Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Sun Stripping - is it a thing?

We've had strobing (formerly known as highlighting) and now the people who know about re-branding have come up with this summer's "new" thing - sun stripping. Sounds a bit rudey, no? Or what happens generally when us Brits see the first ray of sunshine in the spring? You know, the one in flip flops and shorts when it is definitely not flip flop and short weather - it's just vaguely not winter. Is there more to it than that?

 As far as I can tell, Sun Stripping is applying bronzer in a non-ridiculous way to your face - mainly central, over the bridge of the nose, and sweeping a light layer over the top of the cheeks too. Basically, where you would naturally catch the sun on your face. I'm pretty sure this is the way bronzer was always intended to be applied, but if it's a "thing" to look healthy and sunkissed for this year then count me in on this bandwagon! 

I am, sadly, very boring when it comes to powder bronzer. I'm devoted to two, and two only (but I am open to suggestions-please let me know what your favourites are!). Laura Mercier Bronzing Pressed Powder in Matte Bronze is a beautiful, very natural, warm-not-orange bronzer for light to medium skin tones. It's a very soft textured powder, but pretty pigmented, so be sure to use a light hand when applying. Not a sparkle in sight, yet not flat matte, I find this makes me look like I've just spent a week in Malta. Goals.

My other all-time go to is NARS Laguna bronzer. I know we all moan when NARS include this in yet another palette or duo, but there is a good reason - it's beautiful. Foolproof, relatively neutral as bronzers go, and a hint of shimmer. Laguna really is a cult favourite for good reason. I'm afraid I am currently Laguna-less (I know, get the violins out for me) but I'm sure you've all seen many a swatch of this beauty before.

One thing I am intrigued by is cream bronzers. I've never really ventured into that territory before. Thoughts? Best ones to try? Let me know in the comments! 

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