When you want to give the illusion that you’ve just spent two weeks relaxing on the beaches of Mykonos in Greece, bronzer is the makeup essential that you turn to. It’s sure to bestow a subtle, sun-kissed glow upon your skin when applied correctly, but when applied incorrectly, it can have the opposite effect and leave you looking like an orange Oompa-Loompa.
Here’s how you should be applying your bronzer.
Choose the right shade
It doesn’t matter how perfectly you apply it – your makeup look will be flawed rather than flawless if you have chosen the wrong shade of bronzer for your skin tone. Fair-skinned ladies should opt for a neutral shade, while beauties with darker skin can experiment with bronzers that have orange undertones. The experts say that you should never choose a product that is more than two shades darker than your natural complexion. Make absolutely sure that you have the right shade by investing in the multi-functional L’Oréal Paris Infallible Stick in one or two shades darker than your skin tone.
Other stunning bronzers include the NYX Professional Makeup Matte Bronzer which provides a matte definition and fits seamlessly into any daily makeup routine and the Maybelline FaceStudio Master Bronze Kit with four different shades in one.
Choose the right brush
Many women expect their blusher brush to double up as a bronzer brush. This is a big no-no. While you definitely want a large fluffy brush, bronzer calls for one that has a bit of an angle to it. This angle is essential for creating sharp definition underneath the cheekbone.
Use the right technique
The easiest and most fool-proof way to apply bronzer is to follow the basic ‘three’ rule and apply it in extremely light layers. Dust a tiny amount of product onto your brush and apply it onto your face in a ‘3’ shape, starting at your temple, curving in underneath your cheekbone and then finishing off on your jawline. If after the first application, you still want a bit more definition, apply another light layer until you’re happy with the result. Less is more!
Follow these helpful tips and pair your look with beautiful, wavy beach hair and you’ll be feeling like the bronzed, summer-ready goddess you’ve always wanted to be. Gorgeous!