How to fake a summer glow
Nothing gives a confidence boost quite like a healthy summer glow, but when you've just spent most of spring indoors, how can you fake it? From self tans to dewy foundations and gorgeously baked bronzers, here's our guide to looking like you just got back from a beach holiday, even when you've only been to the shop. Say hello to sun-kissed summer skin once again.
Applying self tan at home can be a daunting task, but a natural-looking finish is 90% about the preparation. Always exfoliate first (24 hours beforehand is ideal) to get rid of any dead skin cells that could cause patching, and moisturise any particularly dry areas, like your elbows, knees and ankles. To ensure an even application, use a tanning mitt for your body, concentrating on the main areas first (like arms and legs) then swipe the leftover residue over hands and feet. When it comes to your face, opt for a specially designed face fake tan and use cotton pads to ensure even distribution.
Now you're looking suitably bronzed, a base with dewy, sheer coverage will help you achieve that 'I've just got back from the beach and my skin is still flawless' kind of look. Apply with a damp beauty blender for a natural, buffed finish and try mixing with a few drops of serum or moisturiser (we love Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair) to give an extra glow.
For the magpies among us, highlighters are the holy grail of all beauty products. Mix a little bit with your foundation for an illuminating base or just apply to the most prominent areas of your face - your cheekbones, brow bones, down the centre of your nose and on your cupid's bow.
The ultimate summer makeup product, a good bronzer has the ability to help you fake a day in the sun and give that beautifully sun-kissed effect. Just apply to everywhere the sun would naturally touch - your forehead, cheekbones and down the nose.