Thursday, April 26, 2012

Bronzer: I Don't Get It


Personal opinion, but I think this model looks much nicer (and, yes, younger) when she's pale

I don't know about all of you, but it's that time of year when I start to think about BRONZER once again.

And yet again, I don't know why I bother. No matter how I try to get a realistic bronzed glow, which looks so good on everyone else, I don't care for the way the makeup looks on my skin. Sometimes—briefly—I'll convince myself it looks good, but then I'll catch my reflection in a mirror or window and think Who is that dirty hobo? I should think I'd learn from past mistakes, but that doesn't stop me from being enticed by the new entrants and trying again.

Here are my failures, my Wall of Shame if you will, which dates back circa 2000:

Guerlain Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder in Sun Blondes 04


I chose the darker of the "for blondes" shades only because the palette contained more pink than the others. It still turned yucky yellow on me.

Physicians Formula Multi Colored Pressed Powder

Isn't the Physician's Formula bronzer pretty in the pan? I don't remember what my problem was with it, but I must not have liked it or I'd still have it. In fact, I have almost no memory of wearing it, so it must have been one of those try-once-and-cringe things.


Chanel Poudre Soleil Lumiéres Bronze Rosé


I remember when this beautiful Chanel palette came out last year, and I started seeing it appear in blog reviews. It looked so subtle, perfect, and cool toned on everyone's swatches. I thought surely it might be The One, but it was an utter disappointment. It translated very warm and dark on my skin and looked sludgy. I have now banned striped products from my dressing table.


Edward Bess Ultra Luminous Bronzer in Daydream


I really liked the Edward Bess bronzer at first, which I reviewed it here. In the end, I didn't even use it enough to obliterate the EDWARD BESS imprint; it was just too golden for me.


Diorskin Nude Tan Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder in Sunlight


Even though I really liked the packaging, formula, and finish of Dior's Healthy Glow powder, it was yet another too-warm failure.


Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Antigua


Described as a light bronze pink, I saw only a dusty rose blusher—and a bad blush choice for me. I certainly didn't want to spread a whole bunch more of pink on my face. Next.


Rouge Bunny Rouge Bronzing Glow Liquid As if it Were Summer Still


Rouge Bunny Rouge's bronzer (reviewed here) wasn't too bad, but it was still too golden. Also, during the summer I prefer powder finishes, when my skin is more naturally oily. Putting cream-based anything on top is just begging for unwanted shine by 10AM.


Ellis Faas S303


Ellis Faas S303 (reviewed here) is marketed as blush, but its pigment is quite bronzed. It would be a lovely blush on deep, autumnal redheads, but it was too warm and dark on my pink skin.


NARS Bronzing Powder in Irresistiblement


I really like NARS products, but Irresistiblement (how could I pass on a "desert glow") was far too dark and too yellow. Laguna, which is lighter and highly celebrated by makeup lovers everywhere, was also a disappointment. Diffused brown is a good bet, but the golden shimmer made it a no go.

Also, I dislike shimmer in bronzer. If I were to tan naturally, the melanin in my skin would certainly not shimmer.


Benefit Dallas


Benefit Dallas  ... terracotta muck.



Jane Iredale So Bronze Bronzing Powder

Despite my love for many Jane Iredale products (reviewed here), her So Bronze Bronzing Powder was too warm and dark.


Clarins Gelée Auto-Bronzante Express

Here's a surprise: I used Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel in the 90s, and I actually liked how it settled into my skin, which was a nice rosy brown instead of the dreaded ...

You knew this was coming, didn't you?


My only issue with the Clarins self tanner was that I did not want to have a tanned face every day, but once I rubbed it in and the dye took hold, tanned I remained until it faded.




Armani Beauty Sheer Bronzer

Despite how dark Armani Bronzer in the color #1 looks in the pan, it is actually a sheer brown with rosy-mauve undertones. It should have worked, but there was also the unwanted shimmer, and that shimmer was a warm bronze.

All of these failures lead me to wonder if some of us, especially those of us with fair and purely cool-toned skins, aren't meant to bronze. If I spend time in the sun, I first burn. Any tanning that takes place is very slow and gradual, but always preceded by a burn. Though I wouldn't do it again, I liked the way my skin looked when my family lived on the beach, so my issue is not that a tan looks fake on me—it is in trying to mimic that sun-kissed glow from a pan. It almost never translates because I don't tan golden brown; I tan a light rosy brown.

