Faking that 'just home from hols' glow, when you are most definitely not 'just home from hols'.
By now, SPF should be a non-negotiable step in your skincare routine and tanning your face isn't really advisable, but the inconvenient truth is that a little bit of sun looks good on everyone –especially in winter.
Eyes look brighter, teeth whiter and although we should know better, a hint of bronze exudes a perennial healthy, summer look that never seems to date.
Good news though, nowadays there's not much that makeup can't fake (and fake credibly too, we might add!) and bronzers were literally invented to mimic the effects of hours spent under the hot heat of the sun, but without any of the damaging downsides.
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The key is choosing the right shade for skin tone and knowing where to apply the glow-inducing, beauty-boosting bronzers.
CHOOSING Your SHADE
Best Bronzer For Fair Skins:
Healthy Glow Sheer Powder, €50, Chanel - SHOP
Best Bronzer For Light/Medium Skins:
Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, €30, Too Faced - SHOP
Best Bronzer For Medium Skins:
Bronzing Powder in 30, €15.95, NOTE - SHOP
Best Bronzer For Darker Skins:
Instant Warmth Bronzer, €31, Fenty Beauty - SHOP
Best Liquid Bronzer
Translucent Bronzing Tint, €30.95, Dr Hauschka - SHOP
One of Dr Hauschka's most popular products – used frequently by MUA to the stars Nikki MakeUp – is their bronzing tint. Adding a believable sunkissed glow to any face, this bottle will see you through the long, long Irish winters.
Best Powder Bronzer:
Airbrush Bronzer, €50, Charlotte Tilbury - SHOP
Designed to add depth and dimension, the Airbrush Bronzer comes in four matte shades; Fair, Medium, Tan and Deep, and can be used to both bronze and contour the face and body. Touted as being "a kiss of colour for the skin", the product boasts a super finely-milled formula – infused with hyaluronic acid – that won't leave your skin looking cakey or dry. Additionally, because the product is quite sheer, the application is easy, and you can choose to pile on the glow or add a subtle sheen of complexion-enhancing colour.
Liquids, creams and loose powders are all good bronzing options, but for ease, pressed powder tends to be the most popular with masses (less messy too!).
Regardless of the texture you choose, the places you want to apply bronzer are where the sun would usually hit.
Across the high planes of the cheeks, at the bridge of the nose, across the chin, and a little bit in the crease of the eye, under the eye, and on the forehead.
Matte, warm(ish) bronzers always look most authentic on Irish skin tones and resist the urge to blend as much as you might be used to, for that credible 'just home from hols' hue.
Allow the bronzer to shine bright and bold on the above facial high points.
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