Because a girl's gotta get her sunshine somehow...

It's inevitable that when I'm not wearing make up someone will pass comment on how 'pale' or 'sleepy' I'm looking. Unfortunately I'm not the kind of girl that has naturally sun kissed, glowing skin- but more the look of 'Hey! Have you been up watching Netflix all night' (to which indeed, the answer is probably yes). Either way, that's why products like these were invented- the give pasty Purvis over here a little life! So after trying and testing endless bronzers and non-intimidating contour kits (that prove that even a heavy handed pale gal like me can do it)- I thought I'd pop them all in one place to share!

So, first things first- the bronzers! As well as my ongoing love for Guerlain's Terracotta (which I wax lyrical about)- I've also recently started turning to one of YSL's new beautiful bronzing stones, which is a slightly lighter version (and perfect for if you're doing a darker lip too). The Tom Ford Terra bronzer has been in my collection for well over a year now, and is my total staple when it comes to adding a perfect matte colour to an otherwise flat base...

Saying that, if you are after something loose, I also love the Inika Mineral Bronzer which you can mix in with moisturiser for a slight tint too (plus it's vegan and 100% natural which is great)! Finally if all of the above sound a bit intimidating, the NudeStix bronzing stick is totally failsafe and means you can pretty much draw on your contour before blending out (meaning there's very little room for error, huzzah!




Finally, let's talk palettes! There's three varied sets that I can't get enough of when it comes to the ol' bronze and contour. The first is this Smashbox number. This was the first palette I ever picked up to contour with (when the very word was just a twinkle in Kim Kardashian's eye)- and since then it's been my go-to for all things shading. It's incredibly pigmented (much like my other much-loved C. Tilbs option)- but is super easily blended and gives incredible definition for anyone new, or more familiar to contouring. In terms of eye make up- when I'm feeling something a little more defined and smokey to match, I've been loving Ms. Burr's new eye palette in Birthday Suit which is the perfect mix of more pigmented mattes and sparkly shades too.



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Because a girl's gotta get her sunshine somehow...

It's inevitable that when I'm not wearing make up someone will pass comment on how 'pale' or 'sleepy' I'm looking. Unfortunately I'm not the kind of girl that has naturally sun kissed, glowing skin- but more the look of 'Hey! Have you been up watching Netflix all night' (to which indeed, the answer is probably yes). Either way, that's why products like these were invented- the give pasty Purvis over here a little life! So after trying and testing endless bronzers and non-intimidating contour kits (that prove that even a heavy handed pale gal like me can do it)- I thought I'd pop them all in one place to share!

So, first things first- the bronzers! As well as my ongoing love for Guerlain's Terracotta (which I wax lyrical about)- I've also recently started turning to one of YSL's new beautiful bronzing stones, which is a slightly lighter version (and perfect for if you're doing a darker lip too). The Tom Ford Terra bronzer has been in my collection for well over a year now, and is my total staple when it comes to adding a perfect matte colour to an otherwise flat base...

Saying that, if you are after something loose, I also love the Inika Mineral Bronzer which you can mix in with moisturiser for a slight tint too (plus it's vegan and 100% natural which is great)! Finally if all of the above sound a bit intimidating, the NudeStix bronzing stick is totally failsafe and means you can pretty much draw on your contour before blending out (meaning there's very little room for error, huzzah!




Finally, let's talk palettes! There's three varied sets that I can't get enough of when it comes to the ol' bronze and contour. The first is this Smashbox number. This was the first palette I ever picked up to contour with (when the very word was just a twinkle in Kim Kardashian's eye)- and since then it's been my go-to for all things shading. It's incredibly pigmented (much like my other much-loved C. Tilbs option)- but is super easily blended and gives incredible definition for anyone new, or more familiar to contouring. In terms of eye make up- when I'm feeling something a little more defined and smokey to match, I've been loving Ms. Burr's new eye palette in Birthday Suit which is the perfect mix of more pigmented mattes and sparkly shades too.



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21 comments:

  1. I love bronzing! Always do it regardless of summer. Probably because I am so pale so I feel like it's my way of faking a glow.

    Jaynie Shannon * / Morphe & Zoeva Giveaway Running

    xx

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  2. Nice post dear ;)
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  3. Love your photos! I've never been much of a bronzer girl myself, but for some reason this summer I've become obsessed! CT Bronze & Glow, UD Beached bronzer and the L'Oréal bronzer cushion are my faves. xx

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  4. Such beautiful imagery yet again Olivia! I'd love to see a behind the scenes of how you shot this :-)

    I've been lusting over the Guerlian bronzers for such a long time, just need to bite the bullet and get one I think!

    Heather x www.atelierofstyle.co.uk

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  5. That Tom Ford bronzer looks so dreamy!

    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

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  6. The Tom Ford bronzer looks gorgeous!! Lovely photos! x

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  7. These products look great
    xo
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  8. These pictures are so beautiful! <3 I love a bronzed, summer look and have been reaching for the Zoeva Nude Spectrum Cheek palette so much recently! xx

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  9. Love the look of these!

    Enter my giveaway!!
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  10. I love, love, LOVE film star bronze and glow!! :)


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  11. I love this post - I'm usually much more interested in fashion than beauty posts but bronzer is an absolute staple for me (I'm of the pasty skin persuasion too!) Thanks for sharing.

    Anya
    http://turnedintotreasure.blogspot.com.au

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  12. Love this post Liv! I am extremely pale and have been looking or a new bronzer so I might have to take a trip to the YSL counter! xox

    withlovefromamber.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. I really want to try Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow, looks so pretty, and Sleek have some pretty fab contour/bronze kits!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

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  14. Absolutely stunning bronze shades! I think I will definitely buy the tanya palette, looks so lovely x

    Sofia | theglamchapter.blogpost.com

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  15. The smashbox contour kit looks beautiful! I'm beginner when it comes to this things so edits like this are really helpful, thank you!

    Selene Addicted

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  16. I was lucky enough to have gotten a random makeover at the Guerlain store on Champs-Élysées in Paris last month and loved how my skin looked when the makeup artist used Terracotta on me! I kind of have forgotten about the product but you have now reminded me to go try it again :D xx

    Jacqueline | Sail Away to Neverland ♡

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  17. The FIlmstar Bronze And Glow is my favorite bronzy and glowy cheek product all year around. I just got into Terracota and I looove it, I use the shade 1 in Four Seasons, it's so pretty and still looks rosy <3

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  18. The YSL bronze packaging looks so pretty www.indigoandmouse.blogspot.com

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  19. Love the CT Bronze & Glow.
    And the packaging is so elegant!

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  20. I'm totally the same - no sun-kissed glow here.. I have to fake it too. I seem to get a nice tan everywhere apart from my face, which seems to stay just as pale but with added freckles. COULD be down to the SPF I use on my face, but hey at least I won't have premature ageing...?

    Love the look of the palettes - I will be looking out for those when my current bronzer runs out.

    Also, I love the use of the dried up flowery seed pod thingies in these photos - really evokes nostalgic feelings of the end of a hot summer. Good job ;)

    xxx

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  21. Love this! I wouldn't be able to survive without my makeup. ;)

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