Hands are cold, hearts are warm. And skin is, well... pale. Yep! It's Christmastime in the city. Inspired by the twinkling lights down 5th Ave., this year I'm dreamin' of a bronzed Christmas! And who other to help than Vapour Organic Beauty? The luxurious sleek blue-hued packaging and creamier-than-butter multi-use formulations will have you feeling merry and bright in a matter of swipes! I'm seriously crushing on their sunshine-in-a-bottle Solar cream bronzer in shades Simmer and Spicy (don't those names make you wanna cozy up by a fire with cup'o'cider in hand?) which can double as a cream eyeshadow in a pinch. Here's a little Q + A that will demystify bronzer and keep you glowing into the new year!
Q: What is a bronzer? Why should I use one?
A: Bronzer helps to bring warmth to your complexion! By now, we all know, the only safe tan is a faux-tan (shameless reminder to wear your sunscreen, beauties!) but who says we can't look like we spent the weekend in Aruba? Another perk of a bronzer is that it can be used to contour the face, a technique that works with light and shadow to define facial features.
Q: Where should I apply bronzer?
A: My rule of thumb is to start where the sun naturally falls. Think: upper forehead and periphery of face. It's also nice to swipe a bit beneath the cheekbones to define and slenderize cheeks.
Q: How do I apply a cream bronzer?
A: Cream formulations are the cat's meow, especially during the winter months when skin tends to lack moisture. Plus, cream cosmetics typically pack an antioxidant skin-soothing benefit, too (these from Vapour Organic Beauty contain pomegranate, green tea and acai berry). Apply over clean, exfoliated skin, or overtop foundation / tinted moisturizer. Apply pigment directly from stick and begin blending with clean fingertips. (You are using the fleshy part of your finger, never your nail, of course!) Your natural body warmth will melt the product into skin seamlessly.
Pair with a killer red lip and you're ready to break some hearts!
May your days be merry and bronze,