Want the same earthy, natural effect as Laura Mercier or Bobbi Brown but can’t reach quite so deep into your pockets? BECCA Cosmetics is a less pricy brand that’s just as gorgeous — and their Beach Tint cream stain has already gotten me a compliment from my boss. Beach Tint comes in a tiny tube (you don’t need a brush!) and can be blended onto your cheeks like blush/bronzer or swiped across your lips — or both. Keep reading »
Real talk: when it comes to shopping, a single, professional lady’s eyes are usually bigger than her stomach. I am not just referring to coveting $250 sandals that you really don’t need. I’m taking about the way we try to tackle huge style or beauty problems all at once. We watch too many chick flick movies growing up with “ugly-swan-to-princess” makeover scenes and get the idea — the wrong idea, that is — that kickass personal style, gorgeous hair or the perfect beauty routine for you will come at the snap of your fingers.
The reality, which is a lot less sexy, is that these things develop over time. Few of us have a bunch of Benjamins to blow on a whole new wardrobe all at once, or stock a whole makeup bag at the beauty counter. We acquire these things over time and usually there’s lots of trial and error involved.
I’ll leave developing a better style to the folks on “What Not To Wear.” (I love you, Clinton!) But one think I do know about is makeup and how, over time, you can develop your own Big Girl Makeup Bag. I’ve chosen five types of products and two price points — one around $25 or below, and one above $25 — depending on what fits in your budget for each product. Five paychecks from now, you’ll be looking fiiiiine, girl.
There was once a time, long ago, when I — desperate to maintain a yearlong tan — used bronzer made for African-Americans. I finally figured out that wasn’t the most “natural”-looking way to go, and have tried many bronzers since, but didn’t find the perfect one until now. LORAC’s bronzer, first of all, comes in a big ass compact, that way when you swirl your brush in the color it’s more distributed among the bristles, leading to a more even application. The color is incredibly warm and natural, giving just the right amount of “Did she just get back from Mexico?” glow, and is never garishly orange or “dirty” looking. While I wish I had just gotten back from Mexico, this is the next best thing — for my skin anyway. [$28, Sephora]
It’s weird enough that this model is walking the runway at the Carlos Diez Spring 2011 presentation in an adult size onesie covered with hairpieces. But then he’s also got a face full of bronzer like there’s no tomorrow. Like he fell face down in a pile of bronzer. Or cake batter. Or maybe mud? Not a good look. [La Gazette du Mauvais Gout]
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The second Sprign rolls around people start to think it’s the perfect excuse to go batsh*t crazy with bronzer. Dude, it’s barely 60 degrees out, no one believes you’ve magically become ten shades darker in this weather. So skip the unrealistic, Oompah Loompah stage of your bronzing and keep it classy with a few bronzers that’ll make you glow, not blind. The ladies over at Elle UK have a few suggestions, and so do we. Personally, when the urge not to look like the undead strikes, I turn to NARS bronzer in Laguna with its slight shimmer and great looking packaging. Keep reading »
I’ve been scared to use bronzer since an experiment went so terribly wrong for me circa freshman year of high school: I thought I was using bronzer sparingly, but pictures from back in the day reveal I looked like an oompa loompa. The mere thought of returning to those months of orange-y glow is a tad traumatic. But we’d do anything for a good beauty test drive, so I gave Becca’s Mineral Powder Bronzer a go. And I loved it.
As long as you’re careful with the quantity—one or two brushes per cheek, please—you’ll look subtly tan and not at all like you belong in Willy Wonka’s factory. Warning though: if you’re looking for a dark bronzer, this isn’t the one for you. Putting on a ton of it will just make you look silly.
But let’s be honest, any really pale girl trying to look sexily South American with the help of powder and a brush is going to look silly. [$38, Becca, Amazon] Keep reading »