Monday, May 24, 2010

Frivolous or Frugal: Bronzing Powders

It seems that lately, every time someone asks me for a product recommendation, it's always for bronzers.  The requests are always the same too... "I'm looking for something that looks natural," "I don't want to look orange," and "nothing too shimmery." Seems simple enough, and yet a lot of women still have trouble finding the right tone and texture. Most brands carry a range of colors to suit different complexions, but I always suggest trying the lightest shade first. Throughout the day, your bronzer can deepen in color, caused by the oil production in  your skin. By using a lighter shade than you think you'll need, you will avoid that "dirty" bronzer look. Just remember, you're trying to create the look of being sun-kissed, not an overall tan.

Here are some of the best bronzing powders that have made it into my makeup kit, with great options for every budget.

What's your favorite bronzer?


  1. Love my NARS Laguna! Was very sad to see that it was cracked yesterday. Hoola might be next on my to try list!

  2. ohh yeh i got the MAC one - so expensive here in australia though. loved visiting mac in america, stocked up so much :)

    i also tagged you with a little reward on my blog if you want to check it out :)


  3. Great post! I have the bare mineral but it is easy to over do. They mean business when they say a little goes a long way lol.

  4. I love this post! I'm always looking for a great bronzer and trying new ones and they never look natural on me. I'm going to try some of these.

    Yes, Bren, I'll let you know when I go to Dry Bar and hopefully we can meet up there! It's be so fun to meet you! I'll keep you posted. ;)


  5. Such a helpful post! Thanks Bren.

    I love Trish McEvoy bronzer. Although, I am starting to incorporate mineral makeup into my routine, and will switch over soon. What is your take on mineral makeup?

    :) Marcie

  6. I don't often use bronzer - I'm so pale that any shade just tends to make me look dirty! I do like Benefit products though so I would be tempted to try the Hula.


  7. I have used Hoola blush before and I loved it. It was the prettiest shade of pink. Maybe I should try the bronzer now!

  8. I rarely use bronzer for the exact reasons that you've mentioned! I love every one of your finds and will definitely be breaking it out this summer.
    xxoo Josie

  9. So right now I am using one by's a 3 toned brick in apricot...kind of LOVING it actually!
    Patti and I are going to Dry Bar Wednesday afternoon at 1pm...I don't know if you are going to be in the area and wanna join but I need a pre-Vegas blow out so we're gonna check it out!
    oh and BTW don't forget to give me a list of all the goodies you used during our shoot! There was some shimmer wand you were using on my eyes I saw in the footage...What was that?? :)

  10. I really like Nar's bronzer!

  11. I have never used bronzer before. I'll have to make a stop at Sephora and get a lesson on how to use it!

  12. Do you know what? I’ve done MAC, I’ve done Clinique, I’ve done Benefit but I always come back to Rimmel and it's so affordable too!

    I think having a very good bronzing brush is ultimately the key! xx

  13. Oh looovely! I have been looking around for some new bronzer bc i'm not very happy with my current one thanks!

  14. Ill def check out the NARS and Bare essensuals ones!!!! thnx for sharing!!! def need a bronzer since my tan is fading!!!!!! :(

  15. just found ya - i'm a new follower! .. i used the Phsicians Formaula before! .. and i also used the Bare Minerals one too! - and ps if want a "spray" or "cream" try BYS it's AMAZING and not orange or anything - best i ever tried!!

    ~Tiptoe Butterfly~

    (hope you'll come and be one of my butterflies ie. followers)