Makeup Bag: Keep Your Icy Cool This Winter

It’s always around this time of year that we notice our skin has taken a turn for the lackluster. We don’t know where to point fingers: the colder temperatures, the food, the drinks, the activities, or (most likely) some combination thereof? As it happens, it’s also around this time of year that our shimmery bronzers tend to seem a bit, well, out of place… so we’re taking a cue from the weather this season and abandoning the golden glitz in favor of icy touches and pearly glimmers. We’ve got the details on how to get that glow back: gentle exfoliation, heavy-duty moisture, and a few key products will help you look every bit the ice queen this winter. 

Clockwise from top right:

  • Origins Never A Dull Moment: Banish a dull, flaky winter complexion with this skin-brightening face polisher, which uses potent tropical fruit extracts and finely ground apricot and mango seeds to slough away dead skin cells. [$27.50, Origins]
  • NARS Illuminator in Copacabana: The easily-blended gel formula of this beloved product makes it simple to wear any way you please: wear it alone for a glowy no-makeup look, mixed with your foundation or tinted moisturizer for natural lit-from-within radiance, or dabbed on the high points of the face as a light-catching finishing touch. [$30, Sephora]
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in 4 Snow: Creamy, waterproof, versatile, stays put no matter where you decide to put it — need I say more? Smooth a tiny dot into the inner corners of eyes to brighten up your entire face; tap it along your clavicle for a subtly sexy accent to your New Year’s Eve look. [$23, Sephora]
  • Goldfaden MD Wake Up Call: The most convincing glow always begins with healthy, luminous skin. Dr. Goldfaden’s all-natural overnight regenerative treatment combines powerful ingredients like Retinol and Alpha Lipoic Acid with nourishing vitamins and oils of avocado and grapeseed to leave skin supple, soothed, and hydrated. [$80, Goldfaden MD]
  • Jane Iredale Triple Pearl Finishing Powder: If the compact topped with a real shell is any indicator, it doesn’t get much more luxurious than Jane Iredale’s gorgeous Triple Pearl Powder. This non-comedogenic, anti-aging formula smooths and brightens skin for a finishing touch that’s incandescent, not sparkly. [$68, Jane Iredale]
  • Smashbox Artificial Light Luminizing Lotion in Diffuse: This pearly white liquid lotion makes quick radiance of everything it touches. Use a brush or sponge to target the bridge of the nose and the cupid’s bow when you want to look utterly angelic, even when you’ve been anything but. [$26, Smashbox]

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