After Easter, everyone complimented me on how refreshed I looked with a tan, but it's starting to fade. How can I keep that glow on my face without self-tanning or sunbeds? How can I use those bronzing powders without looking fake and orange?
Glow Faux It, Wan Chai
The Dictator: Simple. Don't buy orange make-up. Like you do with foundation, find the right bronzer for your skin tone and type. Ask a professional to apply several shades at counters offering lots of colour options. Don't be afraid to disagree with their recommendations. Guerlain's Terracotta 4 Seasons Tailor-Made Bronzing Powder has four tones in one compact to adjust the colour to your skin throughout the year (HK$590; Harvey Nichols). Chantecaille's Compact Soleil (HK$450; Harvey Nichols) comes in different tones with micro-fine powder and antioxidants, such as ginkgo biloba and wild rose. MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish powder is available in colours such as golden, bronze and matte bronze (HK$285 each; Lab Concept). Laura Mercier has you covered with Matte Radiance Baked Powder in various bronzes (HK$330; Lab Concept). At Benefit Cosmetics, the obvious choice is the bestselling Hoola bronzer (HK$290; Lab Concept). The Celestial Bronzing Veil by Kevyn Aucoin uses bronze, gold and silver crystal pigments for a natural glow (HK$410; Joyce Beauty). Finally, moderation should be an obvious course, too. If you've spent all winter in the dark and have light skin, piling on the bronzer won't fool anyone.
This is one of those things you see on blogs and in street-fashion photos but then can't find in shops. I'm obsessed with those men's dress shirts that have extra-long cuffs! Do I have to go to a tailor or is there a brand that makes them?
Off the Cuff, SoHo
The Dictator rules: Correction. You cannot source certain fashion items. I can. For a start, blogs usually list credits and links. That is how they earn their bread and butter. Menswear-inspired, augmented if somewhat impractical cuffs on white shirts have been prominent this year and many were by Australian designer Anna Quan. The Anne shirt with blue silk satin trim and extra-long French cuffs from her Wedding March collection has been so coveted, it's now only available by pre-order (HK$1,780; www.annaquan.com). The label describes the white shirt as an "oversized boyfriend shirt", and now offers the Anne with a grey silk satin trim for the Hibernus collection, as well as the Katharine shirt in blue chambray (HK$1,780 each). Did you know Tod's has been offering a small ready-to-wear collection? Of course, you didn't, because then you'd know it has a few shirts with maxi cuffs (HK$8,300 to HK$20,100). Rosie Assoulin has a white chambray shirt with extended, asymmetric French cuffs (HK$6,000; Lane Crawford). All that said, I believe a custom-made shirt from a local tailor could be fabulous. You will have to provide lots of photos, specific measurements, and encouragement (read: aggressive push-back) to make it a reality.
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