I do realize, of course, that the sun is yellow. And that for many brands, "sun kissed" means lots of yellow in their bronzing product. But some of us just can't handle the warmth, and I remind myself that my entire makeup-wearing life I've managed to live without bronzing makeup, so I should probably avoid temptation this year—as pretty as all the new bronzers will look in their packaging ... but I have to admit I have been tempted by this too-cute Bronzing Powder by Too Faced:


Too Faced Pink Leopard Bronzing Powder


How do you feel about bronzer? Friend or foe?

Photos all from their respective company web sites, and/or Barneys and/or Sephora.

77 comments:

  1. I'm a bit like you about bronzer. A lot of my bronzers look WAY too orange/yellow on me (namely, Cargo Blu Ray bronzer) but I do appreciate my NARS Laguna and MAC Harmony. I think the trick for pale girls is what you said - try to find something that had a bit of mauve and it completely cool in tone - such as NYX's Taupe blush. It's tricky but I think it's definitely worth it!

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    1. Hi Annick, NARS Laguna is so dark on me. I am tempted to try NYX Taupe blush (what an ODD blush name), but I think it's best if I just step away from the bronzer idea. Hmm, maybe I could try one of my cool taupe eyeshadows instead. :^)

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    2. I've got that NYX blush on my list of contour products to try. I haven't gotten into bronzers yet; however, I do have Josie Maran's Beach No. 1 bronzer, which came in my first makeup palette. I've tried it only a handful of times, with a light hand, and I think it looked alright. I'll have to get a friend's opinion next time. It's quite subtle. Difficult to describe ... Somewhat pale golden peachy ...

      Zuzu, I'll grab it and swatch it in daylight and get back to you with a better description if you want. :)

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    3. If if's pale golden and peachy you can rule me out! ;D I'd look better with a pale silver bronzer, heh.

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    4. Got it, sister :)
      I played with Beach again yesterday and I think it's best for lighter, slightly warm beauties.

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    5. Story of my life. *le sigh* Thank you for checking, Boo.

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  2. I still haven't decided if bronzer is going to work for me. Even with my very golden and medium-toned skin, they tend to look orange on me. And this is with very expensive products.

    My main reason for wanting to use bronzer is not to tan, but to add a bit of dimension. I've noticed that my face can look a bit flat and/or puffy in photographs when I'm wearing foundation which evens out my skin tone.

    Like you, I think I have the best result when I use a fluffy brush and a very light application. This adds a tiny bit of shading but without looking like deliberate "makeup."

    I have a similar Armani blush (#5) which I haven't tried in a while. I may pull that out today and see if it works better than the Chanel and Guerlain ones I've been trying to use.

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    1. I had not thought about dimension, but it's a good point. I use Jane Iredale PurePressed foundation and the JI recommendation is to have two of them, using the darker shade along the hair and jawline and the lighter one in the center of the face. I assume she's also helping consumers add some dimension to their face. I have done this, but I didn't notice much difference in my skin. Maybe that's a good thing. It's not like I need color blocking!

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  3. FANTASTIC Post! I almost choked on my coffee when I got to the picture of Willy Wonka and the Oompa-Loompa!!! I no longer have a love-hate relationship with bronzers because I stopped trying to find one. They just don't work for me. The only one that I have been curious about is the liquid RBR one-- and it was your review that got me interested. I was sent a sample in my last RBR shipment, but haven't even opened it yet. I just feel that bronzers go orange on cool toned people like us, and I don't want to catch the reflection of a dirty hobo only to realize that it is me!

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    1. I look forward to your opinion on the RBR bronzing liquid. It's such a nice product, but it just isn't right for me.

      Sorry about my absence. Saying I am behind on a work deadline doesn't even begin to describe it. I promise to swing by soon. #Hunkering.

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    2. I fear that it might be too gold for me, but it is so gorgeous!!! That it hasn't a hint of orange is a huge plus.

      Don't be sorry-- while I have missed you tremendously I sensed that work was really really busy. I was about to email you to check in- to make sure everything was ok, but just as soon as I was about to you resurfaced so I stopped worrying :-)

      I need to hunker down to get this next chapter written and sent off, but probably will try not to disappear since blogging is a far more social and pleasant way to write (and is great and happy escape)-- rather than the looming pressure of a chapter deadline!

