- Oil yourself: Applying a dab of jojoba or olive oil to your skin will give you an immediate healthy glow and will also help protect your face outside in the cold.
- Luminize: The liquid illuminator you'd normally only consider using as a highlighter is actually a great way to fight dullness. Mix a dot of it into your moisturizer to give your skin a subtle pearlescent sheen that'll last even after your cream sinks in.
- Take the red out: Skin exposed to cold can end up looking rough and ruddy, so to counteract the patchiness all those dilated blood vessels create, use a yellow-based foundation or finishing powder like Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder ($33) to balance out uneven tone and make your skin look calm.
- Prime time: Primer may be something you use to keep your makeup in place, but when the weather's bad it's also a great way to smooth and protect your skin. Apply a thin layer over your face cream to shield your skin's moisture barrier.
- Steam away: If you've got a few minutes, go for the steam-and-hydrate combo. Soak a washcloth in warm water and put it over your face for a couple of minutes. When the wash cloth starts to cool, take it off and apply moisturizer immediately, without drying your skin off. Applying a hydrator to not-quite-dry skin actually helps rehydrate skin more than applying it to already dried skin, so it's one of the fastest ways to relieve dryness.
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