In high school, my friends and I were tanning fanatics. Once, I dug up an old prom picture and marveled at how I used to think looking like a burnt marshmallow was cute. I’ve now read enough anti-aging studies to wave goodbye to tanning, but I still want that healthy, bronzed look. Luckily, faking a summer glow is easy with makeup. Here’s how in 3 steps!
Step 1: Foundation – Almay Smart Shade (Light Medium)
While I use SPF and never purposefully tan my face, my face naturally gets slightly darker during the summer. In perfect timing, Almay sent me their Smart Shade makeup to try out, which adjusts to skin tones with a new color-adaptive technology.
How To: Apply with a foundation brush starting from the center of face, focusing on the t-zone and lightly blending out to the edges so you don’t get a thick product line between your face and neck.
Step 2: Cream Bronzer – Tom Ford Duet (Intensity Two)
I forgo my usual Cargo powder bronzer in the summer because I want a more dewy look. I used to be intimidated by a cream bronzer, but this Tom Ford cream bronzer blends so easily for a sunkissed appearance.
How To: Dab the cream bronzer with a short stippling brush and sweep in a downward motion from under your cheekbones. In a circular motion, blend the cream bronzer, and pull the product up across your hairline and down along your jawline.
Step 3: Highlighter – NARS Illuminator (Orgasm)
This is the most fun step! NARS makes my favorite illuminators. On special occasions, I use the NARS Albatross highlighting powder, but again for summer, creams offer a fresher look. The NARS Orgasm liquid illuminator gives the perfect glow with a rose-gold shimmery finish.
How To: Squeeze a little liquid illuminator on your ring finger and lightly tap in a half-moon shape from above your cheekbone up to right below your temple. Place remaining product anywhere you’d like to highlight!
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Sponsored by Almay. All photography and writing are my own.
Love it! Seriously- sunblock is the way to go. Fake tanning is the way to go. Also, nars illiminator is amazing.
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You're so cute! Great tutorial, Carolyn!
that's so lovely! you're very pretty!
That Tom Ford bronzer looks great on you! Thanks for sharing x
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Wow, you really shine! Lovely step by step guide, thanks for sharing!
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Illuminators do wonders! Love this post =]
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Great tip! I have the Nars and Almay Smart Shade already so I'm gunna try this next weekend!!
Ooh if you end up blogging the look, send me a link to the post – I'd love to see it on you!
Love this tutorial! Your skin always looks so amazing!
So pretty!!! 🙂
Love this post! Thanks for the tips:)
You're soo pretty!!
love, Turn it inside out
Bronze and highlight is the perfect way to get pretty glowing skin! Love!
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You look absolutely gorgeous! Natural and flawless honey
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so amazing 🙂 thanks for sharing 🙂
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Great tips!! I love the NARS Illuminator!! I use it every day 🙂
Holy crap, that's amazing! Def gonna have to try it out sometime. Thanks for sharing!
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I love this!! Could you do an every day beach waves hair tutorial next?? I love your look and have been looking for your other hair tutorial too but can't find it 🙁
Thanks, Pauline! I'm actually going to do a beach waves hair tutorial on Monday! Hope you find it helpful. 🙂
Very cute 🙂
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Easy peasy with beautiful results.
So helpfull and easy!! 😀
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thanks for the tips beautiful !
such a beautiful and simple make-up! love it so much! you look so so pretty!
this is much needed info! thanks
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Lovely post! Great concept.
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Great tips! Check out my blog for the latest eyewear trends and let me know what you think.
Great post, I really wanna try that NARS creme!
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These tips are great and you look lovely. Thank you for the tips and keep up the great work.
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you have veru unique style!
love the details of your outfit! you look stunning!
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Wow, you really look stunning in these pictures!
gorgeous look! love a bronzy look for the summer 🙂
Thanks for this! I ever know what Im doing with my makeup but some how it works 🙂
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Good brands and nice result
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Great tips. I love NARS! xx
So cute and totally helpful!
Gorgeous, the products you used are sooo great!
Looks amazing!! You're so pretty! Love it.
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