This is how Selena Gomez's makeup artist fakes a year-round bronze glow

“This is the technique I used to get that super gorgeous glow”

BEAUTYcrew Content Producer / June 21 2022

If you’ve been keeping tabs on Selena Gomez recently, then you’ve probably noticed the multi-hyphenate rocking an enviably bronzed glow. 

Turns out, that sun-kissed look is intentional. And it’s easy to achieve too, according to her makeup artist Melissa Murdick. 

“Y’all, I’m about to show you the way to start doing your bronzer,” Murdick shared in a recent TikTok tutorial

“If, by chance, you saw Selena Gomez on Jimmy Kimmel [Live!], this is the technique I used to get that super gorgeous glow that looks totally realistic,” she went on to say.

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Image credit: Getty


Get your hands on some cream bronzer

“First things first, you wanna use a flat top brush and a cream bronzer,” explained Murdick. “I’m using ‘Happy Sol’ from Rare Beauty ($40 at Sephora).”

As for application? Gomez’s makeup artist doesn’t like putting product directly on the face because “it’s hard to blend and you can’t control how much product you use.”

Instead, she picked the bronzer up from the back of her hand using her brush, and blended it into her primed skin, starting with her cheeks. Then, she moved on to “the perimeters of the face and the temples.” 

Murdick also advises blending around the hairline. “Put a little bit across the bridge of your nose [and] down to your jawline, [as] this really marries all the tones together so you’re not just having a patch of bronze on your cheeks,” she instructed. “It looks like your entire face got sun.”


Add a bit of glow

“Then, you want to top that bronzer with a really bronzey highlighter,” Murdick advised before dipping a blush brush into ‘Transcend’ from Rare Beauty ($38 at Sephora).

“Everywhere you put that bronzer, put a little bit of this glow,” she explained.


Diffuse with foundation

“Now you’re just going to go in and put your foundation over top,” Murdick said. “This is the secret.” 

“This is what makes it look like you’re glowing from within,” she explained after applying a layer of IT COSMETICS Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Cream SPF 50 ($65 at Sephora) over her bronzer. “It covers up any harsh lines.”

“This is the gorgeous, glowy bronze you get,” Murdick explained to the camera. But she also recommended powdering the T-zone, “so there’s not too much shine in the centre of the face… It should look glowy, not greasy.”

Once you’re done powdering, that’s it – “Boom sun-kissed summer skin.”

Check out the full tutorial below:

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Briar is a Content Producer at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Girlfriend and beautyheaven.