Soft supple skin can be yours year-round! It just requires a strict multi-step skincare regimen that must be adhered to daily…Obvi. That’s the no-brainer. But did you know that your makeup routine could be making your skin appear dull and lifeless or, worse, actually drying it out? If you’re fighting flakes, consider switching to these glow-getters.

Primer. Scales look good on shoes, but not on cheeks and chins—prep your skin ladies!
Before any color product is applied, generously coat skin in a hydrating primer. It will even out those seasonal dry patches and, if you buff the product into the skin, also lift any stubborn dead flakes.

We recommend: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentre

Foundation. Skip the cakey matte finishes and instead opt for a luminous liquid. It will glide right over the primer, making skin appear luminous. Press foundation into the skin using your hands for a natural second-skin effect.

We recommend: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk

Highlighter. Powder highlighters have the potential to grip and settle into dry skin, making it appear more pronounced. In the winter, it’s best to highlight the face with shimmery liquids and creams,or—better yet—just a touch of multi-purpose prestige oil to pop cheekbones and the bridge of the nose.

We recommend: Benefit Moon Beam (gold glow), Benefit High Beam (pink glow), Josie Maran Argan Oil (clear glow)

Blush. Cream blush is your wintertime BFF. It’s the perfect wash of color to awaken pale skin in a finish that is dewy and fresh.

We recommend: YSL Crème de Blush

Lip primer. Few things are as unsightly and unsexy as chapped lips. So gently scrub scrub your pout and then replenish with an easy two-in-one product or a dry toothbrush and some conditioning lip balm.

We recommend: Victoria’s Secret Pro Smooth FX Lip Scrub and Balm

Lip color. The more moisturizing the better, which may mean a (worthwhile) tradeoff in longevity or pigmentation. Go for glosses, colored balms, or lipsticks with satiny finishes.

We recommend: Lancome Juicy Tube

Eyeshadow. If eyes are dry, powder will only make them superdry. So simply line, swipe on mascara and dab on a light cream shadow formulation.

We recommend: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

Finisher. If you have any shine to eliminate (unlikely in winter months) or you need your makeup to last for hours and hours, be very selective in the set powder you select (it must be a verrry thin, clear veil)—or forego it altogether in lieu of a light fix spray.

We recommend: MAKE UP FOREVER HD Microfinish Powder and Clarins Fix’ Make-Up Spray