I’m back to rummaging through the vault of posts past and this month it’s a product from a stalwart of the clean beauty scene…
On occasion all you want is to add a little colour to a skin rather than do a full make-up. This is especially true in the case of male make-ups, maybe when you want to achieve an effortless hero tan (you know, that healthy outdoorsy complexion – think of the characters in the US TV series Lost) or where keeping products to a minimum is sometimes key to a happy (if a little fussy) customer.
Dr Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate (£28.50) is a very handy tinting fluid for to even-ing out skin tones, giving a healthy glow or natural looking tan to fair to medium skins or adding a little lift to darker skins. I love using this on my male clients and, as it is free from those pesky glitter particles it is great for high definition.
Designed to be blended with a moisturiser, I have a tendancy to use it neat for a little more density. A great organic dupe for the (very non-organic) Make-up Forever HD Primer No 4 (the caramel-y coloured one for those in the know), a product I formally used for creating my hero tans, Bronze Concentrate is much sheerer and in all honesty much less orangey. Depending on the skin tone, used neat it can add a delicate glow or look positively tropical!
A very runny liquid formulation, you do have to be on the ball as it dries very quickly and needs working to avoid streaking. I usually apply it to the back of my hand and then work it into the skin with a foundation brush and my fingers. You only need a small amount of the concentrate to get the coverage so go easy and the little glass bottle will last you for ages!
There is a distinctive, slightly herbal scent to the concentrate that is a little reminiscent of a health food store. Slightly dated and it could be off putting for some but if you can get past the scent (it does fade after a time) then it’s certainly worth a try.
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In all honesty I can’t say anything I haven’t said before – I love this stuff! It’s a product which has been in my kit for many a year (not the same bottle obviously) and I don’t see that changing any time soon.
As I mentioned it’s a great dupe for the Make-up Forever HD Primer (No 4) which I had previously used to create those natural looking tans and is a favourite product of a studio guest I work with on a regular basis (he likes a Barbadian glow!)
In the words of the late, great David Bowie – We Can Be Heroes… for ever and ever…
Body Image courtesy of: Dr Hauschka
Lyrics courtesy of: Mr David Bowie