3/12/2007

Naturally Beautiful for Spring...Youth pt. 3 of 3

To further contour and define the face, it’s time to add a touch of bronzer. Now I know what you’re thinking, ‘Bronzer makes me look orange…and I won’t wear it.’ Believe me, I used to say the same thing. Well, let me tell you a thing or two about today’s bronzers. Gone are the days of streaky, garish bronzer…bronzers of the new millennium are soft and natural…and perfect for our spring look.

The best new bronzer I’ve found is Jelly Pong Pong’s Omnibronze--Packaged in a chic, hot, Cognac compact, the formula contains no shimmer, so your bronze looks & feels real. Its silky texture ensures a sublime application and gives a hedonistic, matte finish. *Comes in a faux leather pouchette. Brush included. Formulated in a universal shade to compliment all skin tones. Use to bronze & contour.

To apply your bronzer, tap the bristles of your blusher brush on the surface of Omnibronze, shake out the excess and then brush onto the ‘apples’ of your cheeks (the fleshy part of your cheek that pops up when you smile), temples, forehead, tip of your chin, edge of your jaw (just below your earlobe) and your nose. These are the spots on your face that naturally collect color when you go out into the sun (without sunscreen—we don’t do that anymore, do we?). Deepen the color where you need to by repeating the application process. The secret to perfect bronzer: remove any traces of color on your blusher brush by rubbing the bristles on a Kleenex or clean towel and then softly ‘buff’ your entire face with the brush to blend and soften.

Next, apply a light dusting of loose, translucent powder—but don’t ‘sweep your face. Instead, dip your face brush into the powder, shake or tap to remove the excess and then ‘dot’ your face with the powder (in other words, do not ‘sweep’ the powder onto your face). If you apply too much, use a makeup sponge to lift off the excess. Applying loose powder using this method will ensure you do not remove the makeup you just applied.

Using a fine mist spray bottle containing distilled water, your favorite alcohol-free toner, or a floral water, spritz lightly about 6-8” away from your face to moisten and ‘set’ your makeup. This step imparts moisture into the skin, plus it keeps the 'cake-y's' at bay.

Finally, allow your face to dry, then apply a coat or two of your favorite mascara and lastly, coat your lips in a clear or nude-berry lipgloss. You’re done!

GirlPaint extends a very special thanks to Michael at CherryCulture