Over-40 Makeup: Drugstore Bronzers That Work

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It’s summer again and I want to be tan!  I know it’s bad for my skin.  But I also know…

Everything looks better tan.

To prevent more wrinkles from the sun, I wear my SPF.  I hate it, but I wear it.  I still get color, but not as much as I want.

To fake the tan I really want, I use bronzers.  I use self-tanners, too, but bronzers allow me to strategically add color to just the parts of my face that get sun-kissed the most — mimicking the look of a day at the beach.

There are plenty of options at the drugstore, but not all of them wear well on over-40 faces.  Here are my bronzer picks for makeup over forty.

NYX Pro Foundation Mixer in Warmth

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This is pure genius.  Add a touch of NYX Pro Foundation Mixer (shade Warmth) to your liquid foundation and create a warmer shade.  It’s so easy and I love the results.

So if you want all-over color, this is a great way to get it.

You can easily turn your winter foundation shade into a summer shade.

All shades made with the same bottle of foundation, just different amounts of Warmth added.

It just warms everything up on your face, just like the shade name suggests!  Or you can mix just enough to apply as a bronzer!  A tiny bit goes a long way.  I won’t be needing more of this any time soon.

NYX Bright Idea Illumination Stick

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I have this Nyx Stick in Bermuda Bronze (pictured above), but there are more shades to choose from.  This has shimmer in it, and for me, it’s a just the right amount.  It adds a glow without accentuating my wrinkles.  This stick is a quick, easy way to add color to cheekbones, top of forehead, bridge of nose — anywhere you would get natural color from the sun.


Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

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This has quickly become one of my favorite things ever.  It’s a powder infused with buttery oils so it never goes on chalky or powdery.  It creates this diffused, air-brushed look.  This powder is very friendly to over-40 skin.  They also make a Butter Blush, which is also amazing!

The sun doesn’t do my over-40 skin any favors,
so I’ve traded in my baby oil for SPF 50 and sun hats…
and of course my bronzers!

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