We all know how important sun protection is in fighting against aging and cancer. And while we may (sometimes begrudgingly) apply daily SPF, we may still crave that sun-kissed glow that comes with a fun day basking under the sunny skies. Now, thanks to TikTok and celebrities like Hailey Bieber and Addison Rae, we can create that look without risking damage to our skin. Introducing: the sunburned blush beauty trend.
As Judi Gabbay explains, the look is meant to mimic a flushed or rosy kiss from the sun after a day at the beach. “If you’re like me — a workaholic who uses SPF 50 and rarely sees the sun — this trend is an easy pick-me-up to fake the bake,” she says. “Whether you’re SPF conscious, unable to get to the beach, or just want to try this youthful trend, it’s easier to achieve than you think.”
Meet the Experts
How to Try the Sunburned Blush Look
You can achieve that ideal glow without ever stepping outside with a few easy makeup application steps. Here, fashion and beauty expert Maggie Gillette walks us through it:
- Step One: After going through your skincare routine, begin with a clean face.
- Step Two: Apply the blush lightly across the tops of your cheeks and the bridge of your nose, focusing on where the sun would naturally hit you.
- Step Three: Then, gently blend upwards towards your temples to avoid any harsh lines. “Start with a sheer wash of blush to make sure you like the placement, then layer the product to build up the color to your desired intensity,” Gillette says. “You can also add a tiny bit of blush to the top of your forehead and gently buff it into your hairline for an overall sun-kissed look,” she adds.
Tips for Pulling It Off
Gillette says you can use cream or powder blushes to create the sunburned blush look. However, it’s best to avoid products that overdose on shimmer since the goal is to achieve a natural, flushed look. “If you want to use a highlighter, use a gloss or one with a dewy sheen for a more subtle effect,” she adds.
Skip the foundation.
Rather than applying foundation before the blush, to go for the sun-kissed allure, skip heavy face products. Gillette says the goal is to look as natural as possible so it oozes the summer vibe.
Opt for a pink or red blush.
To recreate the sunburned look, Gillette recommends choosing a highly-pigmented product in the pink/red family and ensuring that it has enough contrast with your skin tone so that the blush pops. In other words: You want it to look like you’re sunburned!
“Think about the color your skin flushes when you’ve had a good workout, and try to match that hue,” she says.
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