You may not remember when bronzers first became popular, but they gained a reputation much like the sunless tanning products did around the same time. Women wanted to have that fresh-from-vacation glow, but they looked a bit more like they had been dipped in powdered cheese dust.
Nowadays, bronzers (and sunless tanners, for that matter) have come into their own as an indispensable beauty product because they have improved in quality and people know how to use them correctly. If you haven’t added bronzer to your makeup routine, it’s time for you to learn how and why you should achieve bronze perfection for every day and special occasion looks.
Earning That Medal
Think for a moment about what bronzer is intended to do: give you the golden glow of a tan without exposure to the sun. Is there a better product in existence that protects your skin from the sun’s harmful rays while giving you that sun-kissed look you crave?
Bronzer isn’t as important as, say, sunscreen, but it can help you create the illusion of a tropical tan without damaging your delicate skin. You can apply it to your face and other areas of your body, such as your chest or shoulders, for a sunny brilliance that doesn’t harm you below the surface.
Form and Function
Whether you want a dramatic, evening look, or a fresh-face, natural glow for the daytime, you can find a bronzer that works for your skin tone and skin type. You may even want different shades for summer and winter if you do get a little sun during the warmer months.
A general rule of thumb is to stick to a shade of bronzer that is one or two shades darker than your natural skin tone. If you go much darker than that, you may run the risk of looking dull or dirty rather than healthy and radiant.
Pay attention to your undertone as well. If your skin is darker or olive, you may want to look for a bronzer with an orange undertone. Fairer skin may want to look for something that can blend well with redness or pink undertones.
You can find bronzer in many forms, including powder, gel, liquid, and cream. Oily skin may look more uniform with a powder, while dryer or aging skin may benefit from a cream or liquid formula.
You may want to consider matte finish or a shimmer finish as well. With shimmery bronzer, you can accentuate your facial features such as high cheekbones, where matte may be more subtle and natural-looking.
Tan Your Hide
You’re probably getting excited about practicing bronzer application to get a tan the healthy way. Before you dive into your product, you should take a moment to learn how to use it. These tips can help you achieve what the sun hasn’t given you.
- Start with a clean, fluffy, domed brush if you are using a powder. You do not want to use the same brush that you have for loose powder blush or foundation.
- If you are using a cream, liquid, or gel, opt for a clean blending sponge that is solely for bronzer use.
- Apply to any areas of your face that normally would tan, such as your cheekbones, the tip of your nose, and across your forehead. You may want to apply bronzer to the tops of your ears so that they don’t look noticeably paler than your face.
- You may want to apply bronzer along your hairline and jawline as well if you tend to tan in those areas.
- Blend, blend, and blend some more. You don’t want a streaky or uneven tan, do you? You can also bronze your neck or chest for a tan that looks all-over rather than just your face.
Keep in mind that bronzing is not the same as contouring. You are trying to add depth and warmth to your complexion, not create shadows and redefine your facial features. These techniques are not interchangeable.
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