beauty queen: amy adams

sometimes, bronze is better than gold.

by liza darwin

Bronzer during the cold, dreary days of January is tricky--we don't have to tell you that the shades you used during the summer don't exactly work when it's 10 degrees outside. But rather than skip the step all together, take a page from Amy Adams' book and sport a lighter version of your tried-and-true staple. The American Hustle star attended the Palm Springs Film Festival this week with a natural-looking flush and just enough shimmer.

She might've rocked it in California, but we think it looks just as good wherever you're suffering from the winter weather. Follow these steps below to fake everyone into thinking you've been getting real Vitamin D (like, from the sun)...and kiss your winter SADs goodbye.

GLOW IT: Guerlain TerraCotta Bronzing Powder in Blondes- $51 

This is one of the best bronzers out there for people with fair skin (ahem, looking at Adams...and myself), mostly because it's so sheer and natural. With a full, soft brush, swirl the powder on your cheeks in a "7" motion-- across and then down to your jawline. Feel free to layer if you want a more intense glow.

HIGHLIGHT IT: Benefit Watt's Up Highlighter- $32 

Accentuate your cheek and brow bones with this creamy highlighter. 

GLOSS IT: Maybelline Covergirl Colorsensational Lipgloss in Sugared Honey - $2.40

Finish things off with an ultra-shiny lipgloss.