How To Arrive Gorgeous When You're Biking Everywhere In The Winter

Facing the elements on two wheels can sabotage your skin, hair and makeup, but it doesn't have to.

I live in Toronto, which has
the highest rate of condo growth in the world, and all of the tall buildings
amount to icy wind tunnels that can slice through your thickest coat. The roads get slippery, and sidewalks get even
worse. It can be a scary, difficult world to navigate, especially when your main
form of transportation is a bike.

I love riding my bike, but in the winter, it sucks. The surface
of my skin freezes while my wrapped up body heats up from the exercise, and
when I arrive at my destination I always feel tense and exhausted from battling
the traffic and wind.

These things I can’t control, but I can control how I
look when I arrive at my destination.

Biking in the winter poses all sorts of beauty-disaster risks.
Smudged eyeshadow; tears of eyeliner running down your face from the wind; tangled, frizzy hair brought on by scarf friction. I knew a girl who stopped
cycling to work altogether because she hated how she looked when she arrived.
But I, for one, am not ready to give up.

Winter biking is hard, but it is totally doable if you’re
adequately prepared. I mean don’t go riding a fixie in three inches of snow or
anything like that because I told you to bike all winter long, but in general,
these tips will help you arrive without looking too disheveled.

Braids are Best

Having your hair down can lead to a messy
ball of knots and windswept horribleness on the other side. Stick to something
like a braid to keep your hair out of the way and safe.

Also don’t go outside
unless your hair is completely and utterly dry. Just don’t.

You Must Wear a Hat or Headband

Have you ever gone to the
bottom of a pool and suffered insanely painful pressure in your ears? That
pain is nothing compared to the frozen feeling you will get inside your ears if
you don’t cover them when you bike in cold temperatures.

Knitted headbands are
the perfect accessory, as they cover your ears without destroying your hair.

Bundle Like You’ve Never Bundled Before

Part of being
beautiful is being safe and warm. You can’t arrive at that awesome party
looking beautiful if you literally get so cold you fall off your bike.

I always
go with a tight tank top, then a t-shirt, and then a sweater. Bonus points for
getting thermal long johns under your skinny jeans.

Pack Some Essentials

Do your makeup at home before you
leave like always, but make sure you bring some essentials for touch ups when
you arrive.

I bring my Stila Waterproof Liquid Liner to fix my eyes, Benefit
Boi-ing to cover up any particularly red patches, and Hurraw lip balm in “Chai
tea” to coat my cracked painful lips in tea-smelling goodness.

Cover Your Face

No, not because you're ashamed! The
most important part of winter biking beauty survival is covering up your face
in every way possible.

Make sure you wear a thicker than usual layer of
moisturizer, and make sure it has an SPF. Then layer up with big sunglasses and
a scarf that covers most of your face. Sometimes I top it all off with a hooded
jacket and look like a martian.

Protecting your face from the wind and any
shards of ice or snow that might fly at you from passing cars is the pinnacle
of importance here.

Bonus Tips

Stay safe! Always make sure your bike has enough
air in the tires, working lights at the front and back, and a loud bell. Don’t
run red lights like a jerk, and don’t bike on snowy slush with ice
underneath because you’re running late and you missed your bus. Remember, a big
key to being beautiful when you arrive is being alive!