I've basically given up on make-up during the week because I'm lazy and also my skin is really being so well-behaved right now (I really hope I don't jinx it!) but I have to admit I am ready for my summer glow. Especially because my face is often several shades lighter than my (also faux-tanned) body, which can last for up to two weeks without fading if I take care of it. All of the things I do to make my skin look good (retinol, pore cleansing rituals) also strip the tan from my face, leaving me pale as a ghost from the decolletage up.

That's why I love gradual tanners that I can use weekly, or nightly - but I kept wondering. Is there something more? Is there a better way? Is the secret... in the application?

Enter "tantouring" - the new semi-permanent way to give your face some sculpt, by using faux tanner to create areas of darkened definition on your face. Terrifying. The things I do for you guys.

I followed the detailed instructions in this slideshow from Refinery 29, but if you don't have patience for slideshows it's pretty simple. Use the buffing brush to apply the gradual tanner to your face and blend, blend, blend. Apply the mousse where you want definition (forehead, nose, cheekbones) using the flat contour brush. Then blend, blend, blend again "blending upward and outward toward your hairline with your flat foundation brush." If it's too dry to blend (which it was) without tugging, add a small blob of moisturizer and keep blending. Wait 2-3 hours before washing off. 

Exactly 3 hours after application, I went out wearing only Stretch Concealer in Dark (on and around nose and under eyes) Generation G in Like, Boy Brow in Brown (all from Glossier), a very thin and hastily applied coat of Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream. Obviously, hella mascara + eyeliner from Benefit.  Also, it's been 8 days since I washed my hair, I'm disgusting - shout out to Ziesche Dry Shampoo.  Please ignore the giant burn mark on my neck from a curling iron, OK. Thanks.  Basically my point is...no blush, bronzer or highlighter. 
Please enjoy this extra closeup picture of my face. 

Buffing Foundation Brush ($13) YES, it's rose gold!!!!!!! 
St. Tropez Tanning Mousse (3 shades darker than your skin)
Glossier Priming Moisturizer (use this link for 20% off your first purchase)

Et Voila - a very natural looking "toned" face. I'll be taking photos the rest of the week reporting on how it holds up.

** yes, the handle falls off in the middle of the video, but for $5 the bristles were soft and it worked fine without it :/