Monday, 24 August 2015

Faux Glow For The Face


Facial Bronzers
The weather has been pretty average this summer which means that there's been very few chances to sit in the sun and top up my tan. Instead I've resorted to tanning from the bottle to give my skin that  golden glow. Fake tanning the body isn't a particularly difficult task but when it comes to the face it's a lot more tricky. That's not least because if it goes wrong there's absolutely no way of hiding it (unless you succumb to putting a paper bag over your face) but I'm also wary of  fake tan being liable for breakouts. As such I tend to avoid putting them anywhere near my face, leaving me facing  the disastrous look of a white face against a tanned neck. This is where I have to turn to other alternatives to give me that faux glow. There are various  products that have the ability to warm up the face and give a sunkissed look and I've selected four different formulas that can either be used all together or separately depending on the depth of colour that you're aiming for.
 
Clarins Instant Smoothing Self Tan | £20
This is a fake tan designed specifically for the face so rather than leaving an oily residue on the skin- the culprit of causing breakouts- this gives a soft velvety matte finish whilst also adding a warm caramel glow. It's a creamy mousse-like formula that smooths out the complexion for an even base and leaves a lovely natural colour which literally melts into the skin when applied. The only downside is that I find it has quite a strong fake tan scent, however everything else about it is dreamy so all shall be forgiven!
Facial Tanning- Clarins
Facial Bronzers- Bourjois Bronzing Primer
Bourjois Paris Bronzing Primer | £9.99
Admittedly I bought this because I thought it was going to be a dupe for the Clarins and I wanted a cheaper alternative for day to day use. It turns out that this is in no way a fake tan so don't be fooled- unless you never assumed that in the first place. I also wouldn't say that this is a primer either. It has a slight orange undertone so slathering this all over your face wouldn't give you the most natural look to say the least. Therefore naming this as a 'bronzing primer' can be a little misleading. However don't be disappointed as it's a product well worthy of your pennies. I've even heard that it is very similar to Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronze Universel just without being quite so luxurious- but at over 1/3 of the price less I'm not surprised!
 
The texture is very smooth and creamy and a little goes a long way. I apply after my foundation with a small brush such as Crownbrush BK39 Deluxe Round Chisel Fluff to the points of the face that the sun would naturally hit- the temples, edges of the forehead, cheekbones, nose and chin. I  then blend it in using my Real Techniques Contouring Brush. I'm always so surprised by how beautifully it blends and the colour looks very natural which you perhaps wouldn't anticipate when you first look at the pot. This is a brilliant product for adding a lovely golden hue to the face.
 
Seventeen Instant Glow Skin Wow Tan | £5.99
I find that Wow Tan is particularly suitable over the summer months for a light and dewy look. It's a lot more subtle than the other products mentioned but the bronzed particles very delicately shimmer thorough and lift the skin. I tend to use this underneath or mixed with a very light layer of foundation as it makes skin look glowing and radiant. Alternatively if you're wanting to use a full coverage foundation then this can be applied afterwards to the high points of the face. This is effectively a bronzed highlighter but it works so efficiently at contributing towards that summer glow.
Facial Bronzers- Seventeen Tan Glow
Facial Bronzers- Illamasqua Disobey
Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Disobey | £22
 This is considered as a blusher and is recommended for contouring however I actually use it as a bronzer. I've had this for a while but it got pushed to the back of my drawers and forgotten about. When I got to the bottom of my last bronzer I decided to reach out for this and I found a new love for it. As it's technically a blusher it's extremely pigmented meaning that it needs to be used very sparingly,however when used correctly (or not correctly in this case) the colour is gorgeous and looks so natural. I use this with EcoTools Bamboo Domed Bronzer Brush in figure of 3 around my temples, cheekbones and jaw line and a light dusting along my nose. This shade really compliments my skin tone although as it isn't officially a bronzer it only comes in one shade and therefore may not be suitable for all. However whichever bronzer you use, whether it be from Illamasqua or not, they're a lovely and simple way to warm up your skin.
Facial Bronzers Swatches
What are your favourite products for a facial faux glow?
 
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22 comments

  1. I love this Clarins tanning primer! I really want to try this Bourjois primer too, I've heard so many people raving about it :) x

    www.anacelinelabod.com

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    1. It's so gorgeous isn't it! Definitely try the Bourjois primer too. It's really brilliant and leaves such a gorgeous glow!

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  2. Loove the look of the seventeen highlighter. Definitely need to pick that up xx

    Karan|| studentbeautyhack

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    1. It's a really lovely product. Perfect for this time of the year!

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  3. Disobey looks like a gorgeous bronzing shade :) I really like the Seventeen Instant Tan Glow too xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. It's such a lovely shade and the formula is so beautiful too! It's so soft!

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  4. This is such a cool post, I love the look of that Illamasqua powder blush, it's such a pretty shade!

    Paula
    Thirteen Thoughts

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    1. Ah thank you :) The Illamasqua blush really is so beautiful!

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  5. Great picks, really want to try seventeen!

    Have a wonderful Monday! :)

    x Arwa
    http://cremerose.blogspot.com

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    1. You should! I'd definitely recommend it!

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  6. This is such a good post hun!
    Rose
    xxx

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  7. I am obsessed with the bronzing primer, its defiantly so close to the Chanel version!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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    1. It's so lovely isn't it! I guess there's no need for me to splurge on the Chanel version then!

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  8. Great tips! I'll need to try a few if these.
    http://www.dianavilic.com/

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  9. Love the pictures in this post :) The Illamasqua one is really lovely x

    Katina | www.katinalindaa.com

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    1. Oh thank you so much! Disobey really is so gorgeous on the skin :)

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  10. I rarely tan my body so to do my face is a pretty scary thought but it looks like you've got it figured out :)! I actually have that Bourjois Bronzing Primer but I rarely use it so maybe i should give it another try soon x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. I guess if you don't fake tan your body then everything should match up anyway :) The bronzing primer is really lovely and great for this time of the year!

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