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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.