There are a few common mistakes I notice on women who are trying to pull off the naturally sun-kissed look. First, overly shimmery bronzer is probably one of the biggest beauty blunders when you want to create a believable golden glow. If you can actually see shimmer particles in the bronzer, it’s overkill. In fact, most pro makeup artists I’ve worked with on editorial shoots usually opt for a completely matte bronzer. They use a large fluffy brush to sweep it under the cheekbones, along the outer ridges of the face, across the forehead, down the ridge of the nose and on the tip of the chin. This creates some depth and dimension while warming up the whole complexion. Then, to create a pop of sun-kissed color, just sweep a bright but sheer coral blush on the apples of your cheeks. You can even use a blush that has a hint of shimmer because it’s contained on the cheeks. Here are some of my favorite bronzers and blushes for summer (shown above):
1. Cargo Water Resistant Blush in Los Cabos., $26, doesn’t wear off when you take a dip or sweat a little bit.
2. Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder, $51, is a moisturizing powder, so it doesn’t streak and blends in effortlessly.
3. Diorskin Nude Tan Paradise Duo, $46, is a great color combo, idea for your on-the-go makeup kit.
4. Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder, $36, is a must-have for pro makeup artists—I always spot it on photo shoots.