With the summer months upon us, most of us need to know how to apply bronzer to make it look like we spent our days basking in the sun in order to achieve the perfect tan. With all of the negative effects that we know the sun can have on our complexions and our health, we want to look like you’ve been spending countless hours soaking in those UV rays without the risk. If you refuse to give up that sun-kissed glow, bronzer is a great alternative to bring some colour to your skin. While it is a simple solution, many women don’t know how to apply bronzer properly without looking dirty or becoming orange. We have provided you with 5 tips for easy application that will keep you looking flawless and natural.
Choose the Right Shade: As a general rule, never go more than 2 shades darker than your actual skin tone. Most makeup brands will sell more than one shade of a bronzer so it is important to pick the one that best suits your skin tone. You want one that is going to subtly darken your complexion, not completely change your natural colouring. We love the subtle shimmer of Nars Laguna Bronzing Powder, but also recommend Benefit’s Hoola Bronzing Powder for a matte finish. If you are having a hard time determining what shade works best for you, have the person at the makeup counter help you out.
Pick the Right Brush: Look for a brush with a fat rounded top with super soft bristles. The rounded top will provide an even and controlled application, while a wide top will ensure that the powder will not become too concentrated. If the brush is too small the bronzer will not go on evenly resulting in a blotchy, unnatural look. Bobbi Brown makes a great bronzer brush that will provide that subtle hint of colour.
Proper Application: Once you have applied your base or foundation it is time to apply your bronzer. Work the brush in a circular motion to the places on your face that the sun would naturally hit (these include the forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin). Start at your forehead, making sure to go all the way to the hairline. Move down towards the nose, then over to your cheeks, and then lastly to the jaw line. With whatever powder is left on the brush you can lightly sweep the brush along your neck and ears.
A Little goes a Long Way: It is important to always start with a little and then build colour if you want a more dramatic look. After all, it is much easier to add colour then to try and remove some afterwards. Always tap off your brush before applying so that there is a minimal amount of powder on the brush. When you apply your bronzer, always do so lightly and softly. A heavy hand can create a splotchy look.
Don’t Forget Blush: While bronzer will definitely give you the colour you are looking for, it can also make your complexion look somewhat dull and flat. Simply add a rosy coloured blush to just the apples of your cheeks for that perfect glow. It helps to smile when you are applying it in order to help you pinpoint just the apples of your cheeks. Avoid peachy hued blushes to avoid looking orange. Laura Mercier’s Second Skin Cheek Colour in Rose Bloom is the perfect light colour for that rosy finish.