Looking bronzed isn’t on most Asian women’s wish lists, but surprisingly, this product created by Western beauty brands as a fringe “summer” product works for us.
Bronzers are less pigmented than sculpting powder, making them easier to apply. Bronzers also come in shades that blend with skin – unlike blushers, which are purposely coloured to stand out. And they don’t have the shiny strobe-light effect of highlighters. That’s why they can make us look better in three ways.
1. “A bronzer lends warmth to the skin,” says local makeup artist Melissa Yeo. This means a pale and ashen complexion will look healthier right away.
2. A light dusting of bronzer over the face, using a fluffy powder brush that has loosely packed bristles, helps create a more even finish.
3. It can even out skin tone differences between the face and neck.
Yeo recommends a light beige bronzer in a cool tone (not orangey or coppery), such as Urban Decay’s Beached Bronzer in Sunkissed or Marc Jacobs Beauty’s O!Mega Bronze Coconut Perfect Tan for pale or fair skin, and warm-hued bronzers like Nars Bronzing Powder in Seaside for deeper-toned skin. – GYH
For the best bronzers for Asian skin tones, go to our digital edition.
PHOTOGRAPHY RAYMOND LEE/CAPSULE PRODUCTIONS HAIR KOJI KAWASAKI/KIZUKI+LIM MAKEUP KENNETH LEE