It's Hump Day Wednesday!!!
As I walk around today, I can't help but notice how beautiful the weather is. There is a nice gentle breeze and just the right amount of sun. I can walk around looking pretty as ever without really breaking a sweat. Perfect time to really show off a little skin and pretty makeup!!
I wish it would remain at this temperature year round. When I go into the stores, I see nothing that says, "nice weater". All the swimsuits have been placed on the sale racks, and replaced by knit sweaters, scarves, and knee-length boots. I am constantly reminded that winter is coming. So...if you want to keep that nice tan that you got while vactioning in Florida or Martha's (or just walking around in the hot sun..like me..lol), here are a couple of tips and products that will help you keep that "I just got back from St. Tropez" look.
The perfect glow starts with the body. If you look above at J-lo and Beyonce, they are glowing from their heads to their toes. They don't only look bronze on their faces. It is a whole body experience. Jergens natural glow moisturizer helps to build a natural glow that looks like its coming from within. It comes in three different shades so everyone can take advantage of this product. It's is responsible for Kelly Ripa's glow. Two years ago, she announced that she had been using this product and women went crazy!! And the best part is that it is only $7 bucks at Target!! Just make sure that you exfoliate your skin before applying. By exfoliating, I mean to gently slough off the dead skin cells by using a body exfoliator.
Once the body has been taken care of, then proceed to the face. Facial Bronzers give you a sunkissed glow. You want to apply with a full brush to the areas that the sun naturally hits-hairline, cheeks, chin, bridge of nose.
Make sure that when choosing a bronzer, you match it to your undertone. The key here is a natural bronze look. Not Donatella...
If you have a fair complexion (Nicole Kidman and Anne Hathaway), look for products that have a peachy/pinky undertone. Guerlain has excellent bronzers that meet this criteria. Using bronzers that are took dark, just will make you look like you have been playing in the mud. But if you have a milky complexion...don't try to work against that too much. Try Bobbi Brown's ShimmerBrick in Beige and Apricot.
Try bronzers that have golden undertones. I love Iman's bronzer!! It has a nice shimmer to it and just looks golden on the skin!! Plus, its only like $10 bucks at Target!!! Using a bronzer with a cinnamon undertone will make you look red and sunburned. The object is to look like a perfectly baked, golden brown piece of toast...lol. Laura Mercier has a nice bronzing stick. Try Bobbi Brown's Shimmer brick in Bronze(these shimmer bricks are soooo beautiful).
Darker Complexions (Alek, Angela Basset, Regina King, Oprah, Gabriel Union)
You can use bronzers with either a golden undertone or a cinnamon undertone. Just try them out to see which one works best. Bobbi Brown has a nice matte (no shimmer) bronzer in deep dark, Iman, and MAC has nice irridescent loose powder in Golden Bronze(use sparingly..and apply in natural light..lol), which works excellent as a highlighter. NARS also has a nice bronzer called PALM Beach in the multiple.
If you are really feeling confident about your application, then try Guerlain's Aerosol bronzer(ideal for fair and medium complexions). It comes in a cute spray can. Hold it about an arm's length out and spray in circular motions. Step back and evaluate your work. The application should be evenly distributed.
Bronzer, if applied correctly, can also replace the need for foundation. It alone can even out skin. MAC makes these wonderful Mineralize Skinfinish (shown left) products that gives an excellent glow(they are baked in Italy). If you have fair skin try the one in Medium. If you have Medium skin, try Medium Dark or Dark...etc. Just make sure that your skin is properly hydrated and moisturized!! I wore this product last year(completely unaware of its properties), and my friend told me that I looked like I was glowing!!! Needless to say that I will be wearing this product when the temperature drops!!
I'm off to get my glow own while the weather is still nice!!!