How To Create A Sun-Kissed Summer Makeup Look With Minimal Makeup

April 18, 2021

How To Create A Sun-Kissed Summer Makeup Look With Minimal Makeup

This is how you fake that beautiful post-holiday glow

There’s nothing like the dewy, bronzed look you get after you’ve been on a sunny holiday, but with rules about trips abroad still uncertain, we can’t rely on a week in the sun just yet. Not to worry though, read on and discover our step-by-step guide to sun-kissed makeup in minutes.

Begin with an injection of moisture

Hydrating the skin is key when trying to recreate a sun-kissed makeup look, because your complexion needs to appear healthy, plump and glowing. The easiest way to achieve a natural radiance? Apply Summer Friday’s Cloud Dew Gel Cream Moisturiser all over a cleansed face and allow the hyaluronic acid, ceramides and amino acids to nourish your skin, while the vitamin-rich pineapple enzymes get to work making your complexion appear smoother and lit from within.

Choose a glowy BB cream

Take Code8’s award-winning Radiate Beauty Balm and use your fingers or a makeup brush to blend it from the centre of your face outwards. It's quick-drying with a velvety finish that mimics your skin’s natural texture, but it’s also packed with ultra-nourishing ingredients, like Pectin and Argan Seed Oil, so unlike other mattifying products it will keep your skin plump and luminous rather than dry and dull.

Be generous with the bronzer

To create a tanned look you need to add warmth to your face, so reach for the Code8 Bronze Summer Glow Powder in one shade darker than your usual colour. Swirl a large fluffy brush into the finely milled powder, before buffing it all over the high points of your face that the sun naturally hits. Build up the amount of product you use slowly, as this powder is long-lasting. Pay particular attention to your nose, your hairline and your forehead and blend well for a natural sunkissed makeup look that makes it seem like you’ve just stepped off the beach.

Enhance the eyes

Model wearing a sunkissed makeup look

You can also take the Bronze Summer Glow Powder onto a wet eyeshadow brush and use it to add definition to your crease or under your lower lash line. It's a highly pigmented shade that’s universally flattering on all skin tones, and it’s great if you need a multitasking product to save room in your makeup bag. Once you’ve applied your shadow, define your eyes further with the Code8 Lash Sophisticate Mascara. Coat your lashes from root to tip with this vitamin-enriched formula and you’ll not only see an increase in length and volume, but your lashes will become stronger over time too. For a natural sunkissed look like you’ve just come from the pool, just one coat of this long-lasting, smudge-proof mascara is enough. 

Don’t forget blush

A touch of Code8 5 Secs Express Lip & Cheek Colour will help balance out your bronzer and give you a youthful glow. While this highly pigmented crayon can be used to glide over the lips, it’s also great for applying to the apples of your cheeks as a subtle tint. Draw colour directly onto your cheek and then use your fingers to blend it upwards and outwards for natural warmth.

Finish up with a pop of colour

A summer look isn't complete without a bright lip colour, so take your favourite shade of Code8 5 Secs Express Lip & Cheek Colour and glide it over your lips for the hydrating and repairing benefits of a lip balm, plus the colour effect of a sheer lipstick. Choose the vibrant red Carmen colour to really stand out from the crowd, opt for brownish mauve Miss Saigon if you want to further emphasise your skin's warm undertones, or pick the flattering Off Broadway pink for a sweet and natural look. 


And there you have it. An easy way to get that sunkissed summer glow, using only a handful of multitasking products. 

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