I love having a golden glow, but come this time of year everything generally gets a little more pale and interesting. Which is fine is you can carry off pale and interesting; I on the other hand, tend to have concerned parents and co-workers asking if I’m ‘under the weather’ when attempting to go all porcelain chic. I need a little colour. In a perfect world I’d be a permanent beach bum soaking up golden sunshine, but for now my golden glow needs to come from makeup trickery. I have a few winter glow go-to products in my arsenal that fake the most perfect golden base without the hyper-bronzed effect. It is January after all, that mahogany base is fooling nobody…!
Soleil Tan de Chanel universal bronzing base is an old favorite. With a strange solid-mousse type of consistency, I always apply this beneath foundation for a really natural base that sits perfectly, without that extreme bronzer finish. It can also be applied over foundation, but I find this time of year, the most natural glow is achieved by layering foundation over this. Available from Chanel counters nationwide, priced €39.00, this is a bronzer I’ve bought again and again.
Armani Maestro Liquid Summer Bronze is a perfect winter bronzer, with an unusual liquid formulation that I was initially a little hesitant about and now love. I find the liquid consistency applies so much more natural than layering on powder bronzer, and works best applied to the face where the sun naturally hits; so temples, hairline, cheeks and nose. Also a great one to use for contouring, it’s best applied with a light touch that can be built up for more intensity. Complete with a dropper style lid for precision application, this is a great addition to your winter makeup bag (on a side-note it’s also the ultimate in hangover-hiding makeup!).
I’m a big fan of Clinique Chubby Stick sculpting contour. I was on the hunt for something along these lines for a long time and love the no fuss application and creamy bendability. This allows for pretty much fool proof contouring and is still subtle enough to give a gentle glow as opposed to a full on Kimmy K sculpted finish. This is also one of my favorite products for travelling, its compact, quick to use and blendable with fingertips if you don’t have a brush handy, perfect when on the move. Available from Clinique counters nationwide, priced €23.00 (bargain!).
Santa claims responsibility for the newest addition to my winter glow staples, Charlotte Tilbury blusher in Cheek to Chic. This isn't one for everybody but definitely worth popping in to swatch if a pop of pink flush is your thing. This reminds me a lot of an old discontinued Benefit favourite, Bella Bamba (although less on the shimmery finish side) which I loved. There's something gorgeously youthful and glowy about this blush and the two tones allow for a gradual flush to pop effect on the apples of your cheeks. Available from Brown Thomas and BT2 Dundrum, priced €39.00.
Finally we get to my pièce de résistance of winter glow staples; the much talked about limited edition Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette! You can read a full review and check out swatches here, but suffice for now to say this cult brand has done it again with the Ambient Lighting Edit. This neat little skin-finisher wardrobe holds six of the most beautiful gentle highlighters, blushes and bronzers; perfect for adding some colour to pasty winter complexions. Available from Space NK, priced at €70.00
These are all great little pick-me-ups to fake an après-ski healthy glow throughout the winter months, and absolutely worthwhile investing in if combining late nights with early mornings is your thing!