There’s little that compares to the healthy, rested glow of a summer spent reveling in the great outdoors. And while the season’s balmy, carefree days and beach weekends are drawing to a close, you don’t necessarily have to say goodbye to a sun-kissed look. We asked a few of our favorite makeup artists for their best-kept secrets for imparting even the palest of skin tones with a natural-looking hint of warmth well past Labor Day. Here, they share their favorite pro tips and the radiance-boosting products they keep in their kits.
• The first step to re-creating believably bronze skin is prepping your face through proper exfoliation and hydration. Following a season of sun exposure, even those who obsessively apply SPF may find their skin depleted of moisture from the surf and sun, points out the L.A.-based makeup artist Kate Lee. “You need to remove any dry, flaky patches before you add any extra color,” she says of using a scrub like Chanel’s Gommage Microperlé Éclat Maximum Radiance Exfoliating Gel, “which has pearl powder and jojoba microbeads to exfoliate and moisturize at the same time.” If your skin is prone to [being] sensitive, she suggests instead a mild peel like Goldfaden MD’s Fresh A Peel with lactic acid and fruit enzymes. After cleansing, makeup artist Romy Soleimani likes to use Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil as a lightweight base before makeup, because “good skincare will give you that healthy look.”
• Next, to even out the complexion, Soleimani uses a supersheer foundation like Jouer’s Luminizing Moisture Tint, while makeup artist Wendy Rowe touts the brightening virtues of Burberry’s Luminous Fluid Base (in Golden Radiance), which can be used on its own or layered under foundation to brighten the skin on the face as well as the body. Lee suggests blending Chanel’s gel-cream Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base with a brush around the forehead and across the bridge of the nose, where sun tends to darken the skin most, for a subtle effect.
• If you prefer a powder bronzer, makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury advises looking for a formula that goes light on shimmer, and avoiding those with orange undertones in favor of truer beiges and browns. Her best tips for faking it: “Apply it with a big brush over the hollow of the cheekbones, the bridge of the nose, and the temples, where the sun would naturally hit you.” For extra dimension, follow with a luminizing product on “the high planes of the face and the tops of the cheekbones and the jawline, to keep the skin looking fresh,” says Tilbury, whose self-titled makeup line’s Filmstar Bronze & Glow compact includes a bronzer and highlighter in one.
• If you prefer to steer clear of bronzer, Soleimani suggests finishing with a cream blush on the apples of the cheeks, in a light coral for pale skin and deep orange for darker skin tones. And, if all else fails, she mimics the effect of a few extra minutes in the sun by rubbing a bit of coral or red lipstick into your cheeks for a spent-the-day-sailing-in-St.-Barths-worthy flush.
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