How to Make Your Skin Glow in 4 Easy Steps

No matter how gray the forecast, these easy-to-master tricks will bring instant sunshine to your face.

how to make your skin glow

Sometimes, women apply bronzer like wall-to-wall carpeting, slapping it on every square inch of their bare faces — but that looks fake, because real skin isn't all one color. Our model here, Lara, was making this all-too-common mistake, so I showed her that the secret to a believable effect lies in what you put on before bronzer. It's a super-quick, simple technique, but it makes a world of difference.

Makeup artist Mally Roncal works with stars such as Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez and is the founder of Mally Beauty cosmetics.

From: Redbook
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1 Start With Highlighter

To give your skin a healthy sheenwhich is what would happen naturally from the sun — apply a creamy champagne highlighter (use gold for olive or dark skin) along your cheekbones, brow bones, and the tip of your nose. Pat to blend.

2 Create Subtle Contour

This prevents the bronzer from looking flat. Swipe a shimmer-free cream stick that's one to two shades darker than your skin into the hollows of your cheeks. With a large brush, swirl over the line in circular motions, working up to your hairline.

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3 Give Cheeks Some Color

It might seem weird to apply blush before bronzer, but this way, you'll get a hint of rosiness peeking through from underneath. Rub a cream formula in a rosy pink shade on the apples of your cheeks, then buff away the edges with your fingers.

4 Dust On Bronzer

Now you're ready for the golden stuff. Choose a matte powder no more than two shades darker than your skin. Sweep it along the perimeter of your face, then on your forehead, nose, and chin, plus a touch under the cheekbones. Perfection!

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