Looking warm and glowy in Summer is a whole lot easier than it is in Fall. That doesn't mean you have to adopt a dull or pasty complexion this transitional season, though. Brighten up and find out how to create a radiant finish sans shimmer, when you read on.
When applying bronzer, there's a very fine line between looking perfectly glowing and looking overcooked. That's where the MAC Lustre Drops ($21) come in handy. The creamy, semiopaque, nonglittery formula is part bronzer/part highlighter for a natural-looking finish. A mix of pink, gold, and copper tones, this complexion enhancer blends beautifully into any skin tone. Just dab a bit under your brows, down the nose, on the cheekbones, and along your Cupid's bow. That's all it takes to achieve that just-off-the-beach luminosity — even if you're trapped in city smog.
Applying bronzer may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be that way, says Guerlain national artist Marcus Monson. "Bronzer is for everyone, even light shades [of skin]," Monson says. "What a bronzer does is simply let you go a shade darker." Here are three steps for perfect application.
1. Choose wisely. Bronzers come in a variety of formulas — cream, liquid, gel, mist, even bronzers built into foundation — but powder is easy for anyone to master. Monson raves over Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($51), which is available in eight shades.
2. Brush up. For the most natural-looking application, use a soft, fluffy brush that isn't too dense. This way, you can distribute color lightly and evenly.
3. Paint by numbers. "Most people just apply bronzer to the cheeks, but the sun doesn't just hit your cheeks," Monson says. "It hits you on the forehead, jaw, and nose, too." To get a sun-kissed hint of color, imagine making a number three on your face. "Start above the brow, down the temple, over the cheek, down the jawline toward the chin," Monson says. Apply one or two coats for a subtle hint of sun so you appear radiant and glowing without going overboard.
Warmer temperatures mean bronzer becomes part of most people's makeup routines. Whether you're a bronzing fanatic or still warming up to it, this glowing makeup look by MAC senior artist Gina Bettelli will help you create a sun-kissed glow that takes you easily from day to night and everything in between. Plus, the neutral shades make it a go-to look for all skin tones.
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Bronzer may be a Summer essential, but every skin tone should look for something different. From alabaster skin to the more tawny tones, we've got tips to finding your perfect fit.
For Fair Skin Tones
If you're on the paler side, bronzers can often overwhelm your complexion. Don't worry, though; you don't have to look like an Oompa Loompa to get a sun-kissed glow.
- One step up: The key to finding your perfect shade is to go just about one to two shades darker than your natural complexion. Any darker than that and you're crossing into the unnatural zone.
- Hue knew? Fair-complected women look lovely in sheer beige-browns or in honey-toned bronzers with hints of peach or shimmery pink. The point is to add a touch of golden warmth that seamlessly blends into your skin. Better yet? Use a mosaic-style bronzer that contains several light-reflecting pigments for a customized fit.
What is it about a bronze glow that instantly enhances one's mood? Maybe it's a reminder of an amazing tropical vacation (hello, piña colada!) or perhaps it's that it makes us feel a little more confident. We won't preach to you about the harmful effects of UV rays, or that you should always wear an SPF 30 or higher, but we will encourage you to try these new bronzer launches, out just in time for a natural-looking Summer glow sans the harmful side effects. There's something for everyone: a powder, a cream, and one that's great for contouring, too. Just remember to start off light-handed when applying your bronzer and then build as needed.
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Summer is just around the corner, which means it's time to add a bronzer to your makeup routine. Not only can you create an allover glow with this makeup staple, but you can use it to strategically contour, too. Click through to see this season's most luxurious bronzer palettes that will add warmth to your complexion — without exposing you to the sun's harmful rays.
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I am so tired of the frigid weather and ready to embrace the blooming Spring. While the transitional season is always awkward — dreaming of the best Spring outfits but still having to wear heavy Winter coats — it doesn't mean we can't start putting on some warm-weather-ready makeup to brighten up our mood! Carina Menzies, founder of Everyday Minerals, dished out how to create a sun-kissed skin tone without actually going to the beach!
You can even use the oil-free bronzer in lieu of a powder bronzer. Just apply about a quarter-sized amount to a stippling brush and tap it into the skin where bronzing is needed (typically where the sun would naturally hit your face). What you'll get is a natural-looking glow, not to mention regret-free "tanning." Talk about safe sunning.