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Bronzed Goddess

January 14th, 2014

January 14th, 2014

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It might be because it’s just so cold and miserable outside, it might be because we’ve spent all morning looking at the lovely sunshine in LA and the sun-kissed bronzer work on the red carpet at the Golden Globes, maybe even that tell-tale ‘Only Celebrity Geordie Housewives Made on Shore’ bad spray tans that make us cringe, but there’s something irresistible bronzers that give a look a little lift.  Dreaming of sunshine and sun-kissed skin, Warpaint rounds up some of our favourite bronzers.

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Now bronzing technology has come along way since the ‘80s. We’re not talking self tans here, this is all about creating a glow with instant gels, liquids, powders and sprays; no mixing up Camp Coffee to relieve alabaster legs here.

Whilst bronzing powders work brilliantly in the heat of the Summer as they work as a mattifier, if dry skin is a problem then cream bronzers are quite brilliant.  Smooth in texture and with a variety of pigments, there are plenty to suit every skin shade.  Some bronzers are for the face, some for the body, liquid, powder cream or gel, for English rose or skin with colour, there’s a bronzer for every occasion.

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BEST BRONZING STICK

NYX cosmetics tango with bronzing stix (£8) is a clever little product that gives a high shine finish so works well when used on eyes, but it will cover lightly across the cheeks, décolletage and collar bone.  Its silicone texture and SPF makes it a safe and comfortable choice.  Four shades are available from Dusky Copper to Warm Chocolate.

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BEST BRONZER/BLUSH DUO

Often brands will mix their bronzing palettes to include blush too.  These duos work for every season, sculpted cheekbones in the winter and sun-kissed glow in the summer. NARS Blush Bronzer Duo (£30) in Sin/Casino is a duo of signature cheek shades for achieving the ultimate in sun-kissed radiance.  The Blush/Bronzer Duos deliver a healthy bronzed glow and a brilliant flush of blush.

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BEST ALL-OVER GLOW

Clarins Bronzing Duo SPF 15 (£28) pairs a lighter matte tan tint and a darker, pigmented colour, with a hint of sparkle.  Use each pan separately or mix them together for the ideal illuminating glow.  The mineral formula absorbs beautifully into skin (and distributes a much needed dose of SPF), suitable for lighter complexions looking for a subtle flush of colour.

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BEST LUXURY BRONZER

Chanel’s soleil tan de chanel luminous bronzing powder (£31) allows use of the varied tones to sculpt cheekbones and slim down the nose.  The gradient of shades makes it easy to custom blend anything from a light dusting of colour to a full on tanned look.

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BEST FOR DARKER SKIN TONES

Darker skin can still benefit from an extra boost of pigment. Topshop’s Matte Bronzer (£9) in Mohawke blends seamlessly into deeper complexions and gives a healthy dose of sheen.

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BEST ON A BUDGET

Sleek Makeup has Luminous Powder (£6.99) and Sleek Makeup Glo and Body Highlighter (£6.49) Glo Face and Body Highlighter is a multi-tasking wonder product that creates a healthy, brightening all over dewy glow.  With five colours to suit all in one neat little compact, this really is a multi-tasking makeup bag essential.  Glo Face and Body Highlighter in Bronze Baby is ideal for fair/light skin tones.

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BEST ICONIC

Guerlain’s Terracotta Bronzing Powder (£34) is a legendary product.  Designed to recreate every shade of the sun and comes in eight shades, pink-toned for fair skinned blondes, golden-toned for brunettes and a reddish copper, ebony for dark skins.

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BEST LIQUID FOR THE FACE

NARS Laguna Illuminator (£22) is a golden bronze highlighter, giving not only a sun-kissed glow but also containing antioxidants like polar berries and Indian frankincense.  As with all liquid face bronzers, apply a tiny amount with a blush brush.

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BEST LIQUID FOR THE BODY

Perfect for impatient commitment-phobes (or fake-tan first-timers), L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze One Day (£12.49) delivers instant colour and lasts only until your next shower.

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BEST FOR BLACK SKIN

Iman’s Sheer Finish Bronzing Powder (£18.40) is a sheer bronzing powder can be worn as an all-over complexion enhancer or as a blush. Gives skin a touch or bronzed radiance all day and night and designed specifically for women of colour.

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