Bronzed + baked: Three products to fake a bronzy glow

I’m like really pale. So pale that if you ever see me with a tan, you should know it’s fake.

There’s nothing like looking bronze. Not only does it make me feel happier, but it makes me look thinner, it makes my muscles more noticeable, and a tan is just more bomb in general. I envy all those olive-skinned girls out there that can get bronzy in no time. No matter how long I stay in the sun, I just won’t get darker. So I fake it.

I’ve talked about self tanners a ton on here, but there’s other products as well that will help you achieve an awesome glow. Sometimes all it takes is a little bronzer or shimmer to give you that baked look.

Taste Braziliance Plus+ self tanner and mitt

Okay so the first product is a self tanner, but it’s one of my new favourites. Who would have thought that Tarte would make an awesome tanner?

Brazilliance Plus+ Selt Tanner and Mitt is a tinted bronze gel that you apply with the felt mitt for an even, streak-free tan. Although I love mousse tanners more than liquids or gels, I’ve really been loving this since it goes on so evenly, and unlike other gels out there, you can actually see the colour once you apply it since it’s a bronze colour. The product is also packed with natural exfoliators and moisturizers and contains squalane (I just posted about this a couple weeks ago about some Asian skincare products), aloe and citric acid to help condition and promote exfoliation, which preps skin for each application so your tan fades evenly and gradually. Best of all, it smells amazing! I can’t quite nail it, but I feel like it has a scent like gingerbread.

Seriously, this sunless tanner is so amazing, and the colour develops in about four hours (I always apply it before bedtime to let it set overnight).

Stila Stay All Day Bronzer For Face and Body

Next up is a good bronzer. I have a million different bronzers and although I’m not really partial to any of them (I love them all!), I have been digging the Stila All Day Bronzer for Face and Body lately. I did blog about this in my post on what I brought to LA, but I just had to mention it again since it’s such a good bronzer.

What I like about this is that it is quite large, so at C$47 a pop, this guy will last you a long time. There are three different shades (light, medium and dark – I have medium), so depending on your skin tone, there is a colour for you.  The formula is really soft, so the colour glides on your skin and look natural, not patchy. It’s also buildable, so you can wear it for an all-over glow or go deeper for contouring. The finish is matte, so you get a nice natural-looking bronze colour.

BareMinerals Invisible Glow Powder Highlighter in Tan.

Lastly, to accentuate your glow, you need a great highlight to really add some shine to the face. I have so many highlighters, but the newest one to cross my desk is the new BareMinerals Invisible Glow Powder Highlighter in Tan.

This baked highlighter gives you a natural-looking multi-dimensional glow. The baked formula delivers sheer colour that is more of a subtle highlighter compared to a lot of the other ones out there (if you are scared of having a highlight that you can see from space, this is for you!). This formula is available in four different shades, but tan is a combination of champagne and copper that gives you a warm copper hue. I really like this one because it’s a nice complement to any bronzer.

Although the first step to looking tan is actually getting one (whether that be the real way or the faux way), but I definitely love to pull out certain products when I am looking darker. What are your bronzing staples?

Please note I received these products from PR. All opinions are my own.

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