I’ve always loved the healthy, outdoorsy look. When everyone was doing neon-bright makeup in the ’80s and early ’90s, I was into creating natural-looking faces that featured bronzed skin and flushed cheeks. It’s still my favourite look today.
Bronzers come in a few different formulations. If your skin is normal to oily, select a powder bronzer and apply it with a short, fluffy brush. Another option is a cream bronzer, which is ideal for dry skin and can be applied with fingers or a sponge.
For the most natural look, apply the bronzer where the sun naturally hits your face – your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. Be sure to dust your neck and chest if you’re wearing a bare top.
The most natural-looking bronzers have predominantly brown tones (with a bit of red) to them. Avoid bronzers that are orange-toned or frosted because they look artificial on any complexion.
Most companies offer light, medium and dark shades. Pick your shade on how you tan naturally. For example, if you turn a medium golden brown in the sun, a medium bronzer is your best bet.
The bronzer should blend easily and warm up your face. If the colour looks too orange or obvious, try one shade lighter.
For a sun-kissed look that lasts a few days, try self-tanner. Self-tanners have improved a lot in recent years and I’ve gotten great, natural-looking results.
But before slathering yourself in self-tanner, do a patch test on the inside of your arm to make sure you’re not allergic to the formula. To ensure that colour develops evenly, be sure to exfoliate any rough patches before you apply the tanner.
When applying self-tanner to your face, spread a thin layer to start. If you want to go darker, you can always wait until the colour develops and do another application. Avoid your eyes and make sure to get your ears and neck so that there aren’t any obvious lines.
Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after applying self-tanner, and allow enough time for it to absorb before getting dressed or going to bed. If you wake up the next day to mistakes like too-dark colour or obvious streaks, you can fade them with a gentle exfoliant and lots of moisturiser.