Mountain Chic

Reflections and observations on culture, food, style and travel

Yeah, ladies.  You know what I’m talking about.


You might stay up too late watching Stephen Colbert’s new show.  Or, you couldn’t stop pinning.  You had one too many glasses of wine. You couldn’t fall asleep, and so you lay in your bed until 1 a.m., wondering if you should cut back on caffeine.


I have totally been there.

The next day, you feel awful, and, adding insult to injury, your skin looks super blah.  You lament your lack of glow, the absence of color and polish.  Well, I’m here to tell you: you don’t have to put up with that.  You should just fake it.


My obsession with skin care is well-documented, especially here, here and here, and the right products certainly help. But there are days when you must call in extra support.  Heck, you can add these products to your regimen on the daily – I’m not going to judge, except I’ll probably be jealous and ask your secret to such incandescent radiance.

When I have the time, utilizing a bit of aromatherapy with a yummy candle helps lift tired spirits – Diptyque‘s Mimosa is a favorite this summer.  Once you start getting things sorted making your head happy, it’s time to focus on the appearance.  We’ll organize our weapons of blah destruction into three squadrons: The Powders, The Colors and The Highlighters.

The Powders


{Left: Benefit Dandelion Blush; Right: Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder}

The Benefit Dandelion Blush imparts a soft, matte glow on your skin.  I like to apply a light layer of this powder under or over my blush, and I dust it across my nose and cheeks.

Bobbi Brown‘s Brightening Finishing Powder (shown here in Nude) is basically a miracle-worker.  I use this powder every morning to illuminate my complexion and blur fine lines.  This powder looks frightening in the package – like you might be throwing a bunch of multi-colored glitter on your skin – but the transformation of your complexion is way more “I am well-hydrated and just got 10 hours of sleep” than “I’m headed out clubbing”.  I promise.


The Secret Brightening Powder by Laura Mercier is designed to be used only in the eye area, and it’s worth it to invest in the Laura Mercier Camouflage Powder brush to apply it.  A tiny, thin layer totally wakes up the eye area – when I use too much of this powder, it can cake in a not-flattering-at-all way, but when the amount is just right, your eyes are illuminated instantly.

The Colors


{Nars blushes, left to right: Mata Hari, Gaiety, Orgasm}

My ultimate blush goal is to emulate how my cheeks look after an awesome ski run on a powder day in the kind of cold temperatures that feel just right when you’re moving but can give you a shiver if you sit still (too exact?). These Nars blushes are my go-tos.  Many of you are familiar with the amazing Orgasm (on the right), a light-reflecting, peachy-pink color that looks awesome on absolutely everyone.  For maximum aprés ski glowiness, I’ll swipe a light layer of Orgasm all over the cheeks, and then give a burst of color on the apples: usually Gaiety (middle), the perfect bright pink for my medium-pale skin, or Mata Hari (left), which is a bit deeper and good for those of you who have darker skin than I do (like, all of you, probably).

The Highlighters


 Mister Light, by Givenchy Beauty, is actually a concealer and a highlighter.  It’s similar to the popular Touche Éclat by YSL, except it has better coverage for your undereye area.  I like its creamy consistency and the way it doesn’t settle into fine lines.  It’s perfect as an everyday undereye fix.  When you highlight with Benefit Watt’s Up, your face shimmers, making you look refreshed, youthful and revived.  This product is cream-to-powder, so it’s easy to apply and blend and then settles into a soft finish.  My favorite areas to highlight are between the eyebrows, on the bridge of the nose, on the cupid’s bow above the upper lip, and finally, from the outer corners of the eyes to the tops of the cheekbones in a slight C-shape.

So I’m giving you all my secrets in the hopes that you will also share yours with me.  What am I missing?  And remember: don’t stress!  Just fake it!


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