Sunday, 29 June 2014

The perfect combo // NARS Laguna Bronzer and MAC MSF in Soft & Gentle

Lately I've been experimenting with bronzing and highlighting as I don't usually go for this look when I'm doing my makeup. I'm often nervous about using bronzer on my pale skin as it can end up looking too over the top or orange if it's done wrong and highlighters aren't always the right shade for my skin.

I asked for the cult bronzer of the blogging world, NARS Laguna, for Christmas but didn't get round to trying it. Well, in my defense, bronzer is more of a Summer product anyway, right?! So now that it's Summer I whipped it out along with a recent purchase. I've often seen the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle on other blogs and thought it looked great on them but wasn't sure if it would be the right shade for my skin tone. As I have cool toned, pale skin, golds don't always look that good on me. On a bit of whim this month I decided that I needed it.

I've spent a bit of time trying to work out how to apply these best on my skin and I think I've got a good thing going on now so thought I'd share it.

The NARS Laguna Bronzer (link) is quite a dark brown in the pan and has a slight shimmer running through it. To pale skinned beauties it can look rather daunting I think. I'm glad I got this though as it really can work on pale skin. I take a light dusting of the powder on a Sigma F30 (Large Powder) brush (link) and blend it in to the hollows of my cheeks. I also take a bit over my temples and down my jawline for a slimming effect. Adding a bit of the bronzer at a time means you can build up the intensity to achieve the look you want. I am only looking for a subtle bronzed effect which can easily be done with this product but you could also get a stronger look with this if you have a darker skin tone than me.

The texture of this bronzer is super smooth so it's very blendable. I find that the slight shimmer you see in the pan doesn't really show on my cheeks either which I really like. Another great thing about this is that it doesn't have any orange tones in it so it looks more natural on the skin. Once I've applied the bronzer I like to sweep my Real Techniques Powder Brush (link) around the edges to make sure I don't have an obvious stripe of bronzer in comparison to my pale skin.

If you're a MAC fan, you might have noticed that the packaging on the Mineralize Skinfinishes has been updated. I'm not 100% sure I like it compared with the old style but I guess it's not bad! Anyway, the main star of the show is the actual product here so I'm going to get on with talking about that!

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle (link) is a gorgeous gold colour that I find isn't too warm or cool. It's a beautiful shade that doesn't look harsh against my pale skin and it has a buttery smooth texture that makes it easy to apply and blend. I use the Real Techniques Contour Brush (link) to sweep this over my cheekbones and sometimes across the brow bone. The product has a fine shimmer to it that looks stunning when the light catches it. I find that you get the perfect glow with this and it really brings out my cheekbones when paired with the Laguna bronzer. For an inner corner highlight on the eyes, I use the Real Techniques Detailer Brush (link) as it's the perfect size for that area.

Once I've applied the highlighter to the cheekbones I go back in with the Real Techniques Powder Brush to make sure everything is blended and I don't have a harsh line between the bronzer and highlighter.

I'm loving this look and I think these products work amazingly well together. As you can see, you can use them to get a natural look on pale skin but I think these shades would go well on all skin tones as you can just build up the intensity to suit your needs.

What do you think of my bronzed and highlighted look?
Have you tried these products?
I'd love to know what products you use for bronzing and highlighting :)


  1. Oooh the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle looks fab, I really like it x

  2. lovely, that MAC one is gorgeous. i'd love to try that out.

    Hayley \\

  3. Soft and gentle looks insanely gorgeous on you! I'm not a fan of the new packaging either, looks less modern than the old packaging?! So tempted to get S&G now! xx

  4. I love my Mac MSF, its such a pretty highlight & I have never seen this old packaging but I really like it

  5. These are my go to products! So happy to hear you love them too. I think I prefer the old style packaging for soft & gentle but I'm sure that is probably just me :)

    Lovely post,

    X Emma |

  6. I love Soft & Gentle. I've had it for a while now but for some reason stopped using it. Definitely need to start again. You look stunning! x


  7. such a gorgeous look, you look stunning! I have my eye on Nars Laguna at the moment so good to hear it works for pale skin tones. I love how Soft and Gentle looks too, I have Lightscapade but rarely use it you've inspired me to get it out and go for a glowy look :) xx

  8. Love this idea, thank you!!! And I love your blog I've been sitting here reading everything, so much fun, thank you.

  9. Great post! I really enjoyed reading it :) I have both of these products, and I often use them for a similar look even though I never skip blush xx


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