There’s been a sizeable hole in the Glossier line-up for a while now. They might have delivered us the dewy-skin shortcut and that perfect natural mascara, but what we really need now is something to make us look like we’ve escaped to Majorca for a week.
Finally, the team has answered our prayers (and Tweets, and Reddit threads) and launched the very first Glossier bronzer.
Landing today, Solar Paint is the brand’s first foray into the world of bronzing products and, trust us, it was worth the wait. True to the brand’s ‘you, but better’ ethos, it’s a lightweight gel-cream formula that melts into the skin better than a powder, and imparts a dewy glow without masking your skin.
Each of the five shades contains a shot of sparkle, but works to add dimension and radiance, rather than a glitter ball finish, ensuring things look totally natural in any lighting. A blend of plant oils and jojoba extract ensures skin feels nourished at the same time, too.
So, that’s the details on the formula – but what about the application? In fact, there’s plenty of ways to play with Solar Paint. Here, brand consultant Fatimot Isadare and European Make-Up Artist Celia Burton reveal how they’ll be wearing it this summer.
The perfect product cocktail
'Solar Paint is the perfect gel crème textured bronzer to have in your handbag. I like to apply and blend it subtly all over the face after two pumps of Futuredew, on otherwise clean skin, for a fresh and natural bronzed glow,' says Burton. 'Finish with clear Boy Brow to keep brows fluffy and fixed, and curl the eyelashes to keep eyes open and fluttery.'
The eye-defining trick
'After you’ve applied your bronzer as usual to sculpt and bronze, you can use whatever’s left on your brush to define and intensify your eyes,' explains Burton. 'Apply in circular motions across the eyelids, and you’ll find that the product sits in the socket and adds a little definition across the eye. Add a lick of Lash Slick mascara and you’ll have discovered the quickest eye look ever.'
'Cream-based formulations are my go-to during make-up application, especially for a bronzer, because they give a supernatural finish to any look,' says Isadare. 'Solar Paint can be applied directly from the applicator to your face and blended out using a circular tapping motion with your fingers. Cream formulas can dry down relatively quickly, so I like to work in sections, starting with a few dots along the cheekbones, blending, repeating around other areas of the face, and going back anywhere I want to add more dimension.'
Blend with a brush
'I also like to apply the product to the back of my hand, using a fluffy brush to pick up product and bronze where you normally would,' adds Isadare. 'This technique allows for the product to warm up from your body temperature for even better blending.'
The lip volumising hack
As Burton explains, 'you can even use Solar Paint to give yourself a fuller pout! As a final step in your makeup (and after applying a little lip balm) use the doe-foot applicator to apply a very small dot of product on top of the cupid's bow and underneath the centre of the bottom lip. Blend this out with your little finger along the edge of the mouth to shade around the lips, creating a fuller shape. A very good trick if you don’t want to carry lots of makeup around with you!'
'If you want a more bronzed look, apply Solar Paint to the temples of the face, tops of the cheeks, and bridge of the nose—the areas the sun would naturally hit,' says Isadare. 'For a more sculpted look, focus on your temple and the hollows of your cheeks, blending slightly upwards.'
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