The summer season is just getting started. I don’t know about you, but if there’s one beauty product I’ve been reaching for a lot lately, it’s definitely been bronzer. One of the most versatile products out there, it’s perfect for warming up the complexion when the rest of you starts to tan and your face hasn’t quite caught up yet. Today I’ll be talking about some of my favourite bronzers and why they’re my favourites, as well as some tips and tricks to help you get the most out of them.
Benefit’s Hoola bronzer is definitely up there on the list. It’s a great colour that’s universally flattering and most of all, it’s matte. It creates a shadow that looks natural even on the palest of skin tones, and sits right in the middle of the warm/cool undertone spectrum. It can be built very easily to achieve your preferred colour intensity, so no more huge brown triangles on your cheeks which you desperately try to erase with your fingers. I’m loving the slim brush that comes with it too – you can angle it for precise contouring underneath the cheekbones and sides of the nose, or for a broader coverage over the forehead and temples.
TOP TIP – sweep some over the top and down the middle of your décolletage to boost the girls without wearing a push-up bra. Another tip – wet an eyeshadow brush and apply this as a subtle eyeliner or dark eyeshadow to your top and bottom lash lines.
Spoiler alert – it really does smell as good as it looks. I find that this one works better on darker skin tones, though you may need more product to achieve a good colour payoff. It also has a very subtle shimmer to it. Personally, I tend to prefer matte bronzers – I feel that they give more of a natural feel and look great when used for contouring – nobody has a naturally shimmery shadow after all. However, the shimmer in this one is incredibly subtle and I feel that this adds to the dewy glow you get under the sun rather than creating something too harsh and unnatural. It’s a great summer bronzer if you’re in need of a new one or planning to spend lots of time outdoors this summer.
TOP TIP – try using it on the tops of your collarbones for slimmer, more contoured shoulders. This works particularly well if you are wearing a halter neck or anything that draws attention to the shoulders.
There are benefits to bronzers (or any makeup products) that come in a crayon – it’s easier to get precise application without having to dig around in your makeup bag for a brush, and your fingers are all you need when it comes to blending. Crayons also tend to have a creamier formula in general, usually somewhere between powders and the creams that come in a pot. This strikes just the right balance between dry and greasy skin, which makes it very versatile with all sorts of skin types. Laura Mercier’s bronzing crayon is just the right size for contouring those small areas as well as larger areas, like the face and décolletage.
TOP TIP for darker-skinned ladies – it’s fairly shimmery, so you can use it as a highlighter too. Best for those small areas like the chin, down the bridge of the nose and on the cupid’s bow dimple. Use it all over the lid as a shimmery eyeshadow for a quick day-to-night transition.
Don’t be misled by this one. I know it says “contour stick”, but the “medium” shade works wonderfully as a bronzer too. It’s also matte – hello naturally chiselled face! Here’s a tip – use it as an eyeshadow shade for your crease, or simply all over your lid as a base colour. I do this personally on a regular basis, and I find that the warm colour really brings out the brown in my eyes. If you’re a blue-eyed gal, fear not. Your eyes will stand out in contrast with the warm brown, and appear even bluer than usual. Just remember to use a primer or concealer underneath first.
So go on, bask in the sunshine and why not treat yourself to a new bronzer whilst you’re at it? I seriously doubt that a healthy, sunkissed glow will go out of fashion any time soon. You go girl.
PS. This article was also featured on ithestylist.co.uk, a fashion and beauty website I currently write for.