Like everyone, we all love to feel the sun on our skin, especially after the long, dreary winter.
And as much as we’re all dying to get out and shower ourselves in the sun’s full glory, unfortunately, its rays can be extremely harmful to our skin.
Not only does exposure to the sun result in signs of ageing, it can also cause loss of elastin in our skin which helps stop it from sagging.
Looking to help protect our skin, Sara Hill, creative director of The Academy of Makeup, tells us her secrets on how to achieve a healthy glow minus the risk.
With her own cruelty-free makeup brand, Sara’s expertise in finding the perfect bronzer to conquer that bronzed look is second to none.
Protecting our skin is important and with various make-up products out there to help protect and nourish our skin, bronzers are a great alternative to help you get that healthy sun-kissed summer glow without damaging your skin.
Whilst on holiday, people typically tend to wear a higher factor of sun cream on their face than their body, however, this protection can sometimes lead to a pale face with darker body, which is never a good look.
And while fake tan is a miracle worker for the skin on your body, the thicker cream can block the pores on your much-more-sensitive face and can cause the occasional spot or two due to its oily formula.
Finding a bronzer that not only provides that sun-kissed look, but stays on when on the go all day is a must.
By helping to fake that healthy glow, bronzer not only makes you feel good, but it’s also much better for your skin and will still allow your skin to breathe while giving you that much-desired tanned look.
And with summer about to begin, here’s the champion bronzers Sara thinks are perfect for achieving fresh summer skin.
Kjaer Weis – Dazzling Bronzer
Creamy Bronzer is a great way to keep that all-over glow effect. Founder Kirsten Kjaer Weis calls Dazzling Bronzer “that perfect combination of bronzer and contour cream in one”.
Acting as a brilliant bronzer for lighter skin tones and a glow-harnessing highlighter for darker skin, it adds gorgeous, “just back from holiday” colour and a subtle shimmer.
Benefit – Hoola
A must-have cult favourite. A block of pure matte brilliance best for paler skin tones, this legendary
bronzing powder will help you achieve natural-looking sun-kissing all year round. Free from sparkle or shine, sweep it over cheeks, chin and forehead and all will be fooled into thinking that you’ve just returned from a sun-drenched holiday.
£25.50, www.benefitcosmetics.com or Boots
Nudestix – Bondi Bae
Perfect for creating a fresh, natural, no makeup look, this soft matte balm can be scribbled all over the face to grant effortless radiance on cheeks, eyes and lips. Conveniently dual ended – with the colour stick at one end and a blending brush at the other – this buildable multi-tasker is your one-stop shop for fresh-faced beauty.
Perricone MD – No Bronzer – Bronzer
This product is pure genius as it’s a bronzer and SPF in one. Perricone MD’s bronzer, No Bronzer is enriched with skin-brightening vitamin C ester and mineral pigments and broad spectrum SPF30 which corrects dullness and dark spots while adapting to your complexion, to create a believable, post-holiday “glow”.
Completely customisable, you can dab a few dots over the base – anywhere you’d naturally tan – and blend to create a soft focus effect, or blend into the hollows of your cheeks to create definition for a more “contoured” effect. You can also mix this with their moisturiser, to create a bespoke makeup shade.
£29, www.perriconemd.co.uk or John Lewis
Kevyn Aucoin – The Matte Bronzing Veil
Kevyn Aucoin’s The Matte Bronzing Veil is the perfect everyday bronzer. It contains finely milled bronze and warming terracotta pigments to leave your complexion natural and glowing – with no glitter.
Ideal for all those who prefer matte make-up, a little dusting all over your face with a fluffy powder
brush focusing on the “high points” where you’d naturally catch the sun will do the trick. Or use as a sculpting powder to enhance the look of shadows for a subtle, contouring effect.
By Terry – Tea To Tan Face and Body
By Terry’s Tea To Tan is an instant, transfer-resistant facial tanner to give warmth to your complexion – creating a sheer, sun-kissed glow that’s good for you.
Formulated with 100% natural active cherry and antioxidant tea tree extracts, this lends an instant “kiss” of colour – or can be layered. Translucent and readily absorbed, it’s perfect under makeup when you crave a hint of tint, or mixed with your foundation to grant a beautiful bronzed finish.
It can also be blended with body lotion, to perfect bare legs, arms or shoulders without any streaks, smudges or tell-tale orange tones.
Too Faced – Dark Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
Fast dark golden tan at its best. Look and smell good enough to eat is a hallmark of many of Too Faced products, and this dark chocolate matte bronzer (the deeper version of the brand’s bestselling Chocolate Soleil Bronzer) is a prime example.
Infused with 100% real cocoa powder, the sweet-smelling formula is smooth, easily blendable and long-wearing, creating enviably golden warmth without a hint of orange.
£25, www.toofaced.com or Debenhams