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Thursday, June 25, 2009
The easiest way to create an all over, natural looking glow without baking yourself in the sun is a little product called bronzer. We asked Janet Curmi, Elizabeth Arden’s Vice President of National Education and Development, to teach us the proper way to apply it.
To achieve a naturally bronze glow, apply bronzer to the areas of the face that the sun hits first – nose, apples of cheeks, forehead and chin. To enhance the sun kissed effect try adding a pop of bright pink blush to just the apples of your cheeks. This will give the illusion that you’ve just been lounging on the beaches of St. Tropez.
Here is a selection of the latest and greatest bronzers that you can try:
Erno Lazlo Multi-pHase Bronzer
Multi-pHase Bronzer looks natural and blends in beautifully with any skin tone. Five hues in various shades create the look of sun-kissed skin without sitting in the sun.
The Body Shop Nature’s Minerals Bronzing Powder
Nature’s Minerals Bronzer provides a long lasting sun-kissed glow without the use of potential irritants such as binders and fragrances, and is free from traditional fillers such as talc, boron nitride and bismuth oxychloride. It comes in two new shades: 01 Warm Sandstone and 02 Bronzed Ochre.
Sisley Paris ‘Phyto-Touches’ Sun Glow Pressed Powder Duo
This splurge worthy bronzer is pretty luxurious. It enhances skin with a natural velvety, tanned look, and leaves it feeling super smooth. Pêche-Dorée is perfect for lighter skin tones while Miel-Cannelle is recommended for those with a deeper or already tanned skin.
Available at Holt Renfrew stores across Canada and Nordstrom in the U.S.
M.A.C Style Warrior Bronzing Powder
M.A.C’s limited edition bronzer, from the Style Warrior collection, promises sheer, natural colour with a dash of highlighting perfection. The bronze coloured compact features a leopard (Solar Riche) or zebra (Refined Golden) print pattern overlaid with the silver emblem of the collection.
Rimmel 3 in 1 Sunshimmer Bronzer
Rimmel’s 3 in 1 Sunshimmer Bronzer is an absolute steal, and is a must-have for your beauty bag this summer. This bronzing powder can be applied to the face and body and comes in two palettes, each with three shimmering tones, for a light or intense golden tan: Gold Princess (001) and Bronze Goddess (002).
Available at select drug stores and mass retailers across Canada
Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Bronzing Powder
Infused with naturally derived minerals, Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Bronzing Powder contains light-reflective mica and skin softening silica to assure a natural luminous glow, plus aloe vera and chamomile – ingredients known for their soothing and moisturizing benefits. Comes with a kabuki brush and is available in light and medium.
Available at Sears stores across Canada and Macy’s in the U.S.
Giorgio Armani Sienna Minerals Palette
As part of the Bronze Mania 2009 collection, the limited edition Sienna Minerals Palette boasts of rich earth tones – Venetian ochre, deep sienna red and sandy copper. This multi-purpose product can be used a bronzer, blush and even an eye shadow.
Available exclusively at Holt Renfrew stores across Canada and Bloomingdales in the U.S.
Model image courtesy of The Body Shop.