How many times have you seen a picture of a beautifully bronzed face and wondered why, when you apply bronzer, it looks like smudged dirt?
You are definitely not alone.
Being quite fair-skinned, I had basically shunned bronzer from my personal makeup bag. I had tried different brands from both drug stores and cosmetics counters but to no avail. I knew there was something that I was doing wrong – I may be fair-skinned, but surely I could look bronzed and beautiful, too!
After a bit of research, I found out what I was doing wrong … and it was basically everything! From products to application, I was a lost cause. During a recent Beauty Collection Facebook party, I saw that a lot of you were facing the same problem I had. So let me help you learn from my wandering, and you too can be bronzed this summer without the nasty sun damage.
Choose Your Shade
Just like you wouldn’t choose the opposite color foundation for your skin, make sure you chose the correct bronzer tone for your skin. Cosmetics companies have heard your complaints and have made bronzers for each skin tone.
Fair skin. Try Too Faced Cosmetics Caribbean in a Compact in Snow Bunny. It has a pink undertone and just enough bronze to give you a beautiful glow.
Tip: Fair skin often turns pink then turns golden when tanned. Experiment with different pinky/gold blushes instead of bronzer for a beautiful effect. Jane Iredale’s blush in Sheer Honey is a great alternative!
Medium tones. Lucky are you! Many of you can benefit from almost any shade of bronzer! Pink, gold and brown undertones can work for you, depending on your preference. Jane Iredale So Bronze 1 (pictured below) is a great tone for you, or go for a multi-dimensional look with Stila All Over Shimmer Powder in Kitten.
Dark tones. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer is a go-to shade for light-dark to ebony skin tones. A matte bronzer with a delightfully chocolate smell will have you looking and feeling pampered.
Application Is Key!
The biggest mistake many of us make with bronzer is not the color – it’s the application! Do not, I repeat, do NOT put it all over your face! You will end up looking like a brownish-orangey-goldish blob, which I am sure is not what you are looking for.
Use contours. Think about using bronzer to contour your face. Contouring is a secret of many makeup artists to make their client look super fab! And guess what? The concept works perfectlyfor bronzer. Apply it around the hairline, a little inward on the temples and under your cheek bones (or on them, if you are using it as your blush), and your face will look sculpted, bronzed and incredibly gorgeous! Use the face chart below as a road map.
Build your glow. As with many products, start with a light application and build to the level of bronzing you’d like. This will avoid any blotching or cakey spots.
Blend away. Last but not least: Blend, blend, and blend some more! Making bronzer look like a natural bronze is part of what gives a polished, glowing look.
Let us know your bronzer raves and rants by commenting below. Till next time, ladies, happy bronzing!
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