One of the makeup products in heavy rotation during the summer is bronzer. There are so many to choose from and I confess, sometimes I pick one just because of how pretty is is! Read on to see my picks for this season…
Bronzers are one of the most versatile cosmetics you can have in your makeup bag. Using a bronzer is a great way to add warm to the skin, give the appearance of a bronzed glow or just highlight/contour cheekbones. These bronzers are the ones I’ve been reaching for over and over.
From the Temperature Rising Collection, MAC Bronzing Powder in Soft Sand is the way to go for a natural look. Just a hint of shimmer in this finely milled bronzer adds a sunkissed touch.
NYX Bronzing Powder in Confessions of a Tanaholic has quickly become a new favorite. I love the mosaic of bronze shades, plus an illuminator in the middle. There’s a tray in the compact for storing the applicator, too, which is a nice touch.
Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Bronzer is the first matte bronzer I’ve ever tried and it’s fantastic. It’s mattifying properties are perfect for summer heat when you don’t want to shine. There’s a tiny amount of “radiance”, but not pronounced enough that I’d call it shimmer. This is a beautiful domed-powder that I had no problems applying wet or dry.
The showpiece of my favorite summer bronzers is the Guerlain Terra Nerolia Tan Enhancing Bronzer. To say it’s stunning doesn’t do it justice, as it’s so much more. The oversized compact features shades of bronze, gold and peach formed into a sunburst pattern. This bronzer does have a shimmery, irridescent finish that also looks great on decollete. The colors, when applied look totally natural. And the fragrance! The Terra Nerolia Bronzer smells vaguely of tropical flowers–orchids, gardenia…frangipani…je ne said quoi. The way Maui smelled on my honeymoon! Oh Guerlain, you have my heart.
From Votre Vu, the Beaute En Bronze Tantalizing Bronzer Duo features a split-pan blush/bronzer combination. This bronzer has a mineral base (Mica), along with Kaolin and Vitamin E, so it definitely won’t wilt in the heat. I like that the bronzer has a matte finish, while the blush imparts a touch of shimmer to illuminate skin. The colors are very natural looking and if you’re new to bronzers (or wish to start contouring), the blush/bronzer combination is a great place to start.
The bronzers I tend to use the most have a blush in combination (see above) and that’s the beauty in the Dior Diorskin Nude Tan Paradise Duo from the Summer Collection Bird of Paradise Collection. There are four quadrants/variants of shades: two bronze shades and two blush, which gives you the most natural flushed, yet warm glow. And of course, being Dior, the powder itself is exceptional; there’s a mini Kabuki brush included for precise application. I picked up the Coral Glow, but there’s also a Pink Glow available, which I’m tempted to pick up, too.
When Jessica Alba walked the red carpet for this year’s Golden Globes, she was my top Red Carpet Beauty pick. Her makeup was flawless and featured the Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant. The Radiant shade isn’t a bronzer per se, but it does warm up the skin and give it a beautiful sunkissed glow. In trying it, it’s a very subtle and pretty effect (I also have the Ambient Lighting in the Luminous shade, which gives skin a candlelit glow–still love that one, too!).
A final note on bronzers. Through the years, I’ve found that I get much better results when using the right makeup application tools (brushes). With bronzers, the brushes I use most frequently are the Laura Mercier Bronzer Brush (have had for years, worth the investment), the Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush (have had for years, another excellent investment) and for finishing, the MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush, which I use with the Mineralize Skinfinishes and for blending.
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