Getting a beautiful bronzed glow for the summer doesn’t mean you have to compromise your skin and spend hours under the sun. As a matter of fact, you don’t need to spend any time under the sun at all! If you’re looking to bronze up this summer without a burn, then you’ll need some of our favorite products to get that golden goddess look.
The first step to getting a bronzed look is creating a smooth base. We used Smashbox’s Studio Skin Foundation to create our summer makeup look. This buildable foundation not only covers imperfections, but also hydrates the skin for a natural-looking, demi-matte finish. To conceal the under eye area and other problem areas, we chose bareMinerals’ bareSkin concealer for its silky smooth finish. High-definition mineral optics in the formula work to smooth out imperfections and create a brightened, luminous appearance. Achieving the ultimate golden glow requires some contouring to enhance the facial features and warm up the face naturally. For our look, we used Smashbox’s Contour Kit in Deep. To highlight, we went the warmer route and chose Laura Geller’s Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey. This sheer powder is caramel honey colored and infuses the skin with that warm, summer-like glow.
One of the secrets to getting a perfect and beautiful bronzed appearance is by wearing neutral makeup on the eyes and lips. To enhance the eyebrows in the most natural way possible, we used Smashbox’s Brow Tech Matte Pencil. The fine tip allows for light shading and helps fill in sparse areas with minimal effort. To clean the brows up and enhance their natural shape, we used the bareMinerals Stroke of Light eye brightener. Our favorite summer eye shadow palette of the moment is Smashbox’s Full Exposure Palette because it offers variety of neutral shades that work on everyone. We also used the Full Exposure mascara to enhance our model’s natural lashes and the Smashbox Always Sharp Kohl Eyeliner in Bare on the waterline to awaken her eyes.
The final step to completing a golden goddess summer look is applying a warm lip color that won’t distract from the rest of the face. We lined our model’s lips with Smashbox’s Always Sharp Lip Liner in Medium and gave her a sensual wash of color with Smashbox’s Be Legendary Lipgloss in Sugar. This gloss is great for summertime because it’s not sticky and gives a mirror-like shine that makes your lips look full and voluptuous.
Liz Cabrera is a skin care enthusiast who has worked at Planet Beauty for 10 years. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing from the University of California, Long Beach. She has a love for film, jazz and the Humor boards on Pinterest.