Circulation is a beautiful thing. And nothing impacts a face more than a little circulation. Authentic or fake? Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference. My favorite ways to bring the rosy, iridescent look of midsummer (what with a lot less tan however) in the cozy days of December and on, til spring sun’s arrival lessens one’s need for the bottle, brush, and bullet:
Tom Ford Skin Illuminator in Fire Lust: My new everyday. It’s actually on the pale side for blush, and iridescent gold flecks become a subtle game changer on a winter face.
Dior Glow Maximizer Light Boosting Primer: I have never once used this as a primer mainly because I think highlighter defeats its light boosting properties when applied all over and it looks confusing. But this on cheekbones, as a eye wash, on the cupid’s bow, and other highlight points is simple and gorgeous.
By Terry Blush Veloute in Peach Nude 2: I’ve had this for so long I am not sure if By Terry still makes it or not. It is that perfect blush color, that doesn’t look like blush at all. The smell is intoxicating, an ode to By Terry’s fragrance category. The texture is on the drier side, but buffed out into cheeks and temples it is pure perfection that lasts and lasts.
Cover Girl Classic Color Blush in Iced Plum: I once read in Allure Magazine that this staple color looks good on every one and it’s a classic. It truly doses the face with classic beauty, and a surprisingly high payoff, which is so needed right now. Deep, but just really, really pretty on. Oh, and I love the classic Cover Girl scent here too. So powdery. Yum.
Bobbi Brown Blush in Nectar 11: Makeup artist Violette was quoted somewhere saying this applied with the Bobbi Brown Face Blender Brush would make you “look like a baby that just woke up from a nap” She wasn’t kidding. This is the prefect RX for lack of vitality. A peach leaning pink on the apples of the cheek which is a no fail radiance guarantee.
Thisworks Perfect Look Skin Miracle: For days when the first glance in the mirror is a ghostly gasp, this can transform your base skin into a slightly warmer, hyalaronic-plumped better peau. It looks dark out of the bottle but when massaged in, is a barely-there brightener, not a “tanner” in any sense of the word. Very good for those beauty emergency days…
Chanel Soliel Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base: the tried and true best-in-class sculptor that gives instant shape and tone to a tired puffy complexion. My only complaint about this product is the size of the jar. I want to take it everywhere and you only need a dab at a time, but it comes in this gigantic, heavy cylinder. At least you’re getting your money’s worth. The formula is thicker than a cream blush, and more blendable than a powder, and it’s a bit of a cake consistency, just fun too!
Givenchy Le Prisme Visage Mat in 85 Amber. The bronzer so sophisticated it makes all the rest seem elementary. Four gradients of the perfect brown with zero ruddiness, good to use as contour, highlight, all over, and blended together as a bronzer. So many uses, and yes it does have shimmer, but this is the time of year you really need it; besides, it’s uber subtle.
T. LeClerc Eye Pencil in 03 Ambre: A golden bronze that I normally only utilize in the summer with a tan, so even though it’s somewhat counterintuitive, this is a really great way to bring sparkle and light to the eyes during the months when dark eyeliner can actually make your under eye circles look worse, and your skin more pale. This is a great alternative, and is more like an eye brightener than a heavy eyeliner.
Ditto for Tom Ford Cream Color For Eyes in Spice. Warm, shimmery, goodness for eyes when black, gray, and blue just ashes out that winter skin. A kaleidoscope of browns, plums, and golds that gets better and better with more and more blending. Great as a liner or wash and smudged in underneath, just easy and quick too.
Finally, your lips need a dose of light too, for during the day when you may be forgoing the deeper pigments but still need a little oomph, try these babies, a la early 90’s frost (don’t judge! trust me!):
Lipstick Queen Let Them Eat Cake: A fairy tale for your lips. Frosty and pink, every little girl would love it for good reason. It makes you look pretty! Thin it out with a cotton swab loaded with a nice matte lip balm and layer it with a nude lip pencil and adjust the level of shimmer to your pleasing. You’ll achieve the look of plumper lips without the overly slick sticky stuff. Natural but enhanced. Ahem.
Nars Lipstick in Sexual Healing: on the slightly more natural side, the perfect winter no-liptick lipstick. You’ll never know it has that subtle dose of shimmer. But your lips will look 100% better on this.