WATCH: The Best Bronzers For Mature Skin
Because why can't Grandma have a serious glow too?
There are some products that you'll wear from your teenage years till your golden years. Then, there are the ones that are better off left as makeup memory. For many women, they tend to group bronzers in the latter category. After all, these glow-makers are newer to the beauty scene compared to other classics like red lipstick. It's said that in 1984 Guerlain's iconic Terracotta Bronzing Powder was the first one introduced to the market, so many of us may have skipped out on the trend all together!
However, we're here to tell you that even the most matured skin ladies can bronze their cheekbones. It's simply a matter of choosing a flattering formula that won't sink into your fine lines or make you look like one of those You Tubers your daughter watches. Think of shopping for a bronzer like shopping for a moisturizer. "It's no secret that mature skin can be a bit dehydrated, patchy and show more expression lines," explains Tanya Deemer, TEMPTU Pro Artist and Global Educator. "With that in mind, it would be beneficial to use a bronzer formulated for these specific issues." Look for ingredients with complexion-boosting benefits like amino acids, peptides, hyaluronic acid and vitamins.
In terms of the right formula, Deemer suggests leaning towards liquids. "A liquid formula is far superior for dehydrated skin," she explains. Unlike powders, it won't crack or look caked — and instead, it will give you a lit-from-within glow. Other important bronzing rules to keep in mind: Avoid anything that looks super shimmery or glittery and find a shade that's one to two shades darker than your natural skin tone (not to mention steer clear of anything that super orange-y). "When applied by hand, make light, buildable layers," adds Deemer. She recommends allowing each layer ample dry-time to prevent the product from settling into lines or pores.
Now that you now the bronzing basics, check out these five formulas that are fine-line friendly:
Temptu Perfect Canvas Airpod Bronzer & Contour
Buy It: $35; temptu.com
There's a reason this is Deemer's personal favorite: Not only can it be airbrushed onto skin or applied manually, but its flattering color works on every skin tone. "The minimal reflective pigments in it offers just the right amount of radiance without glittery fallout," she furthers.
BareMineral BarePro Glow Bronzer
Buy It: $29; bareminerals.com
Its light-reflecting mineral pearls create a believable golden bronze while its blend of botanicals blur the look of fine lines and absorb excess oil.
Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer
Buy It: $16; ulta.com
While the tropical packaging is fun, what's inside is even more exciting. This moisturizing cream bronzer is made with three types of butter — Murumuru, Cupuacu and Tucuma — and essential fatty acids. It melts into skin, leaving your cheeks oh-so-soft to the touch.
Perricone MD No Makeup Bronzer
Buy It: $35; sephora.com
This weightless glow potion's combination of brightening vitamin C and Chinese ginger plant extract makes you look extra-glowy.
IT Cosmetics Your Most Beautiful You Anti-Aging Matte Bronzer, Radiance Luminizer, & Brightening Blush Palette
Buy It: $38; ulta.com
This three-in-one palette is a makeup bag must-have. With ingredients like hydrolyzed collagen, silk, and peptides, it keeps immediately diminishes the appearance wrinkles and deeply nourishes dehydrated skin.