Our Favorite Bright Beauty Products

"In the depth of winter," wrote Camus, "I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer." Existential musings aside, we adore these brights.

Compact Color

With two shades of blush and a highlighter, Shiseido Camellia Compact accents cheeks and adds a bit of sparkle. $36, shiseido.com

The Light Fantastic

Dark circles are made faint by Physicians Formula Youthful Wear Cosmeceutical Youth-Boosting Concealer, thanks in part to a blending sponge on one end. $13, physiciansformula.com

Color War
The yellow in this concealer interacts with the blue in skin to neutralize dusky shadows.

The Transformer

Pigments in Almay Smart Shade Mousse Makeup adjust to match the wearer's coloring (no matter how wintry pale it is). $14, almay.com

Eye Beams

Add subtle shimmer to lids with Jane Iredale Mystikol in Smoky Quartz, which also features a soft gray eyeliner. $20, shop.janeiredale.com

Secret Formula

SK-II LXP Ultimate Revival Essence contains concentrated amounts of pitera (see note, right) and rose extract to illuminate skin and improve texture. $250, sk-ii.com

The Sake Solution
The key ingredient is pitera, a yeast derivative discovered when it was noted that workers in a sake factory had unusually youthful-looking hands.

Just Add Moisture

Dry skin is a common underlying cause of dull complexions. Origins Make a Difference Plus + Ultra-Rich Rejuvenating Cream can help retain desirable dewiness. $39.50, origins.com

Fairy Nail Mother

Butter London 3 Free Nail Lacquer in Fairy Cake gives any manicure a glam finish. And the formula is free of the usual toxic nasties. $14, butterlondon.com

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