Whether your tan is fresh from the sun or comes from a bottle, you don't want your golden glow to go unnoticed. No one wants to look like the tanorexic mom, Patricia Krentcil (with those glowing pink lips) but tan enhancing makeup, when done well, looks fantastic for a sultry, summer look. The key is to correctly match your makeup to your new, darker tones and wear makeup sparingly. Don't unimpress with makeup that disappears when your wear it or draws the wrong attention with colors that are too dark.
Select good foundation makeup. If you've gotten some color, it's safe to assume that your new foundation shade will be two or more shades darker than your normal skin tone. First, shop for foundations that fall under the two main types, warm or cool. Cool skin tones have a pink or blue undertone. Warm skin tones have a yellow or green undertone. Despite your shade of darkness, your undertones won't change so stick to the right type.
Do a jaw test to determine if your new makeup is the right fit. I swipe a streak of makeup vertically on the jaw then blend it. The makeup should blend in without looking obvious or light. If it doesn't blend adjust the shade.
Pick a glowing blush. For good tan enhancement, a creamy blush works best. Dab a few taps of color on to the cheekbones then rub the color in. Want to embrace your new tan color? Sweep a darker bronzer over the apples of your cheekbones, bridge of your nose and lightly across the forehead.
Perk up those lips. When looking for tan enhancing makeup for the lips, go for true colors. Obscure blended shades don't look well against darker tones normally, but there are exceptions to this rule. True pink, flat reds and gold make wonderful summer choices.
Get bright eyes. You don't want your eyes to get lost with your darker skin color. Again, rely on the type of skin you have: warm or cool. For warm skin tones, wear warm eyeshadow colors like gold, sand, cream or light brown. Cooler skin tones need silver, white, blue, gray and purple. Top it all off with a purple, blue or green eyeliner.
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