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Friday 19 September 2014

Beauty hints and tips: Five of the best bronzers

Andrea Byrne

Published 08/06/2014 | 02:30

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Shimmer bronzers
La Roche
Nuxe

Up until recently, I favoured matte over shimmery bronzers because I felt there was less room for error, but then I was shown how to use them, and now I am hooked.

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The key, I was told, is to only use the product on areas you want to highlight, which for most people is the bridge of the nose, cheeks, cheekbones, clavicle bones and décolleté.

For bronzer novices, you can't really go wrong with a bronzer that has multiple tones in it, such as Smashbox's Bronze Lights and Guerlain's Terracota Light Sheer Bronzing Powder.

Also, Elizabeth Arden's Summer Escape Powder is beautifully subtle, a product you could probably use without a mirror. It's infused with all sorts of goodness so it really lends itself to hot, summer wear.

If you're pale, opt for a shimmery bronzer with a hint of pink through it as it will soften the look, or even add a small bit of blusher over the bronzer – just don't go too mad as you don't want a cakey finish.

Michael Kors' Bronze Powder in Flush works really well at enhancing a natural tan, but don't be too heavy-handed with it, as the pigments are strong. Because it's so affordable Catrice's Bronzing Powder is now my bronzer of choice for my legs and arms on a night out. I wouldn't be without it.

Lights in Starburst, €29

Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder, €46

Sunglow Shimmering Bronzing Powder, €5.49

Pure Finish Summer Escape Bronzing Powder, €36

Bronze Powder in Flush, €45

Best buy

Prodigieux le Parfum, €48 (50ml), NUXE, available in selected pharmacies nationwide

Sweet, soft and long- lasting; the perfect summer scent.

Best value

Effaclar Duo, €17.50, La Roche Posay, available in pharmacies nationwide

Hydrates the skin, heals the skin and primes the skin. Trust me, you'll be instantly hooked – particularly if you've oily skin.

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