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“I love the look of bronzer and want to start using it, but I don’t know where to begin. Can you help?” – Megan, Edmonton, Alberta
Wearing bronzer is like going to the beach every morning: it’s like sunshine in a compact – without the harmful rays! When applied properly, a good bronzer will become your new best friend. It will instantly liven up your complexion, warm up your skin tone and give you a gorgeous, youthful, sun-kissed glow in seconds. And, who doesn’t want that?
BRONZER BASICS Achieve a natural-looking summer glow at any age.
PREPARE Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! Bronzer looks best when applied to soft, smooth skin. Exfoliating with a gentle scrub regularly (approx. 2 to 3 times a week) not only creates a smooth base so that makeup can blend flawlessly on the skin, but also helps to keep your complexion looking radiant.
Bye-bye heavy foundation. Avoid using a heavy foundation during the warmer months. Instead, opt for a BB (Beauty Balm) Cream, a multi-tasking pro-duct that combines the hydrating and
nourishing properties of a moisturizer with numerous makeup benefits to blur imperfections and even out your complexion. It’s light-weight and provides a sheer coverage that is perfect for summer. Apply to clean skin; wear alone or over moisturizer and/or SPF.
Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream, with SPF 15 Marcelle BB Cream Beauty Balm L’Oréal Paris Youth Code BB Cream, with SPF 15
THE RIGHT SHADE DO Select a shade that resembles the colour of your skin when it has a natural tan. A good rule of thumb is to go no more than two shades darker than your complexion. This will give you a natural bronzed glow. DON'T Avoid very dark or orange shades; you don’t want to look like a burnt piece of fruit!
TO POWDER OR NOT TO POWDER Powder-based bronzers are super easy to apply and the easiest way to get sun-kissed. Use a matte bronzer or one with subtle shimmer for a natural, healthy glow. 1 Begin by swirling a large fluffy powder brush into the bronzer; tap it off on the back of your hand to remove the excess powder. 2 Focus on the areas where the sun most naturally hits your face. Apply with a light hand. Starting at your forehead, draw the number ‘3’ as you move the brush down to your temples, cheeks, jawline and chin; then, a light sweep down your nose. As shown in the sketch above. 3 Start with light layers and add more if needed to build up intensity; blend well. Remember to sweep a little on your neck and chest for a nice, even application.
Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Season - to - Season Bronzer Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna Maybelline Fit Me Bronzer The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Gel For Face Nars The Multiple
LIQUID, CREAM or GEL Opt for a liquid, cream or gel-based bronzer for added moisture and a soft natural finish. Powder-based bronzers are super easy to apply and the easiest 1 Apply with clean fingers or a short, dense foundation brush. In a circular motion, swirl the product on the same areas of your face as the powder bronzer application (on left): forehead, temples, cheeks, jawline and chin, with a light sweep down your nose. 2 Blend well with a sponge until the colour melts into the skin. 3 To build up the colour, add light layers, one at a time, until you achieve the desired shade. 4 If you tend to have an oily T-zone, set with a light dusting of translucent powder.
FINISH THE LOOK Minimal makeup will complement your new summer glow.
Marcelle Xtension Plus Lengthening & Curling Mascara CoverGirl Cheekers Blush in Natural Twinkle and Natural Shimmer Maybelline Baby Lips SPF 20 Moisturizing Lip Balm in Pink Punch and Peach Kiss Burt’s Bees Super Glossy Lip Shine in Sweet Pink
A few sweeps of mascara, a soft pink blush to highlight the apples of the cheeks + a touch of gloss is all you need to complete your fresh-faced summer look. H&L
BRONZER HOW-TO VIDEO
Sandy walks you step-by-step through bronzer application to achieve your fresh-off-the-beach glow without the harmful UV rays.