Sun-kissed makeup tricks for your best faux glow yet

How To Get Your Best Faux Glow Ever With Makeup - Anna Heinrich

Including the three most common places we forget to apply bronzer

New Idea Beauty Editor WHO and New Idea / October 22 2017

If you’re after that illustrious sun-kissed glow (but are still transitioning from your pasty winter skin tone into a summer-induced shade), call upon your bronzer to get the job done. To learn how to nail a trans-seasonal faux glow, we asked Angelique Hogan, Training Manager for Sephora Australia, to share her top four bronzer tips for glimmering skin. No sun required.


Find your skin tone

“Getting the right shade of bronzer can be the trickiest part. Your perfect shade needs to match the overtone of your skin,” Hogan says. Think of the colour of your skin when you’re in the sun. “Look at your décolletage. There is usually a slight airbrushed tone to the skin here – this is your overtone and your bronzer should match this colour,” she adds.


Know your skin type

This is essential for
 picking the right formula. For oily skin, try a bronzing
 powder, which will help mattify the surface. For dry skin, creams or fluids will be more flattering, as they create a dewy, fresh finish. Two bronzers we love: L’Oréal Paris Glam Bronze Mono and Nudestix Nudies All Over Face Color Bronze + Glow in Hey, Honey.

L’Oréal Paris Glam Bronze Mono and Nudestix Nudies All Over Face Color Bronze + Glow in Hey, Honey


Nail the application

For a seamless look, bronzer should be applied to the temples, cheekbones and along the jawline. Hogan also recommends “buffing into the neck, hairline and at the back of your neck, if your hair is pulled back”.


Complete the look

Hogan recommends finishing with a highlighter. “For the ultimate faux glow, apply illumination on the high points of your face, the cheekbones, above your brows, down the centre of your nose and on 
the Cupid’s bow.” Try Nude by Nature Soft Focus Illuminator.

Nude by Nature Soft Focus Illuminator

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Previously from an advertising background, Toni has been working in editorial and beauty at Pacific Magazines for the past five years, and is currently working across Who and New Idea, two of the top five best-selling weeklies in the country. Toni loves being able to make the beauty world seem accessible to the working woman, particularly for those who are time-restricted. As a working Mum, she’s constantly searching for easy beauty and skincare routines on a budget.