We all love that just-back-from-holiday sun-kissed look – and these clever new bronzers guarantee instant radiance
The one product category that I never tire of finding new versions of is facial bronzers. I include anything that gives a natural-looking warmth and colour to the face – something that is barely (or not at all) detectable yet still manages to generate a glow that the French call bonne mine.
First up is Rose Inc Skin Enhance Luminous Tinted Serum (£36, spacenk.com). This, from the brand that was founded by the supermodel and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, is an instant pick-me-up for the complexion. There are similar products already on the market from the likes of Chanel or Givenchy’s Mister Healthy Glow Gel, but this is excellent too.
Plus the serum element keeps things lightweight and easy to blend while also hydrating as it goes. The tint is very light so it just helps to lift skin and make you look more refreshed.
Under a tenner
If, like me, you find applying self-tanner (or moisturiser) to your back tricky, try Velvotan Tanning Back Applicator (£5.99, boots.com).
OK, it’s more plastic when we should be trying to cut down, but it’s so handy. It has a foldable handle with a glove-shaped plate to slot a tanning mitt over.
Simply apply product to the mitt and, hey presto, a tricky task is made easy. It gives good coverage with no gaps
On the classic front is Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Bronzer (£42, spacenk.com). This cream bronzer is certainly more than a match for its main rival, Chanel’s Cream Gel Bronzer, which itself had a successful revamp last year.
Tilbury’s bronzer is easy to apply and goes on lightly, but it is easy to build up so you can control the shading. Apply with a brush underneath cheekbones, on your forehead hairline, along the bridge of the nose and the jawline (taking care to blend it underneath towards your neck too) to add both hue and a bit of sculpting. This comes in a palette complete with a mirror, making it easy to travel with.
Another new entry – and a more affordable option – is L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24H Fresh Wear Matte Bronzer (£12.99, boots.com). This is easily blendable, comes in four shades and really does stay in place – I tested it out during the heatwave.
For a new self-tanner, look to The Grey Self Tanning Serum (£55, brownsfashion.com). Simply add three or four drops to your moisturiser – I do it at night – blend it in and you’ll wake with the perfect dose of colour and, I must confess, with no detectable sign of the usual biscuit aroma that usually comes with this technology. Plus this must surely be the sleekest self-tanner packaging on the market.
The 80s hits Remixed
Thankfully you don’t have to dust down your ra-ra skirt, but the best beauty products are back in vogue
Technology has moved textures along, so the latest resurgence of nostalgic 80s beauty products feels fresh and enticing. Take tinted lip balms, for example. Remember back in the day when you could swipe sweet-smelling goop on your lips and coordinate it with your scented felt tip?
Thankfully, we’ve ditched the pens but Lanolips has squeezy tubes of tinted Fruity Jellybalm (£8.99, lanolips.co.uk) – in watermelon, cherry and strawberry flavours – that are 99.7 per cent natural and everything that you’d hope a reunion of this sort would be.
For a seriously luxurious take on the theme, look to Byredo. Its limited-edition, totally natural and untinted Flavoured Lip Balms (from 4 August, £37, byredo.com) come in camomile and bergamot, lime and bergamot or a minty Moroccan tea infusion.
Headbands, too, have been having a moment – actually for the past few years – but although the look doesn’t seem to have gone mainstream yet we have noticed some fans starting to wear them à la 80s again. In other words, rather than the modern way of keeping the hair flat to the head, you slide hair back with the band, then push forward a little to create a quiff at the front.
Madonna perfecting the big-hair look, 1984
Find affordable options at Accessorize and Asos, or designer versions at Dior and Fendi. By all means go full 80s with the hair too, as mousse is also making a comeback. Larry King My Nanna’s Mousse (£19, larryking.co.uk) gives strong hold without scrunch, or try VO5 Mega Hold Mousse (£3.50, boots.com) if you’re going really big (think 80s Madonna or Mariah Carey at the recent Dolce & Gabbana couture show – though she wore a tiara rather than a humble headband).
As for make-up, no one needs to go back to eye-popping Dayglo shades, but for a dash of retro try Lottie London Colour Cloud Matte Liquid Eyeshadow (£5.95, lottie.london) which has serious staying power and comes in shades of icy blue, green, lilac and peach.
For some colourful eyeliner try Glossier No 1 Pencil (£14, glossier.com) which you can snaffle in fun shades including a dandelion yellow, lavender, denim blue and rustic orange.