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How to: Get your glow on with the right bronzer
Tue, 22 November 2011 11:17AM
With summer here, there’s no time like the present to make friends with a bronzer. But any old bronzer won’t do. Just like your foundation you want it to look natural meaning, not too dark or sparkly and never orange. Luckily, we’ve done the ground-work for you.
The definition of bronzed perfection: Minka Kelly.
Pale skin: If you’re peaches and cream, it’s best to opt for pink-based powders that warm up the skin as anything too brown or sand-coloured can leave skin looking dull. If you’re craving a little sparkle, look for a powder boasting a hint of silver or gold that you can layer in the evening. You can’t go wrong with Clinique Fresh Bloom Allover Colour, $59.
Handy hint: Wearing a pink-based powder high on the cheekbones makes the whites of your eyes pop.
Medium to warm: If your skin is naturally golden or olive, it’s best to stick with a caramel-based bronzer. Going one shade darker makes contouring the cheekbones and nose, that much easier. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Soft Duo Bronzer, $68, boasts the best of both worlds, with a half chocolate, half honey coloured disc that lets you customise your glow.
Handy hint: Dropped your favourite bronzer? Don’t stress! Crush the powder and mix it with your everyday face cream or body lotion for a two in one hit of colour and hydration.
Olive to dark: If your skin is more coffee than caramel, make the switch to a gold liquid or powder highlighter. Rather than deposit colour, shimmer attracts light to the skin to help play up your favourite features, like the cheeks and eyes. Make friends with St Tropez Bronzing Rocks, $64.95.
Handy hint: For instant definition, try blending bronzer on the cupids bow, down the centre of the nose and across the brows to frame your face in less time than it takes to send a text.
Application is key: If your bronzer is looking too dark on, you could be overloading the skin with too much product. The best way to look effortlessly golden and glowy is to apply the product to the points of the face where the light naturally hits the skin, like along the hairline, above the brow bone, the jawline and the nose.
Seasonal: Just like your skincare, it makes sense to have a different bronzer for the seasons. As a general rule, use a bronzer a shade or two darker than your natural skin tone in the warmer months and opt for a matching shade in winter. To suss out whether a product is too dark for winter, apply the bronzer on the inside of the wrist, which is the closest indicator of your natural skin tone.
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Posted by: Eliza Ashe