To Bronze or Not to Bronze? That is the question. Never mind Jersey shore, I live on Long Island (Dats pranownced Lawgh Eyelind) where clouds of Bronzer fill every cosmetic counter. And now that the weather is colder and people are indoors the artificial tan becomes a safer alternative (i.e. tanning beds, which do much more harm than good).

There are so many ways to bronze from powders to lotions and sprays. It all depends on your choice of application and how much you want to spend (Christian Dior and Guerlane are a small fortune). Speaking of Guerlane, they invented bronzing powder and theirs are still some of the finest!! I have to say my personal favorites are Nars (laguna) and Sephora’s own giant compact. But I also have amazing bronzers right at Frasada, my two favorites being Santa-Fe and Rio De Janiero. Colors at a great price ($18.00), Chanel, Dior etc start at $30.00 and go up from there.

Do you want tan in a can? I find them messy but I have Angela at Frasada, my Spray Goddess! Why do it yourself when it comes out better by a pro?

Don’t think for one minute women are the only ones who bronze, oh no, there are plenty of men who want the “Summer Glow”.

And then there’s me, the last hold out. Maybe because in the real world without sunblock I am a lobster, or maybe it’s because in high school I tried “ QT” and turned bright orange like an Umpah Lumpah. My friends never let me live it down!

But if you are going to spray yourself, San Tropez makes a great bronzer spray and lotion, try them out.

I hope you all have a great holiday season and remember, why look good when you can look great!

Authored by: Michael Waterman

I am Michael Waterman. I have been known as an authority on make-up and skin care for decades. Why? I am a fortunate person. I was a freelancer in Cosmetics for a long time. In 1986 I caught the eye of company called Intelligent Skin care (I.S.) they are an incredible Japanese cosmetic company. They combined nature and high-tech Beauty science, and I was thrilled to be a part of their team. I discovered so much about what Americans wanted in a Skin care/Make-Up line (and I had to do it with a Japanese Cosmetic company!). We used state of the art (in 1985) machines and computers to test and advise our clients of the condition of their skin. I learned so very much. In1989 I was honored to join the exclusive team of skin care and make-up professionals at the world famous Georgette Klinger Spas. Ms. Klinger took a liking to me and became my mentor and a loving force in my life. Georgette Klinger was the reining authority on skin care. She brought old world know-how herbal wisdom and science into a whole new Genre -- The spa. In 1939 she came to America From Europe and single handedly revolutionized the Science of Beauty. I was with her for 17 years and became one of the most requested Make-Up artists and Skin care Professionals in her company . I know she would be proud of Me today. I still feel her spirit with me as I do my work, and I keep the principles she taught me. My clients are the better for it. Reach Michael by email: Michael's Podcast Link: Look Good from the Inside and Out! Ways to make yourself look radiant this holiday season. You know beauty is not only made up by what you put on your skin, but in your body. Check out our new BExtraordinary™ collection!

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