Make Me Look Sun-Kissed
Shades of gold, cinnamon and warm copper guarantee your face radiates sunny vitality this summer
You'll always find a version of bronzed skin on the catwalk – but it does change its mood, and this summer, a softer and more wearable look fashioned from a smoked-up golden eye and sand-blown skin gives a high-class luster to lightly tanned complexions. For a more youthful edge to your summer make-up, opt for glossy satin and metallic textures and maximise light reflection by keeping the coverage fine rather than dense or matte. Remember: It's not about overpowering your face with a tan – a hint of a spicy flush keeps skin light and dewy.
The Sienna Smoky Eye
Smoky eyes don't have to mean vamp. For a mellow summery feel, and to create the gold-plated eye, slick a creamy metallic gold eyeshadow from the lashes to the socket and along the bottom lash line. Then take a powder shadow in a golden brown shade through the crease. Intensify eyes by pressing gel liner between the lower lashes. Or shift the smokiness up a gear by smudging a black kohl liner around the eye, applying it to the inside rim, then finish with lashings of mascara. To avoid pushing the look into glam rock territory, wear a subtle bronze sheen on the cheeks, groomed brows and a slick of nude lipstick.
Avoid a blanket coverage of bronzing powder – it makes skin look flat and muddy. Instead, set your skin tone alight with touches of cream bronzer across the apples of the cheeks, blended out to the temples. You get the same skin-warming effects of a tan but with a more refined sheen, adding contour and vibrancy to your features. Pull the look together with a pale gold highlighter applied to the high points of your face: top of your cheekbones, the forehead and length of your nose (not the tip, as shimmer here can make the nose look wider).
Monochrome Sunset Shades
For a healthy feel, use a single hue of apricot or ginger on the face. No contouring or shading is required – use different textures for invisible definition. Creamy formulas work best on eyes and lips, as they warm up on application to look like a natural bloom. A matte apricot blusher, concentrated on the apples of the cheeks, keeps the monochrome effect modern.