When you long for the long warm days filled with sunshine and the glowing complexion that the sun provides, bronzers and self-tanners are the way to go. Here are three ways for you to hold on to Summer any time of the year. The secret is to go easy with what you choose so it compliments skin and looks chic my friends. Not overdone roasted chicken and cheap like the comedic character Magda from Something About Mary movie LOL.
For the face, I highly suggest matte formulas of bronzer year round. As a makeup artist, they look more elegant, subtle and can be layered for more color in the warmer months when you may have extra color. I love the luxury of a Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer, they always create new versions too (I've always had one, repurchased many times over 22 years since working with them way back as an account executive) You can also look at Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzers
Step 1 -Apply bronzer to the cheeks first, with any colour left in your brush move to...
Step 2 - go along the forehead and temples (closer to hairline) for shading (not contouring) It's soft and understated.
Repeat Step 1 to build colour.
Want something that doesn't wash off at the end of the day? Time to reach for self tanners. For a subdued tan and easy-to-use daily formula Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster (face or body bottles) These were introduced to me by one of my besties and are simply added by the drop(s) into your daily moisturizer or body lotion for a subtle warmth to the skin.
Just know that if you use any exfoliant (including AHA's, acids, peels, retinol type products) your self-tan may not last as long as mentioned on the package.
My friend noticed something interesting...she is like the most awesome research gal ever, and thought you may like to know too! The ingredients for both the face and body (as written on their boxes) are the same and in the same order. Yet the prices are quite varied between the body drops, face drops and the men's drops?? Here is the $ breakdown:
Body is 30ml/ $46 - BEST PRICE (Clarins on-line or Sephora)
Face is 15ml/$32 (Shoppers Drug Mart)
Men's Drops 15ml/$30 - WHY LESS FOR MEN? (Clarins Canada on-line)
Which ever you choose, it's a great product to try for those who tend to shy away from most self-tanners. I do use a few more drops then actually suggested.
Sometimes you just want head to toe bronze that lasts for days. Adjusting the intensity of shades per season is the key beauty tip here. Remember we want chic (think JLO glow) I LOVE the Cocoa Brown Tan, believable results in an hour. In cooler months I personally go down a shade and reach for the medium so it shows, but not trying too hard if you know what I mean. In the summer or before a beach vacation I use the dark so I get my vacation vibe on before I land. PS check out their Shimmer Oils. Tan or no tan these are sexy on the skin!
What are your favorite bronzers and self tanners? Share them in the comments below for all of us. Never miss a post or update, sign up for your In the Beauty Lab newsletter.