Sometimes a Chocolate-Hued Girl Needs Her Bronzer + Hang Out with Me TODAY at Guerlain at Bergdorfs!


Remember when Guerlain first launched the EIGHT shades of bronzers in the Terracotta Bronzing Powder line? I nearly lost my mind because it’s not often you see a bronzer for dark skin as deep as their Ebony shade. It’s gorgeous and can be so many things to so many different beauty girls. For me and my chocolate-hued self, I like to dust it along the perimeter of my face and under my cheekbones to warm my skin—it gives my face a very subtle dimension and like I spent a little time on some tropical beach in the middle of nowhere. But I recently also started using it as a transition shade of sorts when I contour. You really have to be careful about blending out the contour on the hollows of your cheekbones especially if you’re putting blush on the apples of your cheeks—you want it all to flow together. Not for people to be able to play connect the dots with where your contour ends and blush begins.

So I’ve started using Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder in #08 Ebony right above the contour and then my blush is applied on the apples of my cheeks. It gives me a graduated sunkissed look and also helps to soften the contour. You still need to make sure you blend, but I like the added step for a softer look. I’ll also add Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder in #03, a soft golden color, to the tops of my cheekbones for a candlelit glow like what you see below.

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One of my fave summer beauty looks you can get using the Terracotta 4 Seasons Tailor-Made Bronzing Powder + Terracotta Bronzing Powder in #3: soft pop of color on the cheeks, warmth along the perimeter and above the contour and glowy cheeks

But if you’re lighter than me, then Terracotta Bronzing Powder in Ebony can get you a “I summer in the south of France” look in an instant. And if that’s a little intense, there’s seven lighter shades to choose from. See? Many things for many people.


Another thing I’ve been doing lately (because I realized that I could totally skip the bronzer and blush step now that Guerlain sent me the 4 Seasons Bronzer in Ebony which contains varying shades of bronze and a pop of pinky coral blush that gets you that sunkissed look in an instant…lol). Sometimes I use a smaller blush brush to get just the pop of color but most times I take a fluffy brush and sweep across all the shades and dust it on my cheekbones and along my temples for a soft look like you see me wearing above.


But I said all this to say—I’m hosting a really fun beauty happy hour tomorrow at the Guerlain counter at Bergdorf Goodman! Come pick my beauty brain and be among the first to try the new KissKiss collection. You won’t want to miss it—we can talk bronzer more in person :)


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  1. August 6, 2014 / 10:49 pm

    I love blush! These are really nice colors! Great post!

  2. August 7, 2014 / 9:30 am

    Such a gorgeous product. Beautiful

  3. August 7, 2014 / 12:16 pm

    I hate this phrase but Yaaaaaaaassssss LOL I love the subtle beauty looks on you. It’s like you have makeup but it’s barely there or just enough. Do you use a brush for this entire process or a beauty blender? Speaking of which, I think I’m the only person in America, or the world for that matter, that hates the beauty blender. Maybe I’m just not using it right, but it didn’t do anything for me except annoy me. Then again I hate any type of sponge applicator. They just don’t feel right to me. I use a brush for EVERYTHING. Maybe I should search to see if you give some tips as to how to use one. Anyway, IT’S ALMOST FRIDAY!!!! Have fun at your event tomorrow. I really need to visit NY one day. Everything happens there lol

  4. February 11, 2017 / 11:37 pm

    You’ve completely sold me on this Guerlain Contour and Bronzing Powder in ‘Ebony’.

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