Get Your Glow On! Makeup to Complement Your Summer Tan
If You Have Fair Skin
If you have a fair skin tone like Emma Stone's or Jennifer Lawrence's, an all-over bronzed finish may look a little too obvious. "It's not about looking tan-it's about having a little bit of that summery, sun-kissed glow," says makeup artist Desirae Charman. "If you try to go too dark, you just end up looking orangey, and sometimes dirty." Steer clear of orange-based bronzers, and use the product only where the sun naturally hits your face. You may also want to swap a tinted moisturizer in for your winter foundation, but don't toss the product just yet! "Blend a small amount into the center of your face as a highlight," adds makeup artist Johny Saade, who has worked with Olivia Wilde and Isla Fischer.
Fair Skin: What You Need
Look for bronzers with pink or apricot undertones, like Snow Bunny by Too Faced ($30; toofaced.com), or Smashbox's Bronze Lights in Sunkissed Matte ($29; sephora.com), and use a light hand. "Apply the product over the apples of your cheeks, across your nose, and on your temples where the sun would naturally hit your face," says Charman. "Don't forget to blend it under and down your neck as well-this area rarely sees sun and is always much more fair." A tinted moisturizer like Jouer's Luminizing version ($38; jouercosmetics.com) will provide enough coverage, but is sheer enough to use throughout the summer if your tan becomes deeper. As for your eyes and lips, a melon hue like Julie Hewitt's Camellia Balm ($22; juliehewett.net) paired with soft, rosy metallics from Urban Decay's Naked 3 Palette ($54; sephora.com) are flattering against a bronzy glow.
If You Have Olive Skin
Because olive complexions like Olivia Munn's and Jamie Chung's already have a bit of warmth, you have room to play with a little more bronzer. "Play with colors that not only read natural, but also contrasting color to really pop your features and make you look more tan," says Charman. Experiment with bold eye shadows or a statement lip, or try using warm metallics. Celebrity makeup artist Shiyena recommends keeping your usual foundation handy, as well as one about one or two shades darker. "You can deepen it to match your new summer tan. Start off by adding and mixing the darker color a little at a time-it all depends on how much of a tan you get," she says.
Olive Skin: What You Need
We're obsessed with the effect of a vivid blue shadow like Elizabeth Arden's shimmery hue in Overboard ($21; elizabetharden.com), but if a full-on azure eye is a little intense for you, a swipe of teal from Santigold's Double-Ended Liner for Smashbox ($24; smashbox.com) is striking along your lower lash line, and the gold shade makes for another option. Jane Iredale's shadow trio in Triple Cognac ($28; skinstore.com) can create flattering minimalist and smoky looks alike, and pairs well with Guerlain's Terracotta Powder in #02 ($52; sephora.com), which has just enough shimmer to impart a natural, dewy finish. "To add a little pop to your lips, use Lancome's Lip Lover in Rose Atrape-Couer ($32; lancome-usa.com)," says Shiyena. "It's a coral color that looks great on everyone."
If You Have Medium Skin
Medium tones like Beyonce's or Freida Pinto's also have room to play with bold hues and warm metallics on the eyes and lips. "Just keep the complexion glowing, radiant, and healthy by sticking to sheer formulas-you want to be able to see the skin," says Maggie Q's makeup artist Fabiola. We recommend working with cream bronzers to seamlessly contour and enhance your tan, and try using highlighters or illuminators to really make your skin pop. "Jouer's Cream Highlighters ($20; jouercosmetics.com) are wonderful," makeup artist Megan Lanoux adds. "Apply it to your nose bridge, cupid's bow, below your eyebrow, and on your chin. I like to do this with my ring or index finger, as these have the lightest touch to minimize pressure."
Medium Skin: What You Need
"Don't be afraid to give your lips a pop of bright color," says Lanoux. "In the summer women tend to wear less makeup, so bright lips are perfect." Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics' Lip Tar in Harlot ($18; sephora.com) is a lightweight gloss-stain hybrid that won't quit, even after an icy cocktail, and Dior's Fluid Gloss Stick in Rieuse ($35; dior.com) packs just as much punch if your tastes veer on the lighter end of the spectrum. "Colors like sky blue, pastel purple, and a minty green like Stila's Liquid Eye Liner in Turquoise ($20; stilacosmetics.com) will contrast nicely against your tan," adds Charman. Enhance your glow with a sweep of blush like Tarte's Shimmering Poppy ($26; tartecosmetics.com) on the apples of your cheeks, and a touch of the NARS Matte Multiple in Cappadoce ($39; narscosmetics.com) to impart a natural-looking contour.
If You Have Deep Skin
"It's more about correcting color for dark skin rather than bronzing for me," says Shiyena. "In general, I like to add warmth, and the same rules about mixing foundation to match your tan applies here too." Make sure not to choose powders that are too light, as they can dull the complexion, and follow the lead of Kerry Washington and Joan Smalls by incorporating splashes of color on your eyes. Penelope Cruz's makeup artist Matthew Van Leeuwen also recommends going bold on your lips and cheeks. "When the skin is more sun-kissed, color naturally just looks better," he says. "I like to play up lips in corally red colors."
Deep Skin: What You Need
If blue eye shadow isn't your thing, copper, champagne, or gold-toned metallics work just as well. "They will really brighten up your eyes. Try using a cream shadow to get a little bit of a wet look and add just the right amount of shine," says Charman, who recommends the Chanel Illusion D'Ombre shadows ($36 each; chanel.com). MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Dark Golden ($32; maccosmetics.com) adds an ethereal, summery glow, but if you want a little shimmer, Shiyena suggests going for Cheeky Bronze or Gold Deposit hues ($32 each; maccosmetics.com). "Be easy when applying them, because the powders have a high-frost metallic finish," she advises. Ultra-bright blushes like Kevin Aucoin's in Liquifuschia ($26; barneys.com) are especially stunning against darker complexions, but if you're afraid you'll go overboard, try a vivid coral lipstick like Bite Beauty's Zinfandel ($24; sephora.com).