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Martha Stewart Weddings - - BEAUTY & HEALTH -

These days there are more fin­ishes than ever to help you get your gold—or glit­ter—on. Plan to test out sev­eral be­fore the big day, work­ing within a shade or two of your skin tone (if you’re very fair, for in­stance, go no darker than light-medium). Start at the fore­head and sweep a half-cir­cle to the cheek­bone and again to your chin; re­peat on the other side (like you’re draw­ing an E and a 3).

SHIM­MER

Sparkly for­mu­las “re­flect light, giv­ing skin a ra­di­ant glow,” says Stephi Maron, founder of New York City makeup bou­tique Blush­ing­ton. El­iz­a­beth Ar­den Sun­set Bronze Pris­matic pow­der, $40, eliz­a­betharden.com.

CUSH­ION COM­PACT

A riff on the cush­ion foun­da­tion fad—think a pil­low soaked in bronzer that you dip a sponge into—de­liv­ers sheer and build­able color, so you have to­tal con­trol. Sephora I Cush­ion bronzer, $15, sephora.com.

MAR­BLED

Speck­led for­mu­las, with their hint of high­lighter, are easy to blend (no ob­vi­ous lines) and very for­giv­ing— per­fect for the bronzer new­bie. COVERGIRL TRUBLEND bronzer, $9, covergirl.com.

FOUR-TONED

peach and ivory shades keep bronzer from be­com­ing too dark and over­whelm­ing fair skin. “Any­thing can look overly vi­brant against a pale com­plex­ion,” says makeup artist Fiona Stiles. La Mer Lim­ited Edi­tion bronz­ing pow­der, $85, cremede­lamer.com.

CREAM

For drier types, cream tex­tures add a soft, dewy sheen to skin while giv­ing a much-needed hit of hy­dra­tion. Ap­ply with fin­ger­tips or a syn­thetic-bris­tle brush. Laura Mercier Bronzed But­ter Face & Body Veil, $50, lau­ramercier.com.

MATTE

these glit­ter-free for­mu­la­tions warm the com­plex­ion in the most nat­u­ral­look­ing way, a must-have for con­tour­ing or defin­ing fa­cial fea­tures. Laura Geller Baked Mediter­ranean bronzer, $35, qvc.com.

MIN­ERAL

Zinc ox­ide–based pow­ders are gen­tle enough for the most sen­si­tive skin, with the added bonus of sun pro­tec­tion— in this case, SpF 15. Clar­ins Bronz­ing Duo, $37, clar­in­susa.com.

THREE-IN-ONE

Cus­tomize your color with this com­pact, which grad­u­ates from bronzer to blush to high­lighter. Kevyn Au­coin Neo-Bronzer, $58, kevyn au­coin.com.

For tips on ap­ply­ing, go to marthastew­art wed­dings.com/ bronzer.

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