Adding a touch of color

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My skintone isn't really fair, but not dark either - kind of a medium beigy color (I use makeup in either natural or buff beige, actually just pressed powder). I'm getting over being sick and my skin still looks so ashen and pale. I hope I'm not coming down with something else. People are even commenting on how pale I look. I feel a lot better, but my skin's color hasn't returned. How do I add a touch of color to my face w/o it looking fake? I don't do tanning beds, so that's out. I've been using some Jergen's Natural Glow lotion and that has helped maybe a little bit, but it's not very noticeable.

But I'd like to go a little darker since I also dyed my hair recently and it came out too dark (and is apparently not going to fade anytime soon). I don't want a witchy or Snow White appearance. Should I use a pressed powder that is a couple shades darker than my natural color? I bought a Magic Mosaic bronzer, but I'm clueless about how to use it. Should I just dust my cheeks and forehead with it, or use it all over?
i honestly find that if you try to change your skin colour with darker foundation or powder that it looks awful.

keep using the Jergen's and put the bronzer on anywhere the sun hits your face first - cheeks, across the forehead, bridge of the nose. aim for a light glow, not all-over darkening.

when my hair colour comes out too dark, i use extra blush until it fades. and i wash my hair with Sunlight bar soap until i fade it enough. it's pretty harsh, so i go through a LOT of conditioner during those times!!

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I once overheard a hairstylist compare Prell to Tide and say if anything will get excess color out, that'd be it. I'm not sure if it's even made any more, but if it is you might give it a shot.
I was just over at Ulta looking for makeup brushes and as I was messing around at the Smashbox display I was reminded of their Photo Finish Bronzing Primer. It gives a really sheer and easily-blended wash of color along with the smoothing primer action. You might want to check that out. HTH!
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I've tried both Prell and Sunlight before when I was trying to fade color. They didn't do anything except dry out my hair and make it squeaky clean. I also don't want to strip the color since I use hair color to hide grays and don't want to color again soon. I'm starting to get used to it and kind of like the new color. But I don't like how it makes my skin look paler.

This is the 3rd day of using Jergen's and I'm really starting to notice a difference. The powder I'm using isn't much darker than my normal shade - it's a warm beige that I typically wear during summer when I'm darker. I'm not sure about this brozer. I tried a touch of it, and it gave me a sunkissed look. I'm not sure about it for this time of year. I don't want to look like I have a suntan, just want some more color. I think I'll continue to use the Jergens with powder on top - or maybe the bronzer in its place if I feel bold, using bronzer from the lighter end of the compact (this compact has several different shades in one). I've asked a few people - does this look natural, do you notice a change? They are really honest, sometimes too much so, and they say it looks natural, not much different than normal. So I guess I'm doing it right. I also use the products on my neck as well so there is no line. I don't think I'm going to continue doing this routine for long (it was really so I could look brighter and healthier post-sickness) - I hope to go back to my regular powder shade and maybe some blush.
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This is copied and pasted from my post on Zaria's thread about Neutrogena's Build a Tan on the Non-hair board. I only posted it there because I wanted to talk specifically about self-tanners and I saw from searching that there were already some threads on the topic. That thread dealt with a specific situation that is already resolved, tho there was some follow-up talk about self-tanners in general which is why I included mine there. Many only read and responded to Zaria's initial post, so I thought I'd copy mine onto here (I don't want to create another thread because I'm modest!):

I've heard that the foams are better than lotions. What about tanning mousses? I tried a Neutrogena spray that I didn't like at all. I even rubbed it in when the bottle said I didn't have to, and it still turned out splotchy and uneven. I might look into this Build a tan, though. I don't want a full-on sunless tanner - I just want to go a couple shades darker (this sudden cold weather spell is getting me down, and my summer tan has already vanished). I've been using Jergen's Natural Glow, but I noticed this morning the smell has changed. Guess I've had it for too long. I like the results of it, but I want something that doesn't take as long for the color to develop and gives a little more of a change. Any suggestions?
mousse takes longer to dry - and it was a bit streaky - i used a Banana Boat mousse a few years back.

http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlco...s.php?id=21614


www.sunless.com

these people have ALL the info on sunless tanners - and i sure wished i had found them BEFORE i started researching that column earlier this year!

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mousse takes longer to dry - and it was a bit streaky - i used a Banana Boat mousse a few years back.

http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlco...s.php?id=21614


www.sunless.com

these people have ALL the info on sunless tanners - and i sure wished i had found them BEFORE i started researching that column earlier this year!

Originally Posted by rouquinne
Nice article - thanks. Yeah I like www.sunless.com. I've gotten lots of good tips from there. I found out my skin type is a III - burns minimally, tans to a light brown. I wish there were more reviews from people with my skintone so I could see what works best for them. It seems most ppl who use self-tanners are very light-complected. Those who have some color naturally, who tan easily, will just sunbathe or fake bake. I don't and use a high SPF year round, though even so, I'll get tan in the summer just being outdoors. I want to cut down on premature aging since in my high school days going to the tanning beds was the cool thing to do and I will likely be paying for that some time down the road!

I just like a little more color when my summer tan fades and I feel blah - though type IIIs are actually hard to tan since many sunless tanners aren't designed for us. Though I don't want much additional color, I may have to go with a full-on tanner in a deep shade. I'm interested in Savage Bronze (read about on sunless.com) - anyone try it?

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