The “Sunburnt Summer” Blush Look

There’s nothing like a trip to the beach: The surf, the sand, and the flushed, sun-kissed face that makes an appearance by the end of the day. Now, thanks to TikTok’s latest beauty trend, the look is achievable without booking a pricey summer vacation. Ready to try the trend that’s making the rounds? Here’s your step-by-step guide to attaining the “sunburnt summer” look.

Choosing a Blush

A subtle peachy or pink cream or powder blush is optimal for mimicking a natural, warm tone that will blend into the skin seamlessly. Choose a staple from your makeup bag or try one of the beauty community’s current must-haves, like

Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush ($20, shop here);

Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush ($22, shop here);

or Glossier Cloud Paint ($18, shop here). For oily or combination skin types, opt for

KAJA Cheeky Stop Blendable Blush ($27, shop here); its heart-shaped stamp applicator comes in a variety of shades and dries after applying.

Application Process

The “sunburnt summer” look focuses on re-creating a flushed face by centering around the points where the sun naturally hits the skin. Conceptualize forming a W shape on the center of the face. Dab blush onto the highest point of the cheekbones, then extend the color across the bridge of the nose and upward toward the temples. With the remaining product on your brush or fingers, dab the blush on the forehead right along the hairline. For finished results and a softer appearance, lightly blend the blush outward and down onto the cheeks. Apply more product as necessary!

Final Touches

Because this is a natural look, it helps to keep things minimal. Bronzer and highlighter are optional to amp up the beachy vibe. Add the highlighter to the high points of the face, such as the cheekbones and temples, or incorporate bronzer by taking a fluffy brush onto the temples and halfway down the cheeks (add the bronzer first, and the blush second). For the eyes, sweep a black waterproof mascara onto the lashes. Lastly, liberally apply lip balm with SPF and have it handy for future use.

Incorporate the simple look into your routine, pack plenty of SPF, and get ready for effortless mornings and sun-kissed, fresh-faced summer days.


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