Bronzers add overall color to your face and give you a sun-kissed glow. Above all, you want your skin bronzer to look natural– not too dark or orange. Choose a bronzer color that is just a shade or two darker than your skin tone. Avoid bronzers that look orange and choose products with more gold undertones.
The two primary forms of bronzer are liquid and powder. Liquid formulas are ideal for those with dry skin, while powder formulas work best in humid weather and on oily skin.
To apply liquid bronzer, add a few drops of the product onto a makeup sponge. Dab it onto the apples of your cheeks, your forehead, nose and chin. These are the areas that the sun would naturally hit. Blend the bronzer in a circular motion toward your hairline. You can also use your fingertips if you prefer, but be sure to wash your hands first. Keep blending until the color looks natural.
To apply powder bronzer, use a large fluffy brush and dip it into the bronzer. Tap the brush on the edge of the container to remove any access. Remember that too little is better than too much. Apply the bronzer in a swirling motion to the same areas listed above. Blend until the color resembles a natural glow.
Use a big, natural hair makeup brush for your bronzer. The focus of the bronzer’s placement should be approximately where the sun would naturally hit your face; across the forehead, the bridge of the nose and the apples of your cheeks. Don’t forget to dust a little on your neck and chest too, if those are exposed. If you overdo it and it end up looking a little too much orange, just grab a clean makeup sponge to wipe off some of the excess. No product will give you that little bit of color and fresh look like a good blush will. It perks up the whole face, even when you aren’t feeling your best. However, all good things do end. Powder blushes tend to disappear not long after you apply them. The key is to double up with your application. Start with a cream based blush and gently tap it into the apples of your cheeks with the pads of your fingertips. Then, take a swirl of color from your powder blush and layer it right over the top of the cream. Blend upward along the cheek bones. The correct placement of most of the color is on the apples, where you would naturally flush like if you had been running around. This layering process will add hours and hours of wear to your blush.