Though a natural tan may not be an option now, radiant skin never goes out of style. With proper highlighting and contouring techniques, you can still achieve a healthy, supple look reminiscent of early summertime.
Of course, start with foundation and/or concealer to hide any imperfections. This creates a clean canvas for the rest of the makeup. This step is what makes skin appear healthy, unmarred by sun and other damaging factors. A face primer can be beneficial for long days or nights because it allows the makeup to adhere to the skin for a longer duration of time, and like eye primer, enhances the pigments of makeup. Next, apply a matte face powder, translucent or one the matches your skin tone. This reduces shine from the natural oils in your skin and prevents foundation from sliding throughout the day.
Contouring includes blush and bronzer, the accentuating of high points on the face and ‘slimming’ of lower points. Bronzer can also act as a sort of self-tanner, but keep in mind that you want to avoid darkening the face too much so that the color does not differ from that of your neck. For a sun-kissed glow, pick a matte powder bronzer that is one or two shades darker than your natural skin color. With a gentle hand, sweep this over your cheeks and T-zone. Blend well for the most natural effect.
Choose another bronzer that is one shade darker than the previous one or simply use a heavier touch on that one bronzer. Drag it along the hollows of your cheeks to the bottom of your ears and lightly by the hairline and jaw line. Be sure to blend this out as well.
Apply either a matte deep rose blush to keep with the autumn trend, or use a peach or light pink blush for a spring/early summer look. Blush should go from the apples of your cheeks to about the middle of your ears, right above where you applied the darker bronzer. After this is blended, your skin will appear slightly colored as if you’ve been out in the summer sun.
To add a dewy glow, lightly use a translucent highlighter, liquid or powder, on the bridge of your nose, forehead, and over the cheekbone, just above or overlapping the blush. This makes the skin appear healthy and hydrated as if it’s the start of summer, even in the midst of October.