Wednesday 7 December 2016

Win with bronzer

Published 12/09/2011 | 05:00

Want to recreate that almost-forgotten holiday glow? Then, it's time to make friends with bronzer. To some (and I include my younger self in this category), it is the stuff of nightmares, the beauty tool of reality TV wannabes and paparazzi-pleasing Z-listers. But I was wrong. Bronzer is the quickest, and easiest, way of giving your complexion essential colour and dimension.

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Less really is more, so go easy. No matter how pale, wan or hungover you feel, a heavy hand with the bronzing brush is never a good look. Instead think subtle contouring and in a colour that might appear on your face if you'd spend a few days on the beach.

We're aiming for a natural glow here, so stay well away from orange. Pale-faced girls should avoid terracotta tones, in favour of taupe, while sallow skins can appreciate a richer hue. Personally, I'm not in favour of anything with more than a hint of sparkle, even if it is a big night out.

Apply with a medium-sized brush (if it's too large, you won't be able to control the product; it should be bigger than a blusher brush though) to give a hint of warmth all over your face, not just your cheeks. Tap the brush lightly on a tissue to get rid of any excess colour and then gently swirl it over your forehead, chin and nose. Afterwards blend, blend, blend and follow up with a brighter-coloured blush over the apples of your cheeks.

Clinique's Almost Bronzer, €28 Cute packaging masks an impressive product that is perfect for working the sunkissed look. It's dual-toned with one shade slightly lighter than the other. Both colours contain gold flecks. This is a restrained offering though, so it's subtle, rather than glittery. I think you get better results when you use your own brush, however. Also contains SPF 15 which is a bonus, rather than a licence to skip all-over protection.

Bourjois Delice De Poudre Bronzing Powder, €9.99 Great matte shade that's neither too light, nor too dark, this quality bronzer works really well for contouring. Good price point too.

Korres Monoi Oil Bronzing Powder, €7.95 (, Packed with Monoi oil, a non-comedogenic Tahitian oil that leaves skin feeling moisturised, as well as vitamin E, this is a gorgeous bronzer that blends really well and gives a natural-looking glow, with the slightest hint of shimmer. A winner.

Body Shop's Honey Bronze Bronzing Power, €20.50 This honey-enriched powder comes in four shades but, as a paleface, I found Fair Matte most flattering. It has a silky soft texture and feels very light on application.

Nars Orgasm, Albatross, Laguna Blush/Bronze Trio, €55, Brown Thomas Yes, it's expensive but you're getting plenty of bang for your buck with three separate colours. Give the apples of your cheeks a colourful tint with the shimmery peachy Orgasm, use Albatross to highlight and Laguna for contour. The only drawback is that the colours aren't treated equally; poor Albatross is quite thin and it can be a little difficult to separate it from its compact companions.

MAC Mineralize Bronzing Powder, €23 Who could resist a bronze called 'Give Me Sun!'?! A light peachy shade that transforms all skin tones from washed out to sunkissed. Particularly good for those with oily complexions.

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