Who’s ready for summer?! I’m excited to catch some rays, hit up the splash pad, eat a ton of sno cones, and lay under the ceiling fan watching Frozen on those days its JUST TOO HOT. I hope y’all had a lovely Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start to summer. I didn’t get out much, my son has decided he is petrified of swimming. This makes going to the pool less than a blast so it looks like I will be faking my tan for the foreseeable future. We all know the dangers of sun exposure and the importance of sun protection but who doesn’t enjoy that just-got-back-from-a-beach-vacay bronze glow? We’re gonna go over how to utilize your bronzer to create a sun-kissed look, so even you shade lovers can look like you’ve been lounging poolside all weekend.
You need: bronzer, blush, fluffy brush. Optional: highlight, shimmery bronzer
This is different from contouring. We are not trying to create a shadow here, so this is the perfect time to pull out that warm-orangey bronzer! Shimmer approved! I love this look with minimal makeup. I like a dewy look for my everyday look anyway, but I feel a little “dewiness” is vital to really nailing the just-out-of-the-sun vibe so skip the foundation and put on a tinted moisturizer or BB cream. You can spot conceal trouble areas if needed. I concealed under my eyes and the redness around my nose. I am using my Two Faced bronzer palette but really all you need is your favorite bronzer. Tilt your face up to the sky and imagine the sun beaming down on it. The high points and planes of your face is where the sun gets you the most so thats where to apply the bronzer. Sun Bunny (the color on the left) is what I use to create a warm tan. I like the dual tones as well as the subtle shimmer. Sweep the color across your forehead, down your nose, across your cheekbones, dab your chin, swipe down the sides of your neck and up your jawline. If you are nervous about being TOO bronze, try tapping the brush in these areas then grab a clean brush (a brush free of product, you don’t have to go wash it) to blend everything. The more you swipe with the brush that you tapped into the makeup-the more product you apply. (That is also a great tip for eyeshadows, if you are trying to blend switch brushes, that way you don’t deposit more shadow on your face.) Once you’ve applied bronzer you can move onto highlighter. Highlighter will not make or break this look, so do whatever you feel up to. BUT the highlight does need to be in the “warm” family. That means gold undertones, if you’ve only got silver/bluish highlighter-skip it. Make a “c” shape from temple to cheekbone with your highlight color of choice. Go check my highlighting post for more help on this.
Oooo girl! Now is when you start thinking about all the places you could be sitting while getting a REAL tan. Cabo San Lucas, Maui, Schlitterbahn…
Anyway, final touches! Grab a natural colored blush-a rose, or bright berry color. You’ve been in the “sun”, your cheeks need to show that warmth! I’m using a cream blush here because I think it gives a more natural finish. I love this color, Flush, it looks realistic and has no shimmer. (I got this cute bad boy for a birthday gift from Ulta. Be sure you’re signed up for freebies from them and Sephora!) Blush technique is a little different with this one, smile and tap the apple of your cheeks, don’t blend this up the cheekbone too much-we want the blush to pop from the bronzer. Then take your brush and roll it across the bridge of your nose-just like when you get a smidge too much sun.
Is it hot in here or what?! Welcome to summer, ladies! Finish up with some mascara and a quick brow fill in to make your eyes pop. I finished the look off with a metallic copper liquid lipstick. In the top picture I added a neutral gold eye shadow on the lid and the bronzer color in the eye crease under the lower lashes. I finished the top look with an orangey-coral gloss. Have fun with this one!
As always, give me a shout if you like this post or have any questions! What do you guys want to know next? More makeup tutorials, hair tutorials, product recommendations, skin care questions? Let me know in the comments or on FB!