How To Fake A Sun-Kissed Glow :: 5 Natural Beauty Makeup Bag Must Haves For Spring (or any time)
Posted Mar 29 2010 3:31pm
I come from a long line of pale people and I'm never more aware of it than when Summer is right around the corner and the thoughts of skirts and shorts bounce around in my head. I don't particularly like looking ghostly, but that's exactly how I'd describe the color of my skin right now - right after winter. Signs of spring are popping up left and right, blue skies, sunny days, green grass and daffodils have all made an appearance already (except my white legs, those are still hiding); but where has winter left my skin? A light shade of ivory, that's where.
Whether you're genetically or seasonally pasty (as I like to call it), I'm sharing products I think you may just need to try. Here are some of my tricks for fooling everyone outside my home into thinking I've got at least a tiny bit of color in my skin tone this time of year:
If you do not know the miracle that is facial bronzer, now is the time to get in the know. I've been using Bronze Pressed Powder from Living Nature (courtesy of Saffron Rouge) since October and it's almost gone (6 months of almost daily use) because as soon as I used it once and noticed the difference, I couldn't resist using it every day. It gives life and a natural tone to my skin sans a powdery finish. It goes on smooth and blends into skin so well you don't even notice its there. I've tried other bronzers but this one is my favorite by far and its BDIH Certified Natural which is a big bonus in my book. Don't leave home without it!
Good to know: Yes, the Living Nature bronzer contains talc and I generally avoid it although talc is not inherently bad, it is the potential contamination that is the concern (i.e. asbestos). The German natural certification agency, BDIH absolutely prohibits the use of contaminated talc in any product that have been certified by them.
Note: Don't be alarmed by the dark colors of both of these when you open them. It won't go on that dark and be sure to blend with your fingers or makeup sponge so it melts and blends into your skin for a totally natural look.
I'm not a glitter girl, so by shimmer I don't mean glitter - I mean glow. This is an essential part of the glow and this step can't be missed if that's what you're truly after. I can't rave enough about RMS Beauty Living Luminizer (in fact I first raved about it almost 1 year ago, click here to read my review). My opinion of it hasn't changed since then, if anything I'm even more of a fan now. This is a truly remarkable product and I know of nothing on the market that comes close to it. No makeup bag should be without this pot of gold (er, silver). This product is my not-so-secret weapon. I've been using the same pot of it for the past year and I'm just now running out of it (which means I'd better re-order before this becomes a crisis situation).
I'm more of a lip balm/lip gloss girl than a lipstick girl and okay, while lip gloss or balm probably doesn't make me look less ghostly by itself, I tend to think heavily saturated color on the lips of a pale woman can definitely make her look even more pale. These are my top picks at the moment
Vapour Organic Beauty's Multi Use Lip/Cheek Balm in Torch