I Refuse to Let Winter Get in the Way of Plump Skin This Year

Here are my top 7 products for plump, dewy-looking skin. In collaboration with La Prairie.

By: Katie Becker
Photography: Tristan Kallas

No matter what you’re wearing when you walk into a holiday party, there are few things more alluring than a complexion that looks fresh, well-rested, and glowing. You know, all those lovely qualities that a marathon of soirées and the dry winter air zap from your skin before you get anywhere near New Year’s Eve. This year, I’m preparing. I’ve tried and tested some of the most luxurious new products, and I am arming myself with the ultimate arsenal to keep my skin plump and dewy-looking well into 2018. Below, find my favorite cleanser, anti-aging cream, and makeup products to glow get em.


La Prairie Skin Caviar Absolute Filler: Hear me out on this indulgence, which is meant to imitate filler, sans needles: This formula feels and looks extremely luxurious, yes, but it’s the centrifuge-extracted caviar oil and proteins (you read that right) that really make this a must-have. The high-tech molecules sink in and help your skin produce its own hyaluronic acid. This is a natural substance that your skin already produces—just less so as we age. After a month of using this cream, the end result is fuller, firmer skin that’s bouncy to the touch.

Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift: This device takes the iconic cleansing brush’s sonic speed motor and applies it to face massage with a silicone head. Each use takes about two minutes across the chest, neck, and face. The quick vibrations help skin-care products absorb more completely, and it also helps move lymphatic fluid, so your face looks more sculpted and full in just the right places.

Avène Thermal Spring Water: I like to mist my face with a healthy spritz of this hydrating water spray. This is French thermal water filled with minerals and leaves satisfying little dew drops on my skin that sink right in.

La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer Foundation Sunscreen SPF 15: Nothing can turn a dewy complexion into a tundra-scape faster than a dry, cakey foundation. What I love about this foundation is its healthy-looking finish and the fact that it includes a matching concealer in the top. I like to apply it with a wet Beautyblender for natural skin-like affect.

Sephora Collection Perfection Mist Airbrush Blush: I always get compliments on my skin when I wear this blush, which is basically a lazy girl’s airbrush. This mini aerosol can of makeup comes in a few different shades, but I swear by the peach, which has a touch of luminosity. Hold it at least six inches from your face, and spray from the top of your cheekbone where it meets your temple down to the apple of your cheek, where you should use circular motions.

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate: The final touch to make skin really look plump and happy is a little contour and highlight. I don’t know if I’ve ever met a makeup artist who does not use this very cream palette. It has a subtle creamy contour for shading cheekbones and a cool-toned highlighter that looks fresh but never sparkly or "robo face." Seriously, every pro uses this. Use your fingers to dab it onto skin, and tap gently to blend.

Marie Veronique Replenishing Oil Cleanser: At the end of the day, after I remove my makeup, I make sure to treat my skin with a hydrating oil cleanser. The key to using this amazing-smelling oil is to massage, massage, massage it into your skin. It really unclogs pores, but leaves skin dewy and bouncy afterward. I set my timer for four minutes and really go for it. Then, the best way to take it off after is with a warm, wet microfiber cloth.