Bronzing up for summer

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Bronzing up for summerFrom bronzers, mousses to sprays and powders, the variety is endless, but here are a few of our favourites both in salon and at retail stores that’ll help you get that sexy glow without the damage.

Start the process by exfoliating your skin well and moisturising especially the ankles, knees, feet and elbows. This ensures your skin is smooth and bump free. Smooth skin always shows off a great tan, fake or real and soft shimmering skin always looks great when taken care of.

For facial bronzing try Stila’s Sheer Tinted Moisturiser SPF20, R310. It’s a light weight moisturiser with a mild shimmer that gives your face a naturally tanned look with the added protection. It’s completely water soluble and comes off easily after a night or day out. It blends in easily with other products like blush, shadows and liners without streaking.

The Ruby Kisses All Over Bronzing Powder, R69.95, is a versatile bronzer for cheeks, eyes and everywhere else you’ll need a golden glow. It can be easily applied and looks great on your eyes when teamed with flash false eye lashes and lip gloss. This is one of those products that you’ll keep in your hand bag for touch ups as it’s compact and easy to use.

For the ladies looking to spend a little more on a fancy product, try Dior Auto Bronze Self Tan Crème. It’s a safe, natural-looking tan that gives you the same effect as an old school sun tan. It’s a soft tint that doesn’t leave the dreaded orange tinge and is well worth every penny.

For a professional yet affordable buy, try Revlon’s Photoready Bronzer. It’s a 4-in-1 buildable bronzer that goes on easily leaving a beachy glow on face and bust. It’s a mineral based product which focuses on light fusion so you get a glow without the unwanted shine. Excellent for day or night.


Use your gold eye shadow as a bronzer on your cheeks, try Woolworths Backed duo in Sunset.
Dust a light shimmer over the top of your shins to give your entire legs a tanned look. Make sure the shimmer is light in application as well as a shade lighter than your own skin.
Self-tan disaster? Use a lemon wedge to lighten any dark spots by rubbing it over the affected areas.
Want a fake, beach tan? Apply your tinted moisturiser and then apply a bronzer lightly into the hollows of your cheeks. Suck your cheeks in and gently dust the powder into the hollows. Rub a light shimmery eye shadow under your eyes between the top of the cheek bone and the corner of the lower lid and blend well. You’ll look like you’ve spent a day in the sun without the damage.

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Article written by: Adele Ross

Other articles you may be interested in:
Moisturisers with SPF
Stop your fake tan from fading
Take your tan into your own hands
Contouring with Elizabeth Arden

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  1. Pannack

    This is the way to go for me as I do not tan! Only go red!

    7 years ago •

  1. pitman

    One of the best self tanners i have ever used is Carribean Tan. It is such an incredible product and very reasonable. For R80 a bottle you can pick the shade that will best suit your skin tone and you have a choice between three different applications. A must have for any girls summer beauty routine.

    7 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    I think someone might just get me a Stila for Xmas ;)

    7 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Love bronzers!

    Where do you find ruby kisses? Havent seen or heard of it before

    7 years ago •

  1. Blackcherry

    I love bronzer and that sun kissed look it gives

    7 years ago •

  1. Fuzzylilbunny

    Even though I am lucky to have a darker skin tone, therefore don’t really need to tan, I still really love bronzers since I can emphasize the areas I want with a lovely glow.

    7 years ago •

  1. Bronwyn

    I had that Dior Bronze self tan, was gorgeous, but expensive! I am now using a daily moisturizer with gradual tan, like Palmers Natural Bronze. Want to try the St Tropez one next!

    7 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Ooo time to get all Bronzed and Shine like a Super star. Love the cheats too:)

    7 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    This is great tips and tricks. Will sure to try out some of them

    7 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Shimmery skin looks so goddessy and natural!!

    7 years ago •

  1. BeautySouthAfrica

    Hi ricebunny,
    The Ruby Kisses collection is available at Foschini stores.

    7 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    I love bronzer, the shimmer is so in.

    7 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    Bronzing is so much better than damaging your skin from tanning. Anybody know where I can buy ruby kisses cosmetics?

    7 years ago •

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