Congratulations! You got a tan this year!
This tutorial is all about how to make the most of the sun kissed glow you’ve gained this August and is particularly fabulous if you’re of a darker complexion, like our gorgeous model, Amy. Massive shout outs to Lisa Jane Photography for the lush imagery and Irene Piera Films for the stunning video at the end of the DIY.
You can see quite a few products on the table here
The idea is to use those best for your skin type and tone. The above products are great from a mid Caucasian complexion to dark mixed race/ Asian complexions. I’m starting by using HealGel Intensive on Amy’s skin. This is great for treating minor skin ailments like breakouts but has a nice matte finish. It’s also great to use for oily skins post flight if you don’t like feeling greasy.
I’m using this on Amy wherever she has blemishes or tends to get them. It’s soothing and calms any redness too.
I’m using Simple’s Regenerative Age Resisting Day Cream with SPF15 all over Amy’s face. They do a higher SPF but some can be allergic to the Sweet Almond Oil used. This is a fab alternative and is super rich so a little goes a long way.
Next up is foundation
This look is ideal for dinner times in the sun or weekends where you want to enhance the tan you already have. I personally prefer to go make up free around the pool or by the beach. I’m using L’Oreal’s Nude Magique Cushion Foundation in 07 Golden Beige and 09 Beige. I love these foundations, they’re super light weight and I’M NOT ALLERGIC TO THEM! Which for a high street foundation is a miracle. They’re super simple to use and give a really gorgeous finish.
Push your brush into your skin
I’m using Eco Tools’ Stippling Brush, into the sponge and disperse the amount across your cheeks first. Work your way around buffing ( pat, push and gentle sweeps) into the areas you want coverage. Usually when we get a lovely tan we eliminate the need for concealer, dark circles under our eyes tend to have disappeared and spots cease to be. If this isn’t you, Dermablend or Amazing Cosmetics do amazing concealers in a fab range of colours for those puffy eyes or blemishes.
Next up is our first layer of bronzer
Yes there are a couple in this tutorial! I’m using L’Oreal’s Glam Bronze Cushion de Soleil. I love, LOVE this bronzer. It’s in the same packaging as the Nude Magique Foundation and it’s just glorious to wear. It’s lightweight, fairly neutral in bronzing tone- no overly orange/ Geordie Shore-alikes here, and gives the most lovely natural bronzed finish. I wouldn’t use it if you’re of an oilier skin type. Clarins’ Bronzing Duo is the one for you.
Sweep the bronzer lightly all over your face, YES, all over! Especially under your eyes. The genius thing about picking the right bronzer is that it acts as a colour corrector, so any discolouration under your eyes or anywhere else you can sweep it over and it gives the illusion of it not being there. Hurrah! I also like to sweep bronzer over my large forehead, it again gives the illusion of it being smaller as well as being more tanned.
Next up, we’re contouring
Now, I generally am not a fan of that word. It implies your bone structure wasn’t quite good enough to begin with, so your face isn’t good enough. Your cheekbones are rubbish and your nose is too big/fat/broad/delete as appropriate. The kind of ‘contouring’ I personally love is subtle and instead of completely re shaping your features to be socially acceptable, embracing the shape you have and emphasising those fabulous bits. Luckily, Amy has amazing cheekbones so I’m enhancing them with Cover Fx’s Contour Kit in G Medium- Deep applied with the same brush as before, Ecotools’ Stippling Brush. Everyone has cheekbones, you just have to figure out the best way of emphasising the size and shading of them. I like to start with small circular motions, then sweep in back and forth motions over your cheeks and any areas like your nose and forehead.
Blend any harsh lines away with another round fluffy but slightly dense brush. This is by Model’s Own.
Highlighting is next
And again I’m doing this twice, once for a glow and once for emphasis on the super high points on Amy’s face. Using a foundation brush swipe into your first, more subtle highlight, No 2 on the Cover FX Contour Palette. Sweep onto the top of your cheekbones working your way to the start of the contour.
I’m using a rice grain sized amount of Nars’ Orgasm Illuminator with my Bobbi Brown Foundation brush to pat on the highest points of Amy’s face, her cheekbones, under her eyebrows, the tip of her nose and the top of her top lip.
With Bobbi Brown’s Uber Beige Pot Rouge. This works so incredibly well with pale AND darker skins. It also works beautifully on red heads giving a super editorial edgy but natural blush- think Jessica Chastain. On Amy, this lift’s the tanner colours of the contour palette, keeping the look feminine rather than being Kardashian harsh and ‘instagrammy’.
Curl your lashes in three stages
In my kit are Shu Uemura’s. They last a long time and are pretty industry standard. Start at the very root of your lashes, clamp and pump firmly for two or three pumps. Move your way up to the tips of your lashes. Pumping firmly at intervals. This will give you the best shape and longevity of curl, especially for typically Oriental shaped eyes.
I’m using the Cover Fx palette again, this time as cream eye shadow. Sweep a small amount of Shade No 3 over the crease in your lid, starting from the edge and emphasise further with Shade No4.
There are two truly waterproof mascaras
I love in this world that are reasonable in price for mortals as well as Make Up Artists. One of them is Clarin’s Truly Waterproof Mascara in Black. It’s perfect for swimming, weddings and being caught in the rain. It doesn’t budge. It also can only really be taken off with Simple’s Kind to Eyes Nourishing Eye Make Up Remover Cream or an oily eye massage. Work your wand into the roots of your lashes and push and wiggle the wand up to the tip. This ensures even and thorough coverage of the lash.
For dark eye brows like Amy’s use Bobbi Brown’s Mahogany Eyeshadow or Longer Brow Gel ( the middle one in the palette shown). It’s a dark and dull brown and will last forever as you don’t need much of it. I’m applying said shadow with my Eye Definer Brush.
Sweep a clear mascara over said brows to set and finish shaping.
No look is complete without copious amounts of lip balm
I’m using Marks and Spencer’s Rosehip Balm, you can find a similar balm via Bobbi Brown, I also love Herpatch’s Lip Balm with SPF30 for daytime use.) Add a touch of colour- Ellis Faas’ L306 is perfect for this look. It’s a sheer deep coral works gorgeously with Amy’s skin tone. Super natural.
There you have it! Your summer glow, enhanced. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, don’t forget to watch the beautiful video underneath these pictures to see the look in motion. You can also see how I styled Amy’s hair- try that at home too! Let me know if there are other East Asian looks you would like me to create Step by Step.