Bronzer can totally transform your face. Whether you want the sun-kissed look of a shimmery bronze powder or the chiselled, contoured look that comes from a matte bronzer, this is an essential product.
Grab some sunshine in a bottle with a liquid-bronze complexion highlighter, or get an all-over glow with body bronzer for a radiant look without the tan lines. For an ultra-subtle look, try a translucent bronzing tint. Or get power cheekbones from a bronzing crayon. Want a totally natural-looking glow? You need a bronzer/blush powder duo.
Are you a bronzer newbie? You need a kit! An all-in-one product can save you a ton of time and take the guesswork out of shopping for makeup. But forget about drugstore gift sets. Opt for a high-quality luxe kit that’ll give you the best of everything. Look for a kit that includes primer, concealer, foundation, and bronzer. Be sure it also includes a kabuki brush and a contouring brush, so you can literally have it all in one click.
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Want that pro-makeup-artist look? Here are a few easy DO's and DON’Ts to get you on the road to flawless bronzer application.
DO: Match your skin tone. Stick with bronzers that are no more than two shades darker than your skin. You’ll also want to take your skin’s undertone into account. Not sure what your undertone is? Check out your wrists! If your veins have a green look, you have warm undertones. If your veins look blue or purple, you have cool undertones. For a natural-looking finish, check out bronzers labelled Cool or Warm.
DON’T: Ignore your skin type. If you have dry skin, opt for a cream bronzer. Dealing with shiny skin? Go for a powdered formula that’ll keep oil at bay.
DO: Work slowly. If you’re new to bronzer or trying a different formula, you’ll want to build your bronzer up layer by layer until you get just the perfect coverage.
DON’T: Use a dense brush. For flawless application, think 'thick and fluffy'. A dense brush is going to create a too-dark, totally unnatural finish.
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Want the perfect bronzer? You’ve got to know what you're looking for. First off, you’ll want to choose a bronzer colour that's no more than two shades darker than your natural skin tone.
When it comes to formulas, powders are the easiest to work with and generally give you the most natural finish. Liquids are great too, but there’s a bit of a learning curve, because you’ve got to know exactly how much to apply.
The other big question is matte vs shimmer. Shimmery bronzers give you a great glow, but glittery products can overwhelm your face and look unnatural. If you want a contoured look, you’ll definitely want a matte formula.
Once you’ve found the right formula, it’s time to check out brushes. Generally speaking, you’ll want the softest and biggest brush. A dense brush will apply the colour way too heavily and can make you look more like a chimney sweep than a glowing goddess.
Done shopping? All you need to do for a quick picture-perfect look is sweep a '3' shape over each side of your face. Simply swipe the bronzer your forehead, cheeks and jawline, and you’re ready to go!
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