It’s around this time of year when we start Pinning far-off, sunny locales to our Travel-themed Pinterest boards and daydreaming about our next tropical vacay. Unfortunately, the gloomy weather outside (and our ever-increasing workload) isn’t exactly making those dreams come true. Our solution? Fake it ‘til you make it, of course. There’s no reason why you can’t make it appear like you’ve had a week-long vacation at Turks and Caicos, even if in reality you’ve been chained to a desk and braving the Polar Vortex. If anyone asks, just smile mysteriously – they’ll never know…
The first indicator you just spent a week drinking Mai Tais by the beach and indulging in every spa treatment known to mankind? Plump, glowing skin. Our favorite way to fake a post-vacation glow is to indulge in a hydrating face mask. Look for ingredients like glycerin, hyaluronic acid and dimethicone to give your skin a big dose of moisture. If you really want to amp up the radiance factor, try a sheet mask – they might make you look like you’re about to rob a bank (or give off a slight Silence of the Lambs vibe), but the sheet mask design actually traps formula on top of your skin and seals in all of the hydrating properties.
Product Picks: Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Second Skin Mask, SK-II Facial Treatment Mask, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Mask
Sallow, paltry skin that hasn’t seen the light of day – begone! We love the look of a hint of bronze in the winter months – not only will it warm up your winter complexion, but it will give you a believable, faux “I just spent a week in Hawaii/the Caribbean/St. Barths/etc.” glow. The key is to go low on the shimmer factor – too much sparkle and you’ll start moving into oompa loompa territory. Here are our expert-approved tips on how to fake your bake in the winter months.
Product Picks: Giorgio Armani Sheer Bronzer, Yves Saint Lauren Poudre De Soleil, Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder
If you’ve been spending too many late nights at the office, you’re bound to encounter one of our worst foes: dark circles. To make it look like you’ve been exploring an exotic, sunny locale and indulging in many a siesta instead of being cooped up at the office for 12 hours a day, we’ve got two words for you – highlight and conceal. Brighten dark undereye circles with a light, creamy concealer a shade or two lighter than your natural skin tone. Then, take a highlighting pen and sweep it above your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose and across your forehead. You’ll instantly look more alive and well-rested.
Product Picks: YSL Touche Éclat, Giorgio Armani Maestro Eraser Concealer, Bobbi Brown Color Corrector in Peach
There’s nothing that screams “ENVY ME, I JUST HAD AN AMAZING VACATION” (even if you didn’t) more than fresh, dewy skin. The winter climate isn’t exactly conducive to dewiness, so what’s a desk-ridden busy girl to do? Fake it with a hydrating facial mist. Keep one by your desk and give yourself a spritz every time you feel your skin could use a boost. Just prepare yourself for some envious looks from your coworkers.
Product Picks: Shu Uemura Depsea Water Facial Mist, Caudalíe Grape Water, Brad Anti-Fatigue Mist
How do you ensure you look well-rested – even if you don’t aren’t? Tell us in the comments!