Be­spoke Bronz­ing

Avoid a tan-tas­tro­phe by mak­ing sure you’re us­ing the right shades for your skin­tone

Look (UK) - - BEAUTY -


Find­ing the per­fect bronze for a light com­plex­ion can be tricky, so look for a prod­uct with a mix­ture of tones to bal­ance out your nat­u­ral un­der­tones. Try…

l Ben­e­fit Hoola Lite, £24.50. This award-win­ning bronzer now comes in a lighter shade that fi­nally works on fair skin.

l Max Fac­tor Bronzer in 10, £9.99. A multi-faceted bronzer that’s per­fect for paler skin.


Medium and olive skin­tones should steer clear of bronz­ers with too much shim­mer as they can cre­ate a muddy ap­pear­ance. Try…

Bour­jois Sculpt Bronze Sunkissed High­lighter, £9.99. Cream bronz­ers are far more re­li­able when it comes to ap­pli­ca­tion.

Guer­lain Ter­ra­cotta Sun Trio in Nat­u­ral, £40, has a 3-step pow­der pro­gramme that tells you where to bronze, con­tour and high­light skin. No ex­cuses!


The best way to amp up your com­plex­ion is with a fake tan or bronzer. The key to a flaw­less glow is to en­hance your nat­u­ral pig­men­ta­tion, so find a shade that works with your true colour­ing. Try…

NARS Bronz­ing Pow­der in La­guna, £29. This has a true brown shade that em­u­lates the nat­u­ral colour found in your skin­tone. Fused with a golden shim­mer, it’s the ideal combo for en­hanc­ing and high­light­ing darker skin.

St Moriz Ad­vanced Pro For­mula Vel­vet Fin­ish Tan­ning Gel in Dark, £7.99, Boots. Di­lute this by mix­ing with a face mois­turiser and ap­ply a small amount with a mitt. The re­sult? Ra­di­ant­look­ing skin.

Swim­suit, £24 Top­shop Look’s Beauty Editor Ly­dia Thomp­son­says:‘go for a for­mula that blends in with your base and de­cide if you want a shim­mery or matte fin­ish. Then do the op­po­site with the rest of your make-up – if you have a mat­te­bronzer,go­forashim­mery­eye and vice versa. And be­ware of bronz­ers that have or­ange un­der­tones.’

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