Sunday, April 8, 2012

How to Pick the Perfect Bronzer

It's summer once again and as the climate changes our skin tone and needs change as well. For example, we use a different foundations in the summer and during the cold season, but that's another story...
Some women would rather fake it than bake in the sun (due to health reasons, and some just doesn't like it.)
So here's an article about Bronzers How To...

Nothing channels a summery state of mind like a sun-kissed complexion. A quick sweep of bronzer warms up the skin, and creates a flawless canvas like Jennifer Lopez‘s or Jennifer Aniston‘s. Like foundation, it evens out your skin tone and masks imperfections in a warm veil of luminosity. Find out how to create a natural bronzy glow, and how to pick your perfect color.

The Basic Tips: The Basic Tips:

• For a Kim Kardashian-esque complexion, apply bronzer where the sun would naturally hit. Swirl a powder brush into
  the product and sweep over the cheeks, bridge of the nose, and forehead.
• Create a more contoured look by focusing on the hollows of your cheeks, but be sure to blend so the effect is subtle  
  not sharp.

Problem: I can't find a shade for my fair skin. Problem: I can't find a shade for my fair skin.Bronzing Duo CompactInstant Sun Light Instant Smooth Compact Highlighter

If you have very light skin like Elizabeth Banks, it's important to choose a bronzer that isn't too dark or orange—both can make pale skin look muddy. Since your complexion has rosy tones, go for a palette with pink in it. We like Physicians Formula Organic Wear Natural Origin Bronzer & Blush 2-in-1 ($14; Swirl the two shades together and apply all over the face, or concentrate the lighter shade near the apples of the cheeks for a more flushed effect. Clarins (Rustan's) also has a line of bronzers that would compliment very fair skin.

Problem: I can't find a shade for my medium skin. Problem: I can't find a shade for my medium skin.

Olive skin like Emmanuelle Chriqui's can handle a bit more pigment and warmth.Guerlain's Terracotta Light ($50; unavailable, Rustan's) with multiple tones is your best bet, as it will add dimension to your face and prevent the color from appearing flat. A formula with flecks of golds and apricots brings out the natural warmth in your skin. Use your finger to dab on extra gold to the tops of cheekbones.

Problem: I can't find a shade for my dark skin. Problem: I can't find a shade for my dark skin.

For darker skin tones like Kelly Rowland's, illuminate your complexion with a rich, shimmery bronzer. Pick a formula that's dark, sheer, and faintly iridescent—this will bring out your bone structure without looking chalky. We love MAC's Powder Blush in Format ($20;, a deep sienna with just a hint of copper.

Problem: It doesn't look natural on me.

Problem: It doesn't look natural on me.
Try out a matte powder like Benefit's Hoola($28;;Benefit Greenbelt 5) or NARS's Laguna ($34; P1450; Nars, Rustan's). The shimmer-free powder mimics the magic worked by sun's rays, and creates sculpted cheekbones with ease. Simply blend the color into the hollows of your cheeks, and stop at the outer corner of your eyes for instant definition.

Problem: How can I keep my skin from looking flat?

Problem: How can I keep my skin from looking flat?
Dab on this shimmery peach wonder ($32; to create a gleaming, lit-from-within appearance. Blend onto your eyes, lips, and cheeks before a party, but for daytime wear, swipe just along your cheekbones. Thanks to the dynamic gold shimmer and warm undertones, it's like a kiss from Turks and Caicos, and indistinguishable from real UV rays.

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