6 ways to get a luminous sun-kissed glow

Because radiant skin is the ultimate summer must-have.

You don’t have time to waste this summer — every second of joy in the sunshine counts — so when it comes to enhancing your sun-kissed glow, only the best luminizing products need apply. Whether you’re looking for brightening skin care, a temporary faux tan or an illuminator you can customize to your liking, here are six tips for achieving instant radiance.

Tip: Get a daily dose of brightening

A dull complexion can be the result of free radical damage via exposure to UV rays and environmental pollution. Using an antioxidant-rich serum daily can help, while protecting skin from further damage. Origins GinZing Into the Glow Brightening Serum contains Vitamin C, a potent brightening antioxidant, plus a 5% Retexturizing Complex made of green coffee seed and a regenerating AHA/BHA blend to smooth skin and reduce the look of pores over time.

Tip: Add a plumping prep step

When your goal is looking lit-from-within, prepping skin with hydration-enhancing ingredients helps turn on the lights. Smashbox Halo Plumping Dew contains tried-and-true hyaluronic acid as well as niacinamide to boost skin’s moisture content by — wait for it — 135%. Try it under makeup for a finish that’s extra dewy.

Tip: Even out your tone

An even skin tone sets the stage for a uniform, natural-looking glow, and you can easily achieve that goal with Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free. This award-winning, oil-free formula lends skin a hint of colour and a demi-matte finish and keeps excess shine at bay for a visibly even complexion.

Tip: Try a temporary faux tan

Rodial Bronze Glow Drops are your shortcut to instant radiance. As well as delivering a temporary wash of natural-looking bronze colour, the lightweight liquid blurs imperfections and visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkles, leaving skin with a dewy, illuminated finish. Think of it as summer skin in a bottle.

Tip: Double up for a pro bronze

Want to recreate an A-lister’s radiant complexion? Take a page from any makeup pro’s book and use multiple tones and textures to build a bronze that has depth. Lise Watier Duo Bronze & Glow makes it easy with its pairing of universal bronzing powder and subtle gold highlighter. Apply the bronzer to add definition along the lower cheeks, jawline and sides of the nose. Then dust the highlighter on the tops of cheekbones, bridge of the nose and cupid’s bow for a hit of luminosity.

Tip: Take your glow on the go

A balm-like highlighter stick that leaves a seriously pretty sheen, Nudestix NUDIES All Over Face Color Glow can be used on eyes, cheeks and lips. The compact, portable design features a built-in blending brush so you can customize your glow wherever and whenever you like.

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