Fingernails raking across a chalkboard. Sitting next to your conservative cousin at the family dinner. Saying "I love you" and getting a "thank you" in response. Talk about uncomfortable, right?! Cold-weather season gives us the same feeling.
After all, braving the elements (especially if you're not quite prepared) can easily cause
dry skin to rear its ugly head. Rough, flaky patches might seem inevitable around this time of year — along with a full itinerary of holiday parties — which is where makeup comes in.
After treating your
skin with the right products, it's ok to get your glow on the fake way — as long as you use the right cosmetics. Skip loose and pressed powders that tend to amplify the situation and reach for creamy or liquid-based formulas to help smooth and soothe delicate skin without settling into fine lines. These also give off a subtle radiance that makes for a dewier-looking appearance, no matter what the temps are like outside.
Ahead, click through for 15 makeup items, ranging from
hydrating primers to flake-hiding lip balms, our editors swear by for instantly luminous skin.
Primer When all the elements are working against you, this gel primer has your back. Formulated with vitamins, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid, it helps dry skin retain moisture. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, Hydrating, $38, available at Sephora.
Like the Vita Coco you're downing the morning after the company party, this primer is infused with coconut water to replenish parched, dull skin.
Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer, $32, available at Sephora.
This eyeshadow primer has aloe, rose hip oil, and arnica plant extract to make your tired eyes look instantly brighter and smoother, while creating the perfect canvas for whatever comes next.
ILIA Natural Brightening Eye Primer, $24, available at Sephora.
Foundation Aside from being available in a record-breaking 40 shades and the winner of our Beauty Innovator Awards, Rihanna's Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation is great for another reason: It can be layered to fit your coverage needs without ever looking or feeling cakey. (We'd know, since we've been wearing it all fall and winter.) Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, $34, available at Sephora.
Since making its debut, Giorgio Armani's foundation has been a top pick among makeup artists for radiant, silky-looking skin. While other brands wind up sinking into pores, reviewers claim that this one doesn't budge — not even after hours of wear. (Pro Tip: Our beauty director Cat Quinn mixes this foundation with the Fenty formula for a full coverage, radiant finish.)
Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation, $64, available at Sephora.
As much as we love the texture and skin benefits of CC creams, most are still lacking in their shade ranges.
It Cosmetics recently expanded its offerings to include five deeper hues so that more beauty lovers can experience the breathable, full-coverage product. But we'd still like to see even more shades added. It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+, $38, available at Sephora.
Highlighter Covering up your dry patches with loose shimmer is arguably the worst thing you can do if you're concerned about making them appear less noticeable. Instead, reach for a liquid highlighter or cream-based version with light-reflecting pigments that will give you a more natural, healthy glow. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiance Perfecting Pen, $42, available at Sephora.
Available in nine flattering shades, these drops are super concentrated and can be added to either your moisturizer or foundation to create an overall sun-kissed finish.
CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops, $42, available at Sephora.
One of the easiest highlighters to apply in a hurry, this stick's soft cream-gel texture (that's thanks to the coconut oil in the formula) glides on smooth and blends seamlessly onto the skin with little effort.
Tréstique Highlight & Perfect Multipurpose Stick, $28.00, available at Tréstique.
Eyeshadow These metallic brightening shadows have a pudding-like texture that dries down fully, while still looking wet. Made with several conditioning ingredients, it prevents dry eyelids and creates a film that keeps the product from transferring. Butter London Glazen Eye Gloss, $24.oo, available at Nordstrom.
Blush Squeeze out a little for a natural flush, or a lot for a full-on draping effect. This blush flatters everyone, and keeps skin looking plump. Glossier Cloud Paint, $18, available at Glossier.
$70 is a lot to pay for a blush, we get it. But fans of this soft cheek cream promise that it far outlasts the rest of its competitors (we've had our pot for going on a year) and keeps dryness and acne at bay.
La Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream Blush, $70, available at Nordstrom.
Lips Take a stand against rough, cracked lips with a leave-on lip mask by Bite Beauty. Made with a blend of agave nectar and jojoba oil, you'll see results almost instantly. Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, $26, available at Sephora.
This fragrance-free, tinted lip balm has been a go-to favorite for years. Thanks to a formula comprised of mango and Shea butters, it softens lips and keeps them protected against harsh cold-weather environments.
Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm, $17.50, available at Sephora.
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