A Tax-Free Tan, Courtesy of Guerlain
Our makeup must-haves tend to change seasonally. Bronzers, blush, lipstick, and glosses fall in and out of our favor as the year progresses. (Mascara, on the other hand, is forever.) And Spring is prime time for tinted moisturizer: The weather is getting warmer, but we’re still our pallid shade of wintry pale olive. Our latest obsession for moisture and a little fake-it-till-you-make-it glow is Guerlain’s Teint d’Ailleurs from its Terracotta collection. Equal parts cream and gel, the lightweight formula melts into your skin nearly instantly for a very sheer, subtle finish. You can liberally apply it to your entire face and neck—blending it with an additional emollient lotion if you’re looking for a bit more hydration—or dot it on in concentrated doses to your cheekbones, forehead, the bridge of your nose, and your chin as if to simulate a liquid bronzer. It’s best attribute is arguably the fact that it’s completely devoid of shimmer. Not a trace of sparkle can be found in this wood-capped glass bottle, which comes in two shades to cater to a bevy of different skin tones. Another selling point is its inclusion of Guerlain’s patented Tan Booster, a carob extract-rich complex that can stimulate natural melanin production to intensify any natural tan you might get when the sun actually comes out, and prolong it when it inevitably disappears again in the fall—just in time for us to refocus our energies onto the statement lip.