Rise and shine… Terracotta master since 1984, Guerlain counts now four whole ranges to choose from which can appear a little intimidating for some of us – not to mention, discouraging.
Discover in 3 easy steps your Terracotta soulmate.
Where to start?
STEP 1 – INTENSITY
As surprising as it may seem, choosing the Terracotta‘s intensity – aka pigmentation – will allow to make the first cut. Guerlain divides its ranges into two types of tan: the 3-Day Tan and the 3-Week Tan.
STEP 2 – UNDERTONE
The next step consists in determining your skin undertone – cool, neutral or warm – as Guerlain classifies its bronzers into Blondes and Brunettes categories.
Take a look at your wrist:
– If your veins appear blue then your skin has a cool undertone. The Blondes shades are made for you as there is a hint of pink/red to the powders.
– If you see them green, you are on the warm side. A bronzer from the Brunettes shade range would suit you the most as it has golden/orange hints of color.
– And, if you cannot decide whether it looks greener or bluer, then you are just neutral – meaning you can use products from either categories.
STEP 3 – FINISH
Last but not least, decide which effect you want your Terracotta to have on your skin by selecting the range that meets your expectations.
– Terracotta Joli Teint: a matte bronzer duo which gives a subtle healthy glow to the face.
– Terracotta: the iconic classic bronzer which satin finish mimics a natural summertime tan.
– Terracotta Light: a shimmery bronzer which delicately highlights a sun-kissed complexion.
– Terracotta 4 Seasons: a bronzing matte palette which offers its owner a tailor-made tan throughout the year.
Once a Terracotta, always a Terracotta. This bronzer is definitely a staple in anyone’s makeup kit and, by and large, a reference in the makeup industry.
If you have any doubts or questions, feel free to leave a comment as I will be pleased to answer them.
[Source: The product pictures used for the collages were either taken from the Guerlain or the Sephora website.]