i’m aware that not everyone suffers from my particular shade of pale, but the way i see it, we can all benefit from a good bronzer. something about the month of march with its long, dragged out end-of-winter (please, let it be the end of winter) days has me so disgusted by the lack of color in my skin that i had to take action. i did a little research into how to treat “ghost face” and kept stumbling upon stila’s valentine’s day bronzing powder in sweet treat. it’s the right mixture of matte and shimmer, with shades of brown, pearly sand, and even peach to deliver depth and glow to my sad complexion. the trick is to get your hands on the softest, fluffiest brush you can find (i love this one) and dust it ever so lightly all over your skin for a touch of warmth. it’s bringing me immense happiness, and is serving as just enough saving grace to get me to spring. (come. on. spring!)
to tempt you even further, stila is currently offering 25% off and free shipping through friday with code spring25, bringing this little beauty down to a perfectly bite sized $10.50.
stila sweet treat bronzing powder, $14 >
(use code spring25 to get 25% off and free shipping through 3/14)
this face and eye palette from estee lauder’s granddaughter, aerin, is spring splendor if i’ve ever seen it. face brightening pastel shadows are paired with shades of pink, beige and bronze for endless options of easy and versatile beauty looks. it’s one of those pieces that will look just as stunning sitting on my vanity as it will gracing my cheeks and eyelids. i cannot wait to play!
aerin kaleidolight face + eye palette, $70 >
some may argue that we’re at the tail end of bronzer season, but for me pre-fall is actually when i start to rely more heavily on the stuff. as any tiny hint of a tan that i’ve managed to accumulate this summer begins to fade, my cheeks need a touch more punching up and i’m prone to swap my bright pink blush for more bronze-y tones.
if you too are in the market for a bronzer, look no further than make’s gorgeous solstice option. the geometric design is just the tip of the iceberg and i would argue that four skin-enhancing shades have never before been combined together. it comes in three levels of multi-toned mosaic deepness to suit ladies of all beautiful skins and each one is more beautiful than the next. the paraben, mineral oil-free formula is never tested on animals and the bronze effects that you get from these tans, browns, and pinks is simply stunning. i’ve taken to concentrating my brush on the light pink sections, picking up some of the warmer tones and then swirling together on my cheeks. the results are subtly sun kissed and glowy in the most natural way. i’m in love!
if your makeup bag is craving a tiny piece of art, do be sure to pick this one up. as you may recall, make is a wholly for-benefit color cosmetics line from we see beauty – so your purchase does nice things for both your inner and your outer beauty.
make solstice bronzer ($22.50) >
i love a good beach tanning session as much as the next gal, but it’s hard to ignore the health hazards that laying out in the sun can bring. to keep my dermatologist happy and my skin bronze for bikini season, i’m turning to these tried and true products.
jergen’s natural glow daily moisturizer ($8.69) – i’ve used this for years and its non-sticky application and subtle glow always carries me through. i use it every other day, and right after a shower to ensure smooth coverage. jergen’s now has an unscented, firming version as well.
sonia kashuk chic luminosity bronzer/blush duo in glimmer ($12.99) – this is the perfect combination of bronze and pink, and though it’s called “glimmer” it does not contain any trace of shimmer or sparkle, which i appreciate.
benefit watt’s up! highlighter ($30) – i’m loving this little treat that was part of my free birthday gift from sephora. a few swipes of this luminizing stick under my brow bones and along my cheekbones is a gorgeous finishing touch to my makeup each morning.
mark’s just pinched instant blush tint in cheeky ($8) – i have to echo lara’s praise for these cute little cheek tints; they have just the right amount of pigment and are super easy to throw in your clutch or purse.
bareminerals marvelous moxie lipgloss in trail blazer ($18) – moxie leaves my lips feeling refreshed and cool (but not in that tingly, painful lip-plumping way). even more so than the sensation, i appreciate the color – a rich, glossy bronze that pairs perfectly with everyday makeup or as the neutral component to a smoky eye.
are you ready to look better nude?
you might have heard that bareminerals just launched their gorgeous new and limited edition power neutrals collection – and trust me when i tell you that it’s everything you’ve dreamed of. the group has got you covered from eyes to lips, but the hero of the lineup for me is this new all-over face compact.
palettes like these are brilliant because you can swirl a bigger brush over forehead, nose, and chin for a healthy glow or you can concentrate a smaller brush over individual shades to add color to lids and cheeks, or to highlight and contour. i’ve been dabbing my blush brush into each shade and popping it onto the apples of my cheeks for a super natural flush with just the teensiest glow.
the colors are a luminous golden ivory (perfect for adding a subtle touch of shimmer or to highlight – also makes for a very pretty vanilla shadow), a natural matte pink (gorgeous if you’re into mauves – which i am!) and a matte rosewood (almost cocoa, great for adding depth and more color impact, really pretty on eyes). this is one of those powders that will get endless wear and can carry you straight into fall thanks to the range of rosy tones.
