How to look tan in the winter (without being mistaken for a guido)

Melanie Richtman

After being forced to spend months indoors, we all start to look a little pale in Minnesota. While some people embrace it, others try to hide it with makeup, tanning beds or spray tans. First of all, tanning beds are bad — you’re literally paying to increase your chances of getting skin cancer. Not to mention, no one is going to think you’re naturally this tan in the middle of February. Same thing goes for spray tans. You aren’t fooling anyone.

The best way to fake a healthy glow in the winter is to add a little bit of bronzer to your makeup routine. A great way to do this is to add a few drops of liquid bronzer to your foundation or moisturizer. It will make your skin radiant, without looking orange and fake.

Another option is to use a powder bronzer (preferably one that is only a shade or two darker than your actual skin color — a darker foundation might do the trick) to highlight the places on your face that the sun would naturally hit. But since it’s winter, think of the places the sun would hit while skiing, not the places it would hit if you were spending the day on a beach somewhere. Applying bronzer to the bridge of your nose, the top of your forehead and right along your cheekbones will give you a realistic winter tan.

If you want to go the traditional bronzer route, make sure it isn’t too dark or orange. Those are dead giveaways that you are faking it. Find one of those bronzers with a couple of color tones (find one with pink included!) and some shimmer, so your skin looks pretty and natural, rather than dull.

Moral of the story? Keep it light. It’s winter. You’re not supposed to look like a Brazilian super model.