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Summer is in the air and we can’t wait to get rid of our pasty winter complexions. For many of us, that means catching some sun (covered in SPF, of course!), but for fair-skinned gals, that could be a problem. If you’re not inclined to get a spray tan, we suggest you take some tips from Naomi Watts, who had glowing summer skin at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards this week. Here’s how you can create the star’s fabulous skin:
What You Need:
Foundation or tinted moisturizer
Sheer finishing powder
Step 1: Even out your skin tone with foundation or tinted moisturizer using a color that matches your natural tone exactly. Be sure to get it beneath your eyes and chin too.
Step 2: Dust a mineral powder, like MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural ($29, Maccosmetics.com), all over your face, concentrating on your t-zone and other oily spots. This will help set your foundation and neutralize any shininess you may have left over.
Step 3: Pinch your cheeks to find your perfect flush color, then select a blush that most resembles that shade. We recommend something with a little shimmer, like Lancôme Blush Subtil Shimmer-Delicate Oil-Free Powder Blush ($30, Nordstrom.com), to get that healthy summer glow. Start by dusting the blush lightly across your cheekbone, up toward your temples. But don’t go too far by reaching your hairline–you want it to look as natural as possible.
Step 4: Next, choose a bronzer with warm gold undertones and a hint of shimmer, like Physicians Formula Baked Bronzer Bronzing & Shimmery Face Powder ($12, Physiciansformula.com), and dust a little beneath the blush to emphasize cheekbones. For more radiance, apply some over your nose and lightly along your hairline too.
Step 5: Finally, complete the look by applying a finishing powder all over, like Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder ($50, Neimanmarcus.com). This does two things: sets your makeup and evens skin tone, in case you’ve applied too much blush somewhere.
There are many variations to getting a healthy summer glow–you could always try bronzing mousse for the day or a cheek and lip stain to give you more of a sun-kissed look. But for nighttime? We love just a little color on the cheeks, like Naomi’s, to warm the face and make room for bolder lips and eyes.