The temperatures are finally starting to heat up, and we are set for glorious sunny days and balmy evenings. Transform winter-weary skin with a wash of bronzer for an instant pick-me-up that will add radiance to the skin like nothing else. Bronzer has come a long way in the last few years with the best able give a golden glow that appears lit-from-within, a natural warmth that mimics sunkissed skin without the damage. If applied to those areas of the face and body that the sun would naturally hit ; think temples, bridge of the nose, traced over collar bones and down shins, skin will immediately look alive. Discover Social & Personal Weddings' best bronzers for Summer 19, each is guaranteed to give luminious, golden skin in one sweep!
1/ LAURA MERCIER SUN-KISSED VEIL, €46
Hands down the Laura Mercier Sun-Kissed Veil is my favourite product of the season. A limited-edition illuminating balm with an addictive coconut smell it gives the complexion a sunkissed look and blends seamlessly into skin. It is universally flattering, and with a lightweight formula, this balm lights up Irish complexions with ease and can be applied to the face, décolletage, legs or arms to give skin a summer glow. This product is addictive and feels divine to the touch, used either alone or over makeup, this feels like summer captured in a compact and is a must-have for honeymoon.
2/ CLARINS BRONZING HARMONY 02 SUNRISE GLOW, €47
Another limited-edition offering, this bronzer is part of the Clarins' Summer 19 Collection and unsurprisingly, as Clarins have had hit after hit with their latest makeup releases, is a total delight. Available in two shades, Sunrise and Sunset Glow, the former is my go-to as it blends three gorgeous bronzing shades, both matt and illuminating, to gently warm and sculpt features. The colour payoff is light but very buildable so ideal for pale Irish skin that can sometimes fall victim to harsh and unflattering bronzing steaks. As a bonus, Clarins has cleverly added skin-saving benefits to this formula in the form of its patented Anti-Pollution Complex. The complex is made up of extracts of white tea and nipplewort and helps protect against free radicals and other external aggressions. The Micropatch Vegetal forms a network on the skin surface to help prevent dehydration.
3/ BENEFIT HOOLA COLLECTION, €34
Benefit's Hoola is a cult-favourite that I have been using to give a matt warmth to my skin for almost 20 years. Undeniably one of the greatest matt bronzers out there it provides serious payoff and is easily blended for a natural, bronzed effect. Now available in four fab shades, yes that is the classic and lite plus two newbies, the colours now range from light to deep and feature the same soft, blendable formula and matt finish we all love.
4/ ESTÉE LAUDER BRONZED GODDESS MINERAL-INFUSED MATT BRONZER, €42.50
I am always a fan of the Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess collection, and this year is no different. The bronzer is just heaven, and from the moment I laid hands on this super-luxurious creamy matt formula, it was love! It has everything you could want and gives sheer, buildable coverage with a matt bronzed finish and is available in four shades! Infused with skin-loving minerals it instantly refines the skin's texture and evens out skin tone for a picture-perfect finish.
5/ BELLAMIANTA, €25
My favourite fake tan in a bronzer! What is there not to like about this offering from Bellamianta?! Not for the faint-hearted or those bronzing virgins who want only a subtle hint of colour; this is full shimmer for a high-impact effect. Ideal for those with a tan, fake or real, it gives a beautiful medium to dark golden glow with high-impact illumination. Perfect for all over body enhancement, it is definitely one to bring on honeymoon!
For more honeymoon picks see the Autumn Issue of Social & Personal Weddings