Itâ€™s the time of year where a full face of makeup seems a bit OTT, but a touch of easygoing colour is just the ticket when you want to feel a little bit put together.
Given we all should be dedicated to wearing a full face of SPF to protect our skin from sun damage and premature lines and pigmentation, adding a touch of depth to skin with a bronzer is the healthy way to give a nod to summer colour.Â
The best bronzers are predominantly matte to provide the face flattering dimension and a touch of contour, but also impart an almost imperceptible lit-from-within glow.Â
But if there ever is an appropriate time for accentuating the high points of the face with an extra touch of gilt shimmer, now is surely it.Â
Powder formulas will look slightly drier on your face and can help with oily skin but make sure youâ€™ve moisturised well and let that moisture sink in before applying or it can catch on dry areas.Â
If youâ€™re after a more dewy, fresh look, try a cream stick bronzer and apply by striping along cheekbones and blending into skin with your fingers, or try a sheer gel. Less is more so start with a tiny amount, blend and then add more if needed.Â Â
Using a powder product? Use a light touch with a very fluffy blush or powder brush so youâ€™re not left with any obvious stripes. Swirl across the surface of the compact then tap the excess off lightly so you don’t add too much colour, before applying to your skin.Â
Start by dusting along the tops of cheekbones where the sun naturally hits, then use the brush without adding any more colour to give a once over lightly to temples and beneath the jawline for even definition.Â
Gucci Poudre De BeautĂ© Ă‰clat Soleil Powder, $105, has the most divine case so once youâ€™ve applied, carry with you in your handbag – youâ€™ll want to whip this one out for touch ups! It also comes in five shades, meaning it will work for many more skin tones, something thatâ€™s sorely lacking when it comes to bronzer options.
The tiny amount of peachy-pink radiance in La Mer The Bronzing Powder, $145, gives fair skin a natural – but not overblown – radiance thatâ€™s perfect for wearing without any other makeup if you please.Â
The all-rounder youâ€™ll keep reaching for long after youâ€™ve ended your beach holiday, Estee Lauderâ€™s Bronze Goddess Matte & Glow Bronzing Trio, $88 is perfect for the tentative.Â
Another subtle option is Clarins Bronzing Compact, $66, if you can bear to disturb the perfect surface embossing of this limited edition!
By Terry Twinkle Glow CC Highlighter, $125, is a glamorous and fun party-perfect highlighting option with a dazzling stone-covered case.Â
And perhaps the most finely milled but incredibly pigmented option of the bunch, MAC Radiant Matte Bronzing Powder, $58, looks beautifully natural on skin and it blends like a dream.Â