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August 31, 2015

my bronzed // glow look thanks to Mary Kay® !


Who's ready to finally show off their perfectly sunkissed noses and cheeks now that we're polishing off the final weeks of summer?

Not me. After several years of tanning beds in my early 20's which led to premature wrinkles in my early 30's, I duck, dodge, dive, dip, and dodge the sun any chance I get. It's all sunscreen and hats over here. You might say my face is a lovely pasty white... until recently.

A few weeks ago Mary Kay®  sent me a box of goodies so that I could try my hand at creating a bronzed glow look. We're talking bronzer, blushes, mineral eyeshadows, eyeliner, mascara, and makeup brushes. I basically felt like a princess. But then I remembered that I rarely wear makeup and I have next to no clue as to how to apply said makeup.

Luckily, my sister was here visiting to show me a thing or two. Her makeup knowledge combined with Mary Kay® instructional videos paved the way to creating a natural, lovely sunkissed look.
It was actually a lot simpler than I had made it out to be. When I first saw the box of Mary Kay® makeup goodies that had been sent, I was a little overwhelmed. How am I ever going to pull off a bronze glow without looking like a complete train wreck? 

Good news: not only does Mary Kay® have fun makeup and labeled brushes (so you aren't putting eye makeup on with a powder brush), but they also have instructional videos on how to work on the look you're hoping to achieve. People--you can't go wrong with that. Additionally, the Mary Kay® Project Runway page features professional makeup artist, Luis Casco, who demonstrates different looks that were featured on the show!

Really, it was so simple. I started with moisturizer and covered up several blemishes on my face. I wanted a neutral pallet to get things started.

Second, my sister took the powder brush and the bronzing powder and ran it over all the spots the sun would naturally hit. Then, because I'm so so white, she may have been generous and may or may not have put a second coat on.

Next was blush time. I can't lie about this--normally I wear a pinky-pink shade right on the apples of my cheeks. That's it. Yet the instructions told us the blush should highlight the cheekbones and run from temple down (not to mention the color was so so orange and bright). 
We ran the brush loaded with mineral cheek blush duo (in spiced poppy) down my check and highlighted with the lighter color and it looked absolutely lovely! We were both shocked. 
I really did look sun kissed!

We followed the cheeks up with three different shades of Mary Kay® mineral eye color: Amber Blaze, Gold Coast, and Precious Pink.

The Eye Brush was grabbed and dipped into the Amber Blaze and my sister covered the outer portion of my eyelid. Gold Coast was then brushed over top that and dragged into the inner part of my lid as well. Next, the Precious Pink was placed in the crease of my eye, and just like that I had eye shadow on for like the third time in my life.

And guess what! I liked it. Who would have thought pairing three shades of eyeshadow would look more natural? Give me the eye shadow and make me feel pretty.

The final steps were easy. Have you ever used gel eyeliner? You know, the kind where you dip a tiny brush into a tiny jar full of jet black gel? I had never, but it was super simple!

Here I really did want to go with less is more. I didn't want to go for the black eye look. All it took was a tiny dip as I ran the brush along the base of my upper eyelid and 20 seconds later I had some lovely eyeliner set in place. The best part? IT DIDN'T RUN, SMEAR, SMUDGE. Even hours later it was still exactly as I had applied it. I've NEVER experienced that in an eyeliner. 

The final step was to throw on a couple of coats of Mary Kay® Lengthening Mascara and some Nourishine Plus lip gloss in bronze and that was that! Totally bronzed. Totally sun kissed. 

Friends! What do we think? How do we feel? 

I have a super hot anniversary date planned for my farmer this week and I should probably try and look as smoking hot as possible. Right? The plan is to pull off this bronzed // glow look paired with some short shorts. I think my farmer will be pleased with five years of marriage.

For more beauty looks and information on Mary Kay® products, you can visit their website, visit the Mary Kay® Project Runway page, follow them on Facebook, and watch their videos on Youtube!
Finally, I'm so excited to share that Mary Kay® is giving a September F A R M reader a chance at a Mary Kay® prize pack! 

Tell me in the comments below: Where you would wear the Mary Kay® bronzed glow look on a date? 

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44 comments on "my bronzed // glow look thanks to Mary Kay® !"
  1. Wow that blush would have scared me- it is SO orange- but it looks amazing! Amen for sisters and people who know what they are doing with make-up since I am pretty much stunted in this department.

