Makeup Tips That Will Make Your Skin Glow Without The Tanning Bed  

Jessica L. Yarbrough
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Wondering how to look tan without tanning? Join the club; you're not alone. 

Scientific advances have proven, without a doubt, that soaking up too much sun and using a tanning bed are really bad for you and your skin. In fact, cases of skin cancer seem to be more and more commonplace. But, of course, you knew that. That's why you want to know all about the ways makeup can replace a day of sunbathing.

These sunkissed makeup tips will have you glowing like you just stepped away from the beach (when you actually just stepped away from your vanity mirror).

Use Tinted Moisturizer To Deepen Your Skin Tone

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You need to be strategic about faking a tan with makeup. It's easy to make a mistake and look like you're just using the wrong shade of foundation. In fact, instead of reaching for foundation at all, grab a tinted moisturizer (like Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer) in a shade that's one to two notches darker than your skin. The sheer formula will give your skin a sunkissed glow without any harsh lines or the cake face look of a thick foundation formula.

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If Your Skin Is Pale, Go For Warm Blush Instead Of Bronzer

Attention, pale-skinned beauts; the biggest mistake you can make is to try too hard. Brushing on a dark bronzer won't necessarily make you look tan. It can, however, make you look like you applied your makeup in the dark. Instead of bronzin' it up, try a warm blush, like a peachy shade from L'Oreal or a warm nude tone from Physician's Formula. They'll look so much more natural than dark bronzer!

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Try A Kiss Of Gold Highlighter To Imitate The Sun's Effects

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To fake a beach glow, ditch your usual frosted highlighter and opt for warm, golden highlighter instead. Anastasia Beverly Hills has created the ultimate makeup products for this with the Sun Dipped Glow Kit. The highlighter palette features four sun-kissed shades including Bronzed, a smooth shade with a copper finish and Summer, a luminous shade with a white gold finish. 

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Don't Forget Your Collarbones And Shoulders

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A face tan will only look real if you continue the glow past your jawline! Don't forget to dust a little bit of bronzer on your collarbone and shoulders, too, because the sun would naturally hit those spots. If bronzer feels too heavy, you can use a regular face powder that's one or two shades darker than your natural skin tone, instead. You'll end up with a totally natural-looking glow from head to toe.

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