As much as we wish we could, it’s not possible to be on vacation 365 days a year. Unless you’re a Kardashian-Jenner, it’s also unlikely that you’re jetting off to the sun every few weeks. We all love a sun-kissed look and spend our summers chasing the sun. In the dead of winter, it’s easy to feel less confident without your usual tan. Everyone looks paler when the sun starts to hide behind the clouds.
While it’s easier to pull off a darker fake tan in the summer, you don’t have to go without your sun-kissed glow during the colder months. With the right bronzing routine, you can fool everyone into thinking you have just come back from vacation, even in the height of winter. We’re breaking down the steps to having a sun-kissed glow all year long.
Refine Your Skincare Routine
While makeup can cover just about anything, your skincare is the most important element of your beauty routine. You want to create a healthy and dewy glow from within by keeping your skin moisturised. Make sure you’re following a four-step skincare routine both morning and night to keep your skin nourished and protected. Even during the winter, you should be wearing an SPF.
Add in a weekly (or twice-weekly) sheet mask or detoxifying clay mask to help get the dead cells off your skin to give you a smoother feel.
It’s All in The Bronzer
Trying to put fake tan on your face is next to impossible, although it’s great for an full body glow. You want to focus on bronzing instead to give you the sun-kissed look. You want to try and do your makeup in natural lighting or in front of a lit mirror so you can see where the sun would hit your skin. Use a soft bristle brush to help apply your bronzer to keep you in control while applying the powder.
Finding the right bronzer is like finding a needle in a haystack. You want to find a shade that complements your skin tone and complexion. If you have fairer skin and cool undertones, you want a bronzer with a terracotta undertone to stop you look orange. For a medium complexion, try and use a golden bronzer. If you have darker skin, you want to focus on bronzers with an orange base to balance out your undertones.
Don’t Forget Highlighter
You want to finish your sun-kissed look with some extra glow. Everyone loves a good highlighter and it has the power to give you the dewy, supermodel worthy glow that we all want. Highlighters come in every shape and formulation, whether you prefer a liquid, cream, or powder. The trick to applying a highlight is to add it to the high points on your face, where the light would naturally reflect.
Add your highlighter to your brow bone, cupid’s bow, the bridge of your nose, and the tips of your cheekbones. Champagne highlighters are universally flattering for every skin tone, and the perfect choice if you’re using the product for the first time.
How do you keep your skin glowing all year long? Do you use a fake tan for an all over glow? Do you prefer to focus on your face?