Monday 19 March 2018

Feeling low? You can fake that holiday glow

Want to recreate that almost-forgotten holiday glow? Then it's time to make friends with bronzer.

As you'd expect, less really is more, so go easy. Think subtle contouring and in a colour that might conceivably appear on your face if you'd spent a few days on the beach.

Apply with a medium-sized brush 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 Almost Bronzer, €28

Cute packaging masks an impressive product. It's dual-toned with one shade slightly lighter than the other, and both contain gold flecks. It 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, too.

Korres Monoi Oil Bronzing Powder, €17 (available from

Packed with Monoi oil, a non-comedogenic Tahitian oil that leaves skin feeling moisturised, as well as vitamin E, this blends really well and gives a natural-looking glow. A winner.

Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Power, €20.50

This honey-enriched powder comes in four shades but, as a pale-face, 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 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.

– Rowena Walsh

Irish Independent

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