Truth #24: You don’t need to buy bronzer to look tanner.

The first thing you should be aware of when approaching the bronzing question for summer is that you don’t actually have to buy a self-tanner to look like you’ve got a healthy glow a la Jennifer Lopez. Natural makeup can help you achieve that sun-kissed look.

Use a deeper base for the most natural way to look like you’ve got a summertime glow.

First think about getting a foundation shade, tinted moisturizer or powder that is two shades darker than your wintertime skin color. Depending on how diligent you are with your sunblock (I always suggest diligence), you may develop darker skin just from being out and about in all that glorious sunlight. So buying your favorite foundation in a darker tone is a good idea because you can add more depth to your natural color. Just make sure your face matches the rest of your body. This is a sign of a makeup job well done! Then you can add a bronzing product if you’d like to add a bit of extra depth and luminosity to the skin.

Make sure that glitter particles are small and refined.

The tricky thing about bronzers is almost all of them have some level of sparkle… and by now you should know how I feel about glitter on aging skin! It is hardly flattering to look like you are headed to the disco.

Illuminate specific areas of the face.

Alima Pure has matte bronzers, which are awesome to boost a tan. Another bonus is that a mineral powder can help set your makeup and will last longer in the heat than a liquid or cream foundation will alone.

With your matte bronzer powder, use a giant fluffy brush to apply all over your face, neck, shoulders or anywhere else that you see skin peeking out. Using a light application and building in layers will keep you from looking blotchy or overdone. Then with a smaller blush brush you can apply a more luminizing bronzer (yep, the one with a bit of sparkle) to cheekbones and the bridge of your nose. Go easy on this. Then add a touch of vibrant pink or orange-tone blush on just the apples of your cheeks. Otherwise, you risk looking monotone. Check out my video tutorial on how to create a summertime glow.

My favorite natural bronzers.

Below are a few of my favorite natural and non-toxic bronzers, which will work for skin tones of just about every shade.

Loose Powder

All of Alima Pure bronzers are amazing. Not too orange. The matte are shine free, and the shimmer add some dazzle without going overboard. I often recommend Belize for lighter skin and Seychelles for darker skin.

Pressed Powder

ZuZu Luxe pressed powders in D28 and D32 are not orange at all and have just enough shimmer to create a beautiful glow. Another product I love is 100% Pure Cocoa Pigmented Bronzer in Cocoa Glow.


For those who favor cream makeup, I recommend Revolution Organics Freedom Beauty Balm in Bronzed.

Temporary bronzing body lotion

Finally, a great body bronzer is the Youngblood Mineral Illuminating Tint.