Protecting your skin during the summer is more important than ever, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the glorious glow of sun-kissed skin! Channeling good summer vibes in a healthy, sunless way is totally doable — if you take these 5 steps.
1. Pick Your Primer
The first step to sun-kissed skin is prepping your canvas. Evening out skin tone and plumping pores helps you create a buildable base, and you can customize it to your needs with these primers:
- Opal Essence delivers the perfect dose of dewiness every time for ultra-hydration.
- Selfie Shield is an invisible, broad-spectrum SPF 38 dry oil primer that helps protect and prep skin.
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2. Get Your Daily Dose of Vitamin H.A.
Every Beauty Babe knows about the magic that is hyaluronic acid. If you’ve forgotten, here’s a refresher: one gram of H.A. can hold up to 25 cups of water. Your skin doesn’t need that much, of course, but it’s totally cool — hyaluronic acid actually knows how to regulate moisture on its own, so your skin will never absorb more than it needs.
When you’re working to create sun-kissed skin *sans* sun, H.A. is a secret weapon, helping combat the effects of aging, dehydration and the environment all at once. That’s why we made sure to include it in both our BOUNCE Airbrush Liquid Whip Concealer and our Bounce Foundation, so if you use either (or both, duh), you’re literally covered.
3. Contour With Care
Contouring is a crucial piece of the sun-kissed skin puzzle. It’s all about bringing out your best features and minimizing the ones you want to play down.
Depending on your skin tone, consider going a shade darker or lighter with your bronzer to really bring out the contrast and play up that summery glisten.
- Start by bringing the contour along your hairline down to your temples.
- Be sure to blend the contour into your hairline so the shadow appears natural.
- Sucking in your cheeks, follow the line from your ear to the corner of your mouth.
Boom — wherever you go, it’s a sunny day, rain or shine, indoors or out.
4. Dew Your Hue
If you're only allowed one do-it-all product to create a sun-kissed look on your (well-shaded, socially distant) private island, highlighter is The True Desert Island MVP. Glass Glow Shinelighter takes out all the guesswork since the clear formula works on all skin tones for a non-sticky, subtle radiance. Apply it to the high points of your face, like the tops of the cheekbones and cupid’s bow, with the pointed end of your beautyblender, and then blend, blend, blend, baby!
On a related note, summer is a great time to try out a dewy foundation if you’ve never done it. A dewy finish uses natural oils to reflect light and create radiance. These looks are often described as “luminous,” “healthy” or “glowing,” and we don’t want to speak for you but like, yes, please!
5. Warm It Up
When you think “sun-kissed skin,” what colors come to mind? For most of us, it’s warm, sunset-inspired shades like reds, oranges, yellows and pinks, so start there.
A gel-cream blush in a warm color can help give your skin a wave of warmth, or you can use your favorite matte orangey-pink blush and swipe Glass Glow Shinelighter over the apples of your cheeks and up the cheekbone. If you’re going all-in on a sun-kissed glow, go subtle on lips and eyes to maximize the natural vibe. And before you “hit the beach” — whether it’s for real, through the pages of a book or in a lounge chair in your backyard — be sure to mist yourself with a little Re-Dew Setting Spray to lock down your warmed-up look.
Can’t get enough of those good summer vibes?
Check out our 3 Best Summer Makeup Looks.