Picture it: You’ve just wrapped up a glorious day languidly sprawled out on an oversized towel at the beach. Your cheeks are slightly pink from the warmth, your skin is glowing from the balmy air, and you’ve got a sparkle in your eye. You’re pure radiance.
Now, imagine you could bottle up that glowy goodness so you looked and felt just as beautiful under the harsh overhead lights of your office or mid-winter while shuffling through a foot of snow. We know it’s not exactly the same as sipping coconut drinks in your flip-flops, but you can harness that “summer skin” vibe and wear it all year long. Here’s how.
Nurture Your Skin
Healthy skin equals beautiful-looking, glowing skin, so giving your complexion some proper TLC is step one. The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD) recommends washing your face with a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser in the morning and in the evening, and anytime after you've been sweating.I Confidence in a Cleanser cleanses and moisturizes simultaneously to help skin look and feel soft, refreshed, and beautiful.
Routinely exfoliating your skin is another secret trick for holding on to that “just got back from the beach” summer luminescence. We recommend incorporating Bye Bye Pores Glycolic Acid Serum into your evening beauty process. In addition to refining the look of large pores, it helps visibly refine skin texture while supporting a smoother, supple feel. Four or five drops is all you need!
Also—and this might seem like a no-brainer—don’t forget that everyone should apply an SPF of 30 or higher. Every. Single. Day. We’re not just talking about summer skincare tips, either. This is year-round advice!
Use an Illuminating Foundation
Matte makeup has its time and place, but if your end-game is radiant skin, then a luminizing base is where it’s at. Reach for our best-selling original CC+ cream, for a full-coverage foundation.*
“[I] love what this does to my appearance,” raves a recent reviewer. “My skin looks glowing, even, healthy, and clear when I use it. It matches my real skin tone very well and does not crease, build-up, or wear off easily.”
Bring on the Bronzer
The fastest way to sun-kissed-looking skin—sans actual sunshine—is a top-tier bronzer and your favorite makeup brush. fan brush into your bronzer and lightly apply it along your cheekbones, around your hairline and jawline, and down the bridge of your nose. Make sure to blend it out well!
Flutter Voluminous Lashes
Whatever eye look you choose to wear—even if it’s a simple bare lid—a coat or two of volumizing mascara—such as Hello Lashes+—can add the perfect amount of fresh-faced drama. Formulated with a built-in lash care serum that nourishes lashes while delivering volume, this lash-loving, tubing mascara delivers an eye-opening effect in one stroke.
Fake Dewy Skin with Highlighter
For a serious summer glow up, a highlighter is essential. For a natural look, we recommend using something without chunky glitter or excess shimmer, like Hello Light Crème Anti-Aging Radiance Crème Luminizer. After all, the goal is glowing goddess—not disco diva! This creamy highlighter imparts a gorgeous, natural-looking lit-from-within radiance that’ll have people wondering if you just got back from vacation.
Using your finger or a brush, apply a small amount onto the high points of your face, including your cheekbones, brow bones, forehead center, and anywhere else you want to enhance and bring forward.
Apply Blush Across Your Cheeks and Nose
Yep, we said your nose! This secret makeup artist pro tip is one that can really make a difference. After all, that sun-kissed effect doesn’t just hit the apples of your cheeks—it touches your nose, too. Using a very light touch, apply blush across your cheeks and onto the tip of your nose.
For easier application, we recommend choosing a powder product with buildable color, such as Bye Bye Pores Blush, to get that summer sun-kissed makeup look. It has the added benefit of blurring the look of pores!
Hydrate Skin Throughout The Day
Humidity might make you shake your fists at the sky when it comes to taming frizzy hair, but it can be a real plus for achieving glowing skin. Nab a faux glow by spritzing on a hydrating mist throughout the day. Your Skin But Better Setting Spray+ works overtime for you by keeping your makeup in place while also helping to hydrate, soothe, and revitalize your complexion.
We hope this summer glow makeup guide helps you feel confident in upping your glow game any time of the year. We’ll tell you one thing—you’ll definitely nail that fresh-faced, no-filter look on Insta after following these tips.
The NPD Group/US Prestige Beauty Total Measured Market, Makeup Product Sales, January - December 2020.