Urban Decay’s three new Baked Bronzers for Face and Body ($26 each) probably won’t satisfy the Oompa-Loompas or Snookies of the world. Able to be worn wet or dry on the face, eyes, lips and body, the faux tan these powder bronzers bring doesn’t look as orange that.
But if you’re interested yet unsure which Baked Bronzer to snag, Urban Decay International Makeup Artist Eric Jimenez suggests following these steps:
1. Decide on a level of color and coverage
These Baked Bronzers come in three different levels of color. The lightest is Gilded, Baked is the medium, and Toasted is the darkest shade. Each also varies in terms of coverage, with Gilded offering the least, and Toasted delivering more of a full-coverage look.
2. Do you want to shimmer or matte?
If you plan to wear them on your face, Eric suggests going with the finish that best suits the condition of your skin. If you have great, practically flawless skin, consider either Gilded, which has a shimmery golden finish, or Baked, which has a shimmery silver finish. (NOTE: The “veins” of shimmer in these new Baked Bronzers are not spray overlays; they penetrate all the way through the entire pan ).
Since shimmers tend to emphasize things like fine lines, pore size and oily skin, if you’re dealing with bothersome skin issues, Eric recommends Toasted, which has a more forgiving matte finish.
From left to right: Gilded, Baked and Toasted
Urban Decay Baked Bronzer: Swatches on NC35 Skin
From the left, swatches applied dry and taken with the flash: Gilded, Baked and Toasted
Applied dry and taken without the flash
Applied wet and taken with the flash
Applied wet and taken without the flash
Got a blush brush?
You may want to track down a blush brush to apply these (or other) bronzers if you don’t have one yet.
Although there are lots of different bronzer brush options, like kabukis, powder brushes, etc., the contours and angles of a blush brush allow you to more precisely define the hollows and curves of the face.
Find these Baked Bronzers sunning themselves on Sephora, Ulta and select Macy’s shelves soon (and also online).
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,