We all know too much sun is bad for our skin. Its rays can speed up signs of ageing, such as wrinkles, dehydration, age spots and redness. More alarmingly, sun damage could lead to skin cancer. But staying safe in the sun doesn’t mean you can’t have a gorgeous summer glow. Getting some colour onto your face can knock off the years, give your complexion a boost and light up your eyes. And luckily, you can fake it with make-up.
Too much fake tan can be ageing but a soft glow, as though you’ve spent a breezy, sunny weekend by the sea, could help you look years younger.
Get the base right
Go for a lighter base such as a tinted moisturiser or BB cream. Don’t worry about hiding every imperfection – it’s more youthful to let your skin show through a bit. Match the product to your skin colour. It’s tempting to choose a darker shade in the summer but it can look unnatural, so stick to something close to your true skin colour. Look for a base with SPF to protect your skin from ageing sun damage and skip powder – you don’t want your skin to look too matte.
Swirl a big brush in some bronzing powder. Tap it, so you don’t have too much powder on the brush, then sweep it over where the sun would hit your face – your forehead, the bridge of your nose, tip of your chin and across your cheeks.
Draw the brush along your jawline to help disguise any sagging skin, then sweep some powder down onto your neck to hide any telltale lines. Look at yourself in daylight, then repeat the whole process if you want to build more colour.
Add a colour pop
Relying on bronzing powder alone can leave your complexion looking a bit flat. Give it a youthful lift by adding a pop of blusher high on your cheeks. To find the right spot, smile broadly – the most rounded areas are where the blusher needs to go.
Choose a vivid shade to complement the bronze tones you’ve added to your face – coral and pure pink work really well.
Highlight your eyes
Go for warm gold or bronze shades, which suit all eye colours and flatter a tan (even a fake one!), but choose shimmer rather than sparkle, which can draw attention to wrinkles. Then work a smudgy brown eye pencil into the roots of your lashes, top and bottom. Finish with your favourite mascara.
Go for gloss
Lipgloss will add a brightening final touch. Bright colours can clash with bronze tones, making you look overdone – instead, go for a neutral pinky-beige.
Don’t forget – most fake tans don’t protect your skin from UV damage so always wear an a suncream with at least SPF15 when you’re exposed to the sun’s rays.
Our tanning favourites
- M&S Autograph Self Tan Applicator Mitt, £3.50, will help with smooth application.
- For All My Eternity Gradual 10, £17.99/250ml, is an anti-ageing body lotion with mistake-proof gentle tanning ingredients.
- Vita Liberata Night Mask, £29.50/65ml, is a genius anti-ageing, tanning night cream for the face.
- Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster, £26/30ml, can be added to your usual body lotion for as much or as little colour as you want.
- Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs, £9.99/75ml, is a clever wash-off product for fast leg bronzing.