Celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic is answering your burning beauty questions!!! Every Monday, he will answer a beauty/skin care question as part of a weekly column on Spoiled Pretty, Makeup Mondays with Mario.
My question is about bronzer. Actually, I have a few questions. I am so confused! First, how do you choose your perfect shade of bronzer? Second, what is the best technique for applying powder bronzer? And do you have any favorites you can recommend?
Thanks a lot!
When chosing a shade of bronzer, you should consider the following: dark skin tones look best with bronzers that have red in them. Lighter skin usually looks good with a more pale/pinkish bronzer. When applying bronzer, I like to frame the entire face. Sweep the bronzer along the hairline, on hollows of the cheeks and along your jawline. Don’t forget to apply a bit to the neck as well.
Because I use bronzer pretty much on most of the face, I prefer to go with a non-shimmery, powder bronzer. My faves are Smashbox Bronze Lights Bronzer in Suntan Matte* and Dior Bronze Matte Sunshine SPF 20. If you’re looking to achieve a bronze look but want to glow as well, try Eye M Glam highlighter at Giella.com*. Apply it on the cheekbones, inner corner of eyes, bridge of nose and on brow bones. It has a golden glow that looks amazing with bronzer. Thanks for visiting MMwM!
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, and check back next Monday to read Mario’s expert advice!
*Mario used both of these products on Kim Kardashian for the Leather & Laces Superbowl party (photo above). To get the face, visit Mario’s blog!
The palette includes five eye shadows, two blush shades, and a bronzing powder for glowing radiance.
Many thanks to Josie Maran for sponsoring this giveaway…and stay tuned for Spoiled Pretty’s next contest.
This Spring, Josie Maran created the perfect palette for you to unleash your inner makeup artist. With the Natural Wonder Powder Palette, you can create a variety of looks with the multiple shades, ranging from ashy bold pigments to classic neutrals. The palette includes five eye shadows, two blush shades, and a bronzing powder for glowing radiance.
Eye Shadows: Daydream (shimmery apricot), Hope (bright iridescent blue- purple), Desire (iridescent teal), Trance (shimmery gold), Think (shimmery copper brown)
Blush: Illusion (deep rose), Fiction (peachy pink)
Bronzing Powder: Beach No. 1 (bronze)
This week, Spoiled Pretty is partnering with Josie Maran to put some spring into your step (and makeup bag). Five lucky readers will win the Natural Wonder Powder Palette (retail price: $35).
To enter the giveaway, leave a message in the comments section; make sure to leave a way for me to get in touch, just in case you get lucky. Contest is open to U.S. residents only. The giveaway ends at noon (EST) on Friday, March 5, 2010. Good luck!
After using Darac’s TourQuam 3-D Face Sculpting Brush, I have one thing to say to all of the other makeup brushes on the market: you should be ashamed of yourselves.
For applying powder products, nothing compares to the TourQuam brush. Nothing.
This Jetsons-esque tool has a magnet hidden in the handle. Because all powders have an iron oxide, magnetic base, this brush attracts the perfect amount of product. Which means no wasting your precious powders. And no more tapping and blowing on the bristles to avoid looking like a character straight outta Kabuki theater. So not necessary.
Seriously…even you unintentionally heavy-handed makeup junkies will be amazed at how this brush keeps your ‘more is more’ tendencies in check.
Lately, I’ve been using this brush in tandem with my LORAC TANtalizer Baked Matte Satin Bronzer and Fresh Freshface Blush Powder – and I can honestly say that my golden glow and flushed cheeks have never looked more natural.
Darac TourQuam 3-D Face Sculpting Brush, nothing compares 2 u!
Darac products are available at QVC and daracbeauty.com.
Last week, Spoiled Pretty partnered with Physicians Formula for a fabulous giveaway. And now the time has come to announce the winners. Congrats to Kelly Bray, Teresa Nelson and Brandy Wilson!
These ladies will receive the new Bronze Booster collection, which includes three products that give skin an enhanced natural-looking tan glow that goes the distance.
Many thanks to Physicians Formula for sponsoring the contest. Be sure to check out Spoiled Pretty’s other current giveaways for more chances to win!
For this week’s giveaway, Spoiled Pretty is partnering with Physicians Formula to help you get your faux glow on.
Three winners will receive the Bronze Booster collection – three bronzer products formulated with technology to give skin an enhanced natural-looking tan glow that goes the distance:
Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Pressed Powder, $14.95
Provides an instant and lasting tan glow. The lightweight and ultra-blendable pressed bronzer glides on smoothly for an instant, even tan glow that builds easily to your desired level of bronze. Bronzing micropearls deliver a flawless, radiant finish. Available in three shades (Fair to Light, Light to Medium, Medium to Dark).
Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Loose Bronzing Veil, $14.95
The triple action tan-boosting blend in this high-performance bronzing veil ensures results that are instant, long lasting and streak-free. Available in three shades (Fair to Light, Light to Medium, Medium to Dark).
Bronze Booster Self-Tanning Bronzing Veil, $14.95
This versatile bronzer can be used alone or on tip of foundation. Available in three shades (Fair to Light, Light to Medium, Medium to Dark).
All Physicians Formula products are available at drug and mass-market stores.
To enter the giveaway, send an email to email@example.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read ‘Bronze Booster Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Tuesday, August 4. Three winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Wednesday, August 5th, I’ll announce the winners’ names. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents.
I am a firm believer in the ‘before you leave the house, take off one accessory’ rule. Unfortunately, when it comes to beauty, a trip to tranny-ville isn’t so easily averted. So my best advice to avoid going overboard is to think simple before applying anything to your face.
One of the best tips to prevent product overload is to invest in a good bronzer. Adding warmth to your complexion allows you to get away with wearing less. My new favorite bronzer is LORAC TANtalizer Baked Matte Satin Bronzer SPF 15, which has a mineral-based, baked formula that goes on silky-smooth for a glow that lasts. It can be used wet or dry, depending on the intensity you desire, and is great for contouring and highlighting. It might just be the best bronzer I’ve ever used.
Using the TANtalizer Baked Matte Satin Bronzer SPF 15, I’ve been borrowing a technique from my girl Jenn Falik‘s playbook. Apply the powder in the shape of a 3 on each side of your face; hit your forehead, cheeks and jawline evenly for a super natural looking all-over glow. I dust it on with my ecoTools Powder Brush; it’s super-soft and picks up just the right amount of pigment.
Swipe on two coats of your must-have mascara and coat your pucker in a sheer gloss, and you’re good to glow.