Whether you’re drowning in snow banks in New York or battling a cloud cover in LA, there’s no way your skin’s giving off that covetable mid-summer glow right now. And while you might have your summer routine down pat—an hour in the sun, a swipe of bronzer—winter skin demands an entirely different approach. Between cold weather, winter wind, and over-active heaters it’s probably dry and definitely not glowing. Basically, it needs to be gently manipulated with slow building cream bronzers and moisturizing self-tanners. Shop the best products to get you there, above.
Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster ($30)
Don’t be fooled by the miniature bottle. You add two to three drops of this new self-tanner to your daily moisturizer (depending on the desired tan) to “warm the complexion.” The more you use it, the tanner you’ll get.
That it’s 99.8 % natural is just a bonus.
Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Crème Bronzer ($11)
You want to glow, not glitter, making Sonia Kashuk’s Undetectable Crème Bronzer ($11) a natural choice for daily use. Try using it along your cheekbones, in place of blush, for a ruddy glow.
Sisley Self Tanning Hydrating Facial Skin Care ($141)
It’s expensive, but a little of Sisley’s Self Tanning Hydrating Facial Skin Care ($141) goes a long way toward gradually building an incredibly natural glow—and the tube will last at least a year!
Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel ($48)
This makeup artist favorite only comes in one shade, but it’s easy to build, depending on your desired shade of bronze. Brush it everywhere you would a highlighter—temples, cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and Cupid’s bow—for easy-to-wash-off radiance. (It’s also a great product with which to learn how to contour.)
St. Tropez Gradual Tan Plus Anti-Ageing Multi-Action Face ($35)
Think of this as an everyday moisturizer that just happens to enhance your glow. The paraben-free formula plumps and firms skin, while St. Tropez’s Aromaguard technology keeps that faux-tan smell at bay.
Nars Matte Multiple ($39)
Nars has just introduced a new collection of seven shimmer-free Matte Multiples ($39). Depending on your skin tone, go for Altai or Vientiane; the former is an icy beige while the latter a warm brown.
Dior Bronze Self-Tanner Natural Glow Face ($33)
Dior’s Bronze Self-Tanner Natural Glow Face ($33) works with your skin’s pH balance to find your ideal color and the gel emulsion formula will leave your skin more golden than usual for up to a week.