It’s May, and the sun is coming out of hiding. Many of our friends are getting a nice bronzed glow naturally from the sun. But, if you’re fair like me, your skin stays white — that is, if it’s not turning red and itchy. How do we avoid this faux-pas? We could visit a tanning salon and face premature wrinkles and an increased risk of developing skin cancer (no look is worth that!), but I personally prefer to reach into my makeup stash of bronzing products for help.
What are some of the benefits of bronzers?
Versus tanning, it’s easier to control how much bronzing product you apply. You can use a little or a lot, however much it takes to reach a look you like. Once applied, bronzers makes your skin look healthier, and many powder varieties also double as a blush.
I think bronzers makes warmer colors look better on lighter skin tones, and you get all of these benefits without the risks of fake and bake!
Finding a good bronzing product
Many bronzers have warm/orange tones that just don’t work on fair skin. Look for bronzers with grey/cool tones, which should look more natural. When purchasing a bronzer, don’t focus on how pretty the color is in the package, but think about how it will look on you.
Here are a few of my pale girl favorites!
1. Benefit Hoola
Benefit Hoola is a great bronzer that works well on many skin tones. It’s a great place to start if you’re not sure what you’re doing. You can apply with a very light hand and build up the color as needed.
2. Giorgio Armani Sheer Bronzer #1
Giorgio Armani Sheer Bronzer #1 works particularly well on very light skin tones. The product looks almost entirely gray in the pan, but it provides a nice touch of bronze to very light skin.
3. Cargo Matte Bronzer in Medium
Cargo Matte Bronzer in Medium is another great bronzer for light skin tones and looks quite natural as well.
4. Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel
Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel is a great sunless tanner that I like to use on my face about twice per week. Used lightly, it provides a great, even, natural-looking tan.
5. Aveeno Positively Ageless Sunblock Lotion
This one’s not a bronzer at all, but it’s even more important. I use oil-free Aveeno Positively Ageless Sunblock Lotion with SPF 70 on my face every day after moisturizer but before makeup. It absorbs quickly and provides the protection fair skin needs.