Any tips for a natural, sun-kissed beauty look?
YES! Ladies, you can get that bronzed summer glow, without risking sun damage or using chemical-laden sunless tanners. Here’s a couple easy ways to look lovingly sun-kissed:
1) Natural bronzer is your best-beauty friend. Choose one that is about 2 shades deeper than your skintone. Matte (without shimmer) bronzer is most versatile and flattering on all skin types. One of my favorites is Nvey Eco Nourishing Bronzer because it’s subtle and works well on so many of my clients.
Shimmery bronzer is pretty too- but keep it mind it can accentuate oily, textured or mature skin. That said, it can add a lovely radiance to the skin, perfect for summer nights, as well as dry skin types. For the healthy glow, try the Hedonist Luminous Mineral Bronzer by W3ll People.
To get the look, load a soft, fluffy brush with a small amount of your bronzer of choice. Dust bronzer on the high points of your face, where the sun would hit first- your forehead, top of your nose and cheeks (may be used as a blush or contour). As always, blend well! To avoid going overboard with the bronzer, apply lightly and take a step back from the mirror to assess. The color should be noticeable but not appear too dark or muddy. Voila- you are naturally sun-kissed in minutes!
Photo by Tracy Toler - makeup by Rebecca Casciano
2) If you want a full-bodied glow, an organic sunless tan may be the way to go! Check out Chocolate Sun, a DIY sunless tanning product that is made with 94% organic ingredients, including DHA (the ingredient that tints the skin) derived from sugar beets, aloe vera gel, jojoba oil, coconut oil, green tea extract and yes, cocoa! Not only does it smell and feel luscious going on, Chocolate Sun gives skin a really nice, natural boost of color. And it does not have the parabens, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrance or alcohol, which are found in most sunless tanners- yay!
There are a several Chocolate Sun products to choose from, depending on your skin tone and the level of color you wish to achieve. I have tried the Cocoa Lite Enhancer Face & Body Cream for light to medium skin-tones and it gave me a subtle, natural looking tan, which can be deepened by re-applying a couple more times. The Face & Body Cream is easy to apply and as long as you follow the application instructions closely, you too can look sun-kissed without sun damage. Enjoy your beautiful, healthy bronzed skin this summer!