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7 Ways to Bronze and Glow

Glow is the name of the game when it comes to summer beauty, but traditional sun-tanning can leave you with lasting negative effects from premature aging to melanoma. Don’t fret—there are so many great ways to fake a golden glow. Whether you’re looking for a natural subtle radiance or to bring your skin to golden goddess status, we've got you covered. Using a combo of these tricks, you can achieve the perfect faux summer bronze without damaging your skin or creating stark tan lines. Here are our favorite ways to bronze and glow. 

1. Bronzers for a Summer Glow

No sun, no problem. Bronzer is our makeup MVP. The right bronzer can convince your friends that you’ve just spent a weekend on the beach when you've really been at home on the couch. We also love it as an easy contouring tool.    

Lune+Aster Sunset Bronzer + BlushLaura Mercier Sunset Bronzing CrayonTOM FORD Bronzing GelNARS Bronzing Powder


2. Highlighters for a Dewy Sun-Kissed Look

Achieve an ethereal glow by strategically using a highlighter to apply shimmer to your cheekbones. These highlighters can replace your contouring powders and creams and give you a healthy dewy look while adding definition.

NARS IlluminatorRMS Beauty Master MixerBY TERRY Glow-Expert Duo StickTOM FORD Skin Illuminator


3. Face Oils for a Luminous Complexion

Fake a glowing complexion by using a good face oil to nourish and give your skin a healthy shine. Don’t worry, these won’t clog your pores or leave you greasy. Oils can actually help to balance out your skin's oil production and boost radiance.

Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face OilGuerlain Abeille Royale Face Treatment OilNatura Bisse Diamond Extreme OilTrish McEvoy Beauty Booster Oil


4. Shimmering Body Oils for Glowing Skin

Body oils are some of the most deeply moisturizing products out there, hydrating even the driest skin. These body oils have shimmery formulas that will enhance your natural tan and leave you feeling silky smooth.

La Mer Glowing Body Oil
Darphin Soleil Plaisir Sultry Shimmer OilMoroccanoil Shimmering Body OilTOM FORD Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil


5. Exfoliating Body Moisturizers for Brighter Skin

Exfoliating your body doesn’t have to mean using a rough scrub. An exfoliating body moisturizer can get the job done. Slather them on to banish dull skin and reveal brighter, glowing skin while hydrating.

M-61 PowerGlow Body Butter
Juice Beauty Green Apple Firming Body MoisturizerOSEA Malibu Anti-Aging Body BalmClinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliating Cream


6. Self-Tanners for Sunless Bronzed Skin

Spare your skin the UV exposure! We love a good faux glow and self-tanners are the fastest way to get there. Whether you’re looking for a subtle radiance or a deep golden tan, any level of tan is achievable. 


La Mer The Face and Body Gradual Tan
St. Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing MousseHampton Sun Airbrush Bronzing Mist James Read Express Glow Mask Body


7. Bronze Summer Smokey Eye

A sparkling smokey eye is a classic, give it a summer twist by going more bronzed. This look is gorgeous, sultry and universally flattering. 

STEP 1: Bronze your base. Start by applying a medium bronze shade with a damp eyeliner brush from lash line to crease and blend upwards. Apply under lower lashes as well.

STEP 2: Draw some drama by darkening the top and bottom lash lines with a deep shadow or liner using the same damp brush.

STEP 3: Add some shimmer with a swipe of your favorite light shimmer shadow across the lid to add dimension.

STEP 4: Highlight the inner corner of your eye with a gold or iridescent white eye pencil to complete the look. 

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Telesto
Trish McEvoy Lash Enhancing Liquid Liner PenBobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in TruffleEstee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Eye Pencil