away makeup and impurities while zapping winter redness and irritation, this handy vegan-friendly makeup remover helps to remove impurities in one swipe while leaving your skin hydrated. Note this cleanser is ideal for those with sensitive skin and rosacea., $15.50.

The Morning Balm

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is pretty legendary amongst beauty circles and can be found in the kits of many makeup pros. Designed as the ultimately pick-me-up for tired, stressed skin—this balm brightens, tightens and preps the skin for makeup. We feel revitalized every time we use it, and so will you. Beauty Tip: You can also use this balm as a mask by applying a rich layer and letting it sit for 10 minutes. We love a magic 2-in-1 beauty edit!, $47.

The Eye Cream

bareMinerals Brilliant Future Age Defense & Renew Eye Cream is formulated to reduce the look of fine lines, dark circles and puffiness with age-defying ingredients to leave your eye contours energized and youthful-looking. Designed to combat all of the areas of focus and concerns, this cream combats the early signs of aging and the appearance of fine lines, zaps away wrinkles and de-puffs. This is a one and done, girls!, $38.

The Supercharged Night Cream

Korres Black Pine Firming, Lifting and Antiwrinkle Night Cream designed without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, this firming, contouring, and lifting night cream is love a first whiff. The sexy scent of pine is captivating, invigorating and ideal for this time of year. Powered by a proprietary blend of active ingredients, this luxurious cream works overnight to provide intense moisture to firm, counter, and lift. Also a great moisturizer to use during the day for severe dry skin., $68.

The Lip Balm

Korres Lip Butter is a rich, buttery lip balm that melts on the lips and offers a shiny, tinted finish.

We love it because it leaves our lips deeply moisturized for hours and makes lipstick glide on effortlessly. If your in the market for a lip butter that hydrates, plumps and provides sheen than this one is for you! Also comes in tints for a subtle wash of color., $12.

The Magic Serum

Korres Golden Krocus Ageless Saffron Elixir Serum offers a precious golden elixir infused with the antioxidant power of fresh Greek saffron to universally correct all visible signs of aging. Ideal for refining fine lines and wrinkles, improving skin tone and discoloration, and revitalizing elasticity. We also love that exotic saffron (its main ingredient) is one of the most potent spices in the world! Beauty Bonus: It’s completely paraben, sulfate and phthalates free., $98.

The Body Cream

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps is an industry legend for a reason. This magical body moisturizer has a light, soothing fragrance and works to quickly combat extremely dry or flaking skin. Enriched with the finest ingredients, the rich cream works to immediately improve your skin’s texture and leave it beautifully moisturized. Interesting fact: the creme gets its orange tint from it’s naturally derived beta-carotene., $11+

With harsh winter winds already in the forecast, how are you prepping to protect your skin? Chime in…we’d love to learn how you edit your beauty load for the season ahead.

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MARITZA BUELVAS is a content producer for beauty bibles and celebrity lifestyle sites. You can find her at and follow along @beautyforbloggers.