How To: Sun-Kissed Glow

How was your weekend? Were you able to get away to the beach? Lake? Pool? Regardless, you'll be able to fake that sun-kissed glow and give the illusion you were tanning in some exotic locale. And you'll only need two products! Now pour a tropical drink (umbrella optional) and away we go (no sunscreen needed):

Y O U ' L L  N E E D:
  • Bright pink blush
  • Bronzer
  • Blush brush and/or bronzer brush
M E T H O D:
  • Do you have a really bright blush that you never wear? Maybe it came in a palette or maybe it was a gift? Grab a super pink, practically florescent blush.
{ELF's $3 blush in Pink Passion}
  • Brush the blush onto where you'd normally place your highlighter--above cheekbones and a horizontal stripe in the middle of the nose. Yes, it will look crazy, but we're gonna fix that! Check out my highlighter how to here to show the regular uses of highlighters.
{blush before}
{blush after}
  • Next, take your favorite bronzer, tap off the excess, and brush into your cheekbones, where blush normally goes. To see how I regularly use bronzer & drugstore bronzer picks, check out my Bronzer How To.
{Too Faced's Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer, $29. 
It smells like chocolate and is my favorite high-end bronzer. 
They have a Milk Chocolate version if your skin is lighter. 
Obsessed with Too Faced's products.}

{I smell like chocolate in this picture}
  • Now this is the important part: blend! Blend the bronzer up to meet the blush, and little beyond. And then blend the blush down to the bronzer. 
  • The result will be cheeks that have been kissed by the sun with the faintest pink and a bronzed glow. Try it!

{Oh, where did that wind machine come from?}

{The smile of fooling co-workers that you've
 been in Cancun when actually it was Computer}

But seriously, how was your weekend?


  1. I love my Too Faced bronzer!

  2. ooooooooh this so cool - will try immediately!

  3. good tip! you always have good tips :)

  4. That looks so great! I have quite a few bronzers, with no idea how to use them, so I'll try this. Perfect for a summer glow.

  5. Looks so perfectly sun-kissed. Lovely, Elle. Have a good week.

  6. I love it! I have a question...How can you test lipsticks a the store? Just on the back of your hand or on you lips? Like, what's the etiquette? And my weekend was great but rainy. No sun-kissing over here ;)

  7. Ooooh, that does look quite convincing! Great tip

  8. I always look so terribly pale in the summer, I should try this!

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

  9. So pretty and beachy! Thanks for the tutorial. :)

  10. P-R-E-T-T-Y! I wish I could just have you come do my makeup every morning.

  11. wow, thanks for sharing this... i wanna learn that, really!

    It’s a GIRL Thing

  12. LOL on your last caption:) And must really try some ELF blushes...they look great!

  13. You look gorgeous! And great tutorial. I'm bronzed these days but when I'm not I'm all about faking it :) xoxo

  14. I am in the market for a new bronzer. I'm going to try this. Great look Elle.

  15. You do look sunkissed, I love it! Now if even this pale girl can look that way I'll be sold. I'll definitely give it a try!

  16. Oh, so fun! I've been using your bronzer technique. Love it ;)

  17. I love my bronzer! I use Estee Lauder. Yours looks good - just like you've been out in the sun.

  18. Ooh blush and bronzer - why didn't I think of this before?

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  19. i love too faced bronzer but had to dump it because the parabens, so sad - i need new good bronzer

    Xo Megan


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