Sun life


DEEPER SKIN TONES have been left out of the bronzer con­ver­sa­tion for too long. “We need to change the men­tal­ity that a bronzer’s role is to tan the skin, be­cause it’s re­ally about bring­ing a sun-kissed warmth,” says Hec­tor Espinal, global makeup artist for Fenty Beauty. It helps that brands are fi­nally for­mu­lat­ing bronz­ers with all skin tones in mind: Ben­e­fit Cos­met­ics has in­tro­duced two new deep shades of its beloved Hoola bronzer, and Marc Ja­cobs Beauty will re­lease a deeper shade of O!mega Bronzer this month. Af­ter two years of de­vel­op­ment, Fenty Beauty launched its first col­lec­tion of shim­mer-free matte bronz­ers in eight shades, for­mu­lated to work with ev­ery skin tone rep­re­sented in its foun­da­tion range (cur­rently, an im­pres­sive 50 shades). The bronz­ers were sup­posed to be re­leased along­side the foun­da­tions when the brand launched in 2017, ex­plains Espinal, but Ri­hanna wasn’t go­ing to ap­prove prod­ucts that weren’t per­fect. Case in point: The deep­est shade, Mocha Mami, was re­for­mu­lated at the very last minute at Ri­hanna’s re­quest, when it didn’t show up clearly enough on the model dur­ing the cam­paign shoot. The ul­ti­mate test sub­ject, how­ever, is al­ways Riri her­self. “She wears ev­ery­thing be­fore it’s launched,” says Espinal. “Peo­ple are start­ing to catch on and ask me what she’s wear­ing, and I’m like, ‘I don’t know; you tell me!’”

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