Making my way through summer #3 : How to get a summer tan

July 17, 2014

Ah! That dreamy Brazilian summer tan.. Good thing we’re living in Dubai. The sun is here almost during the whole year. Thing is, we’re in a very modern desert where everyone stays indoors all the time. We either look like zombies or have a very high Vitamin D deficiency. Luckily, with the help of research and development both can be fixed. Hoora!

Regarding the Vitamin D. I’m no doctor. You should go see one for that. And if you don’t know whether you have a Vitamin D deficiency or not, I highly recommend to get a blood test done.

And to avoid looking like I haven’t seen the light of day since the day I was born, I go for two very dear products. 
Clarins Bronzer 
This bronzer is part of their Colours of Brazil collection (I’m loving everything that screams Brazil, check out more here). Love. Love. LOVE. This stuff can’t get any better. I hauled this here and I was debating whether I should get this or the Marc Jacobs bronzer. I’m so happy that I went for this. With a large brush, I sweep this in the hollows of my cheeks, a bit on the cheeks, nose and forehead and all over the face really. Kidding!

Bourjois Bronzing Primer 
This went out last year’s summer collection and I believe it did as well in this year’s. Amazing stuff! Mousse kind of texture that blends so well with the skin. You can use it as a primer, as a bronzer, use it on its own, mix it with foundation: it defines perfectly a multitasking products. A tanned look can easily and quickly be achieve with this *snaps fingers*.
Where should you apply bronzer you ask? Now, we all know the typical areas where to apply it in order to slim down the face: hollows of the cheeks, temples, etc. This season, we want to look more like JLo rather than Maleficent. So going heavy handed with the contouring isn’t the solution. Concentrate more on where the sun would hit your face: top of the apples of the cheeks, nose, chin, centre of forehead. Of course, don’t go overboard with bronzer. You should apply just enough. Another tip, compare your face in different lightings: go in the bathroom, under sunlight, in your room, kitchen.. Both products mentioned hold up very well in the heat and provide a healthy look and a very natural tan when used in the right areas. Thumbs up for bronzers! 
What bronzers do you use? Have you ever tried these before? 
– Zein xx

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