30 Aug 2013

The Bronzed Look For A Porcelain Complexion // Guest Post.

Today I have the wonderful Lillian (all the way from my wannabe homeland, the USA!) gracing the pages of my blog, I hope you all enjoy the fab post she has written and take a peek at her blog too! I'm ridiculously envious of her beauty stash!! ;) x

Yes - Annabel's blog is far superior to mine, her taste may be that ever bit more European, and the list shall continue. Nevertheless, there is one thing that we have in common - a porcelain complexion. You know, the girls who always reach for the lightest shade in the foundation bottles or whose complexion more closely resembles that the shade 'White' in the MAC Face and Body bottles than any other. Been there, done that. Well, we're nearly at the end of summer now and what do we look like? The same as we did in the dead of winter. Forget having to buy a whole new range of bases, looking fantastic with that bikini on, or resembling a Victoria's Secret model. Nonetheless, we can fake it, and I'm going to show you how to do it with a few summer-y choices and featuring a few of my favourites.

Usually, BB, CC, and DD (when will this end...) creams and potions with a 'one shade fits all' characteristic are a no go, but, take it from a mutual, the Dr. Jart Waterfuse BB Cream is a yes, yes, yes. Blended with fingers, it matches the complexion nearly perfectly, yet adds a hint of color without a bit of orange. Be wary with the brush, though, as fingers are the best application method. Imparting a dewy complexion, it also contains a good bit of SPF to keep you shielded. As for concealer, I'll dish about one of my favorites - the Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Concealer. It's creamy, blendable formula masks spots, scars, and under eye situations with ease without the creasing and caking. Alas, to finish off the base, I sweeped on the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light. Suiting the powder craze and duties for summer, but with a complexion perfecting, imperfection blurring powder to make your face look immaculate.

And now, we're onto the bronze. Although terrifying at first glance, NARS Laguna is one of my favorites. With a light hand, brushed on the tops of the cheek bones, bridge of nose, forehead, and chin, it'll have you faking a bronze in no time without an orange-y glow. As for blusher, the Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Peach Whisper reigns supreme as an all time favorite in my stash. Nevertheless, we're going all out and NARS Luster is the best for faking a sunkissed complexion. Just like Peach Whisper, it's got barely any hints of pink, but the warm tone and slightly red tint make you look like you were able to get a tan (a nearly impossible feat). Now, I love a bit of highlighter in the summer. I thought I'd save you the mourning of the Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Creme in Rose Gold, so, instead, I reached for the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle. Is it über shimmery? Oh yes, and dusted upon the top of the cheek bones, brow bone, inner corner, and (my favorite), tip of nose in a Rudolph-esque fashion, it looks pretty darn fab. 

As for the rest of the makeup, you'd be lucky if I haven't thrown all caution to the wind  by now, so we'll keep it simple. Lashes get coated with a layer of the L'oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Waterproof Mascara because nobody wants to see mascara melting off your eyes. Then, to oomph up the eye power, I smudge bit of the Rimmel ScandalEyes Liner in Brown on the outer half of the lashes for a touch of subtle definition. Pretty, yet still ridiculously natural, it's even got a hint of gold shimmer shot through *swoon*. Then, I brush through my brows and cure the sparse brow situation with a touch of the Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Granite and slick a bit of the Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm on the lips for a hint of shine and who doesn't want to smell like a mojito? Alas, grab the sunglasses, beach towel, and beauty reading material, and a spritz of the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray because it's not a summer look without it.
So, there's the low-down of how pale girls do bronzy makeup. Olive, Indian, and naturally sunkissed babes, you can have this one, but no one can rock that snow princess look like we can

You can find the lovely Lillian's blog here, and make sure you follow her on twitter too! :) 



  1. I'm a fellow porcelain girl and you've mentioned so many of my favourite products in this post. So I guess I'll have to get the lip balm and the brow gel to get the full set :P
    Love this post.

  2. So many of these products have now been added to my wishlist now! x

  3. I'm dying to try out the B&B spray! Uggggh

  4. even though i dont have super fair skin finding a good match for light-medium skin is actually sort of difficult. i'm glad laguna works well for your skin tone. some people find it too heavy but a lot more people enjoy it very much

    A Beautiful Zen


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