La Roche Posay Autohelios Self Tanner
Why not get a bit of a self-tanning start before delving into the makeup? This one comes out of the tube white and develops over the day. I like it foremost because it's gentle on my sensitive skin. Yeah, that sensitive skin I'm always banging on about. It doesn't leave that stinging sensation like some other self tanners tend to do. It's good for the face too as it's very moisturizing and the effect is noticeable, yet not too intense. It also doesn't have an overwhelming tanning smell.
Laura Mercier Radiance Bronze Primer
I got this mini with my Sephora Beauty Insider points and hot damn I think those were points well spent. If you want to look not only bronzed, but radiant and faaaabulous, then this is worth taking a look at. It imparts a beautiful illuminating glow without any hint of sparkle. You look truly bronzed, not just tanned. Plus you get the added bonus of it actually prolonging the wear of your makeup seeing as it's a primer. I tend to use it only over the high points of my face, so as not to overdo it, which works out pretty well considering that's where I tend to get oily.
|L-R: Laura Mercier Bronze Radiance, Bourjois Bronzing Pimer, The Body Shop Honey Bronzer (in 03 Med)|
Bourjois Bronzing Primer
If you're aiming to look less glowing and more matte and airbrushed, this one is probably a better option. I like the texture of this for my oily skin. It sets to a dry, velvety smooth finish and smells of chocolate (well chocolate and a touch of chemicals). I also like the versatility of this product – the fact that it can be warn under or over foundation. Under the foundation keeps it a bit more subtle and over the foundation will get you looking noticeably bronzed.
The Body Shop Honey Bronzer
And finally, a classic, well loved, powder bronzer. This is one that I use all the time... almost every day. It's such a lovely, light, natural colour that you don't have to worry about having too heavy of a hand (and I don't even have the lightest shade). If you're really fair skinned then this bronzer, without the help of any of these other products, might be your best bet. And can I just mention that for an affordable bronzer the packaging feels very luxurious. Points there.
So who out there is going for pale skin and who wants to keep the bronze going? Be honest :3