[The models at Michael Kors looked like they had just stepped in from braving the winter's cold. If only a little harsh weather could make us all look this good.]
While some girls look so prettily flushed after a stroll in the brisk outside, I always tend to look more drippy and disheveled. Thankfully, Michael Kors's recent runway show exhibited that makeup can feign this cold-weather effect, and it so perfectly fits with chunky knits and windblown hair, two things dear to me at this time of year. Here's how to get the same look with makeup if you lack the lucky genes that allow you to naturally do so:
1. Benefit Benetint in Rose, $29, sephora.com// 2. Fresh Sugar Passion Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15, $22.50, sephora.com// 3. Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture SPF 35, about $10 at drugstores// 4. Sephora Collection Lush Flush Lip & Cheek Stain in Red Wine, $12, sephora.com// 5. Revlon Fabulash Mascara, about $8 at drugstores.
The most important step in achieving this effortless look: moisturizing. With dry skin, red cheeks can make your face just look irritated. Liberally apply an oil-free (if you tend to break out like me) moisturizer to your entire face, allowing it to soak in before putting on the cheek stain. When you do put on the stain--a long-lasting, more natural looking alternative to blush--apply it to the apples of your cheeks, blending outward toward your temples and jawline. Quickly dab with a damp tissue afterward to avoid looking overly flushed. Finish the look with an equally stained lip (most cheek stains work double-duty as lip colors) and minimal swipes of black mascara.
[PRESS PLAY: "Green Eyes" by Coldplay. Available on iTunes.]