BEAUTY 101 | Benefits of Bronzer

Last week the cancer research branch of the World Health Organization elevated the use of tanning beds to a “carcinogenic” risk – the organization’s highest cancer risk category. Surprise, surprise.

Now, I’m just as guilty as the next person for sitting out in the sun for longer than recommended and I’ve done my share of bed tanning (couldn’t get used to it though, the buzzing sound just made it seem all wrong!). I can’t deny my love for how a tan gives you a healthy youthful glow, but of course I can’t deny how overexposure to the sun increases the risks of melanoma and premature wrinkles! Makes for quite the trade-off.

Thankfully, there are make-up solutions around this scenario! Enter bronzers. I’m huge on bronzers for the instant glow and slimming effect they provide. I use my bronzer all year round, and especially in winter when my skin is at its palest!

Hands-down my favourite bronzers are from NARS. These bronzers glide on smoothly and evenly for a natural looking application. Long-lasting and well-pigmented – they’re worth every penny! (See more of my favourite bronzers here).

To apply:
Use a large buffer brush (i.e. MAC‘s 182 Brush) or a large powder brush to distribute the bronzer on the face. A larger brush will help to evenly distribute the bronzer on the face and thoroughly blend it to avoid a streaky look.

Apply the bronzer on the areas of the face that are more prominent (where the sun would naturally hit). I like to use a “3-shape” motion: apply in a continuous swipe along the temple, back and forth across the cheekbone and then down along the jawline.

We haven’t had much of a sunny summer in Toronto, so make the most of that bronzer sitting in your make-up stash! The benefits of bronzer are easy and instant without the risk to your skin!

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