By Kelly Hollands @glow_beauty_skincare_wellbeing
Bronze and Glow
Anyone else wondering when summer is going to arrive? Before we know it, it will be the longest day of the year and we’ve yet to see a glimpse of warmer, sunnier days! So, whilst we are in this prolonged winter weather, I have put together a list of my favourite bronzers that will give your face a gorgeous glow and will have you looking like you’ve just spent two weeks in the Caribbean, without the risk of harmful UV rays.
Choosing a bronzer can be just as hard as getting the right foundation shade. If you are pale or fair skinned, anything too ‘brown’ can look like you’ve wiped mud around your face, rather than giving you a naturally warm, sun kissed glow. Placement of bronzer is key. Only apply to areas and high points of the face where you would naturally catch the sun. The top of your forehead (close to the hairline), temples, tops of cheekbones, down the nose and on the tip of your chin are the best placed areas.
If you are pale skinned, choose a bronzer shade that is one or two shades darker than your natural complexion. For medium skin, go warmer and rosier and for dark skin, choose red or orange tones of bronzer.
Always choose a matte bronzer and avoid anything too shimmery as this will just look sweaty and shiny and give a completely different meaning to the word ‘glowing’. If you want shimmer, save that for highlighting your collarbone, shoulders and décolletage.
Less is also definitely more when it comes to applying bronzer. After you’ve applied all of your liquid products and face powder, apply bronzer before blusher. Start off light and build gradually.
Over the years I’ve tried many products and these are my favourite go-to bronzing products.
A great budget product is Bourjois’ Delice De Poudre Bronzing Powder for light to medium complexions. This matte bronzer gives a subtle glow and is easy to blend. It has good colour pigmentation, is lightweight on the skin and gives good coverage as well as being long lasting. I do find I need to ‘scratch’ the bronzer slightly with the tip of my brush to get it to release some of the powder, as it is packed solid in the packaging. Anyone who already has this product will know exactly what I mean. Just £7.99, this bronzer will last a very long time.
I can’t talk about any skincare or make-up product without mentioning my favourite UK beauty brand, Tropic. As an Ambassador, I have every shade of their Jet Set pressed bronzer and love them all. All of their makeup is vegan and cruelty free as well as being kind to your skin. The bronzer contains coconut amino acids which smooth and condition the skin as well as giving an even finish.
Jet Set is a gorgeous, subtle, silky bronzer which is available in three shades to ensure it’s suited to all skin tones and gives a healthy looking glow. Priced at £16 for the medium bronzer or £20 for the large, this product can also be slotted into the amazing customisable Colour Palette.
I think everyone has heard of this next product and that’s Benefit Hoola, available in 4 shades. The original shade of Hoola is flattering on all skin tones and especially for olive tones due to its intense pigment. If you have a fair or pale complexion though, you may want to try Hoola Lite. Dubbed ‘beach in a box’, whatever shade of Hoola you choose, it gives a soft matte finish for £27.50
If you want to splash out on a more expensive product, then Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer is a great choice. It’s an extremely fine milled bronzer that seems to effortlessly melt into the skin. Because of this, it’s easy to blend and gives a seamless finish. As with Tropic and their love of bringing skincare benefits to make-up, this product contains intensive moisturising properties with Hyaluronic Acid as one of it’s ingredients. This bronzer is £39 and comes in a compact with a mirror.
With the perfect shade of bronzer, sun-kissed skin is achievable all year round, no matter what the weather!