You may walk away from the beach with a suntan, but that's not all you're getting. Excessive sun exposure is responsible for most of the skin damage associated with aging. This damage accumulates slowly over time and starts at an early age. Much of the skin damage is merely cosmetic, but some effects, such as skin cancer, are more serious.
This is why I highly recommend bronzers. They refer to both
sunless tanning creams/sprays
and powders used strategically on the face and/or body to get a sunny glow. On this page however, I will focus on facial powder bronzers.
Bronzers today, create a more natural glow and, contrary to popular belief, are not only for darker skin tones and can be worn year round. They mimic the warm golden cast of the sun. Some of the benefits of using them include attaining a tan-like look without the harmful effects (wrinkles, sunspots, sunburn and skin cancer) of the sun. The end effect is a fun, healthy glow that can enhance all skin tones. Best of all, it washes off at the end of the day and can be touched up at any given time.
CHOOSING A BRONZER:
Choose a shade that's no more than two shades darker than your skin or choose a
, it suits ALL SKIN TONES! However, if you want to consider other shades, keep the following skin tone info in mind:
Fair: Can choose a honey color. Also, if you're fair and sunburn easily, peach or pink shades are another great choice.
Medium: Can choose a rose-bronze or gold fleck. Copper shades are also nice on olive skin tones.
Dark: Select an amber shade to highlight the golden undertones associated with most dark skin tones. Apply to cheekbones only, not cheeks.
Here's a FANTASTIC UNIVERSAL BRONZER that is sure to give you the sun-kissed radiance you're looking for, despite your skin tone. The MOTIVES bronzer has a very light luminescence in it therefore a light dusting will give you a very subtle glow.
-gives a soft, subtle radiance and has a luxurious texture in a satin-smooth, non-irritant formula (A BESTSELLER!)
HOW TO APPLY:
Apply where the sun would normally warm the face, such as on tops of cheekbones, temples, bridge of nose and tip of chin. Avoid mixing bronzer into foundation or applying all over the face. To ensure proper application, be sure to use a large makeup brush with longer bristles.
Want to know how professional makeup artists apply this to the face - watch video below.
1 - For a dewy look, apply cream blush to the apples of your cheeks. The combination of bronzer and cream blush is absolutely gorgeous.
2 - Apply a little pink blusher to your cheeks as well to give a more natural looking glow.
3 - You must apply bronzer with the correct kind of brush - a wide and fluffy powder brush will work best. My favourite brushes are big, thick and soft with LONG bristles. This ensures an even application without harsh lines.
4 - It is best to start with a light application and build from there. If you make a mistake and apply too much, wipe off with some cotton wool or apply some light face powder on top to lighten the colour.