Five Favorites: Bronzers

I discovered bronzer at the age of fifteen, and like most fair-skinned girls in the northeast, I immediately overdid it.  I caked powder bronzer on my face every morning, and liberally sprayed cheap drugstore self-tanner on my body before bed in hopes of waking up glowing.  I spent about a year of my life looking like an Oompa Loompa.  Needless to say, it was not the greatest look, and I’ve since learned that less is more.

bridemodel14I never looked this bad, thank God!

But ever since Coco Chanel came back from vacation with a tan, we’ve lived in a world where glowing, bronzed skin symbolizes leisure, luxury, and health, even if it isn’t any of those things.  I use SPF because I don’t want to look 60 when I’m 40, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel so much prettier with a little color in my cheeks.  Luckily, there are a lot of sunless tanners that won’t leave you looking like our orange president…


Shop my picks for a sunkissed look minus the sun:

5.  I’ve been using Dr. Dennis Gross’ Alpha Beta Glow Pads for years.  It combines all the best things for your skin: exfoliation, anti-aging, and a beautiful glow.


4.  This James Read Spray is a face mist and natural-looking self-tanner made with chamomile, rosewater, and aloe vera.  I love multitasking products!


3.  I recently tried Tan Towel’s Face Wipes, and I love the long-lasting glow and anti-aging benefits.

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2.  Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer is my summer bronzer, for when my skin is a bit darker.  It’s also great for contouring!s513234-main-lhero1.  Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends in ‘Sunkissed‘ is my holy grail bronzer: matte, brown and not orange, and never cakey.  It’s one of the top-rated bronzers available, and it’s an inexpensive buy that you can find on Amazon or at your local drugstore.  91r57kNLrsL._SY355_

Bonus: check out Olivia Jade‘s quick tutorial on glowing skin for summer!

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