How to Cheat Your Way to Sun-Kissed, Holiday Skin
If you live in Sydney you might be a bit too rained out to appreciate my next statement, but spring is around the corner. Yep, in less than a month, it's going to be all blue skies, sunshine and cute cute sandals. (I hope.) Instead of concentrating on curing dry skin or healing chapped hands, we’ve completely turned our attention towards cultivating a dewy glow. Last night’s David Jones Spring Summer 2016 launch made for perfect inspo, with Shu Uemura’s international artistic director Uchiide (he only has one name—like Beyonce) creating subtly sun-kissed faces for the runway.
Using the brand's new Nude Atelier collection, Uchiide crafted a glowy holiday look unlike any we've seen before. Skin was slightly burnished but not obviously bronzed, but most impressively it looked REAL. So what's the cheat you ask? Turns out the secret to achieving a truly believable glow is ditching bronzer in favour of a darker foundation and easy liquid contour. As you'll see below, the effect is sun-kissed but not OTT—perfect for this time of year when we're all a little paler than usual.
Keep scrolling for the how-to.
- Skin was prepped with Shu Uemura’s Stage Performer Glow Booster ($60), to add moisture and radiance. Next, Face Architect Smooth Fit Fluid Foundation ($70) in shade 743 Rich Beige was applied to all models regardless of skin tone for a healthy, bronze glow.
- A liquid contour (Tint In Gelato, $38, in Nudy Brown) was buffed into cheeks for a barely-there sculpting effect. (NB. The same shade was also used on lips.) A subtle pop of colour was added to cheeks using Glow On Blush ($28).
- Stage Performer Invisible Powder (coming soon) was swept over the face to set everything in place without dulling the skin’s luminosity.
A flourish was added to eyes by way of a soft contoured lid and floating graphic liner. If you're not into the arty look, try this gorgeous skin look with a punchy bright lip instead. (All the better for sipping summery cocktails.)