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6 makeup tips to keep your summer glow (well into fall ;-)

The holidays may have come to an end, but we don’t want to say good-bye to our summer glow just yet… With my professional makeup artist’s tips you can make your summer beauty last well into fall.

Glowy golden skin from the beach, a fresh complexion from outdoor activities, bright eyes and an all-natural beauty, here’s how to keep this fresh look as long as possible into fall.

Plus a bonus tip for a bold lip makeup, which is looking fabulous with golden summer skin (and which moreover is 100% mask-proof)!

Makeup tip no. 1: Skip foundation for summer glow

Sun-kissed skin looks more even and glowy and needs less coverage. Our regular foundation shade is now probably too light anyway. Instead of investing into a darker “end of summer”-shade, try skipping foundation altogether. If you feel you must, just dab on a bit of concealer onto blemishes or in your under-eye area.

What I like on my skin in summer is a bit of transparent mattifying gel, like for example the one from Biotherm… I apply it on my nose and forehead for a smoother and more even look. Cheeks are left bare for their natural glow.

Tip no. 2: Do contour ever so lightly

My clients know that I’m not a great fan of contouring which I find can be harsh and sometimes even vulgar. But to every rule there are exceptions, and an end of summer look is one. I like to accentuate bronzed cheeks by stroking a matte contouring powder just under the cheekbone. You’ll find the right positioning by sucking in your cheeks. Apply your product into the upper half of the hollow. Easy! 😉


I only use matte textures, meaning without glitter or sparkle, because they give a more natural look.
Also, beware of shades that are too brick or orange, which can look dull.

Expensive but a sure bet: the Shade and Illuminate mini palette by Tom Ford.

Tip no. 3: Go for the glow!

If there’s a moment to really go for radiance and (controlled) shine, it’s now. Glowy highlights enhance bronzed and summer fresh skin.
For a natural and chic look I prefer smooth creamy textures without any too visible sparkle, like the Cream Color Base from MAC. I spread a bit of the product first over the back of my hand to obtain the sheerest veil. From there I smoothen it over the top of my model’s cheekbones and blend it carefully.

Tip no. 4: Warm up your blush

Bronzed summer skin doesn’t need a lot of blush. A soft touch on top of your cheeks will be enough.
Do pick a warm peachy color which will blend better into lightly tanned skin than a cool pink. Bourjois always has nice hues, like the 74 Rose Ambre.

You might also try a creamy texture which will look more natural than a powder blush. For example Clinique’s Chubby Stick.

Tip no. 5: Try golden and bronze eyes

For me, the perfect match for sun-kissed skin are bronze and golden colors, in silky, creamy textures.

For its subtle bronze glimmer an all-time favorite of mine is the Caviar Stick Eye Colour by Laura Mercier in Khaki. It glides on smoothly and blends perfectly even.

Why not try a bronze smokey to bring out your eyes? Watch me applying rich golden brown eyeshadows, blush and lips and give many more makeup application tips for luminous summer glow in this video tutorial which I made a little while ago.

(Bonus) Makeup tip no. 6: Bold lips, a nice match with summer glow

The one place where I absolutely love a strong colour in a bronzed face are the lips. A bright red looks stunning against golden skin.

For practical reasons, as we still need to wear masks in many places, I recommend for the time being matte and non-transfer textures, which won’t smudge when wearing a chirurgical mask.

I went through a lot of testing during the last months and among the best and long-lasting are Maybelline’s Superstay 24h. My favorite color is Passion Red.

Here my professional makeup artist’s application tips for best results:

– The liquid texture goes on easily but it’s also easy to get the shape wrong. That’s why I use a lipbrush as most applicators aren’t very precise. 

– Relax your mouth and don’t smile. You will be able to draw a nicer and more symmetric shape.

– But then also stretch the lips a bit to get the product evenly all over the lips. 

– Let the liquid set and dry. It will feel a bit sticky at first. 

– Once it’s really perfectly dry, smooth a (very small) bit of the lip balm which comes with the fluid lipstick over it. This will at first give a bit of shine but the effect will disappear quickly to leave a perfectly matte lip.

The balm will make the lipcolor feel less dry and much more comfortable. (The smell of the lip balm is a bit funny, like articifial fruit I’m afraid, but it will evaporate very quickly.)

– When the lip balm after 5 minutes has completely dried off, the color shouldn’t budge, even when wearing a mask.

With these makeup tips, keep your summer glow and radiance well into fall!

For more specific questions or personnalized advice, please contact me or book a makeup class.

Looking forward! 🙂

*All models featured on the pictures in my blog are made up by me, unless otherwise stated.

By Louise Wittlich

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