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I want to invest in a bronzer but I'm not sure what brands to look at. What brands have really amazing bronzers? Something matte (:

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Some great matte bronzers to try are

The Body Shop Honey Bronzers $20 (currently on sale for $12!) These bronzers come in a few shades & are great for fair/pale skin or for those who want a very natural, light bronzed look. 


Benefit Hoola Bronzer $28. Great for a variety of skin tones because you can apply a light layer or build it up for a darker color.

NYX Matte Bronzer $9. Fabulous drugstore bronzer that comes in a few shades from a light beige to a deep brown.

Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder $44. If you’re planning on using your matte bronzer to contour you will love this! It’s very cool toned almost grey/taupe which makes it perfect for contouring. Your contour will look like a shadow rather than a brown bronzer.

Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder $40. Comes in a few shades. Very silky, easy to blend matte bronzer.

I bought a high end foundation a few months back and with all the sun I've been getting lately, it doesn't match my skin tone anymore. Any tips on how to make it a bit darker without having to purchase another one?

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A few tips! :)

Applying Bronzer In Extra Places

You can try applying bronzer in areas the sun would normally hit the skin making your face look more tan and sun kissed. Try applying bronzer on the temples, down the nose, slightly on the chin. These are all the most raised areas on the face so they get the most sun exposure which will make it seem as if your face is more tanned than it is! You could also just try applying bronzer on larger areas of the face and bringing it down the neck.

Using A Darker Setting Powder

You may even want to buy a more affordable pressed powder in a shade to match your skin to apply a light layer over your foundation to darken it up a bit. Just make sure to use a powder the shade of your current skin tone, not going too dark thinking it will balance out the light. 

Mixing With A Darker Foundation

Lastly, try mixing it with a darker foundation or buying a darker foundation to mix with it on the back of your hand to get a darker shade. You can find a foundation for under $5 or so and buy a shade two or three shades darker than your skin tone to mix a drop or so with your current foundation, since the shade will be significantly darker you’ll only need half a drop to a drop so it won’t change the results of the high end foundation.

If I have combination skin can I buy Nars Sheer glow foundation? I don't really like matte finishes, i prefer a natural finish

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NARS Sheer Glow isn’t too dewy or glowy, it has a very natural sheen and glow to the skin. So yes you can totally use it! However it’s not the longest lasting foundation so you’ll need a primer on your oily skin areas. 

Some other foundations you might like that are good for combination skin and with a more natural finish and slight sheen are

  • Urban Decay Naked
  • Lancome Tient Miracle
  • Dior Skin Forever
  • MAC Face & Body 
  • Makeup Forever Face & Body
  • Revlon Nearly Naked
  • Loreal True Match Lumi Foundation (not to be confused w/ Lumi Primer)
  • Garnier BB Cream For Oily/Combination Skin (great coverage like a medium foundation, has a slight sheen/glow)

All these foundations will give the skin a natural finish, nothing too dull and matte without being over dewy and luminous to where they just slide off the skin :)

Hey I was wondering if you can recommend any good pink lipsticks for the summer! Thank you :)

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Sure! In the summer I love warm, coral pinks and easy to apply, light weight moisturizing pinks! One is more bold and fun and the other is easy for every day summer wear.

Try some warm pinks like

MAC Impassioned 


Maybelline Vivid in Shocking Coral


Also try something easy to throw on thats moisturizing and easy to reapply through out the day like

Maybelline Color Whisper in Pink Possibilites. They make a few pink shades from barbie pinks, fuchsias, mauves to pinky nudes. Any shade will add a hint of pink to the lips but won’t be too high maintenance!


Revlon Kissable Lip Stain Balm in Cherish (long lasting, moisturizing and light weight!)

can you recommend a blush/ contour powder that looks great on nw55 (MAC) skin?

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Sure! :)

For blushes I’d recommend shades like

MAC Breath Of Plum


Loreal True Match Blush in Spice Plum (they make a few shades great for deeper skin tones!)

Milani Baked Blush in Fantastico Mauve

For contour shades i’d recommend using a concealer, foundation or face powder a few shades darker than your foundation or some products like

MAC Blunt

Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation in Espresso


Guerlian Terracotta Bronzer in shade 8

Covergirl Queen Bronzer in Ebony Bronze