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    3. Yes my little bit of goof off is why I am up so early--plus as I was working through the spec comparing it to what's already documented, I found lots of flaws in their design! That should be QA's job, not the writers. ;)

      I also love that there's no orange in the RBR bronzer, and the hint of gold would not matter on a Light or Soft Summer, but being a true season, it just doesn't work, no matter how much I want it to.

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  4. I never was a bronzer girl but since the last past 2 years I figured out how to use it in a way, that works for me.

    my mistakes: I used way too much ( I am inbetween N10/15 and obviously you can see every tiny thing on my skintone); I used it all over face (or where the sun hits face first 'I do think this sentence is weird as well but I hear it often, haha'.

    what I do differently: I dab my brush into the bronzer, them swirl it onto a tussue and then apply lighly (bit) under my cheekbones, my nose and forehead and chin) - like a barely there colour. it works great for me and I am very happy with the result.

    my yfavourite bronzers: guerlain terracotta blondes and Dior sunset

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    1. Swirling the brush on a tissue first sounds like a great idea. I used to swirl the brush against the lid when I was wearing MAC's Love Thing, a deep red blush, and that took all the excess off, so I ended up using more of what was already embedded in the bristles. Harder to overdo.

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    2. I had a hard time using bold colours on my skintone (cheeks/blush) as well. I just follow one simple rule: use less (or barely there) colour. if I need more colour, I can always build it up. I was scared to look like a real creepy doll with that round, very obvious blush, haha :]

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    3. What I find interesting is I can wear extremely vibrant blush. Maybe not red, but my best blushes are fuchsia, which I think I instinctively knew but shied away from for almost 2 decades, while I pursued the dusty-rose-type blushes (which might make a good contour/bronzer, now that I think of it!)

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  5. So glad to see I am not the only one. When all the bronzers start popping up on blogs this time of year, I get a serious case of lust and envy. Some of them are so beautiful in the pan that I just want them no matter what. But I refrain. I have tried a few that have been GWP but have been hugely disappointed in each and every one. This year, I even started watching "how to" videos to see if I could figure out what I'm doing wrong. Fail. Every tip and trick I tried just did not work for me. My conclusion: fair skinned redheads with freckles and pink undertones do not bronze. I certainly don't tan so it stands to reason that bronzing would look fake on me. But I am now used to being in the minority demographic for most cosmetic companies. Things are getting better, but most companies don't design products for people with my coloring. I am a natural redhead and would not ever be anything else, but it is really hard to find complimentary products.

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    1. Wow, I bet you have a hard time. Most lines don't carry foundation light enough for me (NW15/20) and it's almost always too yellow/brown. Surely you already know about Crista's blog (Perilously Pale). Her coloring sounds very much like yours, but I also know she experiments with makeup much warmer than I could handle. Still! She's another pinkie. :^)

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    2. Yes I do read her blog. From her pics, she and I are almost identical in coloring. But she is much braver than me :) She does experiment with warmer tones and much brighter colors than I am comfortable with....and I have rarely seen anything go wrong on her. I actually used her and your swatches exclusively when figuring out what to order from RBR and that was a major help, and success, with all of my RBR purchases. I don't wear foundation except for powder, gave up on that a long time ago. I tried a sample of two of the RBR highlighters with my last haul and no go. End of the road for me with highlighter/bronzers. I say if RBR can't fix it...it's too broken!!

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    3. LOL, very true! I'm glad our swatches helped, and I agree that Christa makes everything look good. I haven't seen such exquisite eyeshadow blending and gradations in .... ever.

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  6. So, I'm of two minds on this subject. On the one hand, I do love the golden bronzed look in the summer (at least when I see it on advertisements and promotion photos) and I've been trying to emulate that look myself lately - I even have a post coming up about it. My skin is warmer in tone, so most bronzers tend to look okay on me, though I do shy away from the very orange ones. On the other hand, however, I'm very pale - all of me is pale. While I do tan (or, at least, I used to, when I lived in a place where the sun came out every day!), I can't for the life of me figure out how to wear bronzer all over my face. Because even if I took it down onto my neck, the rest of me would still be deathly pale, no? Is this where body lotion tanners come in? No thank you. I really am confused, haha!

