viral fashion 2012 makeup beauty spring summer trend bronzer tan glow face skin kevyn aucoinBarring any tangible material objects, illness one of the most invaluable summer accessories that you can have in your possession is a healthy, drugstore radiant tan. And yet, bronchi if you’re anything like us, the greater majority of the next few months will be spent indoors, thanks to the daily grind. For those of us who aren’t spoiled enough to summer at a beach-front destination (let alone use the word “summer” as a verb), the only way to fake the funk is with a bronzer. Whether you’re looking to further enhance your already sun-kissed skin or create a luminous glow from thin air, a good bronzer is a makeup bag must-have, especially during the warmer season.

When shopping for a bronzer, there are a few protocols to be aware of. First and foremost, it’s important to choose a shade that’s no more than two shades darker than your actual skin tone; going any darker will be a dead giveaway that your glow is a faux. As a general rule, the more matte the formula, the more natural the effect. Bronzers with viral fashion 2012 makeup beauty spring summer trend bronzer tan glow face skin guerlain terracottasuperfluous shimmer can tend to look tacky. Powder bronzers, as opposed to creams, are most likely to be your best bet, especially if your skin gets oily or shiny once the temperature and humidity creep up, as it is often wont to do. Bear in mind, though, that loose powder bronzers are trickier to control and manipulate than their pressed powder counterparts. When applying a powder bronzer, use a full, wide, fluffy powder brush, which will do a better job of blending and reducing harsh lines. Apply to the prominent points on the face, including the forehead, cheekbones, chin, and bridge of the nose; these are the areas of the face where the sun naturally hits. You could also brush your bronzer along your hairline, jawbone and temples to sculpt and contour the face, if you so choose. Last but not least, when using a bronzer, start light and gradually build color as necessary. If you apply with too heavy of a hand, you’ll run the risk of looking not only unnatural, but possibly like you’ve got dirt on your face. Never a good look, to say the least.

viral fashion 2012 makeup beauty spring summer trend bronzer tan glow face skin diorWith the aforementioned knowledge in mind, we’ve curated a selection of bronzers that will have you passing for a sun worshipper…with no UV rays required. Kevyn Aucoin’s The Celestial Bronzing Veil is part-bronzer, part-illuminating highlighter that gives off just the right amount of shimmer. DiorSkin Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder is a bronzer quad consisting of four varying shades that can be blended to your heart’s content. Another multi-toned option comes from Guerlain, whose Terracotta bronzer is something of a hallowed icon in the Beauty Hall of Fame (granted there was such a thing, of course). Light in texture and easy to apply, the brand’s Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder is available in different tonal palettes conveniently broken down in terms of skin tone; the “Blonde” compacts are ideal for fair-skinned girls, whereas the “Brunettes”  serve as a nice complement for darker skin tones. Yves Saint Laurent’s Terre Saharienne bronzing powder in Healthy Glow boasts peachier pigments in addition to the traditional burnished tan hues, giving you a simultaneous glow and flush. Any of these options will give you a luminous, natural and healthy tan that can last long after the sun sets on summer.  All the more reason to give gold the slip and instead go for the bronze.

by Gianna Froccaro