Bronzers That Look Good on Everyone
Ever since I can remember I have been a bronzer girl. Even in my 20s when most brands were not available in India I would smear a darker foundation on my cheeks to add a bit of colour. I was also a voracious reader of Allure, and in the early 2000s most of their beauty shoots and cover stars were done up with bronzer. During beauty shoots, I would watch makeup artist Deepa Verma dust it on model’s faces and I would see their skin magically transform. The popular misconception is that bronzer is only for fair girls, but these shoots taught me that even the darkest complexions look healthy and glowy with a dusting of bronzer. While blush is feted by many, I find it too infantile for my taste. Give me a dash of Guerlain Terracotta any day - its luminous, brown glow is far more sophisticated than any pink tint. These are my three favourites:
Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer
The top of my list. I love it for bestowing beautiful glow and colour. I have had it for about a decade now, and even though the compact has fallen down and the powder had broken, I’m holding on to it, till I get a new one. During my mini makeup class at a yoga retreat this looked good on EVERYONE.
Estée Lauder Victoria Beckham Bronzer in Java Sun
Usually matte bronzers can end up being a bit chalky, but not this one. The colour may seem very like but it’s the perfect shade if you want to add a little subtle structure to your face. The powder is super, super finely-milled so its very sheer and it looks naturally glowy within a couple of hours of wear.
Dior Skin Nude Tan
What fantastic sturdy packaging. The powder itself is a mildly shimmery bronzer which has a tiny bit more red than the other two. This means that it looks beautiful on the cheeks as a sort of blush and bronzer combined. And you know what’s the best part? It comes with a beautiful Kabuki brush!