Tom Ford-Inspired Beautiful Bronzed Look for Summer!

Ruth Crilly Model

Well this has been a long time in the making! My Tom Ford-inspired beautiful bronzed makeup video on the FOURTH attempt. Yes, fourth. What can I say? I’m a perfectionist! This isn’t (and couldn’t possibly be) an exact copy of the makeup in the campaign image, though I do use many of the same products. For it to look exactly the same, I’d have to a) be the same model, b) have the same hair and makeup artists working on me and c) have the same lighting and post-production. So it’s an “inspired-by” look instead. And do you know what? I really, really like it!

It’s amazing how you can pull yourself out of a makeup rut simply by trying to replicate someone else’s look – it forces you out of your comfort zone and allows you to play with different techniques. I would never usually wear a stronger contour like the one in the video but I think that it’s actually very interesting and beautiful – especially in contrast to the paler, luminous foundation.

The idea behind this look is that the eyes, cheeks and lips are all of the same tone, just about, so that you have these “pools” of warmth in an expanse of perfect, smooth skin. I’ve listed the products that I used at the bottom of the page, but have a little dig about in your makeup bags and see if you can find a coppery gold shadow, a peachy-nude lipstick and a slightly glimmery bronzer. Buff them into a beautifully pale base (put them in the right places, obviously – lipstick on lips, etc!) and then tell me how you get on. This could well be your new summer look, especially if you’re very fair and struggle to find a flattering ‘bronzed’ look…

The Tom Ford products are – as always – utterly gorgeous. The star product for me is the Gold Dust bronzer with its beautiful slimline casing – I want to start taking it out and about with me, but I’m too scared that I might drop it! It’s definitely a “treasure forever” kind of product, luxury makeup at its best. The cream eyeshadow and gold gloss are perfect for adding shimmering summer highlights to the face – I played about with them on their own over a very natural base and they created quite a foolproof golden glow. If you’re after the same metallic effect from your cream eyeshadow but prefer a cooler tone, then it also comes in Platinum, which leaves a minky sheen on the lid.


Tom Ford Sable Smoke Lipstick:
Tom Ford Gold Dust Lip Gloss:
Tom Ford Gold Dust Bronzer:
Tom Ford Cream Eyeshadow in Guilt:
Tom Ford Eye Pencil in Metallic Mink:

Tom Ford Brushes in 03 (used for cream eyeshadow), 15 (used to line under eye). and 06 (used for the bronzer):

Laura Mercier Radiance Fundation Primer:
Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup, 2WN1:
By Terry Touch Expert Concealer, Shade 4:
Custom 3 Clarifying Pencil in “Light”:
Estee Lauder More Than Mascara:
Chanel Crayon Sourcils in 10, Blond Clair:

Trevor Sorbie Hair Styling Kit:

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  1. kirsten
    June 11, 2012 / 11:07 am

    lovlely look.
    how do you rate the estee lauder foundation?
    have you ever tried armani foundations and if yes what shade were you and did you like them?

    • Ruth
      June 11, 2012 / 11:13 am

      @Kirsten it’s a really nice, lightweight foundation. It has a good luminosity to it, but not shimmery, which was perfect for this look! I haven’t given the Armani ones a proper try yet – they are on the list! xx

  2. Sophie
    June 11, 2012 / 11:27 am

    Hi Ruth!
    Loved this video, looks like a really fresh look for summer, especially for someone who doesn’t like to look totally orange all summer (I don’t brown – I burn).
    Slightly off topic but what is your favourite summer moisturiser? I’ve been using bio oil instead of a moisturiser because I don’t need to wear make up right now (exam period!!) but soon I’d like to switch to something suitable for younger skin, with an SPF. What sort of thing would you recommend/is your personal favourite? As my ‘well done for surviving exams’ treat for myself I’m going to get some samples together and experiment but I’m not sure where to start – any advice would be very useful and much appreciated.
    Thank you for using your time to put together such a great blog – I bought the clarasonic and liz earle cleanser about 3 months ago on your advice and my skin looks so much better – I haven’t had a break out since I started using it either (I bought the sensitive brush head so I use it everyday and love it)!

    • Ruth
      June 11, 2012 / 1:43 pm

      That’s great news Sophie!! OK, I’m going to do a post about SPFs I think… What’s your budget? x

      • Sophie
        June 11, 2012 / 2:19 pm

        Under £40 I think, I’ve only got a student budget but I would definitely stretch to more for a ‘miracle’ product (may require some begging off my mother…), I’m sure I could live off tinned soup for a few weeks or something!
        Sophie xx

  3. June 11, 2012 / 11:34 am

    I love that TF bronzer compact. Although “compact” doesn’t really describe it. Lovely big mirror on it. That brush looks great too. I was never quite sure where to put bronzer on the cheeks until now. Thanks for that tip about following where your ear is. Super look, and one that I won’t be so timid about trying.

