Here’s how to look subtly sun-kissed in a sweep.
Even if I go without foundation or some kind of base, I will buff on a bit of bronzer – it’s the most important staple in my make-up life. I’m pale-skinned so a bit of warmth gives my face energy.
Since it launched, I’ve favoured Tom Ford’s chic version with its beautiful white compact – very classic Hollywood – and matt powder. But recently it was out of stock being ‘reformulated’ – words that strike fear into a beauty aficionado’s heart. If you’re a fan, you’ll be as relieved as I was to know that the Tom Ford Soleil Glow Bronzer (from £54, tomford.co.uk) is back in stock and seems much the same – though I’m told it’s a softer formulation. It gives a really natural finish which is easily buildable if you prefer.
The thing is that when you know change is afoot, you panic and seek out alternatives. I tried a couple of options, just in case, and found some belters. Diego Dalla Palma Liquid Bronzer (£20.50, lookfantastic.com) has a gel-like texture and blends with no blotches for a subtle glow – but it’s a limited edition so short-term help.
Flower Beauty Lift & Sculpt Contour Palette (£12.99, superdrug.com), from Drew Barrymore’s line, is a revelation – and has garnered some of the most lavish compliments on my complexion I’ve received in a while. It does have a very slight shimmer but this isn’t noticeable after application. You can’t buy it separately – it comes with a blush and highlighter – but I’ve used these too and am enamoured with all three. In fact, some days it’s the only thing I pack in my make-up bag. The only downer is that I have to buff it in for a little longer – it is a more decided dose of bronze. But I’m now a superfan, and while I’ll never ditch Mr Ford’s uber-elegant offering, my loyalty is split. So Drew, please keep doing you.
Finally, on a practical and super-stylish note, for on-the-go make-up application Spectrum’s new Jet Setters (£49.99, spectrumcollections.com) is a set of eight travel-size brushes housed in matching cases. Choose from Malachite green, Millennial pink and Marbleous rose gold.
Beauty assistant: Alice Robertson