Since your summer plans drastically changed, you ended up spending a lot of time outside: hiking, biking, gardening with your mom, playing in the sprinklers with your little brother and just lounging in your backyard. As a result, you have beautifully sun kissed hair and glowing skin. Don’t let go of your natural summer glow and laid-back vibe, keep it as you head back to school with these tricks:
For Your Face
As your tan starts to fade, this trick will help you keep the color a little longer. Squirt a dollop of face lotion on your hands, then mix two or three drops of a liquid highlighter before applying. For fair or olive skin, use a champagne color highlighter. Use a bronze highlighter on deep skin.
We recommend Sleek Makeup Highlighting Elixir Illuminating Drops, 0.27 fl. oz., available at Walgreens.
Next, swipe a bronzer, such as Wet N Wild Color Icon Bronzer, $5.49 along the top of your forehead, cheekbones, chin and bridge of your nose. Tap a rosy cream blush (BeautyCounter Color Pinch Cream Blusher in Hibiscus, $34.20) on the apples of cheeks. Dab on a tinted lip balm (Burt’s Bees Tinted in Balm in Zinnia, $4.99) and you’re set!
For Your Lips
A vibrant lipstick brightens your entire face. It’s really all you need to add color and freshness to your face. Try a tomato red or fuchsia. We love Urban Decay’s Lo-Fi Lip Mousse, $22, in Amplify, Noise or Wavelength.
For Your Cheeks
A shimmery blush in a pearly peach or pink blush reflects light off your skin for a natural glow. Try bareMinerals Gen Nude Powder Blush in That Peach Tho, Peachy Keen, Call My Blush or Strike a Rose, $24.00. Graze it along your cheekbones though. Swirling it on the apples creates too much gleam.
For Your Eyes
Swipe on a golden eyeshadow on your lids, up to your crease. We recommend ELF Prism Eyeshadow Palette in Naked, $10.00. Then, use your finger to smudge it up to your brow bone. Line your top and bottom lids with a brown or navy pencil. We use Morphe Color Pencil, $4. Lightly rub over your lines with your finger or a small brush.
For Your Neck
It’s easy to forget your neck, but it’s hard to believe that you spent all summer outside if your neck doesn’t show a little summer tan too. Don’t let your color stop at your jawline. Dust bronzer below your chin. If you’re naturally fair, don’t use bronzer, instead use a powder two shades darker than your skin (Almay Pressed Powder, $13.99). Bronzer can make you look too dark.
For Your Hair
The sun’s UV rays, chlorine from the pool and saltwater from the sea can actually do a lot of damage on your hair, so give it a boost with a heftier solution. During the summer and post-summer months, switch to a shampoo and conditioner formulated for dry and damaged hair. Try Pacifica Coconut Power Strong & Long Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner, $10.00 each.
The key to keeping your beautiful summer glow is to do one or two of these tricks. If you do all, you’ll look too done up. The point is to have a laid-back feel while still presenting a radiant glow.