i am highly impressed with how easy it is to apply, how it goes on like second skin, and how long it wears. plus the gold compact? it’s seriously stunning. bareminerals has given us a very versatile little palette here for less than $30. i would say you better get this one before it’s gone!
bareminerals ready color boost the adrenaline rush, $29
jouer is one of the very first beauty brands to fuel the makeup obsession that drives the glossarie. what used to be a little-known brand available only at the henri bendel counter in nyc has grown into a makeup phenomenon with a serious following. i was originally drawn to jouer because of their intelligent packaging. they were the first to create the custom palette in a click-together format that is impossible to resist. jouer offers ladies the opportunity to get exactly what they want in terms of color in a makeup palatte, and, well, i totally dig that.
beyond the cool design are quality formulas in wearable colors that are just plain pretty. the result of whatever combination you put together is an effortless beauty that jouer refers to as the truly essential beauty wardrobe. just like the lbd, they offer up the perfect fit for everyone, for every occasion.
after investing in your favorites, you’ll find that jouer’s products click together side to side and back to back, meaning that you can break things up any which way you like, taking as much or as little of your beauty routine with you as you travel.
moisturizing lip gloss in hamptons, $20
powder eyeshadow in meringue, $20
oil-free mineral powder bronzer in sunshine, $28
lip and cheek tint in petal, $20
the products are timeless and have quickly become key pieces in my otherwise overwhelming collection of beauty. i get instant chic whether i’m at home or on the go making jouer a true glossarie mvp.
to start customizing your own essential palette, shop the full jouer cosmetics color range ($14 – $38) online.
i love a blush and bronzer duo. my years as a beauty addict have taught me that going with a formula that has multiple tones can be super flattering to tricky skin tones since there’s often nothing better than a product that allows you to create a custom blend. i need a bit of bronzer to warm things up after putting on my daily dose of foundation, but for fair girls like me, the addition of a peach, coral, or rose to the bronze can add a brightening finishing touch. it pulls the whole look together and makes it look more natural. i’ve chosen two bang up options for anyone in the market for a blush and bronzer in one compact, regardless of your budget.
top: nyx cosmetics bronzer & blusher combo, $9
(a mostly matte finish, perfect for those fighting
blemishes or wrinkles which shimmer tends to amplify)
bottom: bobbi brown limited edition bronzer/blush duo, $36
(so stunning in pink peony and bahama brown)
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i don’t know about you beauties, but my sallow complexion is screaming for some sun. some of my favorite powders and potions for warming things up:
in the center: josie maran bronzing powder, $30
clockwise from top, center: givenchy poudre croisiere, $50
benefit sunbeam, $26
smashbox fusion soft lights baked starburst, $30
sonia kashuk illumunating bronzer, $14.99
estee lauder bronze goddess luminous liquid bronzer, $28.50
lancome star bronzer magic bronzing brush, $33
physicians formula bronze booster glow-boosting season to season bronzer, $14.95
nars illuminator in orgasm, $30
this is one of those pretties that needs little introduction as the beauty of laura mercier’s new blonzer / highlighter hybrid mostly speaks for itself. this palette of pearly rose gold shimmer is just what your cosmetic stash is calling for this holiday season and the goodness goes far beyond that gorgeous rose motif.
rose rendezvous is a silky powder that adds a pink champagne hue to cheeks, eyelids, brow bones, the cupid’s bow (a secret trick to define lips), or all over for a soft glow. this time of year sees no shortage of shimmer at the beauty counters, but we can always count on laura mercier to go glam in a way that won’t scream at you – or make you look like a disco ball. this powder won me over with its super smooth application, complete lack of glitter and buildability – a light application gives a natural blush to skin, but you can add intensity depending on your preference. the finished look is very much ‘lit from within’ and perfect for all of those parties creeping onto the calendar.
rose rendezvous is $42 and a limited edition release for the holidays, but if you’re lucky enough to snag it, i think it will find a happy home among your other products for seasons to come.
happy monday, beauties! is it gloomy where you are today? cloud cover in dc has me craving a little sun-kissed shimmer so i went out on the hunt for something to enhance the teensy bit of color i’ve acquired this month (thank you, multiple looooong highschool graduations on shade-less football fields) without channeling snooki.
so i returned to an old favorite.
guerlain’s terracotta bronzer marks the arrival of summer each year and this season’s version is an absolute stunner. amazingly chic golden tones make up a mosaic pattern that makes me feel like i’m back in the mediterranean. this is the most high quality, luxurious bronzer on the market and a dusting over your existing tan will have you looking so south beach.
guerlain’s terracotta mosaic tan enhancing bronzer is a limited edition, available at sephora for $69.