Bronzer: You're Doing it Wrong


Yes, yes. At this point, there is no need to bore you with statistics and whatnot regarding the fact that there simply is no such thing as a healthy tan. Does it always stop us from indulging in the beachy pursuits? Of course not...don't be daft.  We may be older and smarter, but we're not total buzzkills, are we?  No, now we simply make sure that we are slathered in a healthy coating of 50+ and wearing a big, silly hat.

However, that inevitably means that there will be tan lines. Especially if you have colouring like mine..no matter how much sunscreen you slather on, you're going to go a bit brown. My issue is my face. Because I wear a big hat on the beach, a visor on the tennis court, etc - my face always ends up several shades lighter than the rest of me. Plus we're women. We exfoliate. It can end up looking weird.

Enter bronzer. I am a bit ambivalent about bronzer. I had always read that women with silver hair should avoid it as to not look ashen or muddy, but I think that's not true. I still like to use it in summer, and had a sneaking suspicion that the muddy-ashen look had more to do with technique and colour choice than hair colour.  My suspicions were confirmed after watching Lisa Eldridge's video. I realised that I am using the completely wrong bronzer colour for my skin (something I plan on rectifying later today with a trip to the drugstore), and I would have never thought of brushing a bit of bronzer across my neck! These, and other tips in the video below...


What I like best about these summer bronzer looks is the ease of it. It speaks to my aforementioned laziness when it comes to beauty regimens during and immediately after vacation, when you just can't be bothered.  It's quick, it's easy, and low-fuss. With this bronzer look, there isn't even any eyeliner! Life without eyeliner! That's a big step for me, and I couldn't wait to try it. I used my less-than-appropriate bronzer I already had (too red), and tried the look. Once at work, and once just around the house. No eyeliner. That's right...no eyeliner. 

And you know what? Nothing happened. The republic still stands. Once I get a more appropriate shade of bronzer, it can only get better.


Make it Happen.



Comments

  1. great look, Kristin. I have been avoiding bronzer too, but really liked the video.

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  2. Looks good. You can skip the eyeliner because you have such full eyebrows and they frame your face. I have to fill in my blonde eyebrows to look like I'm "finished." Then I can just put on mascara, since, again, blonde eyelashes.

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    1. I'm actually finding that as I get more grey, I have to fill in too...even with my naturally thick, dark brows. Once in my 20s, I wanted to get my brows done permanently (hair removal in the bits that I always had to pluck). The aesthetician flat out refused...said that even though it would look great, as I aged, my brows would thin and I'd wish I had my old brows back. Sage advice as it turns out.

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  3. I've never used bronzer in my life... you look very pretty, though. My general light makeup for work has been without eyeliner for the last few months, mainly because my very soft eyeliner pencil needs sharpening all the time and I never get around to sharpening it.

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  4. Dang, you just get prettier Kristin! I wonder if Bobbi Brown has bronzers...

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    1. She does, and they are some of the best colours on the market! I just got Bourjois Delice de Soleil in the lightest shade, and it's really good for yellow undertones like mine. No more red orange bronzes for me!

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