Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Simple Summery Look: Bronze + Sangria

Hi, everyone! After putting together my last post, I started to ponder over what other unexpected Summery colour combinations I could create. I'd recently snagged a gorgeous wine-coloured lipstick in an epic makeup swap and had originally thought "I'll have to stash this away until Fall". But then I decided to challenge that notion- I will make this lipstick work for Summer! How to achieve this feat? Pair the wine with some swipes of bronze. 

The lip colour that I speak of is the stunning Milani Colour Statement Lipstick in Sangria. Readers of the blog will know that I'm smitten with this formula- the pigmentation is amazing! Sangria is a deep wine-toned berry, quite reminiscent of MAC Rebel. While I might apply this full-on during the colder months, I decided to give the shade a Summery feel by applying it like a stain. I swiped it along the inner portion of my lips, dabbing and blending outward. I really liked the effect! 

To punch up the Summery tone, I reached for some of my favourite bronzey products. I first added a warm glow to my complexion thanks to the beautiful, shimmery (and affordable) Essence Life's a Beach bronzer. I applied it to the areas where the sun naturally kisses the face- across the forehead, the tops of my cheeks and nose, and lightly on my chin. I also used Life's a Beach as an eye shadow for a uniform sunny look. I then added a bit of depth to my face with my favourite matte bronzer, The Body Shop's Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in 02 Fair Matte, applying it to the hollows of my cheeks and my temples. 

To avoid looking washed out, I added a subtle flush to the apples of my cheeks, courtesy of Clinique Cheek Pop in Heather Pop. For a final bold bronze touch, I reached for Urban Decay's 24/7 Eye Liner in Lucky, a bold shimmery copper bronze. 

The Breakdown:

Foundation: Maybelline Dream Wonder Liquid Touch Foundation in #15 Ivory
Concealer: Cle de Peau Concealer in Ivory

Powder: Inglot HD Illuminizing Pressed Powder #402 

Bronzer: The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in Fair Matte 02 blended with Essence Beach Cruisers Bronzing Powder in Life's a Beach
Blush: Clinique Cheek Pop in Heather Pop

Brows: Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Taupe and Tinted Brow Gel in Caramel

Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion Original formula
Eye Shadows: Essence Beach Cruisers Bronzing Powder in Life's a Beach (used as an eye shadow) and The Body Shop Colour Crush Eye Shadow in Oh, Honey (as a highlight on brow bone and inner corners)

Eyeliner: Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Lucky
Mascara: HotShop Long Lash Mascara (from the Born Pretty Store)

Milani Colour Statement Lipstick in Sangria (blotted on as a stain)

And a few more shots of the look:

So there you have it- yes, you can wear deep, vampy lipsticks in Summertime! Just dab it on lightly (hello post-popsicle lips) and pair it with a bronzer and you're all set! A killer bronze eyeliner doesn't hurt either :)

Do you ever wear berry lips in Summer? What are your favourite bronzers?

Thanks for dropping by! xo


  1. Bronzers make great eyeshadow it seems! This is a fun way to look fresh with such a dark color. I'm all for breaking rules!

    1. Me too! And I'll definitely be using bronzer as a shadow more often- I like the effect :)

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks! Heather Pop is fab :)

  3. I love how your top and that lipstick match!

    1. Haha, yes- I was fully coordinated :)

  4. Such a pretty look!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

  5. I looooove the Maybelline Dream Wonder Liquid Touch Foundation. I'm on my second bottle. This sun-kissed look is beautiful on you!

    1. Thanks so much, Megan! It was your raves that motivated me to snag it at the swap. It's a great one :)

  6. I'm definitely one of those people who are like nope, berry with Autumn and corals for summer, such a good idea to mix it up a bit. Looks so summery with the bronze, too. If I'm brave I'll swap my usual summery lip for a darker shade too tomorrow!
    cottonandcandie xx

    1. Ah, you definitely should! Thanks for stopping by! xo

  7. I love the subtle use of color on the eyes, looks great! And your skin looks beautifully sun-kissed.

  8. Beautiful colours - perfect for spring/summer when you don't want to wear too much!

    Gorgeous! :)

    Layla xx


  9. I think this lip color works great for summer with everything you paired it with. I think describing it as post-popsicle lips is right on.


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