Buy It Now! 8 Ways to Look Tanner That Aren't Bronzer
NEON NAIL POLISH
When in doubt, go for the brightest mani possible. “Neon shades play off of the bright tones in your skin to highlight your tan,” explains nail artist Miss Pop. To go all out, she recommends applying two coats of an opaque white shade under the polish, which will make the colors more vibrant.
Buy It! OPI Nail Lacquer in Hotter Than You Pink, $8.50; drugstore.com
BABY PINK LIP GLOSS
“Tan skin is warm, so if you use a cool pink shade, you're contrasting the warmth of the skin, and by using a lighter shade, you contrast with depth — the combination will make your skin stand out,” says James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry, who lights this barely-blushing pink gloss for maximum effect.
Buy It! Nars Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight, $26; narscosmetics.com
Before applying bronzer, swipe a bright, magenta blush on the apples of your cheeks. It'll give you that just-left-the-beach flush when layered under makeup, meaning no one will know you spent your weekend watching Netflix.
Buy It! Chosungah 22 So Tiny Lip & Cheek Face Color, $14; sephora.com
White clothing is a summer staple because it highlights bronzed skin so nicely — so the same principle applies on your face. “The contrast of white liner against your skin will make your lids look brighter and skin look darker,” says Stila makeup artist Sarah Lucero, who recommends swapping your usual black cat eye for white after Memorial Day.
Buy It! Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner, $22; stilacosmetics.com
This surprising shade is an instant eye-brightener. Here's why, explains makeup artist Brit Cochran: “By placing vibrant blue tones near the eye, you'll visually diminish the softer red and yellow tones and enhance the cool white tones – making the whites of the eyes appear whiter, so they pop against sun-kissed skin.”
Buy It! H&M Color Mascara in Nephrite Blue, $12.99; hm.com
You don't need a perfectly-staged “hot dog legs” Instagram to make everyone think you've been sitting poolside. According to Redken colorist (and Khloé Kardashian's pro) Tracey Cunningham, “an easy way to achieve this is by adding a few 'babylights' around the contour of the face. The light hits these few pieces and instantly illuminates the face, giving a brighter, more youthful look.”
While a golden highlighter will blend in with your skin, a cool-toned shade on your cheekbones and the bridge of your nose will make your glow stand out. “The opal and lilac undertones pick up the red and yellow in your skin, making you look tanner,” says Milk Makeup co-founder Dianna Ruth.
Buy It! Milk Makeup Holographic Stick, $28; milkmakeup.com
The only thing worse than dry skin is the dull look that comes with it — so lock in moisture and add radiant shine after a shower by using a dry body oil, which will brighten up your bod without leaving you feeling greasy in the summer heat.
Buy It! OGX Coconut Oil Weightless Hydrating Oil Body Mist, $6.99; drugstore.com