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10 Natural-Looking Ways to Perk Up a Dull Winter Complexion

Get your glow on.

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We’re officially into the dark days of winter now. The sunny days of summer seem like a faint memory. It’s nothing but somber skies, slush, and puffy jackets for us. The cold, blustery temperatures don’t just impact our morale, they can also affect our skin. If your normally glowing complexion has turned pallid and dull, you’re not alone. Thankfully, there are lots of quick fixes to bring some life back into your face. Check 'em out below!

1.  Use a bit of blush.

nars blush

Blush is your friend. Don’t be afraid to choose a shade that looks bright in the package. It won’t look that intense on your face. Just remember to blend it in well. A stripy 1980s look isn’t what you want.

Try: NARS Blush in Orgasm

 

2. Go for a brightening mask.

Leaders 7 Wonders Mediterranean Olive Brightening Sheet Mask

Start your brightening with your skincare regimen. Look for a sheet mask that is formulated with luminizing ingredients. Then stock up on a few so you can do weekly mask sessions to keep your complexion shining bright.

TryLeaders 7 Wonders Mediterranean Olive Brightening Sheet Mask

 

3. Add a luminizing primer under your foundation.

L'Oréal Magic Lumi Primer

Primers are great for keeping your makeup in place all day long, but they can also do other things. If it’s radiance that you’re after, look for a primer with luminizing pearls to give you that healthy glow.

Try: L'Oréal Magic Lumi Primer

 

4. Try a facial self-tanner.

Almay Healthy Glow Makeup + Gradual Self Tan

There’s no need to be scared of facial self-tanner. Try a formula that gradually builds so you can get the exact shade you want. Just make sure you exfoliate any dry bits anyway before you apply your faux tanner.

TryAlmay Healthy Glow Makeup + Gradual Self Tan

 

5. Try a luminizing cleanser.

Lancôme Gel Radiance Clarifying Gel-to-Foam Cleanser

Who says you have to wait until later to start brightening? Start at the very beginning of your routine with a radiance-boosting cleanser.

TryLancôme Gel Radiance Clarifying Gel-to-Foam Cleanser

 

6. Apply some bronzer.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzing Powder

Want to look like you just got back from vacation? Apply a bit of bronzer on your cheeks and down your T-zone. Then get ready for the envious “Where have you been?” comments.

TryToo Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzing Powder

 

7. Embrace shimmer.

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face & Body

You don’t need chunks of glitter to perk up your complexion. Look for products with a subtle wash of shimmer to bring some life back into lackluster skin. Any shimmering blush or powder will do the trick.

TryUrban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face & Body

 

8. Try strobing.

Hard Candy Look Pro! Ultimate Strobing Kit

If you aren’t on team strobing yet, now is the time to try it out. The dewy, highlighted look can make it appear like you just got a really good facial. Go on and grab a strobing kit now.

TryHard Candy Look Pro! Ultimate Strobing Kit, Illuminate

 

9. Mix liquid bronzer into your foundation.

Benefit Cosmetics Dew The Hoola Matte Liquid Bronzer

Are you missing your golden summer tan? For an all-over wash of color, try mixing a bit of your liquid bronzer into your foundation between you apply it.

TryBenefit Cosmetics Dew The Hoola Matte Liquid Bronzer

 

10. Bring some life to your face with your lipstick.

Vasanti Love Brights - Gel Matte Lipstick

You’re probably going to be concerned with products you can apply to your face, but be aware that wearing the right bold lipstick color can do wonders for your complexion. No additional products required.

 

What's your secret to a glowing complexion during winter? Let us know!

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