No sun? No matter! Bronzer is the nifty trick when you want to add radiance to your face, enhance a natural tan, or create definition with a clever contouring trick. When it's good, you're a glowing goddess. When it's bad, well..nuff said. To ensure that you look naturally sun-kissed in favor of an unsavory shade of Cheetos, choose your color carefully—anything too orange is bad news while a true brown can look ashy on darker-skinned women and downright grubby on pale ones. A tan color with no more than a little sparkle (see below) is easiest to work with, ladies!
For starters bronzer should be applied in judicious locations—covering your entire face, though tempting when feeling pasty, ends up looking a tad peculiar. Instead, dot the lotion on your fingers, and then blend outward, along your cheekbones, forehead, and chin; wherever the sun would naturally hit. But it goes way more places than just your cheek bones! Think clavicles, décolletage, shins, shoulders, and gleaming arms.
This particular DIY liquid iteration came about through research, trial, and lots and lots of error. And as with anything DIY, feel free to play, add, and subtract to your heart's desire. Unlike powder bronzers in my opinion, which tend to mop up your face's natural oils, a liquid bronzer lets your real, dewy, radiant skin come through. Go get it!
- 1 cup of body lotion like Avalon Organics Hand and Body Lotion ($12.30) or any other one you have and love.
- 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
- 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons of cornstarch powder
- 10 drops of rose geranium oil
- Combine the cinnamon, cocoa powder, and cornstarch in a small bowl until you have a color that looks good on your skin.
- If you need to lighten the color, add more cornstarch; if you need to darken it, more cocoa powder. FYI: Go easy with the cinnamon, especially if you have supersensitive skin, because it can make skin feel a wee bit tingly, but it does make it glow!
- Then add the plain lotion and mix well (I always do a little bit of white magic on my DIY offerings, and stir clockwise, asking whatever I'm making to be imbued with good vibes).
- Let the mixture sit for a few minutes, then add the rose geranium oil for a delicious smell that works especially well on sun-kissed skin, and blend—the essential oil also makes the texture of the lotion a little thicker and easier to blend and use.
- Stir again and put it into an empty bottle or mason jar that fingers can dip into, and be topped up as and when you need.
- Apply as liberally and often as you like!