You'll be happy to know that a bronzer comes in all kinds of shades and varieties, keeping in check a customer's needs in terms of perfect coverage and long-lasting results. To get that lovely tanned look in the summer or that subtle glow in the winter, a bronzer is the perfect beauty product for any makeup-savvy woman.
Selecting the Perfect Bronzer
There are different kinds of bronzer available in stores―liquid, compact, loose, or gel. Because you're just starting out on using one, you don't want to commit the following mistakes.
Avoid Liquid Bronzer
If you've applied liquid foundation on your face, using a bronzer that is also liquid-based can leave your face, caked. Use translucent powder over the layer of foundation to help it set, before applying bronzer. We suggest going with a compact version for the best results.
Choose One According to Your Skin Tone
For the fair-skinned, a bronzer with a peach or rose tint is your best go-to option. For women with dark skin, choose a bronzer in a deep chocolate brown with shimmer, or one in a shade lighter than your skin tone. Olive- and pale-colored women should opt for true bronze or copper-tinted varieties. While one must ideally pick a bronzer that is two shades darker than one's skin tone, we suggest going with one shade darker, instead. This is because it can make you look tanner than intended, passing your face off as a muddy mess.
Changing with the Seasons
Would you believe us if we told you that your skin tone lightens by several degrees during the winter? Well, it's true. You'll have to switch to a different bronzer color when the seasons change, choosing mellow shades to give your skin a subdued natural glow.
Applying Bronzer Like a Pro
There's a certain way that this needs to be applied, without going crazy with the brush and layering your entire face. You need to bronze the spots that the sun naturally hits, like the bridge of the nose and its sides, temples, circumference of the face, middle of the chin, cheekbones, and Cupid's bow. Use a bronzer brush or flat sponge to perform this, using a compact version of this product.
The easiest way to apply bronzer is to follow the path of the number 3. Start at the temple, moving down to the cheekbone (glide the brush in an outward fashion by drawing the number 3), and ending at the bottom of your face along its perimeter, drawing the number three forwards and backwards on either side of your face. Use a wedged sponge to help blend any harsh lines that the bronzer may have left behind. Always use a primer as a base for your makeup before applying bronzer for a flawless, streak-free finish.