This morning, I posted a navy cardigan intending to use it in a Two Ways post. However, I think I would like to save it for tomorrow and do a Four Ways for Work post with it. So look for that tomorrow.
It’s almost summer time, which means that most women are searching for a sun-kissed look. Here are my tips on how to get it.
Tanning. Until last year, I used to visit the tanning salon once or twice every two weeks. While the risk of skin damage or skin cancer didn’t chase me away (I know, I’m incorrigible.), but you know what did? The fear of ocular melanoma.
I was having some eye twitching last fall, so I went to the eye doctor. She diagnosed me with a case of tired eyes, but when she did my exam, she immediately asked me how often I was tanning. I asked her how she knew, and she said it was damaging my eyes. And we’re done here… No more bed tanning, and sunglasses outside at all times.
Self-Tanner. My favorite brand of self-tanner is the St. Tropez Mousse. I apply it with the mitt, but it’s not critical, I just find it makes application a bit easier. If you need a drugstore brand, I like the Jergens Natural Glow Foaming Lotion to build a gradual tan over time. If you just want to add a bit of color to your legs, try Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs.
But how to prepare your skin for self-tanner? It may seem like a silly question, but if you want to avoid streaks and splotches, you need to do the prep work. First, I shave and exfoliate with a salt scrub. Then, I moisturize with Kiehl’s Creme de Corps. Then, I wait a few hours before applying the self-tanner. It’s important to keep the skin moisturized post-tan, especially the knees and elbows.
If you want to get a longer lasting, full-coverage tan, I would skip the Mystic machine and go for an airbrush tan applied by a professional with a spray gun. It’s just a better way to apply the tan and you don’t have to worry about drips, splotches or missed spots.
Bronzer. The secret to getting that sun-kissed look on your face is two-fold: choose the right bronzer and apply it correctly. Let’s start with the application.
Bronzer should NEVER be applied to the entire face. It is to be applied only to the parts of the face that would naturally be bronzed by the sun a bit more than the rest of the face. In other words, the nose, chin, the sides of the face and the temples.
Bronzer should also be applied with a fluffy brush because you want light coverage. Too stiff a brush, and you’re going to look like a paint-by-numbers artwork, and not in a good way. I like this Sephora Collection Mini-Multitasking brush, it’s a great buy at $14. I also like a big Kabuki brush.
As for the type of bronzer you should use, there are some guidelines to follow: 1) choose a shade 1-2 shades darker than your skin tone (not a generic one-size-fits-all color), and 2) select one that has no hint of orange, unless you want to look like John Boehner.
I like Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder and Too Faced Bronze and Poreless. Need a drugstore alternative? There are two you might want to try. Maybelline Fit Me Bronzer has a great color and just a hint of shimmer. NYC Bronzing Powder is one of those drugstore products that women rave about in chat rooms and on blogs. I’ve never used it, but it has a vocal following.
So how do you get your sun-kissed look in the summertime? Or are you proudly rocking the pale?