Makeup 101: SPF and Sun-Kissed Bronzing Skin

11 Dec
Bronzing Skin Make-up by Tommy | Phot by Yila D Imaging

Bronzing Skin Make-up by Tommy | Phot by Yila D Imaging

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It is winter time here in Vancouver, BC. Canada now. The weather is starting to get pretty cold in temperature as it’s approaching to the Christmas holiday season. Typically around this time, a lot of people in Canada like to travel to warm destinations, and some of the most popular places are: Hawaii, Cancun, Cuba, Puerto Vallarta, Rivera Maya…etc.

Of course, we are not discussing about travel destinations nor summer holiday resorts in this blog post; in terms of skincare and cosmetics, most of us in North America like to look all bronzed-up when we travel to warm/beach destinations. You want to ensure you wear good sun care products to protect your skin to prevent damages such as sun burn or premature aging.

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Kabuki-03

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In this blog post, you will read about:

  1. The basics of sun care and SPF
  2. Sun-kissed make-up look with a bronzer
  3. How-To video by Mally Beauty: How To Apply Bronze Genius Self-Tanning Bronzing Powder
  4. How-To video by Estée Lauder: Bronzing “Lift” Signature Technique
  5. How-To video by online make-up artist Michelle Phan: Bronze Beauty

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Model: Holden Nowell of  "Call Me Maybe" Music Video by Carly Rae Jepsen. Photo & Make-up by Tommy Chiang

Model: Holden Nowell of “Call Me Maybe” Music Video by Carly Rae Jepsen. Photo & Make-up by Tommy Chiang

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You will enjoy New York make-up artist Mally’s How To Apply Mally’s Bronze Genius Self-Tanning Bronzing Powder video because I find her to be quite a character (in a fun, amusing way). The way she talks is very entertaining, and you will find her video content to be  informative. You will love her bubbly personality!

The Bronzing “Lift”: Estée Lauder Signature Technique video will show you another way of applying the bronzer, and it gives a lifted appearance to the face. I have also tried this technique many times before and it’s quiet effective as it involves more techniques in shading & contouring . It’s all about having options when it comes to make-up, right?

Lastly, I added an extra YouTube video from online make-up artist Michelle Phan on the topic of Bronze Beauty using Lancôme cosmetic products. In this video, you will learn how to get the sun-kissed look without being in the sun… and that can also be translated as how to get yourself ready before heading to beach destination resort from head-to-toe!

Please enjoy this blog post!

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Bronzing Beauty

Bronzing Beauty

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What is SPF?

We use sunscreen to block ultraviolet light from damaging the skin. There are two categories of UV light: UVA and UVB—that we consider in terms of sunscreen. UVB causes sunburn (or potentially skin cancer), and UVA has more long-term damaging effects on the skin, like premature aging. SPF, or sun protection factor, numbers were introduced in 1962 to measure a sunscreen’s effect against UVB rays.

To figure out how long you can stay in the sun with a given SPF, use this equation:

Minutes to burn without sunscreen x SPF number = maximum sun exposure time

For example, if you burn after 10 minutes of sun exposure, an SPF of 15 will allow you to be in the sun for up to 150 minutes without burning. Please remember this equation is only a guideline.

In general, a higher SPF number means more sun-exposure time. Please note that a higher SPF in a sunscreen does offer higher protection against UVB rays; but once you get past SPF 30, protection doesn’t increase dramatically, and the higher number may give you a false sense of protection.

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SPF Chart

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How Sunscreens Protect Your Health

There are many different brands of sunscreen available. They are classified according to their active ingredients, as some products contain chemical filters, some contain physical filters, and some contain both.

  • Chemical Filters absorb some of the UV radiation and convert it into heat. There are more chemical filters that absorb UVB rays than absorb UVA rays.
  • Physical Filters are small particles (usually zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) that scatter and reflect both UVB and UVA rays. This is the type of sunscreen that gives a bit of “white” appearing colour on the skin, and its especially obvious when you take pictures with a flash.

