Best Bronzers

Bronze Bain de Soleil Ad 1985

Bronze like a Bain de Soleil ad in 1985
 

Today is so incredibly warm and divine that only a post on my favourite bronzers seemed appropriate. If you want to feel like you’re on a yacht, in a bikini drinking white wine whilst a man with a fake French accent narrates your every move, you’ve come to the right post.

It’s that time of year when panicky unwrapping of winter white limbs ensues – legs that look like cheese sticks suddenly need to look like Victoria’s Secret Angel legs, toned, and lithe and, well, toasty brown. Faces need to look similarly sunkissed (but totally natural, bien sûr).

Enter my favourite products to give you a honey sun-kissed visage – without the sun damage.

Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universel – this is never, NEVER out of my kit. It’s a cream bronzer with a very slight iridescence that adds shape to the face and when gently buffed on the cheeks and forehead (wherever the sun would hit) adds the prefect amount of radiant tan. It only comes in one colour, which weirdly (but thankfully!) looks great on almost all but the darkest skin tones. It’s perfect for livening up winter pallid skin, or topping up a burgeoning (or fading) tan.

NARS Laguna Bronzer – Probably my favourite powder bronzer of all time, there is a reason why this one is a modern classic. It’s the perfect shade of golden bronze, with a bit of shimmer. It’s not too red, and not too grey. It’s good on fair to medium skintones.

NARS Casino Bronzer – As above, but this is perfect for medium to deep skin tones

YSL Terre Saharienne in 3 – This is my absolute fave for dark skin tones as it adds warmth to the face but looks totally natural. I used this on a gorgeous Jamaican model last week (who had incredible deep black skin) and this added a touch of warmth without looking ashy.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder – I love this range of pressed powders (that come in a range of shades) for boys and kids as it looks totally natural and has no shimmer. It’s also good for the red carpet for a perfectly subtle contour. (note – not Kontour)

So if you want the sunkiss without the sun damage, it’s all to be found at the makeup counter. You can bask without the bake factor! Yacht and voice over man come separately.

From the Front Lines: Lisa Eldridge’s Four Shades of Bronze

I couldn’t resist this lovely new video from London-based makeup artist Lisa Eldridge, called Four Shades of Bronze. It’s shot on location of a Glamour beauty shoot she did on bronzing for different skintones, and it’s ace.

It very clearly explains all about bronzer across a broad range of skintones, which is a tricky subject for many women – bronzer is one of those areas where one size definitely doesn’t fit all, yet in the traditional media it seems that there are only about five bronzers you ever hear about, leading you to buy one of them at a makeup counter then get home and wonder why it makes you look more dirtbag than radiantly sunkissed.

I really like Lisa’s videos as I think they are clear, easy to follow and she and I have a very similar approach to makeup. She puts up a new one about once a week (God knows how with her very hectic editorial and celeb schedule, but she does, so hats off!) and it’s well worth checking back on her site if great makeup vids are your thing.

www.lisaeldridge.com