These are 3 Bobbi staples I’ve been using for years which, in my mid-forties, are the ones I faithfully return to help me get out the door feeling considerably glowier and more pulled together.
1. Bobbi Brown EXTRA SPF Tinted Moisturizing Balm (£36, at Bobbi counters nationwide and online)
I just went back to this super-nourishing favourite of many years after a Spring fling with MAC’s classic Studio Face And Body Foundation (£25). I really missed the dewiness of this gorgeous tinted balm. It’s one of those that just seems to make you look a million times better instantly and no one I’ve converted to it (which is a fair few …) has been disappointed.
The texture is just THE best, so lovely, and provides instant dewiness and natural-looking colour. It also has an irresistible orange blossom scent. I think this is one Bobbi originally created for dry and mature skins, and, since using it in my thirties, it’s been working for me.
Lately, I have to say, I’m finding that I need a little more coverage in areas where I’ve got some pigmentation and uneven skin tone, but right now I’m unwilling to forgo the gorgeous, sheer and ultra-natural finish of this base.
I’ll be looking at the best ways to cover areas of pigmentation/uneven skin tone and the (hugely common) melasma in a future post!
2. Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder (£28, at Bobbi counters and online)
You know, I LOVE this and continue to recommend it as my all-time favourite bronzing powder, second only to the legendary Nars Laguna (£27.50 at Space NK). The latter is also amazing – I just find I need to use a lot more of it in order to get the effect I want!
With the Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Medium, I get the perfect depth of colour (and here, I blame my Italian genes for erring on the side of you-can-never-have-too-much), without using as much product.
With the Nars, I ‘hit pan’, as they say, in less than a month (which, again, says more about my love of bronzer than anything else!).
I flirted with the idea to switching to Dark, but, as the Bobbi consultant pointed out when I restocked last week, this works better on my olive/sallow skin as it’s got a definitely warmer, cinnamon-y tone to it (going too dark can look muddy).
Years ago, Bobbi taught me the best way to fake that just-back-from-the-beach glow: by adding a swirl of rose pink blush on top of the bronzing powder, on the apples of the cheeks. But right now, I’m finding this gives me enough glow to-go!
3. Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush (£38, at Bobbi counters and online)
A good brush really makes all the difference, and is something really worth investing in if you possibly can (and I know this one costs more than the bronzer. But it’s a goodie, should last you ages and has been redesigned with slightly more rounded head, which I think makes it better than ever!).
A great trick I learned recently: when you’ve finished dusting and blending bronzing powder on the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead, dust a little around your hairline, too.
Blend, blend, blend (taking a little down onto your neck and décolleté), but don’t overdo it so that it disappears completely – with the right shade, this shouldn’t be too much like hard work. I always recommend visiting the counter and trying the colours (it’s really hard to tell from an online swatch), to get exactly the right depth and tone for your skin.
A side note: I’ve got fiftysomething girlfriends onto these, too, with equally fabulous results!