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    1. Exactly! That is exactly my plight, Larie. My body is milky pink, so having a brown face would look so weird. If I were tanned on the rest of me, I'd probably go back for the Clarins.

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  7. It only took one bronzer to figure out I don't suit bronzer, and it's not even an intense bronzer, it's very sheer and barely there but I still don't like it. When I thought about it, even though I am a Mediterranean brunette, I don't have an olive skin tone and I don't tan. If I am exposed to the sun I just turn red and I burn easily. Since my skin doesn't bronze naturally, I decided not to try anything that looks unnatural on my face.

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    1. Odyssey, you are a model of restraint! Even though I know bronzer isn't my friend, I still get lured in, especially by the gorgeous new Guerlain pans.

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  8. As an English blonde I long ago came to the conclusion that tanning is not for me. I would like to look a wee bit less like the undead but live in fear of the Ompa Lompa effect.

    Fenwicks sells Armani so I may nip in and try the bronzer (with some facial wipes in my handbag).

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    1. Yes, definitely bring the facial wipes. :) When I think of women on the British Isles, "bronzed" does not immediately jump to mind! Maybe you think you look undead, but as long as it isn't prison pallor, I think virgin skin looks so beautiful, and I wish I had never tanned a day in my life.

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  9. Yep, I tried some Nars South Beach today and looked a bit grubby. As a paler than pale English lady, tanning is not for me either.

    Fenwicks has Armani now so I shall have to try the bronzer and carry some facial wipes in case of Ompa Lompaness.

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    1. The Aramani shouldn't oompa you. I swear I see no orange in the pan, but there is shimmer. *sigh* I'd love to know how it turns out for you. Oh, and don't be scared of the color in the pan. It's DARK. But it goes on sheer.

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    2. Going to have a look at the Armani this afternoon!

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    3. Tick tick tick. Isn't it afternoon over there?? ;D I hope you're having fun at Fenwicks' counter.

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    4. The bronzer was amazing, very sheer and just took the edge of my pallor off. The lady also put on some Eyes To Kill mascara which was fab! Then, I had make up done at Nars with the summer collection- the trio is mine.

      BEST AFTERNOON EVER!

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    5. Fantastic news, Mopsy! I assume you mean the NARS new eyeshadow trio, if so it's simply stunning.

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    6. Yip! The make-up artist used it with the dark colour of Paris duo and Madison Avenue eyeliner.

      I was very happy.

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  10. Take a look at the Alima Pure bronzers...they have very light/fair shades that are lovely.

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    1. I had not even considered Alima bronzers. And I actually like Alima products--funny it never crossed my mind. Perhaps because they aren't advertised the way all the other stuff is.

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  11. Definite foe, although like Christy Z., Alima's Maracaibo is the closest thing I've come to finding one I like. But on most people (even with darker skins), bronzer usually rarely looks natural (to my eye, anyway).

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    1. Thanks for the tip about Maracaibo, veuve. I'll get a sample in my next order.

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  12. Korres purple brown blush is a great contour/ bronzey blush for palies!

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    1. Interesting! I had been using RBR bush in Delicata--briefly--as bronzer, but it was too warm. Korres purple brown sounds worth looking into.

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  13. Definite foe. Like you I get swept up in bronzer frenzy around this time each year. I only have to remind myself that I just can't do that. I do have NYX Taupe blush when I want to do some contour but that mood doesn't strike very often!

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    1. Yes, the mood is wearing off for me, as well. I spent years trying to find the right brown eyeshadow (because brown looks good on blue-eyed blondes, dontcha know), but it wasn't until my color draping last winter that I finally understood why brown didn't work and why I needed to give up on it.

      Bronzer is brown, so that seems like a big duh to me now, too. :) That said, I can wear some rosy browns, and Armani is very close to that. Still, I can't work up the enthusiasm to try again.

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  14. Definitely friend. Like Ms. M, I only use bronzer to shade my face on the temple near the hairline(not the entire temple), under the cheek bone blended into my blush, and along the jaw line to "hide" a bit of jowliness that's developing. It's basicallly that "three" shape we've seen in the contour how-to's. My skin tone is medium: the bronzer in the LMdB Face Palette works perfectly for me. There's no hint of orange, just a subtle "something" that's only obvious when I don't apply it. I have an orangier one in an old YSL palette that I only wear in the summer on sunny weekends.

