HOW TO CREATE A SUN-KISSED GLOW
With summer here I want my makeup to be soft, glowy, radiant and fresh. I also want to get ready in 10 mins or less because it's summer and I want to get out there and enjoy the weather (or get to work, let's be real).
This look is inspired by sun-kissed skin (without the sun) and it's all about being effortless. My goal is to make the skin look like it's glowing from within. It's true what they say, the "no makeup look" takes some effort but trust me, it's worth it.
SHOWER, MIST & SPF:
I start my summer glow in the shower. Body Shop make some of my favourite body washes and their new Pina Colada scent makes me feel like I'm on holiday. Post shower I'm loving Mediterranean Blue Waters from Bath & Body Work's. It's light body mist that smells amazing, "with the scent of sparkling passionfruit, watery fig, driftwood musk & Mediterranean white coconut". I seriously can't get enough of this stuff. Finally, before applying any makeup I always slather on SPF. Shiseido's Ultimate Sun Protection in SPF 50 is excellent and it's even suitable for sensitive skin.
CREATING THAT SUN-KISSED BASE:
I prep my skin for that sun-kissed glow by ditching the foundation and reaching for Benefit's Dew The Hoola. It's a liquid bronzer that's good for light-medium skin tones. To cover up imperfections I've been loving Maybelline's Fit Me Concealer in Sand. I let it sit on my under eyes for a bit before blending it with a Beauty Blender. Then I bake* my under eyes with Make Up For Ever's HD Microfinish Powder. It's the only powder that doesn't dry my under eyes because it's super light weight. I set the rest of my face with Physician's Formula Super BB #InstaReady Trio Powder. It has just the right amount of shimmer, which is perfect for this look. (*If you're not familiar with baking makeup, make sure to check out this quick tutorial by Tati Westbrook.)
BECOMING A BRONZED GODDESS:
Here's my favourite part. Now that the bronzed base is down it's time time to make those features pop! My all time favourite bronzer is still Benefit's Hoola. I sweep it on the hallows of my cheekbones, on my forehead (just follow the hair line) and jawline. For blush I start with a peachy shade like CORALista, and then layer a touch of pink in the shade Dandelion. These colours are all part of Benefit's Cheekathon Palette. I've been loving this palette so much but I just wish the colours were a bit more pigmented. This part is optional but I like to add a bit of shimmer to my décolletage using Rockateur. Then I add Jaclyn Hill's Champagne Pop on my nose, cupid bow and tops of my cheekbones for major glow. Finally a swipe of Posie Balm, a sheer pinky coral, to hydrate the lips and add a touch of colour.
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE EYES:
When I'm sporting the "no makeup look" I like to go heavy on the lashes. I start by priming my lashes with Benefit's They’re Real! Tinted Lash Primer. It's been a fave of mine since it launched a few months ago. Then I add 2 coats of the Tartiest Mascara on the top lashes and finally a coat of Cover Girl's Super Sizer Fibers Mascara. CG is the only brand that doesn't smudge on my lower lashes so it's a constant must-have in my beauty bag. For my brows I've been using Rodail's Glamobrow in Dark Ash Brown. The colour is very natural looking and it stays on even in the hot summer weather.
WoahStyle brand ambassador Marvin, the black cat, approves this sun-kissed glow. His summer faves include sun-bathing in the late sun and fresh salmon.