Summer seems to make life that much more effortless for most of us – specifically because that’s when skin tends to possess a hint of sun-kissed gold on its surface, which makes us feel great. But for most South Africans at the moment, that summer glow is still many months away, so here’s a few tips and tricks on how to fake it, ’till you bake it and get that summer glow in the middle of winter.
Inspired by the makeup looks we saw on the runway at the Alexis Mabille Autumn/Winter 2017 show, a statement gold eye can go a long way to giving you that coveted ‘summer glow’. With shiny, clean skin, using gold pigment on the eyelids, this look brings out hints of summer in the skin, sans harmful fake tanning beds, and ‘tan in a can’ – I love it because it’s a look that you can tone down and perfect with utter ease using these tried and tested products!
On the skin:
At the show, the runway models all displayed flawless skin as the base of this look – Max Factor’s Ageless Elixir Miracle 2-in-1 Foundation + Serum (Clicks – R254.95) can help you achieve this look with ease. This product is lightweight on the skin, easy to apply, and even reduces the appearance of fine lines on the face for those who crave a little extra coverage. The product is available in 11 different shades, I use the shade ‘Sand 60’ which works well for my paler winter complexion.
If you’re like me and your skin feels extra dry and tight during the winter months, then try mixing some sort of face and body oil into your foundation before applying. I use the Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil (The Body Shop – R280) and add three or four drops into two pumps of foundation on the back of my hand before mixing the two products together and then applying to my face with a makeup sponge. This oil also adds a subtle hint of shimmer to foundation, contributing to the overall glowing effect of the skin.
However, if you have a combination or oily skin type, perhaps you’d like to skip the above step and instead, set your T-Zone with a pressed powder. Max Factor’s Creme Puff Pressed Powder (Clicks – R135.95) is perfect for this as it doesn’t leave a powdery texture or feel to the skin, but still keeps foundation and concealer in place all day long.
For the eyes:
Granted, with runway models, it is typical of makeup artists to use bold, vibrant trends, which are perfect for fashion shows, but this bold take may not suit the everyday makeup-lover who wants to recreate the look. For this reason, rather than applying layers of gold pigment to the eyelids, I have found an eye pencil that makes my life ridiculously easy when attempting this trend. I use the NYX Eye Pencil in Velvet (Clicks – R69.95), which has a beautiful taupe-y gold shade, to draw a single line on my upper lid before smudging it out with my fingertip to create a more seamless look. The formula doesn’t fade or get patchy through wear and it looks stunning on different skin tones – I love this stuff. Then, I usually finish the eyes with loads of mascara on the upper lashes and I’m set – it’s that simple!
For the Glow:
If you’d like to give your faux glow even more shine, try sweeping a finely milled highlighter over the tops of your cheekbones, underneath the brow bone, down the bridge of the nose and on the Cupid’s bow. I’ve recently discovered the brand 3INA (pronounced “mee-nah) and their highlighter – aptly named The Highlighter (3INA stores, Gauteng – R229.99.) in the shade 201 – has quickly become one of my favourites. It’s a pale gold shimmery shade, which again, works perfectly for my paler winter complexion, and it’s so smooth that it doesn’t accentuate any of my dry winter skin texture.
Lastly, to set your look in place, the Glamglow Glowsetter Makeup Setting Spray (Red Square – R400) adds a final subtle, dewy layer to your face that also helps makeup stay in place and last longer.