By Sophie Marsh
If you’re like me, saying goodbye to summer also means saying adios to any shred of colour your skin possesses. And despite my efforts to make Bondi Sands my best friend, maintaining the glow can be kinda hard- especially when trying to get an even tan on your own back involves almost dislocating your shoulder... Buuut If this is you- fear not! I have some of the best insider tips and tricks for getting the ultimate winter glow with the help of our trusty friend- BRONZER.
COOL OR WARM?
If you’re pale, it is likely that the word bronzer conjures nightmarish images of the Jersey Shore cast members. The important thing to remember with bronzer is that it’s not about your skin shade; it’s all to do with skin tone. There are three main skin tones- cool, warm and neutral. Take a look at your veins on your wrists: blue = cool, green=warm and if you’re not exactly sure your veins are blue or green, you are probably neutral. The golden rule to getting a natural looking glow is to find a bronzer that is similar to your skin tone. Soooo if you have cool, pinky undertones to your skin, you are going to want to find a pink-ish bronzer. And for all of you gals with more yellow, warmer undertones to your skin, bronzes and apricots are your go-to colours.
HOW DARK IS TOO DARK?
If you want to avoid looking like you’ve brushed cheeks with an oompa-loompa, picking the right shade of bronzer is a MUST. The universal rule is to select a shade of bronzer that is about two shades darker than your natural skin colour. Approach application with a light hand and remember that the product is buildable- think less is more when it comes to bronzing.
For pale skin: try the Too Faced Natural Bronzer (Snow Bunny, $39, Mecca Maxima)
For medium skin: try Nars Bronzer (Laguna, $56, Mecca Maxima)
For dark skin: Nars Bronzer (Casino, $56, Mecca Maxima)
SHIMMER OR MATTE
A little bit of shimmer never hurt nobody, especially if the on-trend glowy goddess look is what you’re after. The only thing to remember is to not go overboard with the shimmer, especially if you’re going to hit up the highlighter as well! Although matte bronzer doesn’t deliver as much of the glow, the super chiselled Kimmy-K look relies on this stuff so it’s not to be overlooked as a staple in your makeup bag.
For a Matte finish: try Benefit Hula Bronzer ($51, Myer)
For a bit of shimmer: try The Balm Betty-Lou Manizer ($34.95, David Jones)
CREAM OR POWDER
When it comes to choosing the formula of your bronzer, it’s important to consider your skin-type. For normal to oily skin, powder bronzers or pressed-powders are going to compliment your skin best. For dry skin, creamier products and liquid bronzers will give your skin a hydration-boost and leave you with a healthy glow.
For dry skin: try Chanel Tan de Soleil ($67, David Jones) or the Nars Multiple (Copper Bronze, $56, Mecca Maxima)
For oily skin: try the Rimmel Natural Bronzer (Sun Bronze, $12.76, Priceline)
UHHH WHERE DO I PUT IT?
To get the most natural glow possible, think about where the sun naturally hits your skin. A general guide to achieving a sun-kissed look is to apply your bronzer in a ‘3’ shape- across the rim of your forehead down to under your cheek bones and finishing along your jaw-line. Kabuki brushes or angled blush brushes with fluffy but firm bristles are going to be your best friends when applying to make sure the colour is evenly spread.
For flawless application: try the Bobbi Brown Bronzer brush ($79, www.bobbibrown.com.au) or the Sigma Large Powder Brush ($33, www. sigmabeauty.com)