As we mentioned in our Skin Cancer blog article, any time your skin changes color, you are experiencing sun damage.  For anyone who likes to look like they have color from outdoors, this is bad news.  The good news is you can get the sun-kissed look without the sun damage.

Using makeup techniques like strobing and bronzing can add color without the harsher look of contouring.


When it comes to bronzer, the key is to apply it to the appropriate areas (your upper forehead, your jawline, under your cheek bones, and, if you want, a little under your bottom lip for a more pouty look) for a natural-looking glow. To do so, simply swirl a fluffy brush into your bronzer and sweep the product onto those areas. It’s as easy as that.

Wet n Wild Color Icon SPF 15 Bronzer in Ticket to Brazil ($4, is a great drugstore bronzer option. If you’re a fan of high-end makeup, try Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder ($40,, which is available in five shades. And when it comes to brushes, the Too Faced Kabuki Brush ($34, is a solid choice—the synthetic hair grabs product and blends it into the skin evenly.


Get a sun kissed look

Photo from Jordan Smith

A little newer on the beauty scene but just as stunning in the summertime is strobing, a new take on highlighting. With this trend, the point is to emphasize the high points of the face. Creating a ‘T’ like pattern and add your chosen highlighter—I’m loving Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal ($41,—to the center of your forehead, down your nose, on the center of your chin, on top of your cheek bones, and on your cupid’s bow (for a fuller lip).

Here’s a guide on how to achieve this look on your face and where you should apply bronzer (the brown X’s) and highlighter (the white X’s):

It’s easy to create a shimmery sun-kissed look without damaging your skin!

Source: Women’s Health Magazine