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    1. Oh, good, Ava! I am glad there's another fan of bronzer. I suppose my post is mostly attracting those who dislike it (given the post title), but surely the majority of women like and look good in it.

      I suppose I keep trying because I do like the way subtle contouring looks on me, but the Armani bronzer is WRONG for that on me because it isn't matte and the microshimmers draw light instead of make the area completely recede.

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  15. I'm in the same boat as you with bronzers. I'm too pale & pink, but keep searching for the right one. Definitely gonna have to check the Armani one now! lol...I've tried Benefit's Hoola which isn't too bad as long applied with a light hand & it doesn't have that orange tone that I find in all the raved about Guerlain ones. Plus it doesn't have any glaring shimmer in it :)

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    1. I don't think I tried Hoola ... or if I did it didn't look good on me. And I agree, Guerlain is too orange. The color reminds me of that Bain de Soleil sunscreen I used many years ago.

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  16. Have you tried any of the Elea Blake cosmetics? They are created based on the sci/art 12 seasons - they have a bronzer for each of the 12 seasons... http://www.eleablake.com/products.php?categoryId=184 - this is the one for True Summer. You can order a reveal size to try for like $5 or $6 bucks -- the website isn't the most user friendly - just keep clicking away and checking out everything that's available by season :) -- they have a facebook page - and you can ask questions. I called and ordered rather than going thru the website - they are super nice ;) I got the bronzer for the Dark Winter - which I am - a neutral cool - and no bronzer has ever looked right - and the dark winter one works great for me :)

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    1. Hi Anon, I have ordered from Elea Blake before (lipstick samples) but hadn't thought of her bronzer. The image you linked to actually looks promising and seems worth a try, especially if I use it mostly for very suble contouring. Thanks for reminding me about EB. And, yes, their staff is excellent.

      I don't know if you subscribed to comments, but if you come back, can you tell me if the bronzer is matte or if it contains any shimmer at all.

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  17. Have you tried the powder bronzer from Rouge Bunny Rouge? I'm a fair-skinned, cool-toned blonde, and it works on me (and the texture is great). The only other bronzer I own is the Edward Bess, which is too muddy for me too. I have the Rouge Bunny Rouge powder bronzer in the darker shade (at neatherway cove) because i thought that the lighter one was sold out, and it still works, though I'll probably cave eventually and get the lighter one.

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    1. I had not considered it because the RBR writeup was "beige-brown with goldish pearls." Gold doesn't look good on my skin. At the time I was looking, there was only one color option, but I just looked at the RBR web site and noticed that At Neatherway Cove is new.

      I would still want to see it in person, which is impossible for me on the east coast. The "coral" bit in the color description concerns me. If it had said "Satin-finish natural rose-brown," I am certain I'd cave in to temptation, because you are right, RBR textures and finishes are exquisite.

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    2. Yes, the undertone is definitely coral, not rose-brown. If I ever get the other one I'll let you know if the gold pearls are at all noticeable once applied.
      I personally never really think of bronzer as a way to get a tanned look though- I just use it when I'm very pale and don't want to look ill, or if I feel that my foundation application has been a bit too heavy-handed and looks too pale and uniform.
      Your blog and the forum are relatively recent discoveries for me and I love them! It's great to find another good source of information about Rouge Bunny Rouge (Solstice Halcyon doesn't work for me either!).

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    3. Thank you! I am glad you are enjoying both. :)

      I see your point about not using bronzer to look tanned. As Larie said above, her face wouldn't match her neck or body, and even Lisa Eldridge says to make sure to get your ears, chest, and even hands/arms.

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  18. I'm a very fair skinned olive tone but anything with too much yellow or warmth makes me look jaundiced. Interested by your comment on the bronzer with rose/mauve undertone. My favourite at the moment for warming skin/bronzer is a blusher from Make Up Store called Caramel that has exactly these tones. In fact, I find blushers to be a better way of bronzing as you get more undertone choice in general.

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    1. Hi Hannah, I think bronzers with rose/mauve undertones are very few and far between. So I do thinking that looking toward dusky blushes is the way to go for those of us who are fair and suited to cool tones.

