5 Ways to Glow in Winter (Without Getting a Spray Tan)

Like many I know, I hate embracing my winter pale. Dull, faded, dry yet oily, sometimes soft yet reddened; make up your mind, skin!

Missing my sunnier layers, I set out to find an indoor source, sans tanning beds or a full-on spray tan. As someone who rarely wears a full face daily, simplicity was to be a major bonus in my search.

Here are my top picks, time to glow!



NYX BB Cream

As a lover of their retractable eyeliner, my sole replacement for my previous love – Avon Eyeliner, it only seemed normal to head to Shoppers Drug Mart’s NYX section to find a solution.

Behold, their BB Cream. Available in natural, gold and nude, NYX BB Cream is light, rubs on easily and doesn’t feel like I’m wearing an extra layer. The colour is subtle and doesn’t make me feel like I’m trying to present a glow that isn’t real.

Bite Beauty Multistick

Available at Sephora, and Bite Beauty’s official website, this 35% powder cream bullet is great to use on your cheeks, around your eyes and even on your lips.

It comes in over 20 shades, is silicone free and feels weightless!

MAC Mineralize Blush

Prefer a full-on powder? MAC’s Mineralize Blush makes adding colour in the morning a breeze. Not-too-heavy coverage, buildable and can go solo if desired/need-be.

Most of it even remained on my skin after two crazy-crammed streetcar commutes and an eight-hour day in a warm office eating buttery fast foods. Merci, MAC!

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue

Having been introduced to Bare Minerals powders by my mother in my college years, back in the days of fearing foundation, this Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream was actually my next try after trialing NYX. With the shades so close, it took a little Sephora assistance but in the end, I appreciated the almost-equally weightless feel, and not feeling like I was carrying a false tan on my face for all in the grey of Fall to clearly see. Plus, it contains SPF 30 and is so hydrating. I sometimes have to remind myself to stop touching my skin. (After a dry spell day, try and stop me).

Complexion Rescue is available at Bare Minerals and Sephora.

Colourpop No Filter Matte Concealer

If you’re looking for a foundation alternative, but don’t want to turn to powder, try a pop of Colourpop No Filter Matte Concealer instead.

Available in warm and cool undertones, plus shades ranging from fair to deep dark, this vegan concealer adds just the right amount of colour when applied under the eyes and on select facial features. The redness coverage during bouts with dry skin was well-appreciated.

Each product featured has been independently researched, selected and is not sponsored.

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