Benefit senior trend artist Laurretta Power shares her top tips for achieving glowing, sun-kissed summer skin.
Sunnier days call for shimmering cheekbones, bronzed pigments and radiant skin – but you don’t have to rely on a two-week break in the Med to achieve a healthy glow.
With a few new products and careful application, sun-kissed skin can soon be yours, just like bronzed beauty Kim Kardashian.
Used to enhance and sculpt the face, contouring is a great technique for defining your cheekbones, where the sun would usually add a natural tan.
Laurretta explained: “I start with foundation, use a cream contour stick as a bronzer, and then contour with my powder.
“I brush the powder underneath my cheekbones and along the jawline, which slims the face and creates a subtle look.
“Use a product, like Benefit’s £26 Hoola powder, in the hollow of your cheek, blending upwards so that it lands softly. It’s a great way to get a sun-kissed look while also getting definition.”
Bling up your base
If you want to achieve an all-over glow, use highlighter as a base under your foundation, BB cream or tinted moisturiser.
“Mix a golden highlighter in with your foundation or even put it on as a base beforehand,” said Laurretta. “That will give you an all-over holiday glow – it doesn’t show up as a highlighter would, but instead gives more of a dewy look to the skin.
“It creates a really warm, healthy complexion.”
Oily skin can still glow
Worried about your holiday skin looking shiny? Add a little dusting of powder to your routine, but focus only on the T-zone, advises Laurretta: “If you have oily skin, you might want to matte down the finish a little.
“So, follow the same process I outlined above, but finish by powdering your forehead, sides of your nose and chin.
“You’ll still get the glow on your cheeks and down the top of your nose, but you won’t feel self-conscious.”
Laurretta says pink and coral colours can work wonders for the fair skinned.
“A lot of people just wear bronzer because they think it will make them look more tanned.
“But, blusher can work just as well.
“Put bronzer in a figure of three around the edge of your face; the top of your forehead, underneath your cheekbones and along the jawline.
“Then pop blusher just on the apples of your cheeks, and add a little highlighter.”