      I just had a look at Caramel online. It looks quite light!

      http://www.makeupstore.se/usen/products/base/blush/carmel

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  19. For me, it's all in the name, "bronzer." I don't bronze naturally, so there's no possible way a product designed to imitate one's natural bronze shade would ever work on me since I don't have a natural bronze shade.

    Whenever I tried to get a tan, I burned and peeled repeatedly and ultimately ended up with a very light cafe au lait color. I have yet to see a bronzer that mimics my natural suntan color.

    I have light ivory skin (MAC NC 20) with warm, clear yellow undertones. I don't have any orange-brown-bronze tones in my skin. I've been seduced by all the bronzers out there and have always been disappointed. None looks good.

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    1. Emma Peel, cafe au lait is a great way to describe a tan; in fact, it would describe mine if the lait part were made with strawberry milk.

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  20. Like you I keep giving up then being tempted to try again. The Armani one is definitely tempting me. I do indeed enjoy my fair skin so maybe I should just give it up for good already!

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    1. Right, I am not sure I care for the name Perilously Brown!

      Give up for good, hee hee. What part of "restraint" does that fall under?

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  21. Hi Zuzu, I think some people just don't wear bronzer (or spray tan) as well. I avoid most bronzers since they're powder products (and my cheeks don't seem to like them), however if that wasn't an issue, I would still only use them for contour and a light dusting on the forehead. Laguna works well for contouring, however colors like Dior Aurora work better all over since I have a lot of pink and yellow in my skin. I can't wear too orange or too golden colors! That said, I've been told (in a not rude way at all) that I simply look better when I'm less tan and I agree. It makes things easier!

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    1. I have concluded that anything that makes my morning routine easier is preferential. All those years I managed to live without primer of any kind, bronzer, highlighter, concealer, choices of eyeshadows ... I often miss those simpler days and have the feeling that the second half of my life will be going back to my minimalist roots. As we get older, I think many of us look better with less. Which probably won't curtail my spending habits, but oh, well.

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  22. I think looking bronzed by Western standard is the equivalent of Asians wanting to look fairer. Something in the cultural mind set rather than objectively looking at what looks good for individuals.

    Personally, while I own many bronzers, I only wear it during transitional seasons when my skin changes shades and I look sickly or odd. One is in spring when wintery paleness just looks wan and needs a kick, and the other is in the fall when my summer tan is in the fading stage. Bronzers can be handy at those times, but otherwise they get ignored by me for the most part. To me that model looks more natural and prettier with her original colouring, but I understand that the "bronzed goddess" look has its own appeal to those who associate it perhaps with a more glamorous lifestyle of jetting off to beachy resorts more frequently than the rest of us are able to. :)

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    1. Good point about the idle-rich lifestyle. Almost a century ago, it was considered declasse to let the skin tan, even slightly, but Coco Chanel abruptly changed the tides on that. I have read she's to be solely credited for making tanned skin a sign of the (yachting) rich.

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  23. I have developed a loathing for bronzers...especially the shimmery ones; they just look so unnatural I can't stand it. The only "bronzer" I've used for a significant amount of time is Bare Escentuals "Warmth" as it came with the face starter kit I bought. Odd as I also have the problem of everything looking too warm on me. Have you tried Benefit Hoola? I've heard it can be good for us fair girls, but I'm wary of buying anything "bronze".

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    1. I think I have tried Hoola. Isn't that a sort of rose beige? If I recall, it turned muddy. And yes, shimmery bronze is just so ... weird. It should be matte. Or at the very most a satin base that is more of a demi-matte.

      BE bothers my skin, but someone above (Christy and veuve) suggested I try Alima bronzer, which I might do, especially because I can buy a sample pot to start.

      Or I'll just give up. I have no plans on getting tan, so what's the point in having a brown face

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    2. I think it's the bismuth oxychloride, but I can't use BE anymore either. I also have zero plans on tanning....but I always want my legs to be tan! Not my face or chest or arms, just the legs for when I have to wear a dress. Maybe it's slimming, or all in my head, but I think my legs just look better with a tan :)

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    3. As they still making it with bismuth, even though every other mineral brand seems to have found a different way?

      I understand completely about having tanned legs, but for me it has less to do with being slimming (where I just become a brown Moby Dick) than with having my legs NOT glow in the dark. My skin is seriously that pale greyish white color of a fish belly who lives at the bottom of the ocean. I'd have to wear an all-white outfit to not burn the retinas of anyone who looked at me.

