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.
If you only buy one new make-up goody this summer then you should make it Clinique’s Shimmering Tones Powder Quad in the limited edition ‘golden bronze’. A big brush swept across the four colour blocks then all over the face gives a gorgeous holiday glow whilst each colour can also be used separately as eyeshadow to devastating effect. It’s a fantastic, multi-purpose piece of make-up kit which I most definitely recommend. I won’t be leaving the house without mine for the next few months!
I’ve been using the same bronzer for years. I just can’t get enough of the gorgeous, glow-giving colour, slight healthy shimmer and wonderful blending power. It was called Rimmel London Sun Bronze when I first bought it but now it has been changed to Rimmel Sun Shimmer Compact Powder. Different name, same beautiful sun-kissed skin.
For anyone who is looking to try a new bronzer, or hasn’t bought a bronzer before and wants to experiment, I can’t recommend this enough. Besides, for less than a fiver you can’t go too far wrong!
How do you apply your bronzer? If you are still doing the whole, cheeks/middle of forehead/down the nose regime then it is time to update your look. All across the catwalks for Spring/Summer there was a new way to apply bronzer.
Take the colour (with a big fluffy brush) in a E shape from the top and side of the forehead, down past the temples, slightly across the cheekbone, back to the side of the face, down and a little across the jawline. Got it? Good. The result is much more flattering and pretty than the old method.