June 21 2010
I’ve always regarded bronzer as the bête noire of the beauty world, as it seems to me that you already need to be as brown as a chestnut floor for it to look remotely convincing. Bronzing powder in particular is something to be feared, even for those who count themselves as a dab hand with a make-up brush. Like most powders it is ageing and, instead of delivering that “sun-kissed glow”, it can look comically fake, especially if, like me, you have pale skin.
But a year ago I discovered Clinique’s Face Bronzing Gel Tint (£15.50, 50ml) and it has changed my view of bronzer. Four dots of this brilliant transparent gel on the forehead, cheeks and chin and smoothed onto the skin deliver a quick fix of very credible colour, of the kind that elicits comments such as “My goodness, you look well”. It’s also very easy to blend, which means that you can control the degree of bronze that you go. These days I wonder how I ever got through the summer without it.