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  2. Holy smokes! That blush looks really orange but the final effect is so lovely! I have a weird skin tone-- tan the summer and a weird washed out tan in the winter and this bronzer has my name written all over it. You look beautiful.

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  3. You look beautiful and the colors really, really make your green eyes pop!

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  4. I'm with you in that I don't like to spend too much time in the sun. I love that these products have the potential to give me the sun-kissed look without the sun. I would love to wear the bronzed glow look while dining al freso with my boyfriend, at my favorite restaurant on the beach in Boston!

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  5. I love this look and would love to try it but will need those instructions :)

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  6. You're so stinkin' cute. Love it. And love that your makeup doesn't scream, "MAKEUP!!!" but instead, just gives you a lovely, naturally polished look:)

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  7. You look beautiful! It's not over the top at all. Just beautifully sunkissed! If I had the chance I'd wear the bronzed glow on my husband and I's anniversary in a couple weeks. We are having a stay-cation and I can't wait!

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  8. This looks gorgeous on you, such pretty colors! Love those eyeshadows!

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  9. You look great! Kissed by the sun! I would wear this on a date to a wine bar or something fun like that. I might have to check out the precious pink eyeshadow.

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  10. You look awesome! Very sunkissed and natural!

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  11. I love Mary Kay and need to try out that new eye liner gel! I would wear the make up out to a nice dinner with my husband. We are due with our first baby boy in October so a nice dinner out is in order for September :)

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  12. I would wear Mary Kay bronzed look on a date to the theater.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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  13. I would wear Mary Kay bronzed look on a rare night out with my farmer husband. With 4 kids and 1 due the end of November hopefully we can make it happen soon!
    Kgfutrell@gmail.com

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  14. I would wear it out to a dinner that I didn't have to cook!

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. Tweet link: https://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/641218584556011520
    maddiembrubaker {at} gmail [dot] com

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  16. Hmm, my first comment didn't go through. I'd wear it out for a picnic—love the sun-kissed look!
    maddiembrubaker {at} gmail [dot] com

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  17. Lovely.. Looks beautiful! Looking at blush would have thought too orange but not once on. I want to try eye liner gel especially. Pencils pull my lids. Anxious to try Mary Kay

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  18. Out for dessert and coffee with my husband! Perfect way to wind down summer :)

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  19. I'd say you could wear that on a date anywhere! I would wear it out to our favorite restaurant.
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  20. I would wear the Bronzed look out to dinner. We enjoy eating at our local "foodie" restaurants.
    aleksnearing gmail com

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  21. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/642856845028249600
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  22. I would use it to go out to dinner.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  23. I would use it on a date with my hubby to go out to dinner and dessert.

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  24. I would wear the Mary Kay® bronzed glow look on a date to have a fancy dinner. you look gorgeous.
    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  25. tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/644615014993797120
    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  26. to a nice dinner out...I love the bronze glow because of the eye shadow - it's so shiny! Looks great! truckredford(at)Gmail(Dot)com

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  27. https://twitter.com/eliza_elliott/status/645324020716474368 truckredford(at)Gmail(Dot)com

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  28. I would wear it out to dinner, a movie, anywhere, really.

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  29. tweet-https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/645942035627687936

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  30. I would wear the Mary Kay bronzed glow look on a date with my husband to our dinner date that we have every month!
    my email jewelwood55(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. tweet-https://twitter.com/JewelWood/status/645952780377526273

    my email jewelwood55(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. I would wear it to work

    dlatany at gmail dot com

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  33. https://twitter.com/sweetums82/status/646020908746936320

    dlatany at gmail dot com

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  34. girl night out i would be fun

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  35. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/647836897574813696

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  36. https://mobile.twitter.com/kytah00/status/647930433523580928 afjackly@oakland.edu

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  37. Anywhere out for dinner likely... afjackly@oakland.edu

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  38. I would go to my favorite restaurant with my hubby. My email is thisisliferemix at gmail dot com

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  39. https://twitter.com/mommysweetiepie/status/647963215503060992 My email is thisisliferemix at gmail dot com

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  40. I would wear it during holiday parties

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  41. tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/648211146592387072

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  42. Oh lordy, I haven't had a date in 25 years, unless you count the lunches with the grandkids. lol
    But I can dream of dinner out at my favorite restaurant followed by a movie or a bit of dancing.

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  43. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/648259250905485313

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