GET GLOWING: How To Do Believable Bronzer


About Emily Taylor

Emily Taylor is one of Australia’s leading freelance beauty, fashion and lifestyle writers. She has spent the last decade working in women’s lifestyle and fashion publishing, contributing to some of the top magazines and websites both locally and overseas.

Get Glowing

Bronzer is a beauty product of contradictions. While most of us would name it in our “Can’t Live Without” list, especially during summer, this buy can potentially do more harm than good if applied incorrectly. Think a muddy-looking pallor, orange doughnuts for cheeks, or accentuated fine lines and wrinkles. Done right, however, bronzer can lift your look and add healthy colour to your complexion.

Follow these simple steps to avoid a faux glow faux pas:

Choose the correct formula

This is key for achieving a believable result. If you normally use a creamy foundation or tinted moisturiser, you’ll need a liquid or cream-based bronzer to complement your look.

If, however, you always top your base with a dusting of translucent powder, similarly your chosen bronzer should take the form of a powder form.  This golden rule – cream on cream, powder on powder – will banish telltale lines and ensure blending is a breeze.

Be smart about texture

Remember that different finishes create different results. So, if you want to create a chiseled bone structure or add a sunkissed wash of colour to your complexion, a matt formula will work best.

If, however, you want to add a lit-from-within glow, you’ll need a bronzer with a shimmery finish for a radiance boost. A word of warning on high-shine textures, though: while super-flattering for skin, they do act like a highlighter pen. So just be sure to keep them away from any lines, crows feet or blemishes. Cheekbones and temples make the ideal position.

Blend, blend, blend

Taking the time to apply your bronzer correctly will ensure professional-looking results every time. But take note: never rely on the little applicators that can be found in some products. If you’re using a powder bronzer, invest in a large, fluffy brush to create a seamless finish. Swirl it over the compact, then tap gently on the back of your hand to dislodge any clumps of colour before using a light, circular motion to apply to your skin. Start at the apples of your cheeks and work upwards towards your temples, blending into your hairline for a traceless finish.

Using a liquid or cream? Apply a little to the back of your hand, then use a clean foundation brush to work the bronzer into your skin to create an airbrushed look. Alternatively, blend a touch of the product between your fingers and dab onto your cheeks, allowing the warmth of your fingers to help the colour melt into your complexion.

A note about blush…

While it may sound counterintuitive to use two cheek colour products at once, a bronzer’s best friend is, in fact, blush. After you’ve applied your chosen glow-getter, grab a blush in a rosy tone (just remember the golden rule above – cream on cream, powder on powder – it’s essential here, too). By adding just a dash of pink to the apples of your cheeks as a finishing touch, the results look so much more natural. Muddy pallor? Not any more!

Emily x

ELES summer makeup

Long Lasting Makeup for the Summer Season

ELES summer makeup

The scorching heat and humidity of the summer months could make dressing up for work or for a party a bit hard since that would include not only the attire that you’re wearing but also your makeup as well. During the summer season, our skin tends to produce more oil so the kind of makeup you use matters. Foundation tends to melt or liquefy, and little beads of sweat ruin your look. Prevent your makeup from melting down by following these tips:

  1. Skip the foundation and use a light oil free moisturiser like the ELES Mineral Sheer Tint with SPF 20 (this great product is a tinted moisturizer and sunscreen in one!). Should you really need maximum coverage for dinner dance parties or weddings, opt for a foundation that is self-setting and oil-free like the ELES Mineral Liquid Foundation with SPF 15. It holds onto your skin for a longer time while keeping your skin looking all natural and glowing.
    ELES Foundation
  2. Go easy on the blush! During the day, sport a healthy look by using the ELES Mineral Bronzing Duo which is a bronzer and finishing powder in one. Trust us, you’ll look fabulous with this one! For evening look, go for a barely there makeup by applying a very thin layer of ELES Mineral Blush (the shade is buildable from bare to rich so you don’t need to do the a lot of blending).
    Duo Bronzer
  3. Look for long-wearing mascara  and eyeliner. Most would prefer pencil but thanks to ELES’ creator Liane Scior, she knows that a lot of us women need. We now have a long wearing LiquiLiner which helps you achieve that perfectly sculpted eyes without having to worry about the summer sweat! Browse through our collection here.
    Liquiliner - Anisette
  4. The environment’s heat could chap your lips. Keep them protected and moisturised with the ELES Super Balm for super radiant, super healthy pout!
    Super Balm in Sweetie
  5. And our most important tip is this: Look for all-natural cosmetics with SPF to protect your face from the sun’s harmful UVA & UVB that may cause skin pigmentation. Opting for all natural makeup products also keeps your skin acne-free.

We’d like to hear from you about your favourite ELES products so we’ll know what to give away on our next competition. Comment below! It would be more fun if you show us your favourite products through photos or videos!