Beauty: Get An Angelic Glow This Summer With Bronzers

June 27, 2011 • Beauty, Magazine

It’s finally summer! I admit I love this time of year, heat and all, because it’s the time for some of my favorite activities and much needed vacations. Even though I have not stepped one foot in a pool or on the beach that doesn’t mean I’m not prepared. I put on my faux glow on every morning, because nothing makes me feel better than a good highlighter/bronzer. You too can get ready anytime with some of my new favorite bronzers.

With new seasons come new products. One of my favorites is MAC’s recently launched Skinsheen Leg Spray.  The application of this bronzer is super easy. It’s  a great smooth-on  gel-based bronzer that’s soft and mousse-like. It provides the best immediate sheen and radiance that’s not too much, but just right. It comes in two shades of medium dark and dark, and looks great on anyone.

Who says we can’t glow and have a angelic youthful halo to go with it? Smashbox will make you a beliver. If you loved their Halo Foundation wait until you try their Halo Bronzer. One of the healthiest bronzers around, this revolutionary bronzer gives you a gorgeous sun kissed glow, while making you look young and gorgeous. See why I’m a fan? Infused with gold and 48 minerals, its a universal bronze that looks good on every skintone and lasts all day. Claims say after 10 minutes, there is a 33% decrease in the appearance of wrinkles.

If there is one thing Bobbi Brown Cosmetics does right, that is bronzers. Her brick compacts are genius in that they can be worn as eyeshadow, highlighter and bronzer. Paired with a great blush her Shimmer Brick Compact in Bronze makes for a winning combination. The bronze is not too deep, but gives just the right amount of rich bronze glow. It’s definitely one of the most universal bronzers you will ever find.

I know some of you may ask, whats the difference between expensive and inexpensive bronzers? Don’t they do the same thing? I can honestly say they do not all carry the same amount of pigment, however, I have found an inexpensive bronzer that is almost an exact duplicate of one of my favorite highlighter/bronzers from another well-known line. Milani’s TANtastic Face & Body Baked Bronzer is unbeatable for the price, and the color pay-off is phenomenal. it gives skin the slightest of sheen that is buildable, which I love. If you are looking for a great bronzer for a drugstore price, this is the bronzer for you.

A staple that should be in every woman’s purse is a Nars Multiple. Not only does this little charm bring life to your face, it gives the best glow ever. Nars Multiple Bronzers are fabulous from a day in the office when secretly wishing you were at the beach, to actually laying poolside getting a glow with your faux glow already applied. It works for anyone, the colors are beautiful, the tube is portable and the product can be used for any part of your face. It comes in 3 shades, so you will be sure to find the one that suits you.

Last but not least for those who want to spend as little as possible for bronzer is Wet & Wild’s Mega Glow. A line I once thought that only gum popping teeny boppers used, has become one of my favorite for inexpensive beauty finds and their bronzer is no exception. It does just what it needs to do: it highlights and bronzes the face with a subtle shimmer that’s not overbearing, and is not flaky like some bronzers. It’s a perfect combination of a blush, bronzer and brightener all in one.

1. MAC Skinsheen Leg Spray, $26.50
2. Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Bronze, $39.99
3. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze, $38
4. Milani TANTastic Face & Body Baked Bronzer, $8.49
5. Nars Multiple Bronzer, $38
6. Wet & Wild Mega Glow, $3.99

—Kelley Woods

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