Here are four ways of keeping a summer look through autumn — all without actually having to tan.

1. Exfoliate and hydrate

If you want to re-create bronze skin, the first step is to prep your face by properly exfoliating and hydrating. The summer months have likely robbed your skin of moisture. You’ll want, then, to remove dry, flaky patches before you add any color. And be sure your skin stays ultra-hydrated.

2. Even out your complexion

To even out your complexion for a sun-kissed look, use a luminous moisture tint that brightens your face. Then apply a bronzing makeup base with a brush across your forehead and the bridge of your nose. These are spots that the sun tends to darken most.

3. Brush on some powder bronzer

If you prefer a powder bronzer for a sun-kissed look, then choose a formula that’s light on shimmer, and avoid ones with orange undertones. Apply it with a large brush over the hollows of your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, and your temples — basically on all spots where the sun would normally hit you.

4. Apply cream blush

For a subtler effect, finish with a cream blush that’s a light coral or deep orange. Apply it on the apples of your cheeks. This will mimic the effects of a few extra minutes spent in the sun.

Sun-kissed hair to go with your glowing face


Here is how to get it.

• See a pro

If you have darker hair and want some sun-kissed highlights, you’re better off going to a professional hair colorist. Most stylists will blend three or more different shades of blond from roots to tip in order to achieve natural-looking sun-kissed highlights.

• Lighten up

If you’re looking for an alternative to conventional dyes, then check out a coloring spritz. Or you can go natural with lemon juice. It lightens your hair when it comes into contact with sunlight. There are also products available that don’t damage your hair, but help to lighten it.

• Hydrate

Once you’ve got your sun-kissed highlights, you’ll want to hydrate your hair regularly. Use high-quality shampoo and conditioner, and then run almond oil through your hair to protect and nourish it while you’re outdoors.

• Use products formulated for blond hair

In order to bring out sun-kissed highlights, natural or artificial, you’ll want to use hair care products designed for blond hair. They protect and nourish your hair. And they lock in color and keep it from going brassy.

Follow the sun

Of course, when summer rolls around again you'll no doubt want to begin your sun worship anew. But these tips will make you look like a devotee through the most sunless months of the year.


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