Mrembo Maridadi

DIY loose powder higlighter/bronzer

I love the looks on the runway that have the model’s face well bronzed out to mimic a tan. Lighter girls can rock the tanning bronzer but my face is two toned with a lighter shade which fits with MAC NW 45 and a darker tone which fits an NW 55. Using the natural differences in my skin tone, the challenge for me is to highlight in a way that gives me a central glow to get the same effect and even bigger challenge is to get the right product on a budget.

I purchased an L.A compact bronzing powder which is golden and shimmery at 10,000Tshs it was cheaper than both Iman and Cover Girl bronzers which sold at more than 20,000Tshs.

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L.A. Color on their website have this description for the product:

LONG LASTING WEAR
IDEAL FOR ALL SKIN TYPES
VELVETY FORMULA

This silky golden tone bronzer mimics a natural tan. Includes applicator in an attractive compact case. So dust yourself and enjoy a year round natural bronze glow!

But I have been having a tough on how to use it right because it is a little hard to blend in evenly and really stands out on my skin, you can see the shimmery particles are obvious making it look crude so I kept it stashed in the cupboard for a while. After using Oriflame mineralized loose powders and Dove shimmer effect, I decided to try grounding the compact powder and mixing it into talcum powder at a 50:50 ratio to make a loose powder and I like the results of my first attempt. I got an easily blending powder that provides a light shimmery glow in the dark.

My room doesn’t have superb lighting; to demonstrate how my highlighter works, I picked the darkest spot in my room and tried to use the natural light to take the photo below. See how my forehead and cheeks glow? That’s wear I applied the product.

Of course the poor lighting also compromised the quality of the photo but I hope you can appreciate what I’m trying to demonstrate.

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I said I like the blend but I still will be trying on different mixes to get the combination that leaves me awestruck.

Do you want to get a natural-looking glow and are wondering on what’s the best makeup and technique? Check out tips from pro-makeup artists:

  1. Beauty tip: Bronzer done right! From Elle
  2. Create a sunkissed, natural tan… From Cover Girl
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