Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Make-up Base saved my relationship

OK, not even on Planet Beauty is Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Make-up Base considered the equivalent of couples’ therapy. But it did prevent one boyfriend dumping me on account of my self-tan addiction.

I was in my 20s and living life to its walnut-coloured max. I saw nothing wrong with spending three nights a week walking around my flat like John Wayne in an effort to prevent streaks or missed bits.

Then my boyfriend moved in and everything changed.

I could see him turning his nose up at the McVities smell of the pillowcase and bedsheets, which was as comforting to me as the smell of coffee that some people pump through their homes. The ‘no snogging please, I’m St Tropez-ing’  became a sore point, too.

Needless to say something had to give – and that was the self-tan.

Thankfully, a timely post drop on the beauty desk introduced me to Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Make-up Base, which I have  used ever since in place of foundation to warm up my skin tone without that heavy fake-tan effect.

What’s all the fuss about?

Within minutes of applying Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Make-up Base, this cream-gel bronzer takes me from looking like a Victorian child sick with influenza who won’t make it through winter, to J-Lo tawny bronze goddess.

Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Make-up Base

Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Make-up Base, £40, John Lewis

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While there’s no denying that there are a bunch of cream bronzers out there, Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Make-up Base is the only one I’ve found that imparts a sheer hint of natural colour with a middle-of-the-road sheen so skin looks luminous and never muddy (another reason it can be used on darker skin tones to magically brighten).

You can also control exactly where the colour goes and rather than melting in your pores, Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Make-up Base dries down to a velvety long-lasting finish without being cakey. This is important, as I find a lot of bronzing powders leave dark brown tidemarks on the face no matter how furiously you buff them into the skin.

Also nice: the floral scent of Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Make-up Base. It’s what I imagine rich, beautiful people smell like and definitely an improvement on biscuity pillowcases.

How I apply Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Make-up Base 

There’s two different ways.

For a pretty summer’s day look, I’ll dip a kabuki brush into the formula and then dab the excess onto the back of my hand (you can always pick up more colour from there if you need to).

Using soft circular motions, I’ll buff it all over my face to take it a tone or two darker, not forgetting my ears and neck.

Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Make-up Base

Chanel Petit Pinceau Kabuki Brush, £40, John Lewis

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For a more sculpted evening look, I’ll take a foundation brush and sweep the Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Make-up Base under my cheekbones, starting from my hairline and stopping about an inch from the corner of my mouth to contour.

Just be sure to blend well with your finger.

Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Make-up Base

Chanel Pinceau Fond De Teint Foundation Brush, £29.70, John Lewis

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Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Make-up Base

Real Techniques Foundation Brush, £8.99, Lookfantastic

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