Lauren Conrad's Light and Easy Glow: SCORE
In the battle of The Hills versus The City we'd be completely torn. But when deciding who didn't overdo it on the bronzer, LC is a clear winner. Makeup artist Joanna Schlip says the way to get a natural hue like Conrad's is to go with a tinted moisturizer. "If you know you have a heavy hand when it comes to bronzer, a tinted moisturizer is much more subtle and will melt right onto your skin. It's also an ideal product for winter since it gives you that added kick of hydration."
If you are going to use bronzer, Schlip recommends swiping the areas of your face the sun naturally hits your forehead, temples, cheeks, and lightly along your jawbone. Schlip says it's also important to pick a great quality brush (her favorite is Physicians Formula Mineral Formula Airbrush Kabuki Brush, $10.95; drugstores nationwide). "For an even look throughout, circle the brush around your powder and tap the excess off. Starting on your forehead with swirling movements (think like the shape of a cinnamon bun) blend lightly over your face, hitting your ears, neck, jaw, and chest."
If you find your shade is still too dark, Norenius suggests mixing in an illuminator to break up the color. Also, make sure the formula you're using is right for your skin type. "If you have dry skin, opt for cream bronzer over a powder. It's much softer on the skin and will brighten it up rather than give you that flat, hard, dark appearance."