M•A•C Cosmetics Senior Artist Gina Bettelli dishes out tips on getting that warm, healthy summer glow without the need for exposure to harmful UV rays. 
Sunless tan makeup tips
The perfect sunless tan is a look all of your favorite celebrities have, and you can too! It’s that sandy, caramel tone that’s both chic and effortless. Achieving the perfect tan is about getting the finished look to be believable. Here’s how to do it.

MAC Cosmetics Wash & Dry Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder is a unique gel formula that feels lightweight and sculpts the face. It’s a silky, sheer powder in realistic, sun-soaked shades–like M∙A∙C Wash & Dry’s Golden Rinse. Sweep the bronzer along your forehead, temples and jaw in the shape of a “3” for an everyday warmth using the 126 Split Fibre Large Face Brush.

Take your tan to the next level by dusting Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder in a “W” shape across cheeks, nose and chin. Whisk Mineralize Skinfinish powder high on the cheekbones with a fluffy brush to imitate a sunny flush.

For a luxurious, glowy base, prep your face for bronzer and finishing powder with Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation and soak up all the approving nods from your peers.

For more tips and inspiration, f0llow Gina Bettelli on Twitter.


  Sometimes winter beauty seems to pale in comparison to the rest of the year—but M·A·C Director of Makeup Artistry Gregory Arlt has three spot-on tips for using bronzer to brighten the doldrums.

Pale skin is like a blank canvas: Everything shows up, so less is certainly more. Let’s face it, those with paler skin tend to go out in the sun less frequently (and when they do, they should be using tons of SPF!), so there’s a risk of going from zero to Oompa Loompa by using too much bronzer.

TOOLS: The tools you use are as important as the color being applied. Softer brushes spray the color on in a more realistic way as opposed to a more dense brush, which will put much more on.

CREAMS: Cream products are also a bit easier to use and as an added bonus, are more hydrating in the winter months. I recommend using M∙A∙C’s Cream Color Base in Au Nature. It has a warm, bronzy glow and is easy to apply. Use a 132 Duo Fibre Foundation Brush to lightly apply the color onto the apples of the cheeks. Sweep whatever excess is left on the brush onto temples, nose and chin, where the sun would naturally hit your face. If you use too much, you can blend it in with a sponge or your fingers.

POWDER: Try M∙A∙C’s Bronzing Powder in Refined Golden with a very soft brush, like the 127 Split Fibre Face Brush. Less is more: Start light, and build up if needed. I recommend applying it in circular motions on the apples of the cheeks and sweeping up toward the temples. Apply a small amount to the nose and chin for a sunkissed look, and voila!

Follow Gregory on Twitter for daily beauty tips and how-tos: @MAC_Gregory_A.


Senior M·A·C Cosmetics Artist Fatima Thomas has all the details on achieving a sun-kissed glow.

Want a natural, sun-kissed look without the skin damage that comes with sunbathing? Want it year-round? Who doesn’t! Allow me to introduce you to your new best friend: M·A·C Bronzing Powder.

Read on for my tips on selecting the bronzer for your skin tone and how to achieve a perfect application.

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Keri Blair, M·A·C Senior Artist, shares her timely tips for a beautiful bronze complexion.

With summer just around the corner, there is no better time to stock up on the best tips and tricks to get that gorgeous summer glow. Speaking as someone whose natural complexion is the color of skim milk: achieving that bronzed effect can be challenging.

Luckily, M·A·C’s Temperature Rising collection is replete with all the necessary bronzers, elixirs and bronzing oils. Bronzer, or “sun in a compact,” is a must-have for the spring and summer seasons. Having the right products is only part of this sun-kissed equation—proper placement is of the utmost importance. Here are some of my top tips for looking radiant and effortless this summer.

1. If you wear foundation daily, keep your shade choice true to your skin tone. It’s always a great idea to mix your foundation shades as the seasons change (no one’s complexion is all one single color, anyway). In my opinion, trying to achieve a bronze effect by using a darker foundation is a big no-no. Instead, keep your foundation true to form and then apply your bronzing powder.

If you have a very fair complexion, steer clear of bronzers that are too orange. Instead, use a peachy blush (try M·A·C Powder Blush in Ripe For Love), and then apply a more yellow or golden shade of bronzer (try M·A·C Nude on Board or Refined Golden Bronzing Powder).

On darker skin tones, try a deep peach blush for a fresh color accent (try M·A·C Peaches Powder Blush) and then a deeper, warmer shade of bronzer (try M·A·C Pro Longwear Bronzer in Sun Dipped).

2. Use a large powder brush and sweep the bronzer on the high planes of the face—tops of the cheekbones, creases of the eyes, bridge of the nose and tip of the chin. Bronzer shouldn’t be used to contour; it should add color and create a halo effect on the face.

3. For the ultimate summer skin, it’s important to add some highlight and shine. Create an effortless glow by tapping M·A·C Golden Elixir Strobe Cream into the tops of the cheekbones, under the brow bone and on the bridge of the nose.

4. Lastly, don’t forget to address all those “undressed” areas. M·A·C’s Bronzing Oil adds just a tint of lush bronze pigments and shine to all of your “exposed” areas. Try applying to your shoulders, collarbone and décolletage.

M·A·C Temperature Rising Collection

Strobe Liquid Foundation | Pro Longwear Bronzer | Powder Blush

For more expert tips, follow Kerri on twitter @MAC_Keri_B.


This year, it’s all about getting the perfect summer tan without the harmful sun damage. We consulted Beauty Stylist Cassi Coulter at Nordstrom Mission Viejo, and she shared her favorite products for looking perfectly sun-kissed—with no sun required.


Self Tanners

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Tinted Self Tanning Gelée gives a heavenly tan as well as a soft bronze shimmer when applied. Its color starts to develop in under an hour.

Xen-Tan Mousse Intense is a great weekly self tanner for face and body that gives a more natural-looking olive undertone. It’s streak-free and oil-free, and it smells delicious.

Last but not least: Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel. One of the first self tanners to hit the market, this gel is quickly absorbed, and it’s beautiful on both the face and body.

Expert tip: be sure to exfoliate before any self tanning application, and always apply to well-dried skin.


Perfect your glow with Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder, one of my favorites—a little goes a long way. I use the ‘Golden Light’ shade for fair skin and the ‘Medium’ shade for warmer skin with cinnamon undertones.

Laura Mercier ‘Matte Radiance’ Baked Powder (in shade 03 or 04) is also a beautiful way to give the face, neck and décolletage a warm summer glow.

Expert Tip: You can also use bronzer to color-correct. If your face and neck are lighter than your body, you can even out your skin tone by applying bronzer with a large fluffy brushlike the Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush—on your neck and all around the edges of your face (jawline, hairline and sides of face).