Beach Week: How To Fake a Sun-Kissed Glow (Video)

I'm still in Beach Week mode over here. I hope you won't mind. Today, I'm sharing how to fake a sun-kissed glow! This look was inspired by the cinematography in the movie Virgin Suicides and my favorite time of day at the beach: right before dusk. There's a golden glow to the sky and the waves are making you sleepy. The crowds are gone for the day and you're soaking up that last bit of sun. You have just a little color to your face and pinch of pink on your cheeks. Your hair has those natural, beachy waves that only salty air can bring.

This isn't a bronzed babe or golden goddess kind of a look. It's a natural-looking makeup, so it's not full-coverage, with bronzer and blush applied where the sun hits (a tip I originally shared here) and a light dusting of shimmer above the cheeks. I used cream products here, so if you're oily, switch out for powder matte bronzer and blush.

N e e d:
  • Maybelline BB Cream in Med/Deep (or tinted moisturizer or your fave BB Cream)
  • Charlotte Ronson 2 X A Charm Double-Ended Blush & Bronzer Cream Stick in Mindy (or Nars The Multiple in Palm Beach and Maui Or USE BRONZER AND POWDER BLUSH instead if you've oily skin)
  • Hard Candy Baked Shadow in Peace
  • Essence Volume Mascara
  • NYX Blush in Sand
  • Studio Gear Cosmetics Lipstick in Frosted Pink
  • NYM Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray (or my DIY version)
  • Sensationail Summer Collection--In case you were wondering what was on my nails.
D o:
  • Apply BB cream and concealer. I forgot concealer! I think it was my nerves over filming a video, haha.
  • Using the cream bronzer, rub and blend onto areas where the sun hits, like the cheeks, nose, middle forehead, temples, chin.
  • I also applied the bronzer to my eyelids.
  • Using the blush, rub and blend onto cheeks (right over the bronzer), tip of nose, and lips.
  • Take the light shimmery shade from the Hard Candy palette and dab it into the middle of lids and blend. Use a golden shimmery shade if your skin tone is dark.
  • Using a contour brush, apply a shimmery sand blush right above cheeks and across forehead. Feel free to use a regular highlighter.
  • Apply mascara and lipstick.
  • For hair, spray with beachy waves spray and twist into two big sections. I usually do this at the beginning so it can absorb the product. Once finished with makeup, I'll spray it again and scrunch it. Then I'll make small twists (twist away from face) and shake them until they become loose. We're going for a natural look here, so play around with it. That's it!
  • Below is my unedited (minus cropping) and unfiltered photo. It looks a little more tan in person, but natural light is washing me out a little.

Check out my video tutorial for the look above!

Thanks for reading and watching.

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