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In this unreal world of Insta-filters and hyper-perfect beauty looks, you absolutely cannot live without these words of wisdom for those days you aren't selfie-ready – or just don't want to be seen by anyone you know.
Best Beauty Advice Ever in Case You Run into an Ex or a Mean Girl from High School-BEAUTYGEEKS

Bookmark this post, beautygeeks, because you're about to receive the best* piece of beauty advice anyone could ever give you.

If you leave the house grey-faced, with unwashed hair and in an old sweater and baggy-bummed jeans for a quick grocery run, I pretty much guarantee you'll bump into an ex-boyfriend or one of the mean girls from junior high.

In this self-esteem-bruising situation, here's what you should do:

Don’t pretend that you don’t see whoever-they-are. Do not hide. Just walk right up and in your best fake-croaky voice (or in a whisper if you have terrible acting skills), tell them to stay back because you have a horrible cold and only left the house to pick up juice and Kleenex.

They'll make sympathetic noises while trying to back away from you and your toxic germ cloud. But most importantly, they'll attribute your straight-out-of-the-laundry-hamper appearance to a virus.

The joke, of course, is that this time of year, even when we’re not sick, we mostly look like hell, as nature and central heating have worked their dark magic for months, sucking the moisture and life from our skin. And under unforgiving grocery store lights everyone is a different shade of grey – we’re like squares on the saddest paint chip ever.

So while you’re indoors waiting for actual Spring weather (soon, soon) use one of these proven glow boosters to make yourself look a little more human and ensure you won’t scare people at the store when you need to buy chips on a Sunday afternoon.

rose-tinted skincare

Make yourself look less ashen and more alive with much-needed moisture and a gently rosy glow.

L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Rosy Tone Cream-BEAUTYGEEKS

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Rosy Tone Cream ($29.97 CAD at and $15.59 USD at

Vichy Neovadiol Rose Platinum Fortifying and Revitalizing Rosy Cream-BEAUTYGEEKS

Vichy Neovadiol Rose Platinum Fortifying and Revitalizing Rosy Cream ($56.95 CAD at and $47.59 USD at

Physicians Formula Rosé All-Day Oil-Free Serum-BEAUTYGEEKS

Physicians Formula Rosé All Day Oil-Free Serum ($19.99 CAD at drugstores and $12.99 USD at – this one has a glowy, faintly rosy iridescent sheen (that is by no means disco ball)

all-over-colour-boost hack

To reanimate your corpse-like self, add one little drop – two, max – of liquid or gel blush, such as Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel in Flushed ($24 CAD at Shoppers Drug Mart or and $14 USD at to a hydrating serum, such as Avène Hydrance Intense Rehydrating Serum ($44 CAD at and $38 USD at, and apply it all over your face.

Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel in Flushed-BEAUTYGEEKS
Avène Hydrance Intense Rehydrating Serum-BEAUTYGEEKS

This seems so weird – why would I want to add red all over? – but it works. It's really a DIY version of those rosy-tone moisturizers.

Clarins SOS Primer in Green-BEAUTYGEEKS

If you have rosacea, though, or a complexion with more red than you'd like, try a Clarins SOS Primer in Green ($39 CAD at and $39 USD at mixed with your foundation, or on its own.


Too much coffee and too little moisture in the air, and you have crêpe-y, desiccated skin. Add some life back with a hydrating mist that contains glycerine. Essences are packed with beneficial ingredients, so why hasn’t someone created one with a spray for midday moisture assistance? Oh look. Lauder did.

Estée Lauder Micro Essence Aquaceutical Mist-BEAUTYGEEKS

Estee Lauder Micro Essence Aquaceutical Mist ($85 CAD and $68 USD at

Omorovicza Magic Moisture Mist-BEAUTYGEEKS

Omorovicza Magic Moisture Mist ($114.40 CAD and $92 USD at

Garnier SkinActive Rose Soothing Facial Mist

Garnier Soothing Rose Water Face Mist ($10.49 CAD at and $8.99 USD at


Pre-warm weather, more than at any other time, God bless makeup. Instead of a "highlighter visible from space" preferred by Instagrammers, go for an all-over glow.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder-BEAUTYGEEKS

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder ($46 CAD and $38 USD at, available in six shades from pale to dark

Covergirl Vitalist Go Glow Luminizing Lotion-BEAUTYGEEKS

CoverGirl Vitalist Go Glow Luminizing Lotion ($13.99 CAD at and $10.99 USD at for light glowy coverage, available in two shades

Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow Primer-BEAUTYGEEKS

Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow ($65 CAD and $55 USD at, reviewed by Janine here.


Hydrogel masks aren't new, but when a budget-friendly version launches, it sparks new interest. Hydrogels adhere smoothly to the face without the fussy wrinkling that can happen with cotton or fibre sheet masks, and they seem more efficient at soothing and hydrating. Key tip: the slightly textured side goes against the skin. (Why that isn't printed clearly on every brand's packaging is inexplicable.)

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Hydrogel Mask-BEAUTYGEEKS

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Hydrogel Mask ($3.99 CAD at and $2.99 USD at ulta.comreviewed by Janine here; we're mentioning it again because – well, just read what she wrote

Lancôme Genifique Hydrogel Mask-BEAUTYGEEKS

Lancome Genifique Hydrogel Mask ($20 CAD at and $15 USD at contains probiotics to strengthen your skin’s barrier function

Laneige Water Bank Soothing Gel Mask-BEAUTYGEEKS

Laneige Water Bank Soothing Gel Mask ($9 CAD single mask at and $24 USD for 5 at laneige.comformulated with skin-friendly minerals to help maintain improved hydration 

Now that you're all fresh-faced and radiant as though winter never happened, here's the *second-best piece of beauty advice anyone could ever give you.

Have you ever found yourself in a situation similar to the one described at the top of this post? What did you do? And if you have a tip or tips for looking fresh-faced in a flash, please share in the comments; we'd love to know!

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