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.