19th July 2016 | Make-up
THE BEST BRONZERS FOR SUMMER
Because who doesn’t love a bronzed glow? You may not bake yourself in the heat and routinely wear SPF50, but chances are, you still prefer the skin sculpting benefits of a sun-kissed sheen to your face, especially when there is zero damage involved.
Whilst sunbathing causes premature ageing, and fake tan can cause blemishes from blocking pores, (as well as THAT smell), bronzer is the one product we can slap on without experiencing any of the above. It is for this reason that I apply it liberally. Liberally and with no loyalty to one in particular, especially with the current plethora of options out there all giving seriously good glow game. It’d be rude to not give them all equal airtime… right?
BEST FOR… ALL SKIN TONES: MAC Cosmetics Mineralise Skin Finish Natural in ‘Give Me Sun!’, £24
The most universal bronzer I’ve ever come across, I am yet to recommend this and hear negative feedback. Matte in finish, which makes it great for contouring, as well as bronzing, this is tan without being orange, and doesn’t leave that muddy effect so many bronzers do.
BEST FOR… PALER SKINTONES: MAC Cosmetics Powder Blush in ‘Harmony’, £20
I’m by no means pale, but if I want a subtle pop of colour without looking made up, I’ll always keep this to hand. Taupe in colour, this adds definition to your cheekbones and during the winter months is an essential.
BEST FOR… EVENINGS: Elizabeth Arden Sunset Bronze Prismatic Bronzing Powder in ‘Deep Bronze’, £28
The metallic finish of this makes it great for summer evenings when you want extra shimmer without looking like a disco ball or a pre-teen prom queen. Doubles up as a great eyeshadow too across the sockets.
BEST FOR… CONTOURING: Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Contouring Powder, £52
It’s a well known fact that shimmery bronzers are a no-go area if you want a chiselled complexion – shimmer reflects light which is the opposite of a shadowed sculpting. This glides on and builds up really easily without looking ‘muddy’ and really stays put. It IS very pricey however…
BEST FOR… SHOWING OFF A TAN: Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Light Bronzer, Radiant Bronze Light, £42
The epitome of a beachy glow, this is just the right amount of sheen to look super radiant, without looking glittery and for those evenings where you don’t want to layer foundation over a natural tan, this shows it off at it’s best. This captures light so well I don’t even bother with highlighter when wearing this. Sweep it off your décolletage too for that Rosie HW glow!