Achieving the perfect sun-kissed glow makeup routine

Warmer days are approaching and the sun is finally shining. You're searching for the perfect way to achieve that gorgeous sun-kissed look, but you don't know where to start. Laying out in the sun for hours can be damaging to your skin and you want to feel like a glowy goddess ASAP. So, how do you get the look? Using makeup of course! Keep on reading to learn all about your new favorite makeup routine.

Skincare and SPF


Starting with a clean palette is the best advice for any makeup look. Go through your typical morning skincare routine. Don't forget moisturizer for hydration and then top it all off with your trusty SPF (We've been loving Theraderm's Platinum Protection Facial Sunscreen, $31).


Maybelline Dream Fresh BB CreamGlossier Perfecting Skin TintL'Oreal Infallible 24HR Foundation

Foundation acts as our base. It evens out our skin tone and blurs any imperfections. Stick to lightweight foundations like a tinted moisturizer or BB cream for more of a dewy, sheer coverage.


Kiss New York Professional Glow and Bronze Powder

Apply bronzer to your cheekbones, temples and jawline to create that perfect contoured, sculpted and defined look. Don't forget to blend it out!


Kiss New York Professional Halo Strobing Palette

A highlighter is the most important product to achieve that glow. Apply it to the high points of your face—apples of your cheeks, cheekbones, tip of your nose, cupid's bow and brow bone—for a natural brightened look. You can even apply some to your collarbone and shoulders for an extra glow.


Maybelline New York Dream Bouncy Blush

The apples of your cheeks deserve a rosy glow, too. Add any blush you love to advance your sunkissed look. Cream blush is always a good idea for a sweat-proof option.


Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara, L'Oreal Voluminous Original, e.l.f. Waterproof Lengthening & Voluminizing

If you're worried about drips from the heat and humidity, we recommend trying a waterproof option (it works wonders!).


Burt's Bees Lip Balm

Use a lip balm to hydrate your lips and keep this look naturally sun-kissed.

Setting Spray

L'Oreal Paris Makeup Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray

Setting spray is a must throughout the warmer seasons to lock everything in place. We don't want to risk smudged makeup in the heat. 

Sunless Tanning

Jergens Sol Sunless Tanning Water Moose,  $17

If you want to have a more full-body glow, skip the sun (and the skin damage!) and go for a sunless tanner instead! We love Jergens Sol Sunless Tanner for an easy and natural tan, right out of the shower.

Which products are you *so* excited to try for your sun-kissed glow? Let us know on social media @girlslifemag.

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by Jaclyn Kaufman | 5/28/2021