The holidays are almost here, bringing lazy days at the beach or by the pool, rocking mermaid hair, maxi dresses and sarongs, and sipping G&Ts. Summer skin calls for a change in colour palettes and I like switching to warmer blushers and bronzers that give my skin a peachy glow. They’re also a convenient way to fake a tan until I can cultivate the real deal.
I have put together a couple of my favourite products for you to try out. I hope you find your perfect match.
Bronzer & Blusher tips
I use a large powder brush to apply bronzer, working it along by hairline and into the hollows of my cheeks in soft sweeps. Another trick is to move the brush in a triangle motion from cheek to cheek across the bridge of your nose – this gives a touch of colour where the sun would normally hit.
If blusher has an intense pigment it can look really strong on your cheeks. After loading your brush, tap off excess and instead of sweeping it onto your cheeks, place the colour in a dabbing motion. This gives a lot more control over the colour distribution. Then clean your brush on a towel and go back to blend.
A makeup sponge or foundation brush with some residual foundation works brilliantly as an eraser if you have overdone it. You can also use your fingers to blend the product.
I like to apply some of my bronzer and blusher on my eyelids to make sure the colour is consistent all over my face.
If you’re going for a warm bronzer and blusher, make sure your lipstick matches. Look for products with similar undertones.
theBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer
Since they launched locally this year, theBalm has become one of my favourite makeup brands. I adore their quirky, vintage-inspired packaging and their fun approach. Upon that their pigment quality is top notch. Their Bahama Mama bronzer gives you a lovely glow with a soft, satin finish, perfect for adding warmth to the high points of your face along with a subtle highlight effect.
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish bronzer in Cheeky Bronze
I adore this bronzer. It has a beautiful blend of bronze tones and soft highlighting pigments that give your skin a warm glow. The pigment is strong but gives a natural appearance, and the power is really fine to give you a highlight without any obvious shimmer. Lovely!
essence Shape Your Face Contouring Palette in Ready, Set, Peach!
This palette contains a matte bronzer that can be applied to the hollows of your face, and a matte highlighter to accentuate the high points. It also has a warm, peachy blush with a subtle shimmer to give you a fresh flushed look.
Revlon Bronzer in Natural Bronze
This bronzer from Revlon is one of my trusted buys. It is easy to apply and blend, giving you soft, warm bronzed finish.
L’Oréal Blush Sculpt Trio Contouring Blush in Nude Beige
I was thoroughly impressed with this one. The trio of shades can be used for contouring, but I personally liked to run my brush across all three at one for a soft bronzed appearance. I then accentuated the hollows a little with the darkest shade, which really delivers on colour, and highlighted with the lightest shade.
Smashbox L.A. Lights Blush & Highlight Palette in Culver City Coral
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These blusher palettes from Smashbox are stunning. The pigment quality is really intense so you get great colour payoff with just a dab of your brush. I also love the variety of shades, along with a highlighter. I like to apply the darker shade beneath my cheekbone, with the brighter shade on the apple of my cheeks, and the highlighter on my cheekbone and other high points of my face.
Catrice Blush Artist Shading Palette in CorAll I Need
The powders are super fine and the colours complement each other nicely, allowing you to create a blush look with more dimension. This particular colour palette is perfect for summer, with soft apricot and peach undertones to add warmth to your sun-kissed face.
Palladio I’m Blushing 2-in-1 Cheek and Lip Tint in Darling
The shades are quite light but I found this one gave a subtle, natural tint. I also enjoyed Lovely, which works nicely as a peachy highlighter. The product has a creamy consistency which you can blend across your cheeks using your fingertips or a brush.
theBalm Hot Mama Shadow / Blush
This blusher adds lovely warmth with a soft satin finish. I think it is particularly gorgeous on your cheekbones and apples, as well as your eyelids for a warm, glowing look.
Maybelline FaceStudio Master Blush in Peach Pop
Maybelline introduced their latest range of blushes earlier this year and they are brilliant. They deliver intense pigment, so a little really goes a long way. This Peach Pop shade is particularly lovely for that tropical glow.
NYX Blush in Summer
NYX continues to impress me with their high quality makeup at affordable prices. This blushes delivers a silky sheen and a vibrant, warm touch of colour.
essence Satin Touch Blush in Satin Coral
Firstly, I love the packaging of this product, with a textured diamond pattern that is oh so pretty! The blusher is also beautiful, with a soft satin finish that looks really natural. I think this colour would work for most skin tones to give it some warmth.
Do you have any product you can recommend? Pop your suggestions in the comments section below, I would love to hear from you.