by ANEEKA WARD
Ah, summer. The sun, the sand, the sweat, and the perfectly sculpted contour you spent all morning on melting down the side of your face. Unfortunately, summer and Kardashian levels of face paint do not mix.
So what’s a girl to do when she wants to enhance the cheekbones her mama already gave her? She non-tours! Non-touring: the latest no-makeup makeup trend that remarkably requires marginal effort and minimal time, resulting in dewy, glowing skin.
Here’s how I do it:
Step 1: Start with a freshly washed, exfoliated, moisturized and primed face. We’ve got to give our skin its best chance to retain the not so hard work we’re about to do last the entire day.
Step 2: Apply Benefit Sun Beam Golden Bronze Liquid Highlighter to your cheekbones, brow bones (I personally like to put some over my eyebrows too), down the nose, cupids bow, and under the chin. If you want to be technical I would dot the bronzer along these areas, but I like to do a quick swipe of the brush because it’s faster and as we’ve established in previous posts, I’m kind of lazy. The key for me is to put this liquid gold under my foundation so that the glow it creates looks more natural and appears to be actually coming out from the skin. This bronzer is amazing because you can use it by itself if you wish and it works on all skin tones. I use a Cover FX Liquid Foundation Brush to blend.
Step 3: Apply Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (I’m using the shade Cuba) to the face and neck with a Beauty Sponge. I adore this tinted moisturizer because it is translucent, lightweight, and evens out my skin tone with less than a dime sized amount of product. It feels like I have nothing on my face. I probably should invest in a Beauty Blender but I have not yet taken the plunge. Reasons being I will undoubtedly love it – and my $4.99 sponge from Sally Beauty Supply is doing the job just fine for now. Before I blend in my tinted moisturizer, I like to put 2 drops of Rare Marula Oil on the sponge. This oil is amazing and can be used to treat both your hair and skin. My skin loves to be moisturized and this oil adds another level of hydration for me and helps contribute to that natural dewy glow we’re trying to achieve.
Step 4: Apply a light dusting of blush to just underneath your cheekbones. I use Nars Blush in the colour Outlaw.
Step 5: To finish, apply a powder highlighter with a fan brush to the same areas as in step 2. I like to use Urban Decay’s Afterglow 8-hour Powder Highlighter in the colour Sin. The fan brush is by Quo. It isn’t the greatest quality brush but since it doesn’t have to work very hard I anticipate it will still have a long lifespan, plus its only $16. A steal, if you compare it to other brands out there. You need so little of this highlighter on your brush, and after you use it, it leaves you with a highlight so on point that people will ask how you got that glow, girl!
This entire process takes me about 5 minutes. It’s my go-to routine for all seasons, but I especially adore it in the summer. It is so lightweight and natural. I love it. Happy non-touring!