6 Products You To Need To Perk Up Winter Skin

If winter has left your complexion looking dry and dull, you don’t have to wait for the sun to come out to do something about it. A few simple make-up hacks are all you need to take your skin from lacklustre to luminous. To that end, here are some of our favourite products and techniques worth knowing about…
By Georgia Day

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The Clever Self-Tan

The first step should be a good facial self-tanner. That said, you’ll only reap the full effects if your skin is properly hydrated for the colour to blend well, disperse easily and not get stuck in any patches of dry skin. Thankfully, tan maestros Tan-Luxe have come up with a fool-proof solution in the form of The Crème. An intensely hydrating face cream with added DHA (the active tanning ingredient), it does all the hard for you by combining colour with barrier-strengthening skincare such as amino acids, antioxidants and skin identical lipids. Not only does it give you a natural, sun-kissed glow, but it also helps your tan last longer and fade more evenly – plus, it actively repairs, restores and protects skin’s innate health.

The Crème, £39 | Tan Luxe

The New Contour

The word ‘contouring’ might make you nervous, but done properly it’s an excellent and imperceptible way to add depth to your skin, which in turn helps bring it to life. If you’re tempted, try Milk’s new Sculpt Cream Contour Sticks (out in March but worth the wait) which make application a dream. Despite only coming in four shades, each has been carefully thought through, meaning they work exactly as a contour shade should, for all skin tones right across the board. It’s not just the shade range that makes this a must-try – each one has a slightly cool undertone to it, so it feels like an additional skin sculpting tool and not just a bronzer in disguise.

Sculpt Stick, $24 | MILK

The Versatile Palette

A thoughtfully put-together eyeshadow palette can be a wondrous thing, especially if your goal is to add some subtle sunshine to your face. Dior’s 10 Couleurs Mitzah limited-edition eyeshadow palette comes in a stylish leopard print case, but more importantly it’s been put together with total tonal harmony in mind. Each of the ten shades, ranging from luminous pink to earthy brick brown and deep burgundy, adds depth to the eyes, whether washed over the lid alone or blended together. The effect is not just added dimension in that area, but warmth to the whole face. To finish the look, add a blusher and lipstick in similar shades.

Diorshow 10 Couleurs - Mitzah Limited Edition Palette, £111 | Dior

The Easy-To-Wear Lip Colour

If you don’t wear much make-up, a coral or peach lip colour works well on an otherwise bare face. Of course, it’s not just colour but comfort you need to consider, which is what makes Chanel’s Rouge Coco Baume so good. Combining Chanel skincare with Chanel make-up, the result is a creamy, comfortable balm that moisturises lips with a Hydraboost complex that includes shea butter and plant waxes. While it does that, it also imparts a lipstick-esque colour that coats everything beautifully and stays put. To find the right shade, stick to those that mirror the natural undertone of your skin: for example, ‘Flirty Coral’ is a vibrant peach shade with cooler tones, while ‘My Rose’ is a warm-toned petal pink.

Rouge Coco Baume, £33 | Chanel

The Build-A-Glow Blusher

If you’re looking to boost your complexion, a good blusher is non-negotiable. More versatile than a bronzer, blusher can add instant brightness and all-round vitality to all skin tones. When it comes to formulations, go with your preference, but if you’re on the hunt for a failsafe recommendation then Jamie Genevieve has more than understood the assignment with her latest launch, Vieve’s Sunset Blush Balm. The texture (a cross between a dewy liquid and a glossy gel) is sublime and melts so effortlessly into skin that the effect is virtually seamless. It’s very buildable and a little goes a long way, so blend in a dot over your base in the usual way or, for a low-key but polished look, wear alone on cleansed skin. You could even mix one of the more bronzy tones like ‘Rosa’ or ‘Piazza’ with a little tinted moisturiser for an all-over glow.

Sunset Blush Balm, £21 | Vieve

The Failsafe Bronzer

Sticking to one product is an easy way to warm up your whole face – and a great trick to have up your sleeve if you’re travelling or space in your make-up bag is limited. With that in mind, a good bronzer can, and should, be used for more than just adorning your cheeks. Use the same product across your lids (diffuse out to your brow bone with a softer, larger brush as well if you like a sightly smokier effect) and tap it onto your lips. Not only does it look chic and understated; adding the same colour to multiple areas gives the illusion of warmth across your whole complexion. If you like powder formulas then Jones Road’s Powder Bronzer is available in seven sheer but buildable shades (just be sure to mix with a little clear lip balm on the back of your hands before you apply to your lips). If you’d prefer a creamier texture, opt for a suede-soft cream bronzer like Rose Inc’s Solar Infusion Soft-Focus Cream Bronzer which comes in four light to deep hues to suit everyone.

The Bronzer, £32 | Jones Road
Solar Infusion Soft-Focus Cream Bronzer, £28 | Rose Inc

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