Updated: Beauty Routine! Bronzed Beauty

May 23, 2011

With the change in seasons, I thought it was about time to update the blog with the new details of my make-up routine, especially since I have been getting a lot of questions and compliments recently.  {THANK YOU!}

My inspiration for this new sun kissed, bronzed look came from the ever gorgeous Kerry Washington and Selita Ebanks:

I think this look is absolutely gorgeous for the warmer weather!

The first step is a good cleanser.  I absolutely love this one, made by Aveeno.  I also use the Clarisonic twice a week {as outlined in this post}; it has done wonders for my skin, I highly recommend using one.

After cleansing, of course a moisturizer is next.  Being honest, I need to research and try a different moisturizer.  Though this one is just fine and actually makes my skin really smooth and soft, I believe I should be using a better one, especially since I am in my 30's now? 

This is Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Concentrated Cream with Vitamin E.

Here I am, freshly washed and moisturized.

The next step is to apply a pressed powder.  I have tried many {expensive and inexpensive} over the years and this one is hands down my favorite one. It provides light coverage and helps with an even tone.  It isn't heavy at all and it lasts the entire day, even in the warmer weather.

This is Kiss New York Pressed Powder in Creamy Cocoa.

Here I am, all powdered up.  It's also important to note: I love a perfectly shaped eyebrow.  I get mine waxed twice a month and I clean them up, using tweezers, in between waxes. Although I was once tempted to fill them in with a little brow powder, I am a fan of natural brows.  Powder and pencil free.

Time for blush!  I am currently in love with this creamblend blush by MAC.  It's Joie-De-Vivre:

It's a gorgeous coral shade.

A little goes a long way, a few dabs on my brush and I am good to go. 

Here I am all blushy. ADORE!  This is normally, my everyday look when I am going to work.  I don't wear bronzer every single day.

So on top of this corally creamblend blush, I also use my favorite bronzer, found at Kohl's - it's the Flirt line.  This is called "Sweet Desire".

I brush this shimmery bronzer on my cheeks, on top of the blush and I also swipe a little on my nose and chin.

Blush and bronzer, DONE!

Mascara is next.  I am loving Lancome's Hypnose Drama.

This brush is amazing and gets every lash! 

With 2-3 coats of mascara.

Now for my LIP!  I have way too many lipglosses and lipsticks but this combination is a current favorite. I combine Wet N Wild, 903C - "Just Peachy" and Revlon Color Burst Lipgloss in 004 - "Pink Ice".
The result is a nudeish, pinky shimmery shade and I just love it.

Some days I am not in the mood for eye shadow, but when I am, I love to use this smoky-eye palette from Sephora.  It has the best natural, shimmery shades.

I only add a few dabs, not much at all.

A bit of shimmer on the eyes.  I am in NO WAY a pro when it comes to applying eye shadow, just a few swipes is all I need. :) 

... and Voila, that's it!  This entire process takes 8-10 minutes tops.

So tell me, are you a fan of the bronzed look?
xoxo, thanks for reading!


  1. Perfect timing! I went out and got that flirt bronzer today after reading you last routine post :) Very pretty glow, girl!

  2. I've been a little scared to try bronzer but you look really nice, it gives you a sunkissed glow.

  3. i had the perfect bronzer (for me anyway) from ulta and my son got a hold of it and cracked it. You really dont look like you use that much makeup. I have been looking for a cream blush and thanks to you i may have found one. Sidenote: i love your nails! Http://www.buxomchick.com


  4. you are a beauty! I have to try this look.

  5. Love the look: fresh and natural. I'm planning a trip to NYC, will be looking for some of your products when I'm there.

  6. Thanks for sharing,you've been blessed with some flawless skin gurl.... and yes the bronzed look is great, especially in warm weather....
    have a good day!

  7. I love the bronzed look and your beauty routine! Thanks for sharing!

  8. I used to wear bronzer often and gave it a rest recently, but man, I want to go out and get some. I love your look, so fresh.

  9. You absolutely must do a post just on your lip combinations and pics. The colors are great!


  10. Girrrrrrrrl, you are making me look @ makeup in a whole new light! I cannot believe that as gorgeous as you've made yourself, the "meat & potatoes" of it are Kiss and WetnWild cosmetics LOL!

    Thank you for the tutorial - I'll be trying it. Oh, and do you only use the Clarisonic twice a week now, after using it for so long? Gonna take the plunge and buy one, but I thought it was rec'd to use daily, even twice a day.

  11. I never wear blush, powder or foundation but almost always wear mascara & lip gloss. I love your look because it looks clean - very pretty. I LOVE the new header by the way.

  12. I love your look!! I need to step my makeup game up and you are an inspiration! Thanks!

  13. Could you be more gorgeous? Thanks for the tips! Your skin is flawless.

  14. I definitely have to try this, natural and glowy look. :-)

  15. Can I have your skin, please??? haha

  16. Yeah, I am not a fan of painted brows either... natuaral look for me! your skin is so glowy to begin with, the bronzer just took it over the top.

  17. you look great! love the lipstick/lipgloss combo!

  18. Very cute!! A facial moisturizer that I love is Ambi's. I've used it for years! Check it out!

  19. You are so pretty! And I love the simpleness of this routine. I need to try some bronzer in my life.


  20. You are so pretty Ms. Lexy! I love how you use minimal products. I am going to have to try this look, it looks really nice on you!

    I love Kiss mascara, it's great have you tried it. It makes my lashes so long and doesn't clump or harden.

  21. You are so pretty Ms. Lexy! I love how you use minimal products. I am going to have to try this look, it looks really nice on you!

    I love Kiss mascara, it's great have you tried it. It makes my lashes so long and doesn't clump or harden.

  22. I'm a huge fan of bronzers. But you look stunning! I love your make up. For the girls who had oily skin the best are the matte or without shimmer. So have fun girl!!

  23. you look lovely, as always but you are such a natural beauty. i love the make up and i too LOVE palmers. it's the best!!


  24. I have been looking to wear the pink nude look but couldn't find any tutorials with it. Thanks for sharing!

  25. You are just stunning, your skin without makeup it to die for! I love your blog, I visit several times a week :)

  26. You look good ;) You just try to put the Orange lipstick ;) Could be great on black girls ;) Strange but cool ;)

    xoxo Cristina from Fashionismyway xoxo

  27. Love the make-up and hair. I just brought me some make-up recently that I will start using. I am usually au natural but because of many events going on & coming up I need to step my game up.

  28. I love the rosy cheeks look it keeps the youthful face. I’m going to try your tips for using it bronzer. Thanks for sharing your tips. You look beautiful!

  29. I've been wanting to jazzy up my look thanks for the tips.

  30. You look so ready for a day of shopping and hanging out with the girls. Thanks for sharing this simple and quick routine because I really do take to much time in the AM (ask my kids). I tried this quick version and Friday and liked it. I'm a bronzer addict thanks to Sam Fine. I use Iman's bronzer in Afterglow (drugstore & affordable). Blush weeeellllll that's a separate addiction, lol!!

  31. Beautiful!!!! And I have to get that blush!

  32. I loved this! I've never seen 'how to get the bronzed look' for black skin so thanks lovely, I'ma give it a try!

  33. great, thanks for the tips, I am going to start wearing bronzer!

  34. not a fan of stenciled on eyebrows either but i love NARS casino bronzer! love that lip combo, looks gorgeous on you! xo

  35. Love this look and gonna have to try it.

  36. Very beautiful!


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