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Officially, the Bronze Age was around 3000 BC–but who's to say it's not also Fall 2015? That's because a major Fall runway trend is bronze makeup, seen at shows including Zac Posen, Tom Ford, and Marchesa. Bronze is one of the most wearable trends out there for real life, since it's so flattering on a wide variety of skin tones. The trick to looking like a sun-lit goddess, and not like you're auditioning to replace Abe Lincoln on the penny: pick one feature at a time to gild. Ready to try it?
Here are our favorite ways to bronze:
EYES: Bronze shadow or liner can really make your eye color look warmer, especially for green, hazel, or brown eyes. To be bronzed in seconds, fill in your whole lids with the chunky Eye Dew Cream Shadow Crayon in Copper Penny from Laura Geller Beauty, which is a lovely rose gold shade. Or line eyes with waterproof By Terry's Crayon Khol Terrybly Color Eye Pencil in Festive Gold, which is more of a true-copper hue; both go on incredibly smoothly are so shimmery that they almost look wet. Or for the most dramatic look, try Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in Comex Copper—it does double duty because it's a bronze shadow that also has super-reflective bits of copper foil in it, for tons of evening sparkle.
LIPS: Opaque bronze lips would look costume-y, but Queen Bee by Lipstick Queen is a lip treatment packed with moisturizing honey that leave a subtle, transparent bronze shimmer on lips. You can wear it alone for a hint of color or layer it over lipstick (especially pretty over a deep merlot) to give the shade a warmer feel and some shimmer.
CHEEKS: As summer fades to fall, we still want to keep our warm bronze glow—but never look orange—so it's all about the right bronzer. Using a large Kevyn Aucoin's The Matte Bronzing Veil to where the sun would naturally hit you (cheeks, down your nose, across your forehead and chin) for a natural bronze glow. You can also use bronze for contouring: just sweep the matte bronze shade in the Studio 10 Radiance Glow Bronzing Veil just under your cheekbones, and its shimmery peach highlighter on top of your cheekbones out to your hairline for instant definition and lift. If you prefer gel to powders, apply a pump of Stila Aqua Glow Perfecting Bronzer to cheeks, or mix it in with your foundation or tinted moisturizer to give it a touch of warmth and depth—it's also great to swipe across your decolletage and shins to get your body in on the bronzed action.