Guest Author - April Alisa Marquette
Want a healthy, sun-kissed look? Why not try a bronzer? They come in different formulations and can give you the look of having been on a wonderful vacation, without skin-damaging UV rays.
If your skin is normal to oily, a powder bronzer would be optimal. This is best applied with a fluffy brush. Cream bronzer is great for ethnic beauties whose skin may be dry. Creams can be applied with a makeup sponge or with clean fingertips. There are also lotions and sticks made by some of the most recognizable names in the makeup industry.
The trick to looking fabulous while wearing bronzer is to apply it where the sun would actually kiss your face had you been outside. You will need to apply it to your forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. Don’t forget other areas, like your décolleté, for when you wear those barely there blouses or tank tops. Your shoulders and neck could also use a bit of a dusting.
Bronzers that are mostly comprised of brown tones, with a hit of red, are very realistic looking. They won't scream "I'm wearing makeup!" Bronzers are simple. For some people, with or without a dab of concealer, bronzers can even suffice for foundation. Those that appear orange or those with high doses of frost will more than likely appear artificial on ethnic skin. It is always best to attempt to mimic the way you would have looked had you actually spent time in the sun. By that I mean, if your skin is naturally a medium brown hue, and turns golden brown in the sun, it's likely you will garner compliments if you apply a medium bronzer. The thing about bronzer is, if it doesn't 'warm' up your complexion, or if it appears orangey, you will need another shade, perhaps one lighter.
A host of cosmetics companies now offer different hues in light, medium, and dark shades. Thus if your skin is olive, you can pick your shade from the medium range. If you are fair-skinned, then you'd go light. If your skin is beautifully mocha, or resembles the coffee bean, then your shade would come from the darker palette. Don't be afraid to mix and match colors either, because the truth is, as ethnic beauties our complexions change from time to time. However, from our magic purse, we want to draw at least two shades that we can blend to will match our skin perfectly.
Bronzing lotions are another way to go. These can create a near flawless illusion, especially on the body. Or try a tinted moisturizer or foundation. These are great ways to even out the look of your skin tone. These formulations often contain near invisible flecks of gold that will cause skin to shimmer. Be sure to patch test, to make sure you won't have a reaction, and to make sure the hue is right for you. With any form of bronzer, cream, powder, stick, or lotion; begin with a light layer. You can always go darker after you see how your color develops. Be careful my darlings, in the eye area and don’t forget to dust your ears! Have fun finding the color or colors right for you. Then strut your stuff, you sun-kissed beauty, you!