5 Makeup Tricks to Fake a Glow During the Winter
We'd like to put an end to the notion of dull, lackluster winter skin. If those products cluttering up your bathroom are good for anything, your face should look luminous and radiant all year long. We know somewhere between bronzed goddess and white (and flat) as a sheet lies a happy medium. And from here on out, we declare that glowy happy medium will be the new definition of winter skin. Scroll through to find out how to achieve it!
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Makeup can only do so much, and flakes and rough spots don’t really translate to glowy. Use a hydrating serum, a brightening eye serum or cream, and luminous moisturizer. We like RéVive’s Perfectif Even Skin Tone Cream ($275) because it hydrates while delivering instant brightening benefits to create the perfect base for makeup.
One common pitfall of winter makeup is going too heavy-handed with the foundation. Skip the full-coverage matte formulas, and stick with your tinted moisturizers and BB creams (we’re obsessed with Bare Minerals’ Complexion Rescue, $29). To really avoid the makeup mask, sheer out your usual face makeup with a little moisturizer. And add a few drops of Bliss’s Well Lit Serum Illumination Fluid ($28) too for a subtle allover glow. Need a little more coverage? Camouflage redness and dark spots with a light-reflecting concealer to keep the dewiness going.
Blush perks up your complexion and makes your face look alive at every time of year, but it’s especially important during winter when complexions start to lose their luster. Give your face the color it needs by first pinching your cheeks, then applying a similar shade of cream blush to spots that flushed from the pinch. Just skew on the warmer side of blush shades as warm colors make the skin look healthier. We love Charlotte Tilbury’s Beach Stick in Moon Beach ($45).
No, it’s not crazy to wear bronzer in the winter. Just be sure to pick one that’s lighter than what you use in the summer and that has more pink to it, like Hourglass’s Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light ($45). A small amount of finely milled shimmer in the bronzer helps with the glow and actually looks more natural than matte versions.
Don’t forget about your eyes. Nothing kills the glow like tired eyes. Bring lightness to your eyes with a light-colored metallic shadow. Apply it in the inner corners and carry a wash of color across your entire lid. Anything sheer and iridescent will do, but we’re particularly fond of Giorgio Armani’s Eye Tint ($38). If you have particularly dark or red eyelids, even out the tone with a bit of concealer first.
How do you keep your skin looking fresh and luminous during winter? Share your tricks below!