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  24. So funny that you ended up with an Armani bronzer! I typically hate bronzers as well, but came across the Fluid Sheer in Amber last time I hit Norstrom. I LOVE IT!! So sheer yet luminous, and it warms my face without looking muddy or orange. It may be too orange for you, however. But I do think they have a rosier color...just not sure if it will "bronze" you or just highlight.

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    1. I have wanted to try the Armani foundation ever since I received a tiny sample tube of it. The color was too dark, but the texture was so nice. And yes, sheer. I don't remember it being luminous, but there wasn't more than 1 application, so I probably was looking more for color than anything else and once I saw it wasn't a good match, I didn't pay much further attention to it.

      I have actually had the bronzer for a long time. I just wear it ... maybe twice a year. :P

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  25. Have you, by any chance, tried Burberry Sheer Summer Glow yet? I'm NW 15 (or NM/N 15), so I'm wondering if you have any opinions about it?
    I have never bought any bronzer, they make me look muddy or orangy, just totally fake (ok, I'm no expert, I've tried bronzer twice). And because of my allergy to the Sun I am always absolutely pale. But maybe it will be nice to add some coloring to my face sometimes...

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    1. I haven't tried anything Burberry yet! I saw it reviewed on The Non-Blonde and it looked really beautiful but also very warm. Amy (Café Makeup) also reviewed it, and she is as fair as you, but she is NC15. And, another favorite of mine, Sabrina of The Beauty Look Book, reviewed and swatched, but it really does look very warm on all their skins (which I believe are all warm toned).

      How difficult it must be to be allergic to the sun! It's one thing to avoid it out of vanity and another thing entirely because of health! Anyway, I really like the way pale skin looks. I find it beautiful, and when you are in your 70s, you will still have beautiful skin. :)

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    2. I read all reviews you mentioned, but your skin tone is closest to mine. And I also think this product is quite warm. Oh, I was able to live without bronzer for sooo long, so I will be able to live without it quite longer ;)

      Luckily, my allergy isn't too bad. I have quite annoying rash, yes, but still I can walk around the city wearing tank top and shorts (not that I like wearing those things ;)), of course under one condition - after I put a lot, and I mean a lot, really good sunblocks (at least SPF 50) on my skin, and walk on the shadowy part of street. Luckily again, I am not the Sun's worshipper as cats are. I love summer, even on the beach, but under huge umbrella ;)

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    3. I'm glad the allergy is not severe. I know there's a condition where people absolutely cannot get sun on their skin. I forget what it's called; I just know it isn't vampirism. ;)

      I have made it to middle age without bronzer, so I can also live the rest of my life without. That said, the Armani Bronzer #1 is the closest I've found to being acceptable because it is a cool rosy brown.

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  26. I keep buying bronzers and my face looks always either dirty or/and orange. I do not believe in bronzers any more and I do not want to spend $$... Instead I use a good blush - at least it goes even and you can pick the right color, not to hesiate at the miserable choice of the bronzers: mud-orange or cappuccino-orange.

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    1. Excellent! Another woman embracing her born-with skin color. Blush is so much more fun. :^)

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  27. This is such a great bronzer blog post!!! I have wasted so much money on bronzers!! all making me orange but in my experience NYX taupe is the best! I wear it all the time now it is so flattering! it makes me look like I have got a bit of a tan not a fake orange bronze like every single other bronzer I have tried apart from Dr Haushka cool tone 01 which is also beautiful and natural looking though I was allergic to the mica in it.
    I recommend either of those two though and the best thing about NYX is its such a great contour and really pretty eyeshadow too!

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  28. That model looks horrible with a tan. Pale is pretty and I love my pale yellow-green(hehe, it's not even tipically peachy or rosy pale) undertoned skin even if people(a-holes or tacky girls) comment on it.
    If only my skin was also blemish and scar free and had no plum hereditary dark circles which are more obvious thanks to my pale skin....:(

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  29. hehe and i'd need an extreme version of a warm toned bronzer...orange ones wouldn't be yellow enough for me cause of the pink in them....i guess that's even harder to find than a rosy one and frankly, isn't worth the trouble...but i'd still like to get a cheap one to use as a blush that looks 'natural' on me.

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