Bronzer, Your Summer Secret Weapon
Summer is finally here. The pool is open and dining al fresco is everyoneâ€™s favorite option. The days are hot and nights are warm and the world is hopped up on adrenaline. People are friendlier and out socializing more. People are happier, in general.
There is just something about summer that gives people a natural glow. I think itâ€™s perspiration but whatever it is, it looks much better with a little bit of color. In my house, the philosophy is that everything looks better brown. I happen to be the palest Latina on record so I am an authority. I always look better bronze. Everything is prettier and, maybe it’s my imagination, but I look slimmer with a tan.
You know what that means? Time to get some color in those pasty cheeks. You have quite a few options: spray tans, tanning beds and getting outside in the sun. But if you want that sun kissed look immediately, you are probably already familiar with bronzer; a pale girls best friend. This used to be a favorite trick of mine, especially in the early spring and late fall months.
Here are a few tricks you can do with bronzer that you may not have realized.
Sun kissed glow from top to bottom
Grab a big fluffy brush and gingerly sweep a shimmery bronzer over your chest, arms and legs for an instant sun kissed look. It really works wonders, especially if you already have olive skin. Itâ€™s like a magic color booster.
Sexy, exotic eyes
You can use your favorite bronzer in a matte finish, about two shades darker than your natural color, as a sexy exotic eye shadow that doesnâ€™t overpower the rest of your face. Brush it right on your eyelid crease.
Hide the waddle
Iâ€™m not as young as I once was so this trick interests me. Apply bronzer under and along your jawline with an angled brush, then blend. This will create the illusion of a tight jawline and neck. It might not work if you have a full on turkey neck but if you just have a little sagging, it is a great disguise.
Illusions of the nose kind
Bronzer can make your nose look more symmetrical and smaller. Â Maybe you are not happy with the size of your nose but you are not quite ready to go under the knife for rhinoplasty, why not try some creative contouring? You can actually make your nose look smaller by contouring each side. And if your nose is long, you can make it look shorter by applying bronzer under your nose. It stops it short and creates the illusion of a shorter nose.
Fake fuller hair
With childbirth, stress and age, hair begins to fall out, thin out and break off. Itâ€™s not pleasant and it is quite frankly, in my case anyway, very upsetting. I had a full on melt down at the discovery of a dime sized bald spot a couple years ago.
One trick I learned to help with those thinning sides that tend to break off from pulling back into the ponytail, bronzer brushed strategically along your temples can actually disguise thinning areas. Hallelujah. I may still end up needing Rogaine but for today, bronzer is working.
We all know that make-up is used to make us look and feel more beautiful, to camouflage our flaws but who knew that you could do so much camouflaging with your bronzer?
Whatâ€™s your favorite summer bronzer?
Photo Source: Raissa B