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Our Guide to Sun-Kissed Skin

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We’re all in our natural makeup era, and you can’t get more on trend than sun-kissed skin. Whether you’re going to the beach – or just want to look like you did – we’ve got you covered with some simple tips and tricks for creating that glowy skin you’ve been waiting for.

How to Get Sun-Kissed Skin

Give your skin a little love with our three top tips for sun-kissed skin!

Scrub your Sins Away: Exfoliation

Before applying any products, it’s important to prep your skin properly. Exfoliation helps to remove excess skin cells and any other impurities that may be dulling the skin. Encouraging increased cell turnover is a great way to reinvigorate the complexion for a brighter, smoother appearance.

How to Use: Apply a gentle scrub to remove any dead skin cells. Use an exfoliating mitt to ensure a thorough job. Follow with a nourishing moisturizer like our Pro Miracle Cream to hydrate and soothe the skin for best results.

Fake it ‘Till You Make it: Apply Self-Tanner

Self-Tanner is the best way to achieve a natural-looking bronzed glow without exposing your skin to harmful UV rays. We recommend using a buildable tanning product like our Whipped Tanning Mousse that allows you to customize your color to be the perfect shade for you. If you’re asking us, we love one application for an effortless look.

How to Use: Apply the self-tanner using circular motions all over the body, ensuring a thorough application to avoid any streaks.

Expert Tip: Moisturize well and leave areas like your knees, elbows, and ankles as the last areas to apply the product. Use the remaining tanner on the mitt to go over these zones to ensure the best, even application.

Get Your Glow on: Add Some Body Oil

Whether it’s a date night or a night out with friends, body oil will give you glistening skin wherever you go.

We love our Glow Molten Body Liquid Illuminator to add a natural sheen – don’t worry, our oil is formulated to be super lightweight and quick-drying. No greasy oils here – just pure glow.

How to Use: Apply a few drops of body oil to your arms, legs, and décolletage for a subtle, dewy finish. Use circular motions for the best coverage.

Natural Sun-kissed Makeup

A natural makeup look is our go-to right now, and here’s how to achieve it!

Let Your Skin Breathe: Tinted Moisturizer

Tinted moisturizer offers a more hydrating option for those looking for lightweight coverage, our Pro CC Perfecting Skin Tint will elevate your natural complexion to give that ‘your skin but better’ look.

Creamy and highly blendable, tinted moisturizer can easily be applied with your fingertips. If you prefer to use a makeup tool, we love a makeup sponge to ensure light, even coverage over the face.

How to Use: Apply a small pea-sized amount of product on the forehead, cheeks and chin and blend as you would with a moisturizer.

Beautiful and Bronzed: Cream Bronzer

Creams are necessary when it comes to creating the perfect natural sun-kissed makeup. Formulated to sink seamlessly into the skin, our Pro Goddess Glow Cream Contour & Bronze is your perfect contour companion.

How to Use: Apply a few dots of product around the perimeters of the face, focusing on your cheekbones, jawline, and temples – blend using a stippling brush.

Add a Pop of Color: Blush Contouring

We’re sure you’ve mastered the art of your contour routine by now, but we’re here to shake things up a little bit. Why not swap out your bronze goddess go-to for a rosier glow?

Contouring with blush is the new technique in town and we’re here for it – simply follow the same rules of contouring but opt for a blush instead of your bronzer. We recommend using a cream blush like our Pro Hydra Bright Cream Blush, for its ability to melt into the skin and give you a soft, natural finish that is perfect for the sun-kissed skin look – shade ‘Peach’ is our summer must-have!

How to Apply Blush Contouring: add the blush product on the temples, cheek and nose and blend using your trusted contour brush or fingertips.

Get Your Brows on Lock: Brow Gel

When it comes to achieving natural sun-kissed makeup, a brow gel is a must.

Quick and easy to apply, these gels work wonders to frame the face and give the illusion of fuller brows in just a few strokes.

How to Use: Use the gel to brush your brows upwards and set them in place.

Laquear Your Pout: Shimmer Lips

It wouldn’t be a sun-kissed makeup look without a glossy lip! This will tie everything together and give you that effortless, beachy vibe.

We recommend using a lip gloss with a sheer finish so that your natural lip color can shine through. Or, if you prefer a slight tint, warm, peachy shades are our summer go-to!


Achieving sun-kissed skin is easy and fun with these simple tips and tricks. And – let’s be honest – a natural makeup look will never go out of style!

Be sure to embrace the glow and share your summer snaps with us @makeuprevolution.

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