The warmer days of summer are approaching quickly and we all know that nothing says "summer beauty" more than the bronzy look. But as women of deeper hue, sometimes it's hard to find bronzers that work for us. Some turn a nasty shade of brownish orange; some make us look ashen; some work more as highlighter than bronzer; and some are just way too light to work for us. So, I, your faithful servant in all that is beautiful, am going on a search for the best products to give us brown girls that bronzy beach goddess look we desire.
First up: Stila Sun Bronzer! This product is very cool. Housed in the typically adorable Stila packaging, this bronzer is described as "warm matte bronze." Well, it is warm and bronze, but I wouldn't call it matte. It doesn't contain nearly as much sparkle as many bronzers available on the market, but the Stila Sun Bronzer definitely offers just a tiny bit of a glimmer - it adds a very soft glow when applied to the face. This is a plus in its favor, in my book. Though I am an oily-skinned woman and try to minimize oil on my face, I still want my skin to have a dewy, natural appearance. A soft glow helps in that regard and it looks great when the sun hits your face on a summer day. Dusted on the high planes of the face, Stila Sun Bronzer leaves you looking as if you've spent a couple hours in the sun, with none of the skin damaging effects. The best part? It even helps protect you from the sun, as it contains SPF 15! If you're like me, an NC45 in MAC (for your reference) or maybe a little lighter or a little darker, I would suggest you get Shade 2. It'll be deep enough to work with your complexion. If you're on the fairer end of the spectrum, try Shade 1, which is more golden!
Here comes the sun, Beautiful One! Grab those shades, add a touch of Stila Sun Bronzer to those cheekbones and get ready for the summertime!
Keep an eye out here on "The Life of A Ladybug" for my "Bronzers for Brown Girls" series. I'll be reviewing and letting you know about lots of great products that will give you a fab summertime glow!