Glow Up

June 25th, 2017

June 25th, 2017

Whether it’s for a summer wedding, a garden party or a beach shoot in the middle of winter for an upcoming S/S campaign, having a list of go-to products to create a golden glow will make your job that much easier.  Everyone knows the NARS Lagunas of the beauty world, so we scoured around for some of the most recent or under-valued products to create the perfect bronzed, glowing look.

‘Golden Goddess’ - model: Mari Agory - photographer: Lindsay Adler - stylist: LSC - make-up: Griselle Rosario - Idol Magazine 2014

‘Golden Goddess’ – model: Mari Agory – photographer: Lindsay Adler – stylist: LSC – make-up: Griselle Rosario – Idol Magazine 2014

Speaking of NARS, their new summer collection contains their latest bronzer formula.  The Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer is a velvet-soft matte powder which uses blurring technology to create a soft-focus, natural effect.  If you’re a fan of Laguna you’re in luck, as it’s one of the four shades available, while Seaside is perfect for paler skins which usually appear orange-tinged when bronzed.  Available now for £29.


Benefit’s Hoola is another classic which has seen a shake-up for summer 2017.  Sitting alongside the usual shade comes Hoola Lite (£24.50), which is exactly what is sounds like – the same great formula now in a lighter caramel shade.  If cream formulas are more your jam then the Hoola Quickie Stick (£23.50) will have you doing the hula before you know it.  One of those magical shades which can stretch to cover both bronzing and contouring on some skin tones, we’re a fan!  They join last year’s Dew The Hoola liquid addition to the range.


It may not the easiest brand to get hold of, but you may have noticed the soft spot we have for Rouge Bunny Rouge.  We’re yet to try a product from this whimsical brand that we haven’t liked, and their Bronzing Glow range is no different.  Whether you prefer the embossed powder version (€45) or the golden halo-inducing liquid (€59) the shades are the perfect mix of light-reflecting gold and neutral, deeper bronze tones which don’t pull too orange on the skin.


While not strictly marketed as a bronzer, the Lancôme Belle De Teint (£35) soft-focus powders come in eight shades with a decent range of darker tones.  For ‘healthy’ skin this will be your new best friend – lightweight, buildable and with a subtle radiance, it can combine finishing powder and gentle bronzing in one.  Look out for the Lancôme Belle De Teint Bronze & Blush Harmony which should be landing soon, having made a splash over in the US.

Lancome BelleDeTeint

Lancome Summer2017

Queen of the glow Charlotte Tilbury has recently launched a couple of products for a luminous, subtle tan effect.  If you have the prep time and access with your client you might like her Overnight Bronze & Glow Mask (£38), a plumping and hydrating overnight treatment which develops into a subtle golden tan.  If you don’t have the luxury of time then try her new Unisex Healthy Glow tinted moisturiser (£35) which leaves skin looking hydrated, smoothed and healthily glowing.


Becca’s highlighters (rightly) receive more than enough love and attention – but did you know that their bronzer is also great?  Becca’s Sunlit Bronzer (£32) comes in five shades with different undertones, with Becca’s philosophy of trying to provide an inclusive range of shades showing.  Mostly matte, the tiny hint of shimmer adds the healthy sun-kissed glow that we’re always chasing down.


Every year we look to Esteé Lauder’s Bronze Goddess collection for the latest iteration of a fail-safe range.  This year we’re looking forward to the Illuminating Powder Gelée (£34) – a pearly sheen-shot bronzer which is almost too beautiful – and the already-scarce Summer Look Palette.  If you get the chance then grab one – while the tan shades are technically eyeshadows they’d look great on the cheeks, and the blush is the perfect pale terracotta for a sun-flushed cheek.

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Decent bronzer palettes are hard to come by on the more affordable end of the price spectrum.  You may have your favourite single shades, but a solid variety of shades in combination can be lacking.  We’re enjoying the Maybelline Master Bronze palette (£12.99), but the warm shades certainly won’t suit everyone.  Since the welcome return of e.l.f to the UK, you might like to try their much-loved Bronzers which combine four shades for just £5.  For deeper skin tones, or if you like a mix of matte and shimmer finishes, their new Bronzer Palette (£7.50) is another bargain in the making.

Maybelline bronze paletteElf bronzer

New in this month, Erborian’s Copper Glow bronzing powder (£34) gives a gorgeous warm golden sheen.  What we particularly like is the enriched formula with 2% Japanese Camellia Oil to prevent the skin from being dehydrated by the powder formula, leaving skin looking smooth and glowing.

Erborian copper glow

Sold out just about everywhere, thanks to Sarah Brock recently revealing to us that it’s the product she used to make Wonder Woman Gal Gadot the bronzed goddess that she is, Smashbox’s L.A Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Colour in Venice Beach Bronze is the ultimate do-all cream bronzer/highlighter combo.  If you see one in stock then grab it – it might be a while ’til it’s back thanks to this high demand!

Smashbox venice beach




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