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Summer Bronze!

June 4, 2007

I know so many of my friends who are obsessed with the thought of being bronze. With summer well on its way, the bronze movement has never been stronger. For so many reasons, tanned skin is a must-have. To be honest, I find self-tanning a little too time-consuming and a little too troublesome…

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May I introduce M.A.C’s bronzing powder in Bronze? This is so natural, anyone and everyone will believe that you actually got a tan. Ok, a lot of people get the application wrong, and a lot of times, it looks quite funny. Note: strategic application slims the face too! The trick to looking bronze is applying sparingly, and cleverly choosing the right bronzer. A little shimmer in the bronzer will perk skin up and prevent the extremely matte face. Only someone who has a very symmetrical and tiny face can pull the matte face off. Dip a brush into the powder, and then jerk the brush to remove excess. Then, sweep it across the cheekbones, brow, and nose – basically anywhere the sun would hit. (I’ve got a trick for this. Stand directly under a round light, and look at the shadows/light).

To slim the face down, this requires practice and you don’t want to look like a euro-trash Italian over-tanned creature. Again, stand directly under a round light and look at the shadows. With a VERY LIGHT hand, brush the bronzer on the shadows and remember to keep it LIGHT! To get razor sharp cheekbones, suck in your cheeks and apply bronzer in the sucked-in-areas. Then, to finish the look, you can apply YSL Touche Eclat on your cheekbones to your temples to highlight your face.

A tip for selecting bronzers: flat, terra-cotta hues makes skin muddy, and a bronzer with too much shimmer makes your skin look like a disco ball. Remember that you shouldn’t scrimp when it comes to bronzer as the cheap bronzers have got shimmer particles that are far too large and visible. I recommend MAC’s bronzers and NARS’ Laguna Bronzer.

P.S Feel free to leave comments! =)

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