Forget contouring and highlighting. (It’s honestly so involved.) Ditto for self-tanning. (Most of it ends up on our sheets, anyway.) The easiest--and most flattering--way to get a sun-kissed glow is to use one shade of makeup all over your face. Seen on runways (and on some of our favorite celebs like Chrissy Teigen and Charlize Theron here), monochromatic makeup adds warmth without being fussy.
What you need: Cream blush in a dusty pink or rose-gold shade and your everyday foundation.
What you do: After applying foundation, use your fingertips to tap the blush onto your cheeks as you normally would and blend. Next, swipe a light layer of the blush across your eyelids, concentrating the color on the crease and blending upward so it gets softer as it reaches your brow bone. (This will keep the look more glowing and less “does she have pinkeye?”) Finish by dabbing the blush onto the center of your lips to bring the whole look together.
Why it works: Keeping the color consistent ensures that you get an even, more natural finish (instead of the stripy, sparkly mess that bronzers and contouring kits often leave you with). Plus, cream formulas are easier to use since they have a smoother texture than powders. Blend on.