Finding the right bronzer or illuminator to achieve the perfect well-balanced summer glow can be a challenge sometimes. There are slight differences in the undertones, shimmer factor and pigment that can make some products make the skin look muddy, too shimmery or too dark. I've always been one to favor stronger contrasted bronzers but sometimes I want something just a bit more subtle. This season there are a number of new bronzers and illuminators that are well balanced in both color and shimmer. The result is a more naturally flattering summer glow. A few of my new favorites mixed in with some older ones in both powder bronzers and liquid highlighters.
Above left to right: Giorgio Armani Summer 2013 Palette $88 // MAC Temperature Rising Pro Longwear Bronzer in Nude on Board $30 // Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant $45
Giorgio Armani's Bronze Palette (previously swatched here) gives the perfect luminous light warm bronze highlight. It's a goof proof naturally flattering shade that has just the right amount of shimmer. MAC's Pro Longwear Bronzing Powder in Nude on Board is a finely milled darker cooler-toned bronze that makes you look naturally tanned. I like that it has a soft sheen and that it's more on the neutral side for bronzers. The pigment is richer than most other MAC powder bronzers but doesn't darken on the skin. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant is a more sparkly option, it gives a warm glow (detailed review to come soon).
Above left to right: Tom Ford Fire Lust $65 at select Neiman Marcus and Saks stores // MAC Strobe Liquid in Golden Elixir $31 // Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer No. 10 $59 // Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel in Sunkissed $48
I usually prefer to wear illuminators over foundation and powder as a highlight. I find most liquid highlighters either too shimmery or pale to mix in with my foundation. The result is often a clash with my olive skin making me look like a shimmery statue. There are several peachy/bronze ones now that I find perfect to mix in to give that all over luminous glow without looking like a bronze statue. Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel is a classic favorite, if you haven't tried it yet I highly recommend it. Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer 10 (see it swatched here) is a lovely warm golden shimmer (this one is the most fluid and sheer). MAC Strobe Liquid in Golden Elixir is a definite must-have that I've already backed-up. It just might be my holy grail bronze liquid highlighter. Tom Ford Fire Lust (reviewed here) is a pretty sheer natural peachy highlighter. Due to the price I usually don't mix in with foundation but just use on the cheeks and temples as a soft highlight for a luminous glow.
If I could only pick two items this season, it would be the Giorgio Armani Summer Bronze palette and MAC Strobe Liquid in Golden Elixir. What are your favorite items you use to get that summer glow? Do you usually mix in a highlighter with foundation? Share your skintone and favorite go-to items.
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