How To Glow This Summer Without Actually Tanning

by Faz Abdul Gaffa-Marsh

When summer comes around, there are a few recurring articles and tutorials that will show up on your newsfeed. You'll see step-by-step guides for beach hairstyles, articles on which sunscreens are the best, and a thousand similar posts surrounding the dos and don'ts of tanning. One in a while you'll see an option for DIY ways to get tan at home. For the people who don't want to lay in the sun and damage their skin, but still have a sun-kissed face, the options aren't exactly endless. If that last description sounds like you; don't worry — I got you.

After one of my friends passed away from skin cancer a few years ago, I have never left home without first applying sunscreen. Even when I have the hardcore stuff (I'm talking SPF 100) and go away for tropical vacations, I don't just get bronze; instead, I instantly go seven shades darker. If this happens, I can't find foundation that matches my color, not to mention get petrified that every spot I find is a sign of melanoma. Sun-kissed skin doesn't come easy, and it doesn't come to everyone in an instant. Thankfully, there's makeup. For those days when you're going to a pool party or a summer festival, don't skimp on the sunscreen. Instead, try these methods to get your glow on instead.

1. Eyes

There are heaps of products out there that you can use to get glowy skin. Start with a dewy foundation and then choose your eye color. It can be as saturated, or as light as you choose. I used Colour Pop Cosmetics' Birthday Girl and used my fingers to apply it. I'm not usually a fan of using fingers to apply makeup, but it works for this!

2. Cheeks

Use bronzers, highlighter and whatever you can get your hands on that will give you a gold sheen. On my skin, I love NARS Multiple in Na Pali Coast, or ColourPop Cosmetics Highlighter in Most Necessary or Avalon.

Apply your highlighter where the sun naturally hits your face, on your cheekbones, on your brow bone, and the bridge of your nose.

3. Lips

When your lips are concerned, you can stick to a nude lip, or go one step further. I used a nude lip pencil before dabbing on gold eyeshadow on my lip. You can use a multi-use product like NARS Multiple, or some sort of gold pigment too.

You can, of course, choose to highlight one part of your face instead of all of it. If you follow my steps, you'll probably end up with a look similar to mine. And, of course, don't forget to take a selfie to document the final look!