A Natural Look: with Bronzer and Mascara

Occasionally we have a makeup mishap. Bronzer promises a summertime glow but leaves us orange-faced and fake-baked. Mascara promises long, thick lashes and we get flakes and wimpy lashes which require Sherlock Holmes and his magnifying glass to find. Can we prevent mishaps and find the right products before we plunk down our hard-earned cash? Yes, we can.

What the Pros Know About Bronzer

“When choosing a bronzer to enhance your natural glow and create a sun-kissed, youthful appearance, base color is key,” said Natalie DeWyse, beauty guru for Salon Centric in Fort Wayne, which sells beauty products exclusively to licensed beauty professionals. “Bronzers are based with rose, coral and shades of brown/orange. Lighter skin tones can benefit from the youthful glow of a rose-based bronzer, while medium to darker skin tones can benefit from coral and brown bases.”

The bronzer brush is also important. “A brush with lighter colored bristles at the end is helpful. The lighter colored tip lets you see exactly how much product you are applying. This helps prevent overdoing it or looking unnatural. Apply bronzer in a light upward sweep on the apples of the cheeks. To contour and get the full effect, sweep horizontally across the forehead below the hairline and down along the bridge of the nose in a ‘T’ motion. Finish by putting just a touch on the chin. This is where the sun hits us naturally,” DeWyse said.

What The Pros Know About Mascara

Fem Stat #13Confused by claims to volumize, curl or lengthen? “Keeping up with the latest formula can be a challenge; there are hundreds of different mascaras on the market, each with a different viscosity and effect,” DeWyse said. “The brush is key when choosing a mascara. Tapered brush styles are ideal for a more sultry or cat-eyed look, while thicker brushes are ideal for volume or an ‘eye-opening’ effect.” Big thick brushes create equal, thicker lashes. Thin plastic wands create more separation and length.

Clumpy or skinny spider-leg lashes and flakes can mean one of two things: either the mascara is too old or you’re using the wrong formula. Over-applying a thin formula while trying to build volume never works and causes flakes, so switch to a volume-building formula instead. “If lashes are sparse, there are even formulas that help aid lash growth while providing the effect of fuller, longer lashes,” DeWyse said.

Yes, it resembles a medieval torture device, but an eyelash curler is still a great tool. Squeeze the curler at the roots and hold for three to five seconds, pulse halfway down the lashes two or three times, then apply mascara. Voila! Wider, sexier eyes in seconds.

Now We Know

Make bronzer decisions by considering base, brush and application and make mascara decisions based upon formula/purpose, brush and consider an eyelash curler. Say so long Sherlock and fake-baked and say hello to healthy glow and lustrous lashes. You’ve got this!


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