ALL ABOUT BEAUTY: Sun-Kissed Skin

Residing in a tropical country has its perks — the sky has a striking vibrance, fruits are at its freshest, and beaches are just around the corner. The best part about living in the Philippines is, of course, the ever-present sun. Besides providing light and warmth, the sun makes it so much easier for anyone to achieve sun-kissed skin. Merely basking in the sun, for a few hours, does the trick.

This week's Fashionista struts her beautiful summer tan with a chic mint dress and magenta lipstick. Kudos to this bronzed beauty for incorporating multiple trends in just one outfit; striking lip colors are rampant on the runways while mint is one of this season's trending colors. What a remarkable play of pastels; the Fashionista's outfit palette compliments her sun-kissed skin so well.

Of course, not everyone can live in a tropical country, but that does not mean they can't achieve this beautiful bronzed beauty look for themselves. For this year's Spring/Summer show in New York, Michael Kors showcased his collection of ready-to-wear pieces with make-up inspired by the sun-kissed bronzed beauty look. All of the models were brushed with deep bronzer in certain areas of the face — forehead, cheeks and nose. The application of bronzer highlighted and defined the model's facial features. For that healthy summer glow, golden highlight was applied to the upper part of the cheekbones. This goes to show that anyone from every part of the world can produce this Fashionista's look.

The simplest way to get the sun-kissed skin look is to get a tan, of course, but for those who don't have the time or enough sunlight to do so, there are numerous alternatives to achieve the same effect. For a quick fix, dust bronzer powder on the forehead and cheek hollows. Doing so would result in a beautiful beach glow for the skin. I recommend the Superbalanced Powder Bronzer from Clinique. This mineral make-up balances the skin's moisture and is filled with anti-oxidants. For those with a bit of time on their hands, dropping by the nearest tanning salon will do wonders. Another great way to achieve this look is to do as Dick Page, make-up artist for Sheseido, did for the Michael Kors show. Instructions and tips can be found at Redonline.

Take it from this week's Fashionista, exude confidence with gorgeous sun-kissed skin.

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ALL ABOUT BEAUTY: Sun-Kissed Skin

Here’s a round-up of the popular beauty trends that I spotted in Boston and New York this semester: short, edgy haircuts, statement nails, messy braids, liquid lined eyes and minimal makeup 

Personally, I am partial to the “natural look”: concealer, tinted moisturizer, one swipe of mascara, lip balm and wavy hair unraveled from a braid. This week’s Fashionista achieves the summer’s natural look, sun-kissed skin. Bronzed skin was wildly popular on Michael Kors' spring/summer runway. At Stella McCartney Pat McGrath used only liquid foundation a shade darker than the models' natural skin tones and blush to get the sun-kissed look.

When you are going from the beach to the pool on a regular basis this summer there is no need to wear makeup. Use Dr. Dennis Gross Beauty to Glow Face and Body self tanner towels two to three nights per week. During the week when you’re at the office or going out with friends use the right products that do not melt off your face in the heat of the day. Try Clinique’s new Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup, Charlotte Ronson’s cream blush and bronzer stick, waterproof mascara and a liquid-based eyeshadow.

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