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Sunset Beauty–A sun-kissed look in Just Cavalli’s fall 2011 campaign. Photo by Mert & Marcus

Sunset Beauty–A sun-kissed look in Just Cavalli’s fall 2011 campaign. Photo by Mert & Marcus

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Here are some helpful information for you to know about sun protection:

  1. Know Your Skin: If you are whiter than a sheet of paper, if someone you know has skin cancer, or if you are sensitive to the sun because of a medication or a medical condition, take extra measures. In general, fair skin burns more quickly than darker skin. Stay out of the sun as much as possible, wear a hat when you are out, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF and reapply that sunscreen often.
  2. Broaden your spectrum: The SPF number indicates protection only against UVB raysmany sunscreens, even those with a high SPF, allow UVA rays to be absorbed by the skin. UVA protection is usually indicated by a “broad-spectrum” label. Look for this to ensure the most well-rounded sun coverage.
  3. Here comes the sun: To be effective, sunscreen needs to be fully absorbed into the skin, so apply it 15 to 30 minutes before you even step into the sun.
  4. Reapply yourself: Whether you’re lying by the pool or mowing the lawn, you’ll probably be exposed to sweat or water, the natural enemies of sunscreen. To be safe, reapply after you swim or sweat. In general, sunscreen needs to be applied every 2 hours.
  5. Full exposure: No matter how high the SPF, sunscreen can protect only the skin it covers. The most commonly missed spots are the temples, ears, back of the neck and top of the feet. If you are sometimes guilty of losing your focus while applying your lotion, try one of the sunscreens that contains disappearing colorants, so you can identify un-lotioned areas before they burn to a crisp.

On a daily basis, I recommend everyone to wear sun protection of SPF 15 or more on the face. It can be a sunscreen itself, or sunscreen contained within your day cream/moisturizer, face primer or even your foundation.

For beach/vacation time,  when your skin exposes to the sun for a much longer time, there are some after-sun care products in the market that you can use to repair your skin from minor sun burns. Most of the after-sun care products contain aloe vera to help sooth your skin and let it cool down from the heat.

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Bronzer-Sun Kissed Skin for Vacation

Bronzer-Sun Kissed Skin for Vacation

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Sun-Kissed Bronzing Skin

Now that you know some of the basics of protecting your skin from sun, you also want to know a little about using a bronzer to add that sun-kissed beauty look on your face, right?

With a bronzing powder that’s at least 1-2 shades deeper than your natural skintone, you can create that illusion of sun-kissed look with a bronzer brush on the right placement of your face.

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BRONZER TIP: To achieve a subtle yet golden vibedon’t apply the bronzer all over your face. This can make the color to appear flat. Use a large brush to dust bronzer lightly around your hairline, across the bridge of the nose, on the cheeks, over the chin, and along the jawlines. Be sure to blend well to diffuse the color and achieve a natural finish.

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Bronzer-Sun Kissed Skin for Vacation

Bronzer-Sun Kissed Skin for Vacation

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You want to ensure the bronzer is applied on your neck area as well so the color looks consistent from your face. In general, the rule of thumb abut the placement of a bronzer color is on the high planes (the more prominent area) of your facethink of the areas on the face where it naturally get more exposure to the sun light.

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Sun Kissed Bronze on the Face

Sun Kissed Bronze on the Face

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Some bronzer contains subtle glitter or shimmer in it, and those are great to use as cheek colors as the shimmer gives a luminated glow on the face. Most of the bronzer out there on the market is in a matter finish (meaning it has no shimmer, and it give a flat, no-shine finish on the skin). This type of bronzer could also be great to use as a contouring color for your make-up, to add a bit of shading on your face for a more 3-dimensional look, and it gives a more healthy look to the make-up look.

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Jennifer Lopez: Sun-Kissed Glow Make-up

Sun-Kissed Glow Make-up on Jennifer Lopez

In general, I try to avoid using a bronzer that is too orangey in color. To me, that looks a bit too fake looking. Try to choose a bronzer color that best resembles your “tanned” skin color. In terms of beauty make-up, we are adding more color make-up to enhance your natural beauty, to add warmer tint to create a healthier appearance, but not to fake it too much to the point where people think it’s way too “fake n’ bake”.

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How To Apply Mally’s Bronze Genius Self-Tanning Bronzing Powder

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Bronzing “Lift”Estée Lauder Signature Technique How-To Video

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Bronze Beauty by Michelle Phan

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Sun-Kissed . Bronzing Skin Beauty Make-up

Sun-Kissed . Bronzing Skin Beauty Make-up by Tommy Chiang

Sun-Kissed . Bronzing Skin Beauty Make-up by Tommy Chiang | Photo: Jay Lee

For some related make-up, hair looks & instruction in my previous beauty blog post, please check: Makeup 101: Beauty Makeup in Three Looks Step-by-Step.

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Bronzing Skin Male Make-up

Male Model Bronzing Skin Make-up by Tommy . Photo by Jay Lee

Male Model Bronzing Skin Make-up by Tommy | Photo: Jay Lee

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