Glowing, tan skin always looks healthier. Here are just five steps to take to obtain that beautiful “California girls” look you’ve always dreamed of, without damaging your skin.
Invest in a good faux tan.
These days faux tans look more natural than ever. Find a tanning salon near you that specializes in Mystic tans, or invest in a good self-tanning product like St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse. If you’re DIY-ing your tan, make sure to buy an applicator mitt to help you apply it at home. This will make it easier to get hard-to-reach places, prevent streaks, and will prevent stained palms. And always make sure to exfoliate and moisturize prior to applying a faux tan in order to get the longest lasting results.
One easy way to brighten up your complexion is to use an illuminator. Pick up a product like MAC Strobe Cream and mix it with your foundation to create a more dewy finish that mimics healthy, hydrated skin in the summertime.
Bronzer and blush.
Adding bronzer to your daily makeup routine is the fastest way to deepen the color in your face. Start by sweeping the bronzer in the hollows of your cheeks and down the sides of your nose with a contouring brush. Then go back in with a fluffy powder brush and gently add bronzer around the sides of your face, the top of your forehead, and under your neck. For a natural, summery look, reach for a peachy or coral blush for the summer. Apply it to the apples of the cheeks and temples, and sweep a small amount over your forehead, nose, and chin for an extra touch.
Use a shimmering gold or white highlighter to add more life to your complexion. Sweep it gently over the tops of your cheekbones, the middle of your forehead, down the bridge of your nose and the center of your chin for the most natural look.
Care for your skin from the inside out.
This is possibly the most important step, as naturally healthy skin is born from a healthy lifestyle. When we’re not feeling our best, our complexions are often the first to show it. To beckon a healthy, glowing complexion, cut down on processed or salty foods, soda, and animal products and add more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet. Drink plenty of water, or coconut water which is even better for hydration. Take a multivitamin and consider taking a Biotin supplement to encourage healthy hair, nails and skin.
If you follow just these five simple steps, you’re guaranteed to see tan, glowing, healthier skin by Summer!