- “Sunburn Blush” is a new makeup trend going viral on TikTok.
- This trend includes over-exfoliation to mimic sunburn, in addition to UV damage.
- Our editor tested the trend for herself and is sharing her results.
Summer is almost over (FML), but there are a few summer makeup trends that I’ll be taking with me into the fall. I’m most excited about the “sunburn blush,” a blushing technique that promises to leave skin glowing like you just got home from the beach. This involves applying a lot of blush on the cheeks, nose and forehead. A number of celebrities like Emily Ratajakowski, Hailey Bieber, and Billie Eilish have recently been spotted with sunburn blush, and although the technique is nothing new, it’s recently had a resurgence thanks to TikTok. The hashtag #sunburnblush now has millions of views and counts, and the app is full of videos recreating the look for yourself.
“This specific look is great because it delivers a fresh-faced, sun-kissed look in minutes without tanning under the sun’s harmful UV rays,” says Kale Tater, celebrity makeup artist and Sheglam partner. Personally, I’m a big fan of the sun-kissed look, but I’m not a fan of sun damage. I wear a lot of sunscreen when I’m in the sun, especially on my face and neck. As I got older my skin got dark spots (what I used to think were “cute” freckles), and they are all but impossible to get rid of. Also, if I even think about letting my lips see the light of day, they immediately burn, which in some cases turns into blisters and hurts like MF.
So, I love the “just home from a tropical vacation” look, but I often have to fake it to avoid unnecessary damage to my skin. Fortunately, it’s easy to fake, and comes down to the right blush and placement. “This look is very easy to achieve and has maximum impact,” she says. “Just tap a dot or two of blush on the apples of both cheeks and the bridge of the nose. From there, using a blush brush or your fingers, gently blend and tap into the skin until you achieve your desired, natural sunkissed look.”
To get myself a sun-kissed look, I usually start by exfoliating my face the night before and using a facial self-tanner. Since I never put my face in the sun, it’s usually a completely different color than the rest of my body, and using a tanning product helps everything. I’m a big fan of the Lux Unfiltered Bronzing Face Drops ($46) (see my full review here ) because even though I have acne-prone skin, they don’t break me out, and give me a nice, all-over glow without any blemishes.
The next day, I start my fake sun-burn routine by doing my skin care routine as usual, and then I apply a small amount of tinted moisturizer. When it’s time to add blush, I take my blush of choice, Merit Flush Balm ($28) and put dots on my cheeks, the bridge of my nose, and my forehead. (Teter recommends Color Bloom Liquid Blush from Sheglam, so what you use comes down to personal preference.) Using my fingers, I make sure to blend the blush roughly on top of each cheekbone and nose, so it looks like I have it. A line of sunburn where my sunglasses would end.
I’ve been doing this trend almost every time I do my makeup, and I always get so many compliments on how “bright from within” my skin looks. (Except for my mom, who constantly asks if I’m wearing enough sunscreen because my face looks a little red.) I’ve tested this look with different blushes, and I’ve found that cream and gel blushes are generally the best formulas to use. . They blend in easily and look the most natural, IMO.
I find that you can achieve a sun-kissed look with almost any shade of pinky-red blush, but my favorite has to be the Merit Floss Balm Cream in Terracotta because it looks so natural on my skin tone. If you’re someone who wants to achieve a sun-kissed look without exposing your face to the sun, definitely give this trend a try – it’s a complete game changer.
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