The Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa love to look sunkissed all year round. Their signature bronzed glow or the 'middle-tan' as it has been called is nothing new, however now that Kate Middleton is expecting and we are moving into spring, there has never been a better time to boost your bronzing routine and if you're expecting like Kate, help enhance that pregnancy glow! Achieve the most natural tan with our top bronzing tips and shop some of our favourite bronzers from Selfridges beauty hall, below!
Even the most expensive bronzer will look bad if the application is wrong. Often a bronzer can appear too 'orangey' simply because the application was too heavy-handed. A large fluffy bronzing brush like the EcoTools bronzer brush (£9.99) is essential kit. Always tap off the excess powder on the brush before applying to the skin. Apply bronzer to either side of your face in a light 3 motion, from across your forehead to your temple, from your cheekbones up to your temples and from your temples down to your jawline.
When it comes to bronzer colour, the lighter shade the better because this way you are guaranteed a more natural result and are less likely to over apply. Truly fair and porcelain skin tones can find it hard to find light and natural looking bronzers, our favourites for fair skin are Bourjois Delice de Poudre bronzing powder 51 (£6.99), Laura Mercier bronzing powder in dune bronze (£26) and MAC bronzing powder in golden (£19).
Bronzer is the best way to give your skin instant radiance and luminosity, while matte bronzers are better for contouring because when used all over the face they can leave the skin looking dull and flat. Powder bronzers with subtle shimmers are a year-round staple, our essentials are Nars laguna bronzer (£26), Guerlain Terracotta light sheer bronzing powder in blondes (£34) and Bobbi Brown bronzing powder in golden light (£25.28)
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Kim Kardashian has been quite literally raving about the maxi dress! She said on Twitter today about one of her favourite outfits of late: "I'm wearing a Givenchy dress and Valentino jacket. Maxi dresses are amazinggggg right noww!" And there's no doubt she sure looks good! We have found her exact Givenchy Scarf Print Maxi Dress (£1,100) at Matches. The comfortable fit makes this kind of maxi dress style a wardrobe staple to fit her growing baby bump! Whether you're expecting or not, maxi dresses are so on trend right now! Shop a selection of other fantastic designer styles at Matches below.
Source: Kim Kardashian Twitter
It looks like Kim Kardashian's maternity wardrobe is shaping up quite nicely! In the same week Kanye announced on Facebook that the couple are having a girl, Kim has been seen out with her growing baby bump in some super stylish monochrome maternity wear. She tweeted her love of wearing all black leather with a bright lip when dressing for dinner, while at Elton John's Oscar party, she chose to wear a figure hugging floor length white gown where her bump was clearly visible. Shop similar stylish maternity wear from New Look, Crave Maternity and ASOS here.
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Although the Duchess of Cambridge is appearing to keep a low profile during her early pregnancy, she was reportedly seen shopping on the Kings road in London last weekend, specifically for maternity wear in Gap. She picked up a pair of maternity leggings, which are essential when your own jeans and trousers are starting to feel tight! It was also revealed this week that one of Kate's favourite designers Issa will be making a maternity version of her most popular dress, undoubtedly to help keep the Duchess in style over the coming months!
Kim Kardashian's first baby bump shots were also revealed this week while on her way to the gym as she continues to keep up her fitness regime with celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson. Tracy who has a fitess program specifically for pregnancy said about Kim: 'She's such a natural mum, I believe you start being a mum from the get-go and she's doing a fantastic job.'
When shopping for stylish maternity wear, head to GAP, Nelly and New Look for daily essentials. For fab evening styles, we still think you can't beat ASOS! Shop just a few of our favourite on-trend maternity styles below!