2/10/14

The Finished Look: Winter Bronze

The title of this post may seem like an oxymoron, but a bronzed makeup look does not have to be left only for summer.  And since I am a strong proponent of staying pale all year round with my dedication to SPF, makeup is all that I have to give that sun kissed glow.  This particular look is a subtle version of a more amped up summer style, and is incredibly easy to replicate.  Under ten minutes flat and I am out the door, looking and feeling polished yet glowing.  photo finishedlook2.jpg photo Finishedlook1.jpg  I begin with one of my favorite foundations, Urban Decay Naked Skin and buff it in using my Real Techniques buffing brush, followed by a quick swipe of Burberry's sheer concealer under the eyes.  The finish on this foundation is a natural matte and wears for hours flawlessly.  I set it with my La Mer loose powder which is currently in rotation every day for its ability to tone down any shine and set my makeup for most of the day.  The eye look could not be more simple with a quick wash of MAC's Woodwinked all over the lid after the eye is primed (Nars Eye Primer), and a subtle matte brow highlight with NARS' Edie eyeshadow.  This subtle beige color has quickly become any every day staple for either brow finishing, dusting over a look to tone it down, or just to even out my eyelid before other shadows.  A few swipes of the best mascara in the whole world, Estee Lauder Sumptuous Mascara and a brow fill in with my Hourglass Brow tool in soft brunette - otherwise known as my holy grail brow pencil.  I swear by the this Guerlain Four Seasons bronzer for it's ability to go with any and every makeup look I ever put with it - giving the most natural flushed and glowing cheek imaginable.  And to top it off, it comes in a slew of different skin tone colors, so there is a shade for all! My Rouge d'Armani in shade 101 has been rolling around my makeup bag for years since it can't possibly give a more "my lip color but better" look.  I have this look on repeat constantly in the summer but throwing it on in winter feels just as appropriate and if for nothing more than to just put me in a better mood as I schlep through the slush and snow to work.  See the power of makeup?  It's an instant mood lightener.  Excuse me while I fill up my virtual Sephora cart to get through the rest of winter.  

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