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Bronzer Tips: How To Become a Golden Goddess

[ 0 ] January 22, 2009 |

There is no denying it – the golden goddess look is hot and especially sought-after during these frigid, cold months.  But what if you cannot escape the colder climes and head for the tropics?  Well, bring out the bronzer.  It works for celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lopez.

The J-Lo Glow (Photorazzi: Janet Mayer)

The J-Lo Glow (Photorazzi: Janet Mayer)

They have gone to great lengths to get the sun-kissed look – and it has paid off for them, in the millions.  A great bronzer – powder or liquid – is a safe and easy way to achieve a tanned complexion.  A naturally golden beauty like Halle Berry would not need all the products used by Jennifer Lopez but she would add some color, preferably peach or apricot-toned, to add dimension and depth to her skin tone.

Quick & Easy Bronzer Tips:

For normal to dry skin:

Create your palette.  Use an old mirror (or another smooth, flat surface) and mix together a few drops of bronzing liquid with your liquid foundation or moisturizer.  Lightly dip your foundation brush into this mixture and sweep it gently across your cheekbones, forehead and temples.  Be conservative with the bronzing liquid while you figure out the right amount – you want to look sun-kissed, not burned!  Clinique has a great shimmer liquid that comes in a variety of shades – reasonably priced too.

For oily, sensitive skin:

The fewer face products you use, the better.  Try your luck with the bronzing liquid process indicated above, but keep in mind it will impart a dewy look.  Chances are, if you have oily skin, a shinier look is not what you want.  Also, adding (another) liquid product to your routine greatly increases the risk of a negative skin reaction.

How about a light sweep of bronzing/shimmer powder across your cheeks, temples and forehead?  You’ll achieve the bronzing effect minus the shiner face and possible irritation.  Bobbi Brown makes wonderful Shimmer Bricks.  They are pricey but seem to last forever.  I’ll look out for inexpensive options.

Quick tips:

A little goes a long way:  Start with a light application and build from there.

Bronzing brush:  It helps distribute the product evenly.  Sephora has a great line of brushes.  A great inexpensive option is Sonia Kashuk (available at Target in the U.S.).

Don’t go too dark:  Choose a shade that is one or (max.) two shades darker than your skin tone.

Bronzer needs blush:  A light sweep of coral, apricot or pink blush will help highlight the bronzer.  Go easy on foundation though – you do not want to look too made-up.

All skin tones benefit from bronzer, but use it sparingly if you’re naturally tanned and add a warm, peachy blush.  It will highlight your beautiful skin tone.

Just leave the straw hat at home!

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