Before I start talking about the joys of looking bronzed and glowing, I would like to say something very important: I will never advocate lying in the sun with the sole intention of tanning your skin. Sure, accidental tans happen to the best of us, but if you’re asking for my expert advice, no suntan is worth the long-term damage UV rays do to your skin.
Having said that, there is something wonderful about looking as though you have just stepped off a plane from a warmer land, is there not? Despite its pitfalls, the sun has a wonderful way of making our skin look delightful. A few hours in the sunshine can make our skin look not only bronzed but also glowing, radiant and actually quite healthy. So what if I told you there was a way to get that sun-kissed glow without having to put up with the long-term damage? And no, it doesn’t involve a fake tan.
It’s all down to good ol’ trusty bronzer. Gone are the days of excessive bronzer use leaving skin looking orange-toned and Oompa Loompa–like. In fact, after years of over-applying bronzer, I’ve found the new-age formulas actually have people asking me where I’ve been on holiday (and I haven’t even touched a fake tan yet this year).
The key, I have learned, is to opt for a glow-boosting (but not shimmery) bronzer. I’m talking silky, melt-like-butter powders with teeny-tiny light-reflecting particles dusted over the top of the forehead, swiped along cheekbones and patted onto the bridge of the nose. Trust me—since I adopted this makeup technique last year, I have people complimenting my tan all year round (when really I’m the palest I’ve ever been). Using a glow-boosting bronzer is, without a doubt, the speediest way to fake a tan. And to avoid making any wrong turns in the bronzer aisle, I’ve compiled a list of the best glow-boosting bronzers for such results—you’re welcome.
Next up, skincare-infused makeup is the biggest beauty trend, and I’m here for it.