10 Ways to Get a Winter Glow
"Sheer Out" Foundation
"To prevent base from looking cakey, mix it with a few drops of moisturizer," says Gwyneth Paltrow's makeup artist Leslie Lopez, who exfoliates her clients' skin with a warm, damp muslin cloth before applying the dewy concoction. "It thins the foundation and gives you an extra boost of moisture."
Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate!
Ever wonder why a child's skin looks lit from within—even in the depths of winter? "It's because children don't have a thick layer of dead skin cells sitting on the surface," says N.Y.C. dermatologist Arielle Kauvar, who recommends sweeping away flakes several times a week with a gentle rotating brush, like the DDF Revolve 400x Micro-Polishing System ($95; ddfskincare.com).
Quench Your Skin
Going from cold, windy air outside to dry heat inside sucks the moisture out of your skin, says N.Y.C. facial plastic surgeon Jennifer Levine, who suggests switching to a heavier moisturizer in the winter (try Olay Definity Night Restorative cream, $25; target.com). If you're acne prone, look for an oil-free formula (like Philosophy When Hope Is Not Enough hyaluronic acid–peptide capsules, $50; philosophy.com) loaded with water-binding hyaluronic acid.
Complement Your Skin Tone
The colors you see as the sun goes down (tangerine, terra-cotta, warm reds) flatter women with golden skin tones, says Leatrice Eiseman, author of More Alive with Color. If your skin is fairer look to the cooler shades (hot pink, blue) found in sunrises instead. Not sure where you stand? Check under your wrist. Green veins indicate sunset coloring; blue, sunrise. For those with a mix of both, Eiseman suggests muted versions of sunset and sunrise colors. Think melon, not orange, and sky blue instead of cobalt.
To catch the light, dab illuminating lotion on the upper corners of cheekbones, brow bones, and the inner corners of eyes. Go gold if you have warm undertones, icy if you're fair. Not sure? Nars Illuminator in Orgasm looks gorgeous on almost everyone.
Nars Illuminator in Orgasm (center), amp#36;29; narscosmetics.com. Stila Liquid Luminizer in No. 3 (left) and No. 1, amp#36;22; stilacosmetics.com.
Apply Liquid Stockings
Actress Evan Rachel Wood isn't one to rock a tan, let alone pantyhose. Her trick for gorgeous gams? "Apply a mix of foundation and shimmer lotion to your legs," she says. "It makes skin look flawless." Try Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation ($59; saks.com) with MAC Strobe Liquid ($30; maccosmetics.com).
Hydrate at the Office
Adding a humidifier to your bedroom? No-brainer. But don't stop there: Snap up a mini travel version for your desk at work (we love the Air-O-Swiss Travel Ultrasonic humidifier, $50; amazon.com). In addition to softening skin, it will help put the twinkle back in dry, red eyes.
Pinch Your Cheeks
... or fake the same effect by dabbing rose-tinted blush like Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Pale Pink (left, $22; bobbibrown.com) or Benefit Posie Tint (middle, $28; benefitcosmetics.com) onto skin that's been lightly primed with moisturizer. Another ultra-natural option: Clarins Instant Blush Magic Colour ($26; macys.com). The translucent pink gel (right) morphs into the perfect shade for your unique skin tone.
Give Yourself a Quickie Facial
Party's in two hours—and your skin cells are still sleeping? Offer them the beauty equivalent of a Red Bull: a Kinara Red Carpet facial ($145; kinaraspa.com). Halle Berry has called the spa version of this glow-inducing treatment "my biggest beauty indulgence."
Baby Your Face
Infants aren't the only ones who should be lubed up in Aquaphor before venturing outside: "After moisturizing you still need a barrier against the wind and cold," says N.Y.C. dermatologist Doris Day. She recommends Gloves in a Bottle Shielding lotion ($16; amazon.com), a "breathable silicone barrier," for those wary of putting ointment on their face (try it on hands too).