Summer is nearly here and we’re ready to party the season away while making sure our tan is looking its best.
There’s nothing that looks better at summer festivals, day trips, and night outs than a deep, golden self tan. And when we spend time on self tanning, we want to enhance it as much as possible.
By wearing certain beauty looks, we can make our tan stand out as much as possible – here, we’ll cover the best beauty looks to go with our glow.
Faux freckles for a realistic tan
With so many different options for our tans these days, we can choose based on how we like to apply our tan and how long we want it to last. Gradual tan will build up colour over the course of a few days, offering a natural, subtle, hydrated glow. Drops, meanwhile, can be mixed into your moisturiser or after sun and offer a flawless finish in just a few hours.
If you’re going for that natural look, enhance your freshlyapplied selftan with faux freckles. When our skin tans in the sun, it brings out freckles. Soapplying faux freckles alongside your tan will give you the ultimate natural-looking tan that’ll get you compliments for days. What’s more, it’s better for your skin – real freckles can sometimes be a sign of sun damage.
Pops of colour to contrast your tan
We’re all obsessed with the flawless Insta look that features a glowy, tanned base with bold lashes and a nude lip. And while that’s our go-to inspo, it’s not the only look that can enhance your tan.
Subtle washes of colour in your eyeshadow and eyeliner can stand out against your bronzed skin and give you a look that’s totally extra. Blue is known to complement a tan thanks to its association with beach vacays, crystal-clear seawater, and bright, cloudless skies. Swipe a neon or pastel aquamarine liner over the top of your eyes – and under them for added oomph.This understated pop of colour can not only enhance your tan but also bring out your eyes and make them the focus of all attention. It’s the ultimate glow goal.
Coral lips for a pop of colour
As well as bronzed smoky eyes, our Insta feeds are filled with makeup inspo that includes a trusty nude lip. It’s hard to pry us away from our mocha lipliner, dusky lippie and semi-nude glosses, but for a standout look, coral lips look amazing with a bronzed glow.
It’s another colour that we associate with heady beach days and trips to our fave exotic getaways. A coral lip screams summer – especially alongside a glowing tan, so they’re the perf combination. Keep your base pared back and your eye makeup simple to really allow your lips to stand out, and don’t forget that clear gloss for a glowy sheen.
Choose complementary sculpting colours
Nothing has us feeling ourselves more than a face that is subtly sculpted. But we need to think about the tone of the products we use if we’ve got a newly bronzed complexion.
A dewy highlighter gives us that enviable glazed doughnut look, but if you go for one in the wrong shade, it can look less glowy and more garish. Natural highlighters in pearly shades should be replaced with ones in a golden shade to complement your new bronze, while peachy liquid blushes will melt into a light tan in just the right way. For deeper tans, experiment with brighter orange and pink blushes so they really stand out.
Similarly, make sure your trusty bronzer and contour match your new deep shade – you don’t want them fading into your new tan, you want them to enhance it and add definition to it.
You could also use anextra-dark self-tan to ‘tan-tour’ your face – just add your darker tan shade in the places you’d usually contour and blend like your life depends on it. You’ll be left with a contour so natural-looking, people will think you were born with the most sculpted bone structure.
There’s something about a tan that makes us feel amazing – it’s the ultimate accessory. But for even more glow goals, you should be enhancing it with your beauty routine. Whether you go for a fresh-faced look with faux freckles or all out with a fire, sculpted complexion, make the most of that glow with your makeup.