The Best Bronze Beauty Buys


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Summer is the ultimate time of year to pull out those glowy bronzers and metallic eye shadows to enhance your sun-kissed skin, so today, I am sharing six of my go-to makeup products that are guaranteed to help you achieve the perfect bronzey look.



My favorite product at the moment for adding warmth to the cheeks is the Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion Bronzer. I own the shade ‘Iridescent Cinnamon’ and love the sheer tan color combined with the subtle sheen. The waterproof gel-powder formula is ideal for achieving that sought after Summer glow; it has no shimmer whatsoever, so everyone will think your beautifully bronzed cheeks are all natural!

The Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base is definitely iconic in the beauty industry and is a must-try for anyone wanting to warm up and sculpt the perimeters of the face! Creams are wonderful because they effortlessly melt into the skin for an undetectable luminous finish. I love patting this under my cheekbones, on my temples, and along my jaw line after I complete my base makeup, but you also have the option to wear this under foundation to fake that sun-kissed color.

I realize that the word ‘bronze’ typically evokes images of a tan, luminous complexion, but I have always loved wearing a wash of bronze all over my eye lids too. I have chosen four different shadows that are all various shades of bronze for a multi-dimensional smokey eye with minimal effort. First off, the Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow in ‘Bad to the Bronze’ is a richly pigmented and extremely long-lasting cream, and although it has a gilded finish when patted all over the lid, it blends out into a more matte taupe in the crease, which I really love! For a true metallic bronze, the NYX Prismatic Eyeshadow in ‘Bedroom Eyes’ is my top recommendation. The color will be flattering on so mant different skin tones and I appreciate how well it performs. For those of you who prefer something with warmer coppery undertones, the Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in ‘Bella Bronze is a really nice shadow that us sure to accentuate a Summer tan. Lastly, for a uniquely cool-toned option, I adore the L’Oreal Infallible 24 HR Eyeshadow in ‘Bronzed Taupe’ because the color payoff is so impressive and the high-shine formula is easy to blend.

What makeup products do you reach for when creating a bronzey look?


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