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By now any summer tan we once had has faded into...well, let’s just call it our “natural state.” Here, eight foolproof shades that brighten things up without washing you out.

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Additional reporting by Jenny Jin.


Scarlet Red

Holiday ready and universally flattering against any skin tone.

Smith & Cult ($18)


Rose Gold Glitter

2018's favorite shade got a holiday makeover. Bonus: The specks of glitter disguise chips brilliantly.

OPI ($13)


Pearly Blue

For a more subtle take on glitter try an iridescent shimmer.

Essie ($9)


Forest Green

There are evergreens, pines and Douglas firs all around you so get in the spirit.

Sally Hansen ($10)


Smoky Blue

Understated and neutral, but still unexpected enough to elicit endless compliments.

Dermelect ($11)


Cool Beige

Our tans are long gone, so stick to nudes with blue undertones to avoid getting washed out.

Jin Soon ($18)



A moody color that works best in the winter (even if you drink it all year long).

Tenoverten ($9)


Glitzy Black

If black is your hue of choice all season long, add a little festivity for fun. (Psst, this one peels off when you're ready to swap shades.)

Butter London ($12)

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