Summer-skin

Bring Back The Glow: 5 Shimmery Bronzers You Need Now

Does your skin need an extra bit of glow before the summer rolls around? Bronzers are some of the easiest ways to sculpt, contour and refine any part of the body in need of a little bit of warmth. Shop some of our favourite shimmery bronzers below, or give them a swatch the next time you’re in store.

RELATED: Best Bronzers For All Skin Types

Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer, $39

Not only is this creamy bronzer an absolute dream to apply, but it suits all skin tones! The cult favourite is dual toned, so it provides a medium-deep tan or shimmery highlight for the cheekbones, brow bone and even above the cupids bow.

Bring Back The Glow: 5 Shimmery Bronzers You Need Now

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer, $65

One of the newest products from Hourglass is their Ambient Lighting Bronzer which creates a soft subtle glow for all skin tones. The subtle shimmer is easily buildable for a subtle contour, or a deep bronze glow.

Bring Back The Glow: 5 Shimmery Bronzers You Need Now

Stila Set and Bronze Baked Powder, $46

Try this lightweight powder the next time you want a bit of glow to the cheeks without going completely OTT. Layer it over your highlight, illuminator and blush for a sun-kissed glow all year round.

Bring Back The Glow: 5 Shimmery Bronzers You Need Now

Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer, $74

Switching it up to a liquid bronzer for dry skin, this is the perfect formula to combat any dry patches. Mix it into your foundation and apply over the cheekbones, or use it to contour with a cosmetic sponge.

Bring Back The Glow: 5 Shimmery Bronzers You Need Now

RMS Beauty, $38

Build your own bespoke glow with this versatile bronzer, which can be used as an eyeshadow, blush, or even a highlight. Apply with the warmth of your fingers and pat it gently into the skin for best results.

Bring Back The Glow: 5 Shimmery Bronzers You Need Now

What are some of your favourite summer bronzers?

Image via Harpers Bazaar Germany

May 22, 2015

How To Use An Illuminator 

Fake than instant summer glow with the use of a pigmented illuminator which is perfect for all skin types.

Not only are there a variety of products available for your budget, but they’re so quick and easy to apply! Follow our guide on how to use your illuminator for that youthful, summer glow.

RELATED: How To Highlight Your Face

Forehead

Take a small swatch of your product and apply it into the centre of your forehead. We promise it won’t make you look like a disco ball! If you’re scared about this step, mix a drop of illuminator into your foundation for an instant glow.

Nose

Take your ring finger and lightly dab it down the bridge of your nose. This gives your entire face a subtle glow, and lightly contours the nose making it appear smaller. Use in conjunction with a matte bronzer to achieve a sun-kissed look.

Cheekbones

One of the best places to apply illuminator if you’re on-the-go are the cheekbones. Dab lightly on the higher angles of your cheekbones leading into the hairline.

If you feel like you’ve applied too much product, mix a drop of your foundation and it will conceal any mistakes. Imagine that you’re drawing a semi-circle, and keep the illuminator away from the inner corner of your eyes.

Eyebrows

More specifically, keep the product above your brows. This not only frames the face in a beautiful way, but creates an almost luminous finish to your makeup. Keep a powder handy in case your face gets oily throughout the day, and blot regularly.

Lip

Finish up the entire look by applying any leftover product on your cupids bow. This is the area just above your upper lip. It creates the illusion of full, enhanced lips without any surgery!

How To Use An Illuminator 

1. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, $66

2. Tom Ford Skin Illuminator, $100

3. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, $57

4. Nars Illuminator in Copacobana, $39

Image via Vasanti Cosmetics

February 19, 2015

Summer Skin Hydration

During the warmer months, keeping your skin soft and supple can be a challenge. A combination of dry warm days, swimming in chlorinated pools and a little too much UV can leave your skin feeling dry and dehydrated in no time.

Here’s a few simple key skincare tips to help you hold onto that dewy glow.

Keep your beauty routine simple

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The cleaner your beauty and makeup routine, the better. Especially in the warmer months as your skin is already dealing with increased changes – being exposed to harsh sunlight which can lead to skin dehydration and warm days which means more sweating.

If you can afford to, keep your daytime makeup to a minimum. This is when heat is at its peak and you’re more likely to clog up your pores with makeup and perspiration. Leave your detailed makeup looks for the evening when you’re less likely to get hot and bothered.

Use a hydrating mask

This is a great way to plug back in that lost moisture after a long and hot day on the beach. Cloth face masks are especially good for thorough, instant moisturisation and hydration, as they are literally dripping with nutrients and sit right next to the dermal layer of skin. Try Skin Republic’s CoQ10 + Caviar Face Mask Sheet for intense hydration and improved skin elasticity.

Use an SPF

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Use sunscreen and use it wisely. Starting the day with an SPF moisturiser should be the first step in your beauty routine. Opt for something that provides UVA and UVB protection to make sure you’ve got all bases covered.

If you’re out in the sunshine all day, remember a hat and be sure to reapply every few hours.

Use a spritzer

This is a handbag must-have especially for those long, hot summer days. When your skin is feeling down and dry, simply pump a few sprays onto your face, neck, arms and legs. Cool off and add back that lost hydration!

H2O

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Easier said than done but you must drink water, and lots of it! There’s no point trying to keep your skin moisturised if you neglect nourishing your body from the inside out. We recommend eight glasses a day – and more if you’re out and about in the heat.

These summer skincare tips are brought to you by Skin Republic. For more on nourishing and hydrating skincare products visit www.theskinrepublic.com.au

February 9, 2015