Mission Impossible: 11 Beauty Products to Fake That “Back from Vacation” Glow

They're the next best thing to a poolside piña colada.

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If you’re going into the winter without a vacation day left to your name, you can still get that glow—and instant mood boost—that comes along with a few days somewhere superbly tropical. Allow the transformative power of beachy beauty products to do all the heavy lifting, minus the airfare, pricey hotel, and suitcase that you will literally not unpack for weeks.

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Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette
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Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

Forget that summer’s-gone slump by creating a smoky eye using the red, brown, and coppery shades that dominate this aptly-named palette.

$54

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St. Tropez One Night Only Bronzing Mist
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St. Tropez One Night Only Bronzing Mist

For the beauty commitment-phobes out there (so, all of us?), St. Tropez’s iconic sunless tanner comes in a wash-off mist. It lasts 24 hours and can be applied at all angles—think: holding the bottle upside down to reach your shoulders and back.

$20

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Gradient Glow
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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Gradient Glow

Why use one of the iconic Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors when you can use a combo of their five best-selling shades? This compact includes slices of Bronzed Amber, Moonstone, Opal, Rose Gold, and Topaz. When blended together, it gives you the perfect sun-kissed highlight.

$38

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Marine Boosting 4-in-1 Mist
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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Marine Boosting 4-in-1 Mist

This mist, a blend of algae and marine flower extracts, is basically like a gentle spritz of sea water that doesn’t leave you sticky. In fact, it primes your face, sets your makeup, hydrates your skin, and acts as an instant pick-me-up for those moments pre-meeting when you know a third cup of coffee is a bad idea.

$25

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Smith & Cult Book of Sun Chapter 2
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Smith & Cult Book of Sun Chapter 2

Keep this artfully askew blush and bronzer duo (packed in an insanely chic gold compact) in your purse for mid-day touchups when you feel like winter will never end.

$40

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NARS Monoï Body Glow II
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NARS Monoï Body Glow II

Just try to slather on this blend of tiare blossom, white frangipani, ylang-ylang, and vanilla and not immediately imagine that your desk is a plush cabana. Spoiler: It's impossible.

$59

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VMV Hypoallergenics Boldly Glow Coconut Oil Skin Bloom Blush Stick
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VMV Hypoallergenics Boldly Glow Coconut Oil Skin Bloom Blush Stick

This blush gives you an I-just-got-off-the-beach flush, comes in a gorgeous tube created by crushed shells sustainably sourced in the Philippines, and it’s packed with organic virgin coconut oil. A+ from the inside out!

$60

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Charlotte Tilbury Overnight Bronze & Glow Mask
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Charlotte Tilbury Overnight Bronze & Glow Mask

This hydrating mask slowly builds up a natural tan while you sleep, making it possibly the easiest part of your entire beauty routine.

$55

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Tan-Luxe The Face Illuminating Self-Tan Drops
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Tan-Luxe The Face Illuminating Self-Tan Drops

Boost your favorite moisturizer, serum, or face oil with these self-tan drops for a completely customized sunless tanner. (Use only as much as you want to create the exact shade that works for you.) Bonus: it’s fragrance-free, so you won't have to deal with any harsh chemical smells.

$49

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Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter
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Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter

The mix of cupuaçu, açaí, and coconut oil in this ultra-nourishing balm leaves your lips insanely smooth. Pop it in your purse or pocket and reapply to your heart’s content.

$18

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Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter
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Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter

The cream-to-powder formula of this highlighter—the newest addition to the Murumuru Butter line—allows for easy blending and a natural finish. Shades include Rose Gold, Champagne, Pink, and Pearl, and be on the lookout for Iridescence, which hits stores this December.

$11

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