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How to Get a Sun-Kissed Makeup Look

How to Fake a Sun-Kissed Glow With Makeup

The following post was written by Jennifer Duvall of JennySue Makeup and is part of POPSUGAR Select Beauty. JennySue Makeup features helpful makeup tutorials and beauty product reviews with a mission to show how makeup can boost a woman's self confidence.

Many of us long for that warm summertime glow that reflects the look of being on vacation at a sunny beach with your skin glistening against the ocean water. However, sometimes that vacation and/or beach isn't your reality. That doesn't mean you can't get that glowy skin you long for! Here is how I easily acheive that rested, sunswept glow in a few simple steps.

1. Prep your skin with a moisturizer or face oil that is right for your skin type. You've got to prep the canvas before you can paint it, right? My dry skin longs for Josie Maran Argan Oil ($48) and it sinks in beautifully before applying makeup.

2. Mix a small amount of liquid bronzer, like Lorac's Tantalizer ($32), along with your favorite foundation that includes SPF [I used Revlon's Nearly Naked Makeup ($10)]. Apply with a sponge or foundation brush. This gives you a realistic warm glow without the look of a bronzing powder which can be super obvious and sit unnaturally on top of the skin.

3. Next, spot-treat any problem areas, like dark under-eye circles or blemishes, with a concealer. I like using one that isn't too heavy or matte and has some illuminating properties to it, like Maybelline's Dream Lumi Touch ($8). This extra step in addition to your foundation helps to create that flawless finish we are all looking for.

4. Just so we don't end up looking like one big shiny disco ball, take a powder (loose or compact) and spot-treat any areas on your face that shouldn't look oily or glistening at any part during the day: the chin, under the eyes, and the forehead. You can use a fluffy, small-headed makeup brush or roll the powder into the skin with a sponge.

5. Don't forget the eyes and lips by applying a warm metallic shadow [mine is a gold shadow by MAC, Woodwinked ($15)], lots of waterproof mascara, and a punchy lip balm shade.

6. Finish off your look by highlighting the cheekbones with a shimmery bronzer or blush. I like using a mosaic of colors, such as Too Faced's Pink Leopard Bronzer ($30), which consists of warm bronzes, golds, and pinks. Using an angled blush brush helps to get just the right amount along the tops of those cheekbones.

There you have it: beautiful, sunswept skin without the damaging rays.

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Kathygstevens Kathygstevens 2 years
I love the suggestion to put liquid bronzer in with my foundation. I'm headed to the store today with your list of items, thanks!
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