Since sun exposure is harmful to the skin, it’s no wonder why bronzer has become a staple in every woman’s makeup kit. Unfortunately, not having the right color or shade of bronzer can make you look unnatural and caked-up.
That said, it’s common for women to use bronzer that is too dark for their skin tone. Luckily, an easy way to combat this is to find a bronzer that looks golden on your skin, but not brown. You can apply a rose or peach-colored blush atop the apples of your cheeks to add a flush of color.
One other mistake to avoid when applying bronzer is putting most of the product on the cheeks; ideally you should apply bronzer around the hairline and jaw.
Now that we’ve covered the basics, here are some more tips for applying bronzer.
- Choose a bronzer with a matte finish that is one or two shades darker than your natural skin color; if you have fair skin, it is best to choose the lightest shade. If your skin tone is medium, choose a shade that is in the middle range. Of course, for dark skin tones you’ll want to use a deeper shade of bronzer. Test the shade out on your jawline; it should give you a golden glow.
- After you’ve purchased the matte bronzer that looks best on your skin, continue with your normal routine. Apply your foundation primer and foundation, and finally concealer to cover dark spots, red spots and under-eye areas. If your skin is oily, use a translucent setting powder on your oiliest areas to keep the bronzer from looking too dark.
- Use a powder, blush, or fan brush to swipe your bronzer. Shake or tap off the extra dust before applying the bronzer to your skin. In small circular strokes, apply the bronzer to your jaw and hairline. Swipe your brush once more to apply to the hallows of your cheeks, bridge of nose, forehead and finally your chin.
- To blend the bronzer well, use the leftover dust to apply to your neck. Tap your brush once more to assure that you’ve shaken off all the excess powder. Continue blending by running the brush over the areas you’ve already applied bronzer to.
- Finish your look by adding a little blush! You can use the same brush, or a different one if you prefer to apply your blush. When doing this, keep in mind that blush can keep your face from looking unnatural or one-dimensional. Choose a rose or peach-colored blush on the apples of your cheeks, and do your eye makeup as normal with shadow, liner and mascara.