It’s hard to look rosy and fresh-faced when you’re hibernating indoors. But these pretty cheek colors will make you look more alive in an instant.
Wendy Rodewald, Senior Editor
Nars Blush in Douceur ($28, narscosmetics.com)
A makeup artist once told me that if you’re prone to cold weather-induced red cheeks (I am), you should avoid pink blush in the winter—it will only accentuate your already-flushed face. So I gravitate toward muted shades once the temperature drops. Nars’ Douceur is basically the reigning champion of neutral blushes. Not too pink, not too brown and (most importantly) not sparkly, this color flatters almost any skin tone. And since the hue isn’t too bold, it’s pretty much impossible to go overboard.
Megan Segura, Associate Editor
Chantecaille Cheek Créme in Shy ($34, chantecaille.com)
I wish I got those red cheeks winter tends to bring out in some people. Instead, it drains my face of all color, so I’m left with dull, sallow skin. Chantecaille’s Cheek Créme has a velvety texture, so it blends really well and you’re able to build on coverage. It also includes a subtle shimmer so you’re left with a healthy glow.
Shannon Farrell, Editorial Assistant
MAC I’m The One ($22, Maccosmetics.com)
During the warmer months, I have a steady routine of bronzer and a light peach blush. But as the colder weather starts rolling in, I switch to a highlighting powder and a light pink blush. During my transition I came across MAC’s holiday collection, Glamour Daze, with I’m the One, a soft pink blush that has a natural finish. And because it’s so light, you don’t have to worry about it drying out your skin.