It’s summertime and we all want to bring that beach glow with us everywhere we go. For a skin tone that’s breezy, beautiful, and above all, natural, skip overpowering bronzer or blush in favor of a fresh look that goes with your skin tone.
Go the Natural Route
In order to get shine-free skin, you may want to go au naturel by trying a no-makeup makeup look. Skip the foundation and use a moisturizer with SPF, like Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Moisturizer with added sunscreen or a tinted moisturizer for some added color, like Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer.
Use highlighter to illuminate the contours of your face. Place it along the brow bone, sides of the forehead, and above the cheekbones to make your features pop. If you do need concealer to hide undereye circles, blemishes, scars, or other uneven pigmentations, try MAC Studio Finish Concealer. If you have large pores like I do, try a filler either underneath makeup or on top. I use Nyx Pore Filler to minimize the look of pores to create a basic finish.
Whether you’re trying a go-out makeup look or a makeup free one, you’re still going to need to control your level of shine, since we’re going for glow, not oil! Even women with normal to dry skin tend to start looking oily throughout the day when wearing makeup, so be sure to use a setting powder on top of your final look to keep your makeup fresh and shine-free. I typically carry around a packet of Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets for on-the-go coverage. In an emergency, remember the quick hack of using bathroom paper towel — gently apply to your face to remove excess oil or shine without smudging.
Pump Up Your Color
To get a look that’s dewy, try some sun-free makeup tricks. For a look that captures the sun without the rays, try a foundation that’s a few shades darker than your skin tone and top it off with a gentle application of your usual mineral powder.
Capture some color with blush and gloss. Use a cream-based blush in a pink or rosy color, in relation to your skin tone, for a light, smooth cheek. Try putting a berry tinted gloss on the bridge of your nose, chin, and above the cheekbones for some extra color that will bring out your features.
You may be tempted to fake bake or or lay out to bring some color to your skin. tanning beds really are dangerous for the health and longevity of your skin. Just one session in the tanning bed can expose your body to as much UV rays as a full day out in the sun. When you do spend a day on the sand, you should be wearing an SPF of 30 or above to block harmful rays that can permanently damage the color and consistency of your skin over time. Be sure to reapply every hour or so, or if you enter the water.
No matter the time of year, get the look and feel of fresh, sun-kissed skin by applying these beauty tips. Follow these rules for a healthy, natural glow that makes you look good and feel great!
Gwen Lewis is a writer and makeup artist based in Southern California. Because of her passion for beauty and health, she hopes to help others not just look great but feel great, whether through makeup or her writing. In her free time, she enjoy shopping and pick-up soccer games with her friends.