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Summery Skin Sans Sun

Before you haphazardly slap on some bronzer and call it a day, try these insider makeup tips for getting the most natural glow possible.

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Summery Skin Sans Sun

It’s no secret that many women feel more beautiful after they’ve gotten a little sun. But since the sun is our skin’s number one frenemy, I think it’s time we went back to the bronzer basics. I’ve got a few clients who know how to wear it beautifully, but more often than not I find myself cringing over streaky cheekies. I hope my little list of bronzer DON’TS will help you avoid mishaps so you can accomplish a beautiful (albeit temporary), sunny complexion.

DON’T apply powder bronzer all over a sweaty or oily face.
Summer skin tends to be naturally a little dewy and shiny because of the heat and humidity, and powder can cling to moist areas and leave your face streaky and stripey. Switch to a cream or gel formula that will blend and re-blend easily, leaving your skin fresh and dewy.

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Gel for Face is easy to apply over any foundation—or bare skin—and compliments most skintones.

DON’T re-purpose your powder or blush brush to apply powder bronzer.
If your skin can take a powder bronzer without looking streaky, then do right by your face and dedicate a brush to this cause and this cause only. Lots of my clients use their powder or blush brushes to apply bronzer. This will not only taint the other product you use the brush for with a bronze tint, but bronzer should be applied with a large brush made of denser bristles so that the color looks natural, highlighting only the areas the sun would naturally darken.

Eco Tools Bamboo Bronzer Brush is inexpensive, easy to clean and gets the job done. Enough said.

DON’T forget to wear blush when using bronzer.
Many women who come to see me complain that they look tired, or old (rarely is this the case, but still!). Bronzer is a great way to look more youthful by freshening up your complexion … but if you forgo blush because you think bronzer is enough, your face can look muddy or even two-dimensional. Be sure to add depth to your cheeks with a coral-toned blush, which will complement any shade of bronzer, completing the glowy finish you desire!

I’m pretty sure I could get by having Nars The Multiple in Portofino as the only blush in my kit—it works on every skintone and can be applied over any texture (dry or cream). Note: If you are wearing over a powder bronzer, use a dry blush brush to apply it rather than your fingers or a damp sponge.

DON’T reapply bronzer all day as if it were powder.
It’s fine to touch up bronzer once in the late evening when you are touching up the rest of your makeup, but try not to touch up bronzer all day long like you would a blotting powder. It will only start to look orange and cakey. Blot excess oil around your nose or on your forehead with blotting papers. Don’t spend a lot of money on these disposable sheets. Drugstore brands will do just as good a job as expensive ones from the department store.

Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets have the satisfying characteristic of turning translucent when the oil is absorbed onto the sheet so you can tell your face is less shiny.

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