Jennifer Lawrence – what went wrong? 

If this week has proven anything it’s that even Oscar winning actresses can suffer a makeup meltdown now and then. Jennifer Lawrence is a great looking girl and always looks flawless on the red carpet. But even her beaming smile at the recent Dior Couture show couldn’t make up for the overload of fake tan which, instead of giving that Californian, sun kissed feel, pretty much obliterated her bone structure and skin’s usual youthful glow. 

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So, what went wrong… and more importantly, how can you avoid it happening to you? Here are four top tanning tips to try.

  1. When it comes to face, it’s best to keep tan within one-to-two shades of your natural complexion, Jennifer’s gone about three or four shades darker here. Going too dark can leave skin looking flat and lifeless because it doesn’t reflect how our skin really changes in the sunshine.
  2. Be sparing with your bronzer – unlike regular pressed powder, bronzers aren’t designed to be used all over the face, but rather as a way to give added definition to our bone structure, which Jennifer’s lacking. The best way to apply bronzer is with a large, fluffy brush; starting at the temples and sweeping in a number three motion under cheek bones and the jaw line. 
  3. Bronzer + Pastels = a bad idea: Mixing warm and cool tones can work well with makeup but here the pastel lipstick has made Jennifer look a bit washed out. A beige-pink would still be soft and feminine but wouldn’t get lost against a tan. 
  4. She usually opts for a smoky eye, but this time went for black kohl liner which comes across as harsh and makes her eyes look smaller than they are. It’d be better to soften the look by either blending a chocolate eye shadow into the black liner, or alternatively, smudging a bronze liner along the lash line, and then adding lots of mascara. 

Products to try: 

  • Clarins Golden Glow Booster 
  • Laura Mercier Bronzer Brush
  • Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Nudes-ist
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Pencil in Bronze
  • Stila Eye shadow in Espresso