Don’t want to commit to a self-tanner? Victoria Jackson, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Lola Cosmetics, gives us the glow-down on using bronzers.
• Begin with the right base. “You can use powder or cream bronzer as long as you have the appropriate foundation.” Choose a sheer or matte formula if your skin is oily. Smooth a translucent dewy-finish base onto dry skin. “Foundation should enhance your skin and make it look fresh and healthy.”
• Pick a bronzer free of shimmer. “Shimmer can really accent flaws in the skin, such as large pores or uneven texture.”
• In place of a messy loose powder, choose a hard-pressed bronzer powder compact for colour you can build and control. Sweep it on with a large powder brush (shaking off the excess first) in this order: cheekbones, forehead, chin, nose and jawline.
• Don’t forget your neck. “It looks very weird when you have a bronzed face and a white neck or décolleté!”
• Victoria’s pick: Lola Cosmetics Sand & Sun Bronzing Powder, approximately $40. “It doesn’t look orange or muddy on any skin tone from very fair to African-American.” Swirl the brush in the middle of the compact for a medium shade and move closer to the lighter or darker side, depending on your skin colour.
• Hot tip: Most bronzers simply deposit colour—they won’t make your skin glow. Dust a sheer, fine-milled illuminating powder over your entire face for a radiant finish.
FLARE’s pick: Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder, $32.