    Ali x

    • Ruth
      June 11, 2012 / 1:42 pm

      @Ali you don’t have to take the bronzer that far down – this is quite a “look” so it’s intense! If you want it more wearable then don’t take it quite so low! x

  4. June 11, 2012 / 11:36 am

    You did an amazing job on the look, Ruth! I’m really wanting that bronzer now…but I am only allowing myself one TF purchase when I go next week and I’m going with Love Lust blush (or Frantic Pink). Hopefully, I will be able to resist!

  5. June 11, 2012 / 12:11 pm

    I have really liked the Tom Ford looks you’ve done, the bronze and gold color palette is gorgeous and always a personal favorite of mine. Think Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess collection (particularly this summer) is something of a poor man’s* Tom Ford in the way of providing superb metallic options. It seems it is not possible (for me, at least) for the effect to be TOO metallic.

    *Not THAT poor.

    The TF bronzer is gargantuan! And again with the cognac sable palette….too lovely.

  6. June 11, 2012 / 12:33 pm

    You did an amazing job, love this look and you look gorgeous! I’m definitely going to recreate this using MAC eyeshadows because this would my blue eyes perfectly. Thanks!

  7. Minshu
    June 11, 2012 / 3:48 pm


  8. Emma
    June 11, 2012 / 6:58 pm

    I love the hair that goes with this sort of look, very Studio 54 to me! The makeup looks beautiful on you, I am a similar colouring to you (thought I am paler) and it’s inspired me to give it a go myself :)

  9. Joana
    June 11, 2012 / 10:37 pm

    Gorgeous result! You look miles better than the Ad, which I think is a little weird, to be honest (the Ad, I mean!).

    Even though I couldn’t really pull off a look with these warm tones that work so well for you (I’m on the cool tones extreme of the palette), I always watch your tutorial videos. I learn and they’re entertaining :)

    • Ruth
      June 11, 2012 / 11:19 pm

      Thanks Joana! I’ll do some cooler toned makeup things as it gets into Autumn. Just for you! x

      • Joana
        June 12, 2012 / 9:51 pm

        Aw, you’re too sweet ;)

  10. June 14, 2012 / 2:14 pm

    Looks fabulous!

  11. June 14, 2012 / 4:14 pm

    Hi! You look gorgeous! :) I was wondering if you could compare this TF bronzer and the TF shade and illuminate. I know one is in power and one is in cream formulation. But which one do you prefer? :) Thanks!

    • Ruth
      June 15, 2012 / 9:43 am

      They also do very different things; the shade and ill is for contouring and highlighting – it’s a nifty little compact, but I would probably get more use from the bronzer xx

  12. Kristen
    June 17, 2012 / 8:59 pm

    Hi Ruth. Just discovered your website and love your videos! Was just wondering if you ever use anything from Cle de Peau Beaute or Chantecaille?

    • Ruth
      June 18, 2012 / 1:07 pm

      @Kristen yes, the Chantecaille Flower Fluid – lovely light moisturiser! x

  13. Julie
    June 17, 2012 / 11:46 pm

    Hi Ruth,
    I love the look and think you did an awesome job recreating the tom ford image. So beautiful!! My question for you though is about under eye brightening products. I notice you’ve used the by terry touch expert here and I seem to remember you using the Chanel éclat lumiere in another ( I think?…:) I am looking for a good brightening product..moisturizing but not as sheer as the ysl product. Would you recommend either by terry or Chanel? Thanks so much!!

    • Ruth
      June 18, 2012 / 1:06 pm

      @Julie the By Terry version is AMAZING! I think it’s my favourite out of all of the undereye brighteners – it has more concealing power than the others yet also a brilliant texture and luminosity. I should do a video of all of the ones I’ve tried! x

      • Julie
        June 18, 2012 / 1:10 pm

        Thanks so much!! By terry it is then :) I think that would be an awesome video- now that there are so many brightening products, it has become harder to know which to choose…

  14. Elaine
    July 16, 2012 / 9:13 pm

    Hey Ruth,
    Love your website! Unfortunately there are now way too many products I want to get. What brushes do you use and do you rate Bobbi Brown make up?

  15. Elaine
    July 16, 2012 / 9:15 pm

    Hey Ruth,
    Sorry just saw the brushes alongside the make up you used! Do you recommend any other brushes? thanks

    • Ruth
      July 16, 2012 / 10:22 pm

      Japonesque xx

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