The festive season in Australia conjures up visions of bronzed skin, sun drenched body and a glow from head to toe. There’s nothing that says Aussie Beach Babe quite like a golden brown complexion however as any beauty aficionado will tell you, the ‘no makeup’ makeup look requires a tool kit all of its own.
The perfect summer glow (achieved the safe way - with makeup!) isn’t out of reach for anyone, regardless of age or skin tone - makeup allows even the fairest of complexions to achieve the illusion of long days spent under the sun. To create the perfect base for a glistening, golden beauty look, start by creating a glow the natural way with our Tantasia Self Tanner and Bronzer. This self-tanner has a subtle tint to give your skin an instant boost of colour, plus it’s backed gradual tanning ingredients help to create the illusion of a holiday in the sun.
To give your face a beautiful, light reflecting bronze glow, sweep our Bronzer Refill in Moonglow over the high planes of your face, where the sun naturally hits - the temples, cheeks and jaw. Moonglow combines four beautiful light reflecting shades that you can pick up individually with a fine brush, but at this stage in our summer routine we love to blend all four colours to create a multidimensional look. We’ve popped our Bronzer Refill into the Flourish Limited Edition Refillable Compact - it’s a beautiful, glamorous compact, making it the perfect way to encase this summer beauty essential.
To subtly contour the face, opt for our So-Bronze #1 Bronzing Powder Refill - it has more of a satin finish than Moonglow, so it makes for a more natural looking contour. If you aren’t a fan of high-shine, you can even swap Moonglow out for So-Bronze (many women with mature skin prefer to steer clear of shimmers as they can emphasise any fine lines).
The key to an ethereal glow is highlighter, so it’s time to pick up the lightest shade from our Moonglow compact. We love using our Mini White Fan Brush as it allows us to grab one colour from the compact at a time and sweep it wherever we want to catch the light and amp up the glow - namely the tops of the cheek bones, the brow bone and the cupid’s bow.
The eyes and lips, while kept minimal, are what tie this complete look together. For an easy golden goddess eye look, opt for the Double Dazzle Highlighter Pencil and apply the warm gold to the inner corner of the eye and blend the rich copper over the eyelid - these pencil formulas are super creamy, so they can simply be scribbled on and blended out with your fingertips. For the lips, apply a slick of our LipDrink Lip Balm in Buff. Buff is the perfect nude hue to complement this golden look, and the balm formula will add a serious boost of hydration to dry lips to leave them looking plump and glossy.
Finish this look by ensuring your limbs are as shimmery and golden as the rest of your look. We love applying our Limited Edition Golden Shimmer Hand and Body Lotion to deliver hydration to the skin as well as a subtle wash of golden colour and give you a luminous glow. We love applying this to our collarbones to really catch the light.
Words and images by Gemma Watts @gemkwatts
Editor's Note: This post was initially published in November 2017 and does feature now discontinued products. Links have been provided for alternative products.