Holidays generally require a makeup rethink: what works in an artificially lit office doesn’t always suit a balmy evening spent sipping pina coladas. I wear less makeup when I’m abroad, focusing instead on healthy-looking skin and a hint of shimmer. Loading my face daily with SPF 30 also means that any kind of tan is slow to materialise. Star Bronzer Bronzing Highlighter by Lancome promised to inject some glow into my pasty pallor.
Squeeze the pump applicator and a satisfying dollop of molten bronze appears, which you can then apply wherever you see fit. I smoothed the highlighter over my forehead, temples, down the bridge of my nose and onto my cheekbones – this resulted in a gorgeous burnished effect that was natural, lustrous and not at all sparkly. You could even mix it with a bit of foundation if you wanted a subtle all-over radiance.
Happily, this is one product I’ll still be using long after my tan has faded, performing as it did the miracle task of turning my wan skin a gorgeous golden colour.