Sunday, 11 August 2013

Bronzed Summer Make Up and Hair Look

To me, bronzed, shimmering make up and soft waves in the hair encompasses summer style.  There are so many variations on this kind of look and I really enjoy trying them out.  Today I'm going to share with you one of my favourite summer make up and hair looks.  Quick and simple wavy hair and a brown toned bronze make up look.

Summer is the time to play around with colours and textures.  The colours I've used here are pretty neutral but I've played around with textures by adding really glittery shimmery products.

Starting with my base which is a light but flawless application of the Garnier Oil Free BB Cream in Light (buy here) which is my favourite base product when my skin is looking well on top of the Collection Primed and Ready Smoothing Make Up Primer (buy here).  I conceal any dark circles using the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 3 Medium (buy here) which is a fantastic heavy duty product despite being packaged terribly and finally, I dust on a little of the Clinique Gentle Light Powder in 3 Glow (buy here) across my face to set everything in place.I then take a little of the Sleek Contour Powder (buy here) and gently mark out the hollows of my cheeks and to create some depth.

Moving onto the eyes, I take a ridiculously old Miss Sporty Eye Gloss in 4 Sunset which is a beautiful golden bronze shade, that I don't think is even sold anymore, and I sweep it over my lids and lower lash line.  Taking the lighter of the two bronze shades from the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Island Oasis Eye Shadow Palette, I sweep it into the outer corner of my lid and blend it over the socket before taking the darker of the two bronze shades to add some depth to my crease.  To keep this look light and summery, I stay away from dark eye liner and instead run some of the darker bronze shade along my lower lash line.  I then fill in my brows gently with the MUA Eyebrow Pencil in Brunette (buy here) which is a lovely creamy pencil, particularly for only £1.  I chose not add any mascara to my top lashes as I'm wearing semi permanent eye lash extensions but I do put a little of the Sheer Cover Extra Length Mascara (review here, buy here) through my bottom lashes.

The secret to this look is all in the shimmery summer glow that I create by sweeping the St Moriz Shade 'n' Shimmer Bronzing Powder in Light (buy here) over my face in the areas where you would expect the sun to naturally hit the face, like the tops of the cheek bones, down the centre of the nose and on the forehead.

A light hand is needed when applying this as it is so pigmented and gives the most beautiful golden shimmer to the skin.  As a powder, it isn't particularly finely milled, but that all adds to the shimmery sun kissed look that it creates.  This also looks fantastic as an eye shadow or dusted onto the d├ęcolletage and down the front of your shins before a night out.

To add some depth to my cheeks and in the place of blush, I take the St Moriz Shade 'n' Shimmer Bronzing Powder but this time in the Dark shade (buy here) and sweep it across my cheek bones where I would usually place my blusher.  Don't be fooled into thinking this is meant for darker skin tones and the light shade for lighter ones, they're two completely different coloured powders rather than being for different skin tones so I would suggest trying either regardless of how tanned your skin is.  The Light is very golden toned whereas Dark is a much more red toned shade and they're both as shimmery as each other.  They really are so pigmented and providing you don't get powder happy and apply them literally all over your face, they look great.  The dark one in particular looks fantastic as a blusher or again as an eye shadow, particularly when used in the crease.

To complete my summertime bronzed look, I applied some of the FCUK lip gloss, which is more like a liquid lipstick, in the colour Nude, which is more like a brown, with a slick of the Estee Lauder Lip Gloss in Praline Paradise (review here, buy here) over the top.

For my hair, I kept it really simple.  I had waves in my hair already from the day before, created using the Babyliss Pro Porcelain Curling Wand (buy here) so I just sprayed a little of the Batiste Strength and Shine Dry Shampoo into the root (review here) before taking the hair at each side of my head and pinning it back with a hair grip.  The trick is to push your hair upwards as you secure it with the bobby pin to create that fluffed up look.  A quick spray of hairspray and I am good to go.

So that's my quick and easy bronzed summer make up and hair look.  Super simple but really pretty for summer days out.

What are your favourite summer make up looks?

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  1. Love this look! So bronzed, perfect for summer hun you look beautiful! Any type of BB cream is essential when getting the bronze on ;) For summer I just pack on the bronzer, always using it on my eyelids instead of eyeshadow. Makes the look gel together quite well, little tip ;) X

  2. Stunning! I shall have a go at some point! thanks for the post!

  3. This look is so pretty! I don't usually go for 'bronzed' as I'm so pale, but that Estee Lauder palette looks absolutely gorgeous!

    Hannah x

  4. You look fab :) The eyes are lovely, such flattering colours on you! xx

  5. Hi Laura,
    Came across you blog by accident and stayed a little while. I really admire what you have done. It shows that you have put a lot of work and care into it. I'm slim dark and fifty years old. But I will still come and visit once in a while, just because I like what you do. ;) Keep up the good work and my best wishes.


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