As soon as December 1 hits, I can guarantee one thing—I begin to feel like a way less fabulous version of myself. The summer tan has left, my skin is dry and I feel pasty and unattractive. There is good news though. We don’t have to give in to the unattractive effects of cold winter weather. Over the years I have come up with several tricks to make myself feel and look better during the most dreary time of the year. Follow these guidelines and you will be feeling better in no time.
- Don’t let yourself get pasty: every few days I apply self-tanner to my face, neck and arms. Don’t go overboard; the key is to maintain a healthy glow. If you only try one thing, this is the one to do. You will notice a huge difference in how you look in pictures and even how your makeup appears with a lightly tanned face.
- Never leave home without blush: I have often heard blush called “instant pretty” and I couldn’t agree more. It is amazing what a nice, bright (don’t be afraid) blush will do for your complexion. My favorite brand has always been Nars. It goes on smooth and lasts forever. Try it in Orgasm or Gaity shades.
- Break free from black: around the holidays black seems to be the color of choice. We all usually feel like we’ve put on a few pounds and reach for black to make ourselves feel slimmer. While there are some benefits to the color, it can also draw all the pigment out of your skin. Try adding a brightly colored scarf to your black outfit. This will brighten your face and skin instantly.
- Highlight the good stuff: if you are not using a highlighter on your skin, you should be. This is one of the easiest ways to bring life back to your tired skin. Apply to cheekbones and the bridge of your nose; follow up with your blush of choice. I love this stick by Nars which you can also use on your eyes and body for shine.
- Keep some lightness: Many women go darker with their hair color in the fall and winter. I love a chic dark chesnut color, it always looks beautiful. Don’t be afraid to try the trend but always make sure your stylist adds some lighter color around your face. It doesn’t have to be blonde, just a few shades lighter than what you have on the rest of your head.