The Dos and Don'ts of Applying Bronzer

How do you use bronzer? Here's our expert guide. Use bronzer correctly and you'll be good to glow!

How to Use Bronzer Correctly

Bronzers are such versatile products that can help you get a faux sun-kissed glow all year round. Your bronzer coupled with the contouring technique can give you a healthy, dewy finish that we’ve always dreamt of.

There are still a couple of tricks that you should know when it comes to these products. Getting the nuances correct can make you look like J. Lo but, getting it wrong will have you resembling an Oompa Loompa.

We’ve compiled a list of a few bronzer do’s and don'ts that’ll make you look like you’ve just returned from a month-long vacation to Bora Bora.

Bronzer Do: Buy a Bronzer that Suits Your Skin Type

Thankfully, there are many bronzers on the market specially formulated to suit various skin types. Buying a formula that will work for your skin will make the product last longer and leave your skin feeling good.

For example, if you have oily skin, it’s better to opt for a mattifying bronzer whereas, dry skin types can go for cream-based bronzers. For a more dramatic glow, you can buy shimmery bronzers which are best for special occasions or night parties.

Bronzer Don’t: Buy a Bronzer that Doesn’t Match Your Skin Tone

The desire for a deep tan can be too strong to resist but resist we must. Don’t buy a bronzer that is more than three shades darker than your natural skin tone. You’ll also need to consider whether you’re warm-toned or cool-toned. Just check the underside of your wrist. Green veins mean you’re a warm-toned stunner whereas purple or bluish veins would make you a cool-toned beauty.

Bronzer Do: Use Makeup Brushes Strategically for Application

While you can apply bronzers with your fingers, but it's always better to opt for makeup brushes for that flawless finish and precision.

You'll need a large makeup brush for your cheekbones and facial circumference, especially for your jawline and a small makeup brush for the bridge as your nose and mouth area. Don't forget to blend the bronzer to remove any harsh lines.

Bronzer Don’t: Keep on Layering Bronzer Product

You already have a layer of primer followed by foundation and concealer on your face. A bronzer is for that extra pop and as such, less is always more. Too much bronzer may make you look like you had a botched tanning job. If you feel you need more pigment, you can gradually build up the product.

Bronzer Do: Apply Bronzer on Strategic Places

You don’t need to apply the product to your entire face. Just draw the number “3” on the sides of your face. This way your forehead, cheeks, and jawline will be covered. This is a very simple hack to sculpt your face giving you a sleek look. Don’t forget to dust a little bronzer on the top of your nose for more pizzazz.

Bronzer Don’t: Forget Using the Bronzer on Your Shoulders and Chest

A beautifully bronzed face paired with pasty and pale shoulders and chest can make for a jarring view.

Your bronzer can give you a naturally sun-kissed look for your upper body. Before applying the bronzer, just think of places where the sun would naturally hit - the high points of your face, your clavicle bones, shoulders, and décolletage. Lightly dust the product on these areas using a large makeup brush and you’ll be good to go, and glow!

Bronzer Do: Use Blush After You’re Done With Your Bronzer

There is a misconception of not mixing your bronzer and blush and it’s exactly just that - a misconception.

Using a blush after you’ve applied your bronzer will make your skin glow helping you get that beach tan instead of that forced makeup look. Lightly dust a blush in peach or pink shades to the apples of your cheeks and blend it into the bronzer.

Bronzer Don’t: Apply Your Bronzer in Dark Places and Way Too Quickly

It’s always better to do makeup in natural light. This will help you avoid applying too much product and give you a more natural finish. Also, don’t hurry when it comes to your bronzer. Building up product takes time and rushing it may result in a clown face. If you’re way behind schedule, it’s better to skip the bronzer altogether.

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