15 May 2015

How to Use Bronzer

Summer is so close!  I want a sun-kissed glow, but I don't want to spend time in the sun unprotected. Bronzer can help define your best features, and it makes your skin look like it's glowing.   If you're new to using the product, you may wonder how to use bronzer.  No fear, dear readers, I will help you learn how to apply it without looking fake.

Finding A Shade

You don't want a bronzer that is too dark for your skin tone.  If you're not sure which shade to get the first time, visit a cosmetics counter for advice.  If you want a drug store brand, go with one only one to two shades darker than your skin. Hold the package up to your face and look in a mirror to see how the color will look.  Store lighting can be harsh, so you may want to take the product to a window for natural light.  Since you'll naturally tan in the summer, you might be to purchase a darker shade for summer.  

Some bronzers have some shimmer in them.  These are fun, but they also highlight skin imperfections and large pores.  If you have large pores or any acne scars, opt for a matte product.  

Applying Foundation

You can wear a bronzer alone or over foundation.  If you use a foundation first, you might need to switch to a shade darker so they blend better.  


You'll want to use a large makeup brush to apply bronzer.  You can use a foundation brush, but buy a new one just for bronzer so the products don't mix.  

Bronzer brushes are packed tighter and have more bristles.  This helps you get more product on your skin with each swipe for better coverage.  

Where to Apply Bronzer

You want a sun-kissed glow, so apply it to in the shape of a "3" on each side of your face.  Start at your forehead and sweep the brush across your forehead, along your cheese, and down along your jawline to your chin.  Use a blending tool to blend the bronzer well at the edges and at your neck.  If you wear your hair up, you'll want to add some bronzer to your neck.

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.