The secret to wearing bronzer in winter
No European holiday booked? No countdown app ticking over until your flights to Fiji?
If the only glow your complexion is currently basking in, is the cold blue light of a phone or laptop screen, it’s time to get amongst some winter bronzing of the pressed powder kind.
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But as skin starts to show the effects of the seasonal weather shift, it also loses some of its colour and natural luminosity, looking flaky and dull.
And if daily Love Island episodes haven’t inspired you to revive your full-body fake tanning regimen, adding just a touch of radiant bronzer will make you feel more at one with the northern hemisphere bevs (Thanks Lucie!), even if it's only your face exposed, with all the layers of clothes.
bh loves: (L -R) L’Oréal Paris La Terra Bronze Please! in Portofino. $29.99; Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk'r Instant Warmth Bronzer in Inda Sun, $52; La Mer The Bronzing Powder, $150; Too Faced Natural Lust Satin Dual-Tone Bronzer, $56; Guerlain Terracotta Limited Edition $126
Winter bronzing should be a lesson in restraint, with just a hint of radiance and colour. The goal is to warm up skin ever-so-slightly from it’s mid-winter appearance, rather than recreate your honey-hued mid-summer complexion. So stick with mid-tones with an element of subtle shimmer that reflects the light. Anything too dark, flat, or cool-toned will look muddy, unless you're using it to contour.
Bronzer now comes in a far larger range of shades than ever before (shout out to Fenty Beauty for releasing 8 shades of its new Sun Stalk'r Instant Warmth Bronzer so everyone from very light to very deep skin tones have options) so it's easier to choose a subtle option, just one or two shades up from your natural complexion, in the cooler months.
Applied with a big fluffy brush, use a light hand to dust the high planes of the face like the cheekbones, forehead, bridge of the nose and chin with a touch of powder bronzer as the last step in your makeup routine (unless you're applying a setting spray).
At this time of year we benefit from new bronzer releases timed for summer north of the equator, and a stunning bunch are they (above). While pricey, just gazing upon them lifts our winter mood a touch, and besides, if you can spring for one of these covetable compacts, they’re cheaper than airline tickets any day!
Main Image: @CamilaMorrone
Would you wear bronzer in winter?