Glow Like Gwyneth
We’re approaching the end of the first week of April, which means the bulk of our beauty conversation will turn to proper sun care starting…now. We posted our first sunscreen write-up of the season yesterday (much, much more on that in the coming weeks), and today we’ve decided to touch upon another sun-centric topic, self tanner. Let us begin by saying that we have never much dabbled in fake-baking ourselves. A combination of a naturally olive complexion and an aversion to those unfortunate orange aftereffects have kept us away, although there are certain occasions when we have considered taking part—like, say, when we saw a radiant, bronzed Gwyneth Paltrow at the Oscars. Seeing as how we were at the height of winter paleness at the time, Gwyneth’s glow in that stunning, white-gold Calvin Klein Collection gown was that much more covetable. Turns out makeup artist Leslie Lopez and St. Tropez Everyday Moisturizer can be credited with Paltrow’s sun-kissed skin. But it wasn’t just the caramel tone that incited envy as we watched the red carpet in a friend’s kitchen, scarf and jacket still on in an attempt to increase our internal body temperature. It was her skin’s slight sheen that really hammered home the point that Gwyneth was warm and glowing and we, well, were not. That extra little something came courtesy of St. Tropez’s new Skin Illuminators, which officially launched this week. Now available in Rose Gold and Gold, the creamy formulas join the brand’s original violet shade to add contour with luminescent light. They’re the perfect complement to a tan—real or rubbed on.