Here Comes the Sunless Tan?
Cheaper, chicer, healthier substitutes for that midwinter trip south
-Lois Joy Johnson
Every February I start craving sunshine, wonder if I have SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), and think about getting one of those light-therapy boxes. My past solution, a break to St. Barts or Cabo San Lucas is not going to happen – ever again, actually. Last year around this time I had to deal with a skin cancer: A serious basal cell carcinoma and Mohs surgery on my nose has made me the poster-girl for sunblock. From now on, the only midwinter tan I’m getting will come out of a bronzer compact. If you’ve been skipping your sunscreen during the last few months, you’re making a big mistake. Your face is still exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet A rays (the aging ones that cause wrinkles up the road), which emit the same intensity all year-round. Here’s how to save your nose, get a glow and give your looks a major lift – and no plane fare or hotel booking is needed!
For a natural beachy sunny look…
Use a shimmery multi-hue bronzing powder that has separate pink/ peach/gold/ bronze sections, like my favorite Dior Bronze Sunshine Blush ($42) or Guerlain Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder ($50). Select a shade closest to your natural skin tone. Going too dark or too matte screams fake. You want enough color to lift your complexion but not so much that it contrasts ridiculously with your chest, hands and legs. The addition of pink/peach and shimmer to bronzer brightens and reflects more light on the skin for a realistic effect. Swish a large, fluffy brush over the compact to combine the shades before applying lightly on cheeks, nose, temples and chin.
If you want dry, flaky skin to glow…
Skip the bronzer and use a cream blush instead. Choose a vibrant color that looks almost too-bright in the compact. Bold, clear pinks, apricots and reds add warmth and a healthier look to dehydrated skin. The goal is to brighten the skin not to create a tan. Use your fingers to blend the blush on the apples of you skin and along your cheekbones up towards your ear. Don’t go too close to the nose. Use a dampened makeup sponge to blur the boundaries where blush meets skin or foundation, by just pressing it gently over the skin.
Don’t blend further with this sponge or you’ll move the blush around. I am addicted to Kevyn Aucoin Beauty The Creamy Moist Glow ($24) in Tansoleil, a pinky apricot that makeup artist Julie Tussey told me she uses on everyone from Ivanka Trump to Tory Burch and Katie Lee Joel.