Self-tanners are great, especially below the neck. However, if you’re using a retinoid on your skin, as most of us should, and exfoliating to keep the facial skin luminous and smooth, holding on to a self-tanner on the face is next to impossible. So, how do you get that day-at-the-beach look without suffering the inevitable consequences?
The healthiest look really isn’t about being tan as much as having a just-off-the-beach flush. Here’s the best way to create it (if you have dark skin, skip right to Step 2):
1. First, you want to just warm up the skin where the sun would naturally hit your face if you were out, say, playing volleyball as opposed to lying down in it. Use a sheer bronzer that isn’t orangey. A powder, cream or stain will work nicely, but if you use a powder, work it into the skin so you see the color and not the powder. Place the bronzer over the entire cheek area and run it across the bridge of your nose. Fade it out toward your temple then apply the color to your forehead and over the front of your chin.
2. Next, take a blue-based pink (that would be a pink leaning more toward magenta than coral, but if you have an olive or yellow-based skin tone naturally, you might want to try a slightly warmer color) and apply it just to the apple of the cheek, blending out toward your nose and temple. Apply just a tiny bit over the bridge of the nose and the tip of the chin.
This use of two colors will have a more natural look than one and allow you to warm up more of the face without looking like you got caught in a flash fire. The Step 2 color is to give you a hit of the color you turn naturally when you’ve been working out or when you pinch yourself. As most of you will no doubt discover if you pinch your cheeks, this will be a cooler, un-peachy pink.