Keri Blair, M·A·C Senior Artist, shares her timely tips for a beautiful bronze complexion.
With summer just around the corner, there is no better time to stock up on the best tips and tricks to get that gorgeous summer glow. Speaking as someone whose natural complexion is the color of skim milk: achieving that bronzed effect can be challenging.
Luckily, M·A·C’s Temperature Rising collection is replete with all the necessary bronzers, elixirs and bronzing oils. Bronzer, or “sun in a compact,” is a must-have for the spring and summer seasons. Having the right products is only part of this sun-kissed equation—proper placement is of the utmost importance. Here are some of my top tips for looking radiant and effortless this summer.
1. If you wear foundation on the daily, keep your shade choice true to your skin tone. It’s always a great idea to mix your foundation shades as the seasons change (no one’s complexion is all one single color, anyway). In my opinion, trying to achieve a bronze effect by using a darker foundation is a big no-no. Instead, keep your foundation true to form and then apply your bronzing powder.
If you have a very fair complexion, steer clear of bronzers that are too orange. Instead, use a peachy blush (try M·A·C Powder Blush in Ripe For Love), and then apply a more yellow or golden shade of bronzer (try M·A·C Nude on Board or Refined Golden Bronzing Powder).
2. Use a large powder brush and sweep the bronzer on the high planes of the face—tops of the cheekbones, creases of the eyes, bridge of the nose and tip of the chin. Bronzer shouldn’t be used to contour; it should add color and create a halo effect on the face.
3. For the ultimate summer skin, it’s important to add some highlight and shine. Create an effortless glow by tapping M·A·C Golden Elixir Strobe Cream into the tops of the cheekbones, under the brow bone and on the bridge of the nose.
4. Lastly, don’t forget to address all those “undressed” areas. M·A·C’s Bronzing Oil adds just a tint of lush bronze pigments and shine to all of your “exposed” areas. Try applying to your shoulders, collarbone and décolletage.
M·A·C Temperature Rising Collection
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