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29 Oct, 2012 Beauty Blog
Bronzer is a must have product for summer or winter. Apart from giving the face an instant tan it is a useful shading tool for the cheekbones or jawline & It can also be used as an eyeshadow. I often get asked what my favorite bronzer is & how to use it, so here are those answers!
  • WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A BRONZER; One of the biggest problems with bronzer is that if its the wrong shade for your skin, it can end up turning you orange, particularly if you are fair. A good quality Powder Bronzer generally comes in light, medium or dark, so its reasonably easy to select your shade. Powder bronzers are easier to use that the cream formulations & look more natural. In my kit I stick with Bobbi Browns matte bronzer, as its very subtle while still adding loads of warm natural colour. I also like MAC bronzers for that instant tanned look & Jane Iredale do a lovely mineral bronzer that blends seamlessly into the skin. When in the palette a good bronzer should look BROWN rather than ORANGE & I cant stress this enough!!
  • THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MATTE & SHIMMER; A matte bronzer is multi purpose as you can use it solely as a blush, or alternatively for instant colour all over the face. A shimmery bronzer is an entirely different product & should only be used on the eyes & the cheeks. If you use a shimmer bronzer over your whole face you will glow like a beacon!
  • BRUSHES; Once you have the right shade you need the right brush. A large, natural haired blusher brush will do the trick- I have a Bobbi Brown brush that is designed for bronzer & it has a squared off tip for contouring. A round headed brush is generally easier to use & gives a more natural finish. MACs blusher brush should be in everyones makeup kit & is perfect for bronzer (or blusher)
  • APPLICATION; When applying your bronzer always dust off the excess powder on your hand to avoid overdoing the colour. For an all over glow, put your bronzer where the sun hits on the high points of the face- mainly the cheekbones & brow bones followed by a subtle sweep across the forehead & chin. This technique works great in the middle of summer when your body is (fake) tanned & your face feels too light. For between seasons you can use your bronzer as a blusher & just across the cheeks for a natural tanned look. For a pop of extra colour you can add a sweep of pink or peach blush to the apple of the cheek.
  • BRONZER vrs FAKE TAN; I am not a fan of fake tan on the face as I have seen one too many women with orange eye brows. To match your face to a tanned body, go with the colour of the skin on your decolletage. Chose a foundation that is a shade or two darker than your winter tone & when applied sparingly it should match the skin on your chest. Follow this with a sweep of bronzer & you will get that gorgeous JLO glow in minutes!

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