The Best Bright Makeup for Gray Winter Days

We tested dozens of shadows, sticks, and polishes. Our 24 eye-popping favorites.


  1. Guerlain Le Crayon Yeux kohl liner in Deep Purple, $31;
  2. Chanel Illusion D’Ombre luminous eyeshadow in Ocean Light, $36;
  3. Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils in Hippie Green, $32;
  4. Tom Ford Cream color for eyes in Siren Blue, $45;
  1. M.A.C. Pigment Colour Powder in Tan, $22;
  2. Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Couture Palette in Indie Jaspe, $60;
  3. Chanel Le Volume De Chanel mascara in Ardent Purple, $32;
  4. Tom Ford High Definition eyeliner in Azure, $42;


  1. Tom Ford Patent Finish lip color in Orchid Fatale, $52;
  2. M.A.C. x Zac Posen Darling Clementine lipstick in Bright Orange, $18;
  3. Le Métier de Beauté Moisture matte lipstick in Smoke, $32;
  4. Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Mighty, $37;
  1. Le Métier de Beauté Moisture matte lipstick in Amelie, $32;
  2. L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss in Fuchsia Amnesia, $9.99;
  3. Essence Liquid Lipstick in Peach Party, $3.49;
  4. Guerlain Kisskiss lipstick in All About Pink, $37;


  1. Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture nail lacquer in Corail Colisee, $28;
  2. Deborah Lippmann Walking on Sunshine, $18;
  3. Orly Fancy Fuchsia, $3.99;
  4. China Glaze Son of a Peach, $7.50;
  1. Deborah Lippmann She Drives Me Crazy, $18;
  2. Essie Make Some Noise, $8.50;
  3. Smith & Cult Cut the Mullet, $18;
  4. OPI I Manicure for Beads, $10;

Photographs: Sergiy Barchuk for Bloomberg Businessweek (24); Makeup: Rebecca Garcia; Nail Artist: Simcha Whithill

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