Tricks to Help Fake a Bronzed Glow

Nothing says summer quite like a healthy-looking, bronzed glow, but if you’ve paid attention to any of our sun safety tips, you’ve probably avoided spending too much time in the sun. Luckily, we have a few tricks to help you achieve an enviably sun-kissed look—and none of them require any time in the sun. Read on for five ways to make everyone think you just got back from vacation.




Apply our Color Contour Matte Bronzer to where the sun naturally hits your face. “Using our Powder Brush, sweep the bronzer on your temples and down your cheekbones,” says Christy Coleman, Head of Creative Design and a fashion and celebrity makeup artist. “Then lightly apply to your forehead, down the bridge of your nose, over your chin, onto your jawline, and down your neck, finishing on your décolletage.”



When choosing our Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage, opt for one shade darker than your normal color. “Going just a little darker will help warm up your skin tone,” says Christy. Don’t forget to blend well to avoid a stark contrast between the color of your face and the rest of your body.



Stick to lighter, brighter lip colors, like our Lip Sheer in Twig, Petal, or Coral, to complement the sun-kissed look you’re going for. “Wearing darker shades—such as wines, berries, and plums—emphasizes a paler complexion,” Christy says.



To lend your face just a hint of color, use our Color Pinch Cream Blusher in Caramel. “Lightly sweep it from your temples down to your cheekbones, then blend evenly,” Christy says. “The smooth, hydrating formula glides easily onto your skin and leaves a dewy finish.”



You can’t fake an authentic summer glow without properly conditioning your skin from head to toe. “Our nourishing Lustro Face Oils and Lustro Body Oil leave skin looking silky-smooth with a subtle glow,” says Christy.