5 Ways To Fake A Sun-Kissed Glow

For anyone with fair skin, this time of year can feel like no-man’s-land: You’re desperate for a sun-kissed glow but don’t have a tropical vacation on the calendar for months. Getting an authentic-looking tan (sans the actual sun damage) is tough to achieve, especially since sunless tanners are often streaky and obnoxiously orange. We enlisted celebrity makeup artist Sarah Uslan to help us navigate the seemingly endless sea of products. Here are her 5 favorite bronzers for adding glow during the day and that easily wash off at night (translation: no commitment necessary).

Expert Advice


Chantecaille, Radiance Anti-Age Gel Bronzer, $56

"Use a dime-size amount of gel bronzer with a synthetic oversize contouring brush—apply evenly to the face and don't forget to blend it over the ears and jawline."

Foundation Stick

Tom Ford, Traceless Foundation Stick in Toffee, $80

"Foundation sticks are an easy way to add all-over color to the face and neck. Apply the foundation straight to your face and use a foundation brush to blend."


Giorgio Armani, Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15, $64

"Liquid bronzer is easy to control, which is key to achieving an even result. Add a few drops of bronzer to your daily moisturizer for a subtle, natural glow."

Pressed Powder

Orlane, Soleil Cuivre Compact Bronzer, $50

"This oversize compact is perfect for vacation—keep it in your beach bag and brush a light layer over your face and neck before sunset cocktails to get rid of shine and add a touch of color."

Loose Powder

Josie Maran, Argan Hydrating Liquid Powder Bronzer, $62

"This loose powder is made with argan oil and coconut water, so it won't dry out skin. Dust the powder where the sun would naturally hit your face, concentrating on the forehead, nose and cheeks."