Maintain Your Summer Glow with NARS New Blush & Bronzer Duo


You ladies already know my go-to blush staple is none other than NARS “Orgasm”! I honestly have not found a blush that even comes close to the fresh, bronzy glow this blush gives me. So I was really excited to hear the news about some new products NARS is releasing exclusively for Sephora stores. 

Available May 1st, NARS has created sleek compact duos of their signature best selling cheek shades paired with the brand’s iconic Laguna Bronzing Powder (a diffused brown with a golden shimmer).  The four compacts include the following shades:

(L) Desire blush (a delicate bright pink)/ (R) Laguna bronzer


(L) Oasis blush (a sparkling pink champagne) /(R) Laguna bronzer


(L) Orgasm blush (peachy pink with golden shimmer)/ (R) Laguna bronzer


(L) Deep Throat blush (a flirty sheer peach)/ (R) Laguna bronzer


All of the NARS Blush/Bronzer Duos retail at $41 each and will be available May 1st at Sephora and . 


For Spring 2013, NARS is also debuting a new limited edition gift set based on New York’s top selling hues.   

The gift set includes:

Eye & Cheek Palette:

"Amour" blush (a peachy pink)
“Laguna” bronzing powder (brown with golden shimmer)
"Biarritz" single eyeshadow (neutral, cream colored beige)
"Nepal" eye shadow (soft, sheer rose)
"New York" single eyeshadow (plum brown)
"Galapagos" single eyeshadow (bitter chocolate infused with gold)

Nail Polish: Chinatown” (blood red)

Lip Gloss: Dolce Vita” (a sheer dusty rose) 

Price: $75 per set
Available: May 1st at select retailers including: Barney’s, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Henri Bendel, and Bloomingdale’s Soho 

How To Pick Your Summer Bronzer

If natural kisses from the sun aren’t quite your forte, then bronzer will become your new BFF! Bronzer is used just like blush, but is meant to give you a more sun-kissed, just-back-from-the-beach glow that will have the guys wondering how you look so luminous. The goal is to look exactly that … sun-kissed! Here are some helpful tips and great products to get to started with enhancing your beautiful skin :)

Picking a Bronzer

Shimmer? Matte? Highlighter? Yes, there are many options when it comes to bronzers, but take a deep breath and don’t feel overwhelmed. There are a few simple things to keep in mind.

1. Pick a bronzer that is right for your skin tone. It’s easy to go too dark and look dirty or too light and look shiny and ashy.

2. Pick a bronzer that is one or two shades darker than your natural skin tone. Look for descriptions like “dark” and “deep” or higher-numbered labels. Make sure it’s pigmented.

3. Bronzers come in liquids, powders, sticks and beads. So, experiment and play around by choosing the one that makes you look your best.

TIP: If you’ve got normal-to-oily skin, try a powder formulation. For dry skin, a cream or gel bronzer is probably the way to go.

(pictured above are two bronzers I use on a daily basis: (left) Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzer Powder in “Bahama (7)”, & (right) Revlon Color Stay Mineral Finishing Powder in “Sunkiss (030)”.)

Applying Bronzer

First note, a little can go a long way. It’s better to apply less and add more as you go. You don’t want your bronzer to look like it’s just sitting on your foundation or bare skin, so blending is key!

1. Sweep your bronzer on with a big fluffy brush on areas of your face the sun would hit — the temples, cheeks, bridge of your nose, chin and along the hairline. Make sure to tap off any extra bronzer before you apply to avoid going overboard.

2. As for the rest of your makeup, keep it simple. A pretty peachy lip gloss, soft pink cheeks and warm eyes complement bronzer well. If you are comfortable without foundation, bronzer is great to wear alone on top of clean, bare skin.

TIP: If you have oily or combination skin, use oil absorbing sheets to gently blot any excess oil away. This prevents you from potentially removing your bronzer and looking splotchy.

What are some